WORLD CHAMPION DANNY GARCIA RETURNS TO THE RING TO FACE FORMER
WORLD CHAMPION BRANDON RIOS SATURDAY, FEB. 17 LIVE ON SHOWTIME
FROM MANDALAY BAY EVENTS CENTER & PRESENTED BY PREMIER
168-Pound Champion David Benavidez Makes First World Title
Defense in a Rematch with Ronald Gavril in the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP
on Sale Saturday, December 23 at 10 a.m. PST!
VEGAS (December 21, 2017) – Two-division
world champion Danny “Swift’’ Garcia returns to the ring to
take on former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam’’ Rios in a
welterweight showdown on Saturday, February 17 live on SHOWTIME
at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and presented
by Premier Boxing Champions.
the co-feature, boxing’s youngest world champion David “El
Bandera Roja” Benavidez will defend his Super Middleweight
World Championship for the first time against Ronald Gavril
in a rematch of their thrilling September 2017 bout in which
Benavidez won the vacant title by split decision.
card is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and TGB Promotions
in association with DSG Promotions. The Benavidez-Gavril rematch
is co-promoted by Sampson Boxing. Tickets for the live event
go on sale Saturday, Dec. 23 at 10 a.m. PST and will be available
excited just to get back in the ring,” said Garcia, who was
reigning world champion for the better part of six years dating
back to his win over Hall of Famer Erik Morales in 2012 through
March 2017. “I needed the time off to recuperate and let my
(33-1, 19 KOs) was a unified world champion at super lightweight
and welterweight and has fought and defeated many of the most
formidable opponents in both divisions spanning two generations—Morales,
Zab Judah, Kendall Holt, Amir Khan, Lucas Matthysse, Paulie
Malignaggi and Lamont Peterson among them. Four of his five
opponents in the welterweight division were world champions
and 10 of his last 14 opponents were world champions or former
was the reigning champion for six years, so I needed the rest,”
continued the 29-year old Philadelphia fighter. “I’m ready
to kick off the year in style and take over the welterweight
his last fight, a welterweight clash of world title holders,
Garcia lost via split decision to now unified 147-pound world
champion Keith Thurman in a hard-fought, exciting fight that
aired live on CBS. The SHOWTIME BOXING on CBS broadcast drew
the biggest boxing audience of the year, more than five million
viewers which remains the largest audience to witness a primetime
boxing broadcast since 1998.
Garcia looks to re-establish his once dominant position at
welterweight, a division that boasts more top-10 pound-for-pound
fighters in the sport than any other weight class; fighters
including world champions Errol Spence Jr., Thurman, Shawn
Porter, Kell Brook, Lamont Peterson and more.
interesting in this fight with Brandon Rios is our styles.
We both like to come forward. This kind of matchup will bring
out the best in both of us. I’m excited to be back in Las
Vegas. I’ve had some of my best performances and some of my
biggest fights there. I beat Lucas Matthysse and Amir Khan
in Vegas. You fight in Las Vegas, you’re a superstar,” added
Garcia, Rios has fought many of the top welterweights of this
era including world champions Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao.
The hard-nosed slugger from Oxnard, Calif., has 34 wins, 25
by knockout. The 31-year-old Rios always comes prepared to
battle. With an aggressive style and granite chin, he is one
of the most entertaining boxers in the sport. In his last
fight he scored a TKO victory over Aaron Herrera on June 11.
A victory over Garcia, a top-10 welterweight in his own right,
would immediately change the course of Rios’ career and demand
that he be placed among the top-ranked in the division.
excited to prove my critics wrong again,” said Rios. “I’m
bring a ‘Bam Bam’ Rios slugfest to my fans. Danny is a great
fighter, but I will beat him just like I have beat others
in the past. I am focused and will make this a classic Mexican-Puerto
is poised to start the year with two crucial welterweight
main event matchups,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice
President and General Manager of SHOWTIME Sports®. “Following
the January 20th event pitting Errol Spence Jr. vs. Lamont
Peterson, Garcia vs. Rios features two of the most battle-tested
and ferocious 147-pound fighters in the world. Add in the
Benavidez vs. Gavril II co-feature, a fight that is guaranteed
to deliver dramatic action, and we are picking up right where
we left off in 2017 delivering the most compelling and important
matchups in boxing’s deepest divisions.”
looking forward to the action at Mandalay Bay Events Center
in February,’’ said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO Mayweather Promotions.
“Both Garcia and Rios are seasoned fighters that have faced
the toughest competition in the welterweight division and
they are both very hungry for a big win. The co-feature rematch
between the youngest reigning world champion David Benavidez
and challenger Ronald Gavril we already know will be thrilling.
All four of these men have proven that they’ll put it all
on the line in the boxing ring to leave no doubt about who
the better man is. In addition, we are working on a crowd-pleasing
undercard now. Everyone on this card will need to bring their
‘A game’ to Las Vegas in order to be victorious on February
Garcia is one of the most battle-tested, skillful boxers in
the sport. What he did in running through the 140-pound division
before moving up to welterweight is simply amazing,’’ said
Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. “’Bam Bam’ Rios is
a throwback warrior. He never met a fight that he backed down
from. Putting Garcia and Rios into the ring against each other
promises nothing but fireworks in a match that should provide
maximum entertainment for fans. It’s the kind of fight that
belongs in Las Vegas, a classic battle that harkens to welterweight
wars of the past. The first match between Benavidez and Gavril
left enough room for doubt that a rematch should settle any
remaining questions. I’d expect both boxers to come in with
something to prove and that translates into a fan-friendly
21-year-old Benavidez (19-0, 17 KOs) became the youngest reigning
world champion in boxing and the youngest 168-pound champion
in history at 20-years, nine months old when he scored a split
decision against Gavril to win the super middleweight title
on September 8. The bout featured multiple swings of momentum,
thrilling exchanges and a wild 12th round. Benavidez and Gavril
pushed each other to deliver the best performance of their
respective careers thus far.
feel I won the fight,” said Gavril immediately after the decision.
“I dominated the pace. I can’t say anything else… The only
thing I can do is to ask for a rematch.”
February 17, Gavril will get it.
excuses this time,” said Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing.
“The minute Benavidez finished the fight I requested the rematch—on
behalf of the winner—for the sole reason that he needed to
win by emphatically and not by split decision. I wanted the
public to be able to have the rematch so that everyone will
know who the best is. I expect this time Gavril will say that
he’s really been beaten. As the youngest reigning champion
in the sport today, I want no doubt that Benavidez is the
better man. It was a great fight the first time and this time
we’ll see who the best truly is. No excuses. No doubt.’’
out of Phoenix, Ariz., Benavidez had scored 10 straight knockouts
leading up to the match against Gavril. His eight-round KO
victory over Rogelio Medina put him position for the vacant
is a fight that my father, my team and I decided to take again
to show everybody that I’m really the champion and there’s
more to me than just being the youngest world champion,” Benavidez
said. “I feel like I’m the better fighter and I’m going to
definitely show it this time. I learned from that first fight
that he puts on a lot of pressure. He likes to throw at the
same time that I’m throwing. There are a couple different
approaches to take against that. It’s going to be a great
night of fights. Danny Garcia and ‘Bam Bam’ Rios, these are
two fighters I look up to in the sport and it’s an honor to
fight in their undercard. My training has been going well.
We decided to bring in a strength and conditioning coach and
I feel really strong. I believe I’ll be very prepared.”
(18-2, 14 KOs) rose rapidly through the ranks by scoring seven
straight victories including four by knockout since 2015.
The 31-year-old Gavril was born in Bacau, Romania and now
lives and fights out of Las Vegas. He fought a brilliant match
against Benavidez, seizing control in the middle rounds and
even dropping the young contender in the 12th with less than
a minute left in the fight. Ultimately, it wasn’t enough as
Gavril lost on two of the three judges’ scorecards.
can’t wait to get into the ring again and take that belt,”
said Gavril. “I learned his game plan quickly during the first
fight, I blocked it well then, and I plan to do the same again.
He has fast hands and power, I won’t take that from him, but
I am prepared for whatever plan he comes in the ring with.
I know I have what it takes to win this time. Preparing for
this fight the second time around has been different, training
has been more intense, and my team is preparing me to take
him out once and for all. I can’t let him win. Some people
said I won back in September, and were surprised by my performance.
I thought it was close, and I thought the knock down gave
me the advantage to win. All I can do is be ready. I don’t
think either of us will upset the fans on fight night. I want
to thank Floyd Mayweather and Leonard for another opportunity
against Benavidez. He’s a great fighter and tough competitor
and this will certainly be a great fight.”
'LA MAQUINA' MATTHYSSE AND
MERCITO 'NO MERCY' GESTA
VACANT WBA WORLD WELTERWEIGHT CROWN ON THE LINE AS MATTHYSSE
LOOKS FOR FIRST WORLD TITLE OF IMPRESSIVE CAREER AGAINST UNDEFEATED
THAI SENSATION TEWA KIRAM
JORGE "EL NIÑO DE ORO" LINARES TO DEFEND
HIS WBA, WBC DIAMOND AND RING MAGAZINE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
AGAINST MERCITO 'NO MERCY' GESTA
SATURDAY, JANUARY 27, 2018 TELEVISED LIVE ON HBO BOXING AFTER
MONICA, Calif. (Dec. 12, 2017): Lucas "La Maquina"
Matthysse (38-4, 35 KOs), the current WBA Inter-Continental
and WBO International Welterweight Champion of Chubut, Argentina
held a press conference today at Malbec Argentinean Cuisine
in Santa Monica ahead of his fight for the vacant WBA
Welterweight World Championship against undefeated Thai superstar
Tewa Kiram (38-0, 28 KOs) in a 12- round battle at the "Fabulous"
Forum in Inglewood, Calif. In the second main event, Mercito
"No Mercy" Gesta (31-1-2, 17 KOs), who was also
in attendance, will challenge Venezuela's Jorge "El Nino
Linares (43-3, 27 KOs) in a 12-round championship bout for
Linares' WBA, WBC Diamond, and Ring Magazine lightweight titles.
The event will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark®
beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.
Here's what today's participants had to say at today's press
LUCAS "LA MAQUINA" MATTHYSSE, WBA Inter-Continental
Welterweight and WBO International Welterweight Champion:
"I'm happy to be back in the United States. We're preparing
well. I've had a great camp. I started camp early in Argentina,
and now I'm looking forward to closing camp with Joel Diaz
in Indio, California. I don't train for the knockout, but
if the knockout comes, I'll welcome it. I fought everyone
at 140. I want to do the same as I did at 140; I want to fight
MERCITO "NO MERCY" GESTA, Lightweight Contender:
"I know it will be a tough fight. I'm a challenger, an
underdog. But I love that feeling. It makes me hungrier, train
harder and box smarter. I've worked with Jorge [Linares] before
with some sparring. I know sparring is different, but I did
well. Still, I know his style and power. With the help of
e'll have the right strategy. I am hungry for this title.
I'll do anything to get that title. I will give a good show
in that fight."
FREDDIE ROACH, Trainer to Mercito Gesta:
"We're in a real tough fight. My guy [Mercito Gesta]
is definitely getting ready for
this fight. We're going over a lot of strategy. We started
sparring yesterday, and it
went well. We still have a lot of time to work a little more.
He's looking good so far. I feel we can win this fight. This
is a good opportunity for us and we have to take advantage
of it as much as we can."
JOEL DIAZ, Trainer to Lucas Matthysse:
"I'm really happy to be part of Lucas Matthysse's team.
He's a great fighter.
Coming in he's very motivated. In my first fight him with
him, he did really well with Emmanuel Taylor. Coming in to
his second fight, he was motivated and happy. I always say
that a happy fighter is a successful fighter. You're going
to see a great Matthysse, one who is ready to become world
ROBERTO DIAZ, Head Matchmaker of Golden Boy Promotions:
"On January 27, Argentine knockout artist "La Maquina"
Matthysse will battle Thai superstar Tewa Kiram in
a 12-round battle for the vacant WBA Welterweight World Championship
at the "Fabulous" Forum.That night, Golden Boy Promotions
will have a double main event at the Forum, with Jorge "El
Nino De Oro" Linares battling the once-defeated Mercito
"No Mercy" Gesta in a 12-round fight for Linares'
WBA, WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine Lightweight World Championships."
"Lucas Matthysse is a power puncher who is one of the
best 140-pounders of this era and has defeated some of the
very best of that division.
Mathysse recently entered welterweight division when he
stopped Emmanuel "Tranzformer" Taylor, and he is
ready to fight the very best at welterweight."
"Gesta has not tasted defeat in six fights, beating quality
opponents including Gilberto "El Flaco" Gonzalez
and former contender Martin "El Brochas" Honorio.
He is hungry for this fight and for this chance to be world
Matthysse vs. Kiram is a 12-round fight for the vacant WBA
World Championship, and is presented by Golden Boy Promotions
in association with Arano Box and
Galaxy Promotions. Linares vs. Gesta, a 12-round fight for
the WBA, WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine
Lightweight World Championships is presented by Golden Boy
Promotions in association with Teiken
Promotions.The event is sponsored by Tecate, "THE OFFICIAL
BEER OF BOXING." The event will take
place Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 at the 'Fabulous' Forum in Inglewood,
Calif. and will be televised live on HBO
Boxing After Dark beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.
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Tickets for Matthysse vs. Kiram are priced at $10, $25, $50
and $100, not including applicable service
charges and taxes, with a total ticket limit of 12 per person,
go on sale Thursday, December 14 at 10:00 a.m.
PST. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster
at (800) 745-3000 or the Forum Box
Office (Monday through Friday 11:00 a.m. PST to 7:00 p.m.
PST) at (310) 330-7300. Tickets will also be
available for purchase at www.fabulousforum.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
World Light Heavyweight Titles at Stake as Sergey Kovalev
Returns to New York vs. Igor Mikhalkin and Dmitry Bivol vs.
Sullivan Barrera Share HBO Bill
York, NY: Sergey Kovalev continues his rise back to the top
of the light heavyweight division when he returns to the Mecca
of Boxing on Saturday, March 3rd to defend the WBO Light Heavyweight
World Title versus southpaw Igor Mikhalkin, originally of
Irkutsk, Russia, now fighting out of Hamburg, Germany. A skilled
boxer, Mikhalkin puts his ten-bout winning streak on the line
as he steps up to challenge one of the most fearsome punchers
in professional boxing at New York City's Theater at Madison
the co-main event, newly minted WBA World Light Heavyweight
Champion Dmitry Bivol of Russia makes his second defense of
the title against Cuba's streaking Sullivan Barrera, the mandatory
challenger. Viewed as a "toss-up" bout by boxing
insiders, Bivol-Barrera matches a young, explosive champion
against an experienced veteran hungry for his first world
title fight. Presented by Main Events, Krusher Promotions
and World of Boxing in association with EC Box Promotions,
the doubleheader will be televised live on HBO World Championship
Boxing®. Ticket information will be announced shortly.
month, the Big Apple welcomed Kovalev (31-2-1, 27 KOs), the
two-time light heavyweight world champion, with open arms
as he made his New York debut with a stoppage of Vyacheslav
Shabranskyy in the second round to reclaim his WBO Light Heavyweight
World Title at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. Eager
to return to the ring and to his new home, "Krusher"
thrilled his large following of Russian fans last month and
he expects an even bigger contingent to greet him in March.
As he sits comfortably atop the light heavyweight rankings
and in the top five pound-for-pound, Sergey's goal is to put
on a great show for the fans in attendance and watching on
said, "I really enjoyed fighting at Madison Square Garden
in November. It feels like my home. I'm very excited to go
back to MSG and to fight on HBO. Everyone should to have a
great time watching my fight!"
manager, Egis Klimas, added, "It's still very difficult
to find light heavyweights who want to fight Sergey. I'm surprised!
Many thanks to Igor Mikhalkin, who is confident enough to
take on The Krusher and get a big opportunity. I don't think
it's a coincidence that Shabranskyy is Ukrainian and Igor
is Russian. They're tough! Not afraid!"
(21-1, 9 KOs), 32, a southpaw originally from Irkutsk, Russia,
now resides in Hamburg, Germany. He made his professional
debut in 2007 with a second-round stoppage against Stefan
Stanko and went on to win his first 11 bouts with seven of
those wins coming by way of knockout. The lone blemish on
Mikhalin's record is a unanimous decision loss to former WBO
Light Heavyweight Title contender Aleksy Kuziemski in 2010.
In the eight years since, Igor amassed several belts: the
IBO Light Heavyweight World Title, EBU Light Heavyweight Title
and the WBO Intercontinental Light Heavyweight Title. Mikhalkin
will be making his US debut against Kovalev on March 3.
asked about his upcoming title shot against Kovalev, Mikhalkin
replied, "It is a great honor for me to fight in the
United States. This will undoubtedly be the biggest and hardest
fight in my career. Kovalev is for me the strongest man in
this weight class. But I feel ready. The fight against Kovalev
comes at the perfect time. I feel stronger than ever and I
want to show the American boxing audience a great fight."
promoter, Erol Ceylan, of EC Box Promotions added, "We
are happy to organize this fight together with Main Events.
Kovalev is a big name in the light heavyweight division. Igor
has absolutely earned this fight and he has the class to defeat
Kovalev. Igor has already won many great foreign victories
in his career and I'm sure that he will be successful again."
the co-main event, the young champion, Dmitry Bivol (12-0,
10 KOs), makes his New York debut and fights in the United
States and on HBO for the second time. Sullivan Barrera (21-1,
14 KOs), who has become a fixture on HBO, returns to The Garden
for his first world title fight. Both men were very focused
on making this fight and facing each other. Some boxing commentators
believe this matchup could be the fight of the night.
is not the first time that I am training for the most important
fight of my career, and this motivates me and makes me happy!
Sullivan Barrera is what we wanted and I am glad that we will
meet in the ring soon," explained WBA Light Heavyweight
World Champion, Dmitry Bivol.
Ryabinskiy, of World of Boxing, Bivol's promoter, explained,
"We have planned a very active schedule for Dmitry Bivol
and World of Boxing in 2018 and are happy to start the year
with an event at Madison Square Garden on March 3rd with Dmitry
Bivol vs Sullivan Barrera. I would like to thank Kathy Duva
and HBO and hope that our partnership will prosper."
manager, Vadim Kornilov added, "We are glad that our
first appearance in 2018 will be against one of the best in
the division in the legendary Madison Square Garden. Sullivan
Barrera is a serious test for Bivol and we have a lot of respect
for him taking this fight. We want to prove to the world that
it was not by accident that this young kid became a world
champion in only his 12th ring appearance, he is already fighting
on HBO for his third time, and he is fighting one of the best
fighters in the division with only one career loss that came
at the hands of Andre Ward. Bivol has already been mentioned
as a possible pound for pound prospect by many and we will
continue fighting the best out there to prove this!"
said, "I came from Cuba with one dream and that was to
win a world title. I know it won't be easy and I know I chose
the toughest road than anyone to get here. But I know all
of the tough opponents I have agreed to fight and hard work
will pay off. On March 3rd, I will become the most deserving
light heavyweight champion in boxing."
Events CEO Kathy Duva remarked, "We're ready to showcase
the light heavyweight division again at Madison Square Garden!
We have Kovalev and Barrera both returning to The Theater
after big wins in November and we're adding another light
heavyweight champion to the card! Dmitry is a young champion
with a bright future ahead of him if he can get past Sullivan,
which is no easy task. And Sergey is taking on Igor Mikhalkin,
who is a young, but experienced, southpaw and that's given
him some trouble in the past. We'll round out the show with
another lineup of prospects and local guys in great fights
to make sure the fans see a really entertaining and satisfying
night of boxing."
Kovalev-Mikhalkin: The Saturday, March 3 main event between
Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev and Igor Mikhalkin is a
12-round match-up for the WBO Light Heavyweight World Title
at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The co-main event features WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion
Dmitry Bivol versus Sullivan Barrera in a 12-round title fight.
The event is promoted by Main Events, Krusher Promotions and
World of Boxing in association with EC Box Promotions and
will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®.
Ticket information will be available shortly.
WORLD CHAMPION ERROL SPENCE JR. TO DEFEND AGAINST FORMER CHAMPION
LAMONT PETERSON SATURDAY, JANUARY 20 LIVE ON SHOWTIME®
CENTER IN BROOKLYN & PRESENTED BY PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS
Returns for First Title Defense in SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®
(Nov. 21, 2017) –
Undefeated IBF Welterweight World Champion Errol “The Truth”
Spence Jr. will make the first defense of his title when he
takes on former two-division world champion Lamont Peterson
on Saturday, January 20 live on SHOWTIME. The event is presented
by Premier Boxing Champions from Barclays Center, the home
of BROOKLYN BOXING®.
CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING coverage begins live at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m.
PT and will feature undercard attractions that will be announced
in the near future.
for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment
and TGB Promotions, are priced starting at $50, and go on
sale Wednesday, Nov. 22 at 10 a.m. ET. Tickets can be purchased
at ticketmaster.com, barclayscenter.com or by calling 800-745-3000.
Tickets can also be purchased at the American Express Box
Office at Barclays Center starting Thursday, Nov. 23 at noon.
Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP. The
SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast will also be available
in Spanish via secondary audio programming (SAP).
pleased to be promoting Spence vs. Peterson, one of the very
best matchups in the welterweight division and in all of boxing,"
said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "Spence
is not only one of the best welterweights in the world, but
one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in boxing. In Peterson,
he faces another elite welterweight and a two-time world champion.
Spence vs. Peterson will bring the heat to Barclays Center
on a chilly January 20. This is yet another night in the outstanding
run of big time fights on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.”
vs. Peterson is an intriguing matchup between two elite welterweights
looking to reach the top of this marquee division," said
Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. "Errol Spence
is a rising star with his sights set on title unification
and the top of the pound-for-pound list, but he's going to
receive a stern test from Lamont Peterson, a multiple division
champion whose resume is filled with top class opponents.
It's going to be another fantastic atmosphere at Barclays
Center and a great night of fights live on SHOWTIME."
“With his breakout performance against Kell Brook, Errol Spence
established himself as one of top fighters in the welterweight
division, if not in all of boxing,” said Stephen Espinoza,
Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports.
“Never one to rest on his laurels, Errol continues to seek
out the toughest available opponents, and he has found exactly
that in Lamont Peterson. Lamont has never backed down from
a challenge, and as a result, he has a wealth of experience
with one of the strongest resumes in the division. This type
of high profile, dangerous matchup is the quintessential SHOWTIME
CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING main event.”
BOXING enjoyed a banner year in 2017, and we are looking forward
to carrying that momentum into 2018,” said Brett Yormark,
CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment. “Spence vs. Peterson
sets a strong precedent for the year, with two top welterweights
returning to the ring at Barclays Center to compete for recognition
in one of the sport’s most talented divisions.”
(22-0, 19 KOs), of Dallas, traveled to England to dethrone
IBF 147-pound champion and hometown favorite Kell Brook on
May 27 on SHOWTIME in one of the defining fights of 2017.
The 27-year-old, who had long been touted as boxing’s next
big thing, fulfilled his promise with a breakthrough performance,
fracturing Brook’s orbital bone en route to an 11th round
TKO. A 2012 U.S. Olympian, Spence will enter the ring at Barclays
Center for the third time after most recently stopping former
champion Chris Algieri in an April 2016 main event. He will
fight in Brooklyn for the fourth time; he earned his title
shot by knocking out Leonard Bundu at the Ford Amphitheater
at Coney Island Boardwalk in August 2016.
goal is to unify the welterweight division in 2018, but this
fight is a true test and Lamont Peterson is a veteran that
I definitely will not overlook," said Spence. "I
sparred him in the amateurs and I know what he brings to the
table. I have to get through him to achieve my goals and that
is what I plan on doing January 20th."
(35-3-1, 17 KOs), of Washington, D.C., has won titles at 140
and 147 pounds while facing some of the biggest names in the
sport, including Danny Garcia, Amir Khan and Timothy Bradley.
The 33-year-old won the WBA 147-pound title in his last outing
Feb. 18 on SHOWTIME before relinquishing the belt for the
chance to challenge Spence. Peterson has won four of his last
five outings, twice fighting at Barclays Center. His Brooklyn
debut saw him defeat Edgar Santana by TKO in 2014 before dropping
a narrow majority draw to Garcia in a 2015 main event in Brooklyn.
off, I’m happy to be getting back in the ring,” said Peterson.
“I’ve stayed in the gym and I’m ready to go. This is a fight
I wanted and as I said before when I became a welterweight,
I want to fight the best and make the fights that people want
to see. I’m ready to give it my all and give the fans a great
Loses WBO 154 LB. Strap in Final Bout Against Ali
legend and future Hall of Famer Miguel Cotto(41-6,33ko's),
a long time resident of Caguas Puerto Rico, put his WBO Junior
Middleweight Championship on the line in one last fight at
his home away from home, Madison Square Garden in New York.
His opponent Sadam "World Kid" Ali (26-1,14ko's)
a former 2008 U.S. Olympian from Brooklyn New York, proved
to be a more than formidable last opponent. Ali stunned Cotto
in the first round and in the next four or five rounds used
a good defense to hold Cotto at bay.
In the second half of the fight Cotto tried to keep away from
engaging too much. He looked like something was wrong physically.
It was confirmed later he had an injured left bicep that was
later treated. Like the warrior he is, Cotto never complained
and congratulated Ali on his victory. The scores were 115-113
twice and 116-113.
Over 12,000 thousand Cotto fans gave loud applause to the
six time, four division world champion His appearances at
the Garden many times the night before La Parada in New York
celebrating the Puerto Rican heritage were a highlight in
New York City each year.
Cotto later said he felt good about the performance and wants
to make up for lost time with his family. He thanked the crowd
for their loyal support over the years.
In the co-main event Rey Vargas of Mexico City, Mexico (31-0,22
ko's) defended his WBC SuperBantamweight world title and defeated
a game Oscar "El Jaguar" Negrete of Los Angeles
CA (17-1,7ko's). Vargas was bleeding profusely around both
eyes from head-butt gashes and his corner did a very good
job of controlling it enough to let the fight not be stopped.
In a WBO Juniorwelterweight Title fight Angel "Tito"
Acosta of San Juan Puerto Rico (17-1-17 ko's) scored a knockout
over Juan "Pinky" Alejo from Nuevo Leon, Mexico
(25-4-1(15ko's) at 1:33 of round 10. The knockout came with
a quick vicious left hook.
In a six round Super lightweight bout Zachery Ochoa of Brooklyn
(17-1,8ko's won a Unanimous decision over Erick Martinez of
Tijuana Mexico 14-10-1(8 ko's).
All in all a great night put on by Golden Boy Promotions and
Roman Defends WBA Super Bantamweight Title Against Ryo Matsumoto
Calif. (Dec. 18, 2017) -
Danny Roman, the reigning WBA super bantamweight champion,
makes the first defense of his recently acquired title against
the No. 13 rated challenger in Ryo Matsumoto on Feb. 28, from
Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.
The 12-round world championship fight, dubbed "The Challenge,"
is promoted by Thompson Boxing Promotions in association with
Roman (23-2-1, 9 KOs), who is based in Los Angeles, became
the new WBA belt holder in September after dismantling Shun
Kubo by ninth round stoppage in the latter's home country
To watch Roman's KO win that earned him the WBA championship,
please click here.
That Roman is traveling back to the island nation for his
first world title defense - the site of his most impressive
win to date - is of little concern for the aptly nick-named
"Baby Face Assassin."
"If you put in the work and the sacrifice like I do then
it makes no difference where I fight," said Roman. "I
have a great team behind me. My preparation for Matsumoto
is already underway. I know he's going to bring everything
he has and I'm going to be ready for it."
"Danny will be making his case as the best in his class
when he faces Matsumoto," said Ken Thompson, president
of Thompson Boxing Promotions. "We've watched Danny mature
into a top flight world champion and now the world gets to
see his special talent. We're excited for him and have no
doubt that he will retain his WBA championship in February."
(21-1, 19 KOs) heads into his first world title fight with
a four fight knockout win streak. His 19 knockout wins against
21 total victories is certainly impressive and is among the
reasons for his world ranking.
saw Danny Roman's title-winning fight over Shun Kubo and he
looked formidable," said Matsumoto. "I know I'll
be an underdog, but I'll try to do my best to win his belt."
"It's our great pleasure to welcome such a great champion
as Danny Roman," said Hideyuki Ohashi, president of Ohashi
Promotions and former WBA and WBC minimumweight world champion.
"Danny is strong and sharp, and his defense with Matsumoto
will be a very good fight without doubt."
WILDER RETAINS WBC HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE WITH DEVASTATING FIRST-ROUND
KNOCKOUT OF BERMANE STIVERNE SATURDAY NIGHT ON SHOWTIME®
FROM BARCLAYS CENTER
Wilder (left) seen here taking out Licovich in Indio, CA)
Photo: German Villasenor
Porter Scores Unanimous Decision Win Over Adrian Granados
in SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® Co-Feature
BROOKLYN (Nov. 5, 2017) – Undefeated heavyweight world
champion Deontay Wilder retained his WBC title in his sixth
defense with a dominant first-round knockout of mandatory
challenger Bermane Stiverne in the main event of SHOWTIME
CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Saturday night on SHOWTIME from Barclays
Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING®.
Wilder (39-0, 38 KO’s) knocked Stiverne (25-3-1, 21 KOs) to
the ground three times before referee Arthur Mercante halted
the bout at 2:59 of the opening round. After Stiverne took
Wilder the distance in their January 2015 title bout, Wilder
has now knocked out every single opponent that he has faced
in his career. Watch Wilder knocking out Stiverne HERE.
“So much frustration, it just seemed like my career, it’s
been crazy. So many guys using PED’s”, said Wilder, the only
American heavyweight world champion. “I just want to prove
that I am the best. I know I am the best but I want to prove
I am the best.”
Wilder first knocked Stiverne to the ground with a devastating
one-two combination that caught the Haitian challenger on
the nose. Seconds after Stiverne got back to his feet, Wilder
landed another clean combination with a big left and an overhand
right that sent a stunned Stiverne back to the canvas. The
final blow came in the waning moments of the opening round
as Wilder landed four clean punches to the face of a wobbly
“You have to give props to Stiverne for getting in the ring,”
said Wilder. “It takes a lot of courage and it takes a lot
of pride to step in the ring with someone like me. We do what
we have to do in the ring and at least he stepped up. He was
a clean fighter.”
After the brutal knockout, an emotional Wilder was asked by
SHOWTIME Sports® reporter Jim Gray about a possible fight
with unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.
“I’ve been waiting on that fight for a long time now,” said
Wilder. “I declare war upon you. Do you accept my challenge?
I’ve been waiting for a long time. I know I’m the champion.
I know I’m the best. Are you up for the test?
“A king doesn’t chase the peasants. A king takes kings. I
want Joshua. If he doesn’t give me the fight we have other
plans. The world wants Joshua, the world wants Wilder, I want
Joshua. Joshua come and see me baby. No more dodging, no more
excuses. Make the date, don’t wait.”
welterweight world champion Shawn Porter (28-2-1, 17 KOs)
defeated Adrian Granados (18-6-2, 11 KOs) via unanimous decision
(scored 117-111 by all three judges) in an exciting fight
between two all-action competitors that served as the co-featured
event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. The victory makes Porter
the mandatory title challenger for unified welterweight champion
Keith Thurman’s WBC belt.
Porter, who injured his left hand in the sixth round, landed
the sharper and more accurate punches throughout the fight,
including 40 percent of his power punches. Both fighters came
out aggressive in the early rounds and exchanged several powerful
"He gave me a little trouble here and there,” said Porter.
“I hurt my left hand in the sixth round, but I kept using
it. I had to use my jab. It took a toll on me and by the 10th
round I just couldn't throw it anymore.
"The strategy was to keep working the jab. I knew he'd
come at me periodically. I was prepared and dug deep to get
Granados, of Cicero, Ill., fought valiantly and withstood
multiple barrages from the powerful Porter and countered with
several quick combinations of his own. Granados, who landed
just 24 percent of his total punches, disagreed with the judges’
"I thought that I was controlling the fight and keeping
up with him the whole time,” Granados told Jim Gray. “He was
just trying to use his normal tricks. I rocked him multiple
times and he never had me in any trouble.
"He's a brute. I thought the referee [Gary Rosato] did
a good job breaking up the fight at the right times. It was
rough but I definitely thought I did better than the scorecards
In the opening bout of the telecast, unbeaten top contender
Sergey Lipinets (13-0, 10 KOs) earned the vacant IBF Junior
Welterweight World Championship with a unanimous decision
victory over Japanese veteran Akihiro Kondo (29-7-1, 16 KOs).
The judges scored the fight 118-110, 117-111 and 117-111.
The back-and-forth 12-round world championship fight saw Lipinets
control the early rounds with a diversified, creative attack
targeting Kondo’s body. An accidental clash of heads in the
sixth round, which opened up a deep cut on the forehead of
Lipinets, altered the momentum of the fight as Kondo gained
confidence and was able to land some powerful punches to the
head and body of Lipinets. The 28-year old Lipinets, who earned
the title in just his 13th professional fight, was able to
regain control in the later rounds to earn the unanimous win.
"I think the scorecards were accurate but it was a good
fight,” said Lipinets. “The head-butt really impaired my vision
and it led to me walking into some stupid shots.
"I'm happy with my performance. I'm just going to keep
getting better from here. I'm ready to take any on challenge
thrown my way."
Kondo, who was fighting for the first time in the United States,
proved a worthy opponent on the night. "It was a fair
decision,” said Kondo, through a translater. “He hit me with
a lot of hard punches and I felt like I needed at least a
knockdown in the last round.
"I made up my mind that I wasn't going to show any pain
or fear from his punches. I was determined to keep fighting
Saturday’s telecast will replay on, Sunday, November 5 at
9 a.m. ET/PT and Monday, November 6 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME
EXTREME and will be available on SHOWTIME ON DEMAND® and
This event was sponsored by Corona Extra, La Cerveza Mas Fina
and promoted by DiBella Entertainment and TGB Promotions.
"EL NIÑO DE ORO" LINARES RETAINS WBA, WBC
DIAMOND AND RING MAGAZINE LIGHTWEIGHT TITLES WITH SPLIT DECISION
VICTORY AGAINST "COOL HAND" LUKE CAMPBELL AT LOS
ANGELES' "FABULOUS" FORUM
BEST PROSPECTS AND CONTENDERS SHINE ON NON-TELEVISED UNDERCARD
ANGELES (Sept. 23, 2017) Jorge
"El Niño de Oro" Linares (43-3, 27 KOs) successfully
defended his WBA, WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine Lightweight
Titles with a split decision victory against the English southpaw
"Cool Hand" Luke Campbell
(17-2, 14 KOs) at Los Angeles' "Fabulous" Forum.
Linares dropped Campbell in the second round with a hard right
hand and engaged in explosive exchanges in each round to win
with scores of 115-112 and 114-113, while one judge scored
the fight 115-113 for Campbell.
fought very well," said Jorge Linares. "I'm happy
with the fight. At the fifth round, we had some trouble but
we came out on top. Trust me, I have a great connection with
my team and with my trainer, so we worked hard and kept at
it. I knew I had to let the dogs out. We want Mikey Garcia
one can ever doubt my hard work," said Luke Campbell.
"Yes, I got off to a rocky start. He [Linares] caught
me in the eye. A nice shot that put me on the mat. But I had
to fight. I had to get focused. I didn't think he was landing
any shots whatsoever in the second half."
the international broadcast, Filipino knockout artist Romero
Duno (15-1, 13 KOs) scored an eight-round unanimous decision
victory against Tabasco, Mexico's Juan Sanchez (29-13, 14
KOs) in a lightweight fight. Duno punished Sanchez to the
body and head in each and every round, which earned him the
victory with three scores of 78-74.
satisfied with my performance," said Romero Duno. "Sanchez
was a tough competitor, he fights clean and I respect him.
I've learned a lot from this fight and am going to take the
lessons I've learned onto the next."
"Crazy A" Hovhannisyan (13-2, 10 KOs), the exciting
Armenian super bantamweight contender with a spectacular style,
earned the vacant WBC Continental Americas Super Bantamweight
Title with a unanimous decision victory against Guadalajara,
Mexico's Sergio Frias (19-8-2, 10 KOs). Although the resident
of Los Angeles was cut above the left eye in the middle of
the fight, Hovhannisyan won with two scores of 100-90 and
one score of 98-92.
very happy to get this big belt," said Azat Hovhannisyan.
"This has been years in the making and I fought in the
ring with basically one hand as I fractured my right hand.
The swelling reappeared during the fight. Frias was a tough
opponent, but we put in the work to get the win."
"Chamaco" Lopez (23-1-1, 16 KOs) of La Puente, California
scored a fifth-round technical knockout victory against Isao
Carranza (15-10-1, 9 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico in a scheduled
eight-round super featherweight fight.
fight went well," said Abraham Lopez. "I wish I
would've finished him earlier, but he was a true warrior.
It was a good fight. This fight was something I wanted to
do, something I was waiting for. What's next? Whatever the
company has in mind. I'll be working on everything; win or
lose you always learn something. It doesn't stop. We're not
perfect. I know I made mistakes, but we're going to keep working."
the first fight of the evening, super bantamweight prospect
Rafael "El Alikin" Gramajo (9-1-1, 2 KOs) of Los
Angeles scored a tough six-round unanimous victory against
Pedro Melo (17-16-2, 8 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico.
feel good," said Rafael Gramajo. "I feel we started
off well. I'm proud of myself. I had not fought in a year,
and we fought the fight that we wanted to. In boxing, there
is always a punch that could catch you and hurt you, but thank
God it didn't hurt. I kept boxing and it was a good fight."
vs. Campbell was a 12-round fight for the WBA, WBC Diamond
Ring Magazine Lightweight World Championships, held on Saturday,
September 23 at the 'Fabulous' Forum in Inglewood, California.
The championship event was presented by Golden Boy Promotions
and Matchroom Boxing, in association with Teiken Promotions.
The event was sponsored by Tecate, BORN BOLD, Casa Mexico
Tequila, Thor: Ragnarok and Fred Loya Insurance and was televised
live on HBO World Championship Boxing® at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
ALVAREZ AND GENNADY "GGG" GOLOVKIN BATTLE TO DRAW
IN BACK-AND-FORTH WAR BEFORE SOLD-OUT CROWD AT
T-MOBILE ARENA IN LAS VEGAS
LIVE BY HBO PAY-PER-VIEW
VEGAS (Sept. 16, 2017)
Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion Canelo
Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) and WBC/WBA/IBF/IBO Middleweight
World Champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin (37-0-1, 33
KOs) retained their respective titles in a back-in-forth war
that was ruled a draw on Mexican Independence Day in front
of a sold-out crowd of 22,358 raucous fans at T-Mobile Arena
in Las Vegas presented live by HBO Pay-Per-View and before
17,931 Closed Circuit attendees.
action-packed fight featured everything a boxing fan would
hope for in a battle that not only featured the two best middleweights
in the world, but the two of the best pound-for-pound fighters.
Canelo took an early lead, outboxing Golovkin from the outside
with lateral movement, a quick jab and hard counterpunches
to the body. As the rounds progressed, Golovkin returned fire,
tapping through the middle of Canelo's guard before ripping
left and right hands around it. The action reached its peak
in the championship rounds, where both men went back and forth,
exchanging bomb after bomb in an explosive attempt to avoid
scorecards. Adalaide Byrd scored the fight 118-110 for Canelo.
Dave Moretti scored the fight 115-113 for Golovkin, and Don
Trella scored the fight a 114-114 draw.
in attendance for this sold-out event included LL Cool J,
George Lopez, Randy Orton, Chris Brown, Mario Lopez, Micheal
Strahan, Jamie Foxx, Dave Chapelle, Chris Walhberg, Victor
Espinoza, and former world champions Oscar De La Hoya, Bernard
Hopkins and Miguel Cotto.
thought I won the fight," said Canelo Alvarez. "I
think I was superior inside the ring. I won at least seven
or eight rounds. I was able to counterpunch, and even make
Gennady wobble a couple times. It's up to the people if we
fight again. I feel frustrated over this draw." When
asked if he felt Golovkin's power, Canelo said, "No,
truthfully, not really. There wasn't any power that surprised
me. In the first rounds, I came out to see what he had. Then
I was building from there. Yes, of course I want the rematch.
Obviously, if the people want it, then yes."
a big drama show," said Gennady Golovkin. "I want
to thank all my fans. I want to thank all my Kazakhstan fans
for supporting me, for coming out. Of course I want a rematch.
This was a real fight. Look, I still have all the belts. I'm
still the champion."
'JoJo' Diaz, Jr. (25-0, 13 KOs) scored a dominant 12-round
unanimous decision victory against Rafael "Big Bang"
Rivera (25-1-2, 16 KOs) to earn a shot at the WBC Featherweight
title. Diaz, a native of South El Monte, California, boxed
comfortably from his southpaw stance throughout the fight,
pawing with his right hand before unleashing powerful right
hooks and straight left hands on Rivera, a native of Tijuana,
Mexico. Diaz won with two scores of 119-109 and one score
feel like I had a good performance overall," said Joseph
Diaz. "I was able to put pressure and dictate the pace
of the fight, and be able to enter into a lot of exchanges.
Rivera is strong, has good body shots, and had good speed.
I think we gave them a good show tonight."
"I feel that trying to make weight in time for the fight
really drained me," said Rafael Rivera. "I wasn't
able to perform at my tiptop best. Other than that, I believe
we did good despite the circumstances."
De La Hoya (20-0, 9 KOs) outclassed Randy "El Matador"
Caballero (24-1, 14 KOs) over 10 rounds to win the NABF and
NABO Super Bantamweight titles by unanimous decision. De La
Hoya, of Mexicali, Mexico, started off explosively by landing
a fusillade of punches that caused Caballero's left eye to
swell by the third round. Caballero, who fights out of Coachella,
California, was the aggressor for much of the fight, but De
La Hoya's speed and size advantage nullified Caballero's offense.
De La Hoya won with scores of 90-100, 92-98, and 92-98.
"Blue Chip" Martin (20-0, 11 KOs) opened the HBO
Pay-Per-View telecast with a 10-round split decision victory
against Francisco Rojo (19-3, 12 KOs) to unify his WBC Continental
Americas and the vacant WBA Intercontinental Lightweight titles.
Martin, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, used his footwork and high-guard
defense to box from the outside, while Rojo cut off the ring
to land hooks to the body and head of the Mexico, City, Mexico
native. As the rounds progressed, Martin and Rojo exchanged
more and more explosively, though Martin was deducted a point
in the ninth round for excessive low-blows. By the end of
the fight, Rojo was coming on stronger, though it was not
enough to win on all the judge scorecards. Martin won with
scores of 95-94 and 96-93, while one judge scored it 98-91
didn't feel 100% tonight, even though I got the split decision,"
said Ryan "Blue Chip" Martin. "I know I fought
a good fight despite the adversity in the ring. I know the
judge that scored in favor of Rojo recognized good boxing
in him. I'm glad I have this new belt and it's on to the next."
Bohachuk (5-0, 5 KOs), the rising Ukrainian super welterweight
prospect trained by Abel Sanchez, defeated Joan Valenzuela
(5-9-1, 5 KOs) via second-round technical knockout in a fight
scheduled for four rounds. Bohachuk overwhelmed Valenzuela
with hard shots to the body and head before stopping him at
1:58 of the second round.
was a good opponent, I'm happy I won," said Serhii Bohachuk.
It was a tough fight, but I kept working at it and came out
lightweight prospect Vergil Ortiz, Jr. (7-0, 7 KOs) of Dallas,
Texas scored an impressive second-round technical knockout
victory against Cesar Valenzuela (7-2, 2 KOs) in a scheduled
six-round fight. Ortiz unleashed a vicious body attack on
the body of Valenzuela, forcing the Mexican-born resident
of Phoenix, Arizona to drop to his knees twice before the
referee called the fight at 1:22 of the second round.
just do what my coaches tell me to do," said Vergil Ortiz
Jr. "They knew how this fight was going to end, and kept
reminding me to go towards the body. I'm super happy to get
the win, and this is just another fight on the way."
the first bout of the evening, Marlen Esparza (3-0), the 2012
Olympic Bronze Medalist of Houston, Texas, scored a six-round
unanimous decision victory against Aracely Palacios (8-8,
1 KO) in the flyweight division. Esparza showed the influence
of her world-renowned trainer, Virgil Hunter, as she intelligently
used her left hand to jab and gauge distance before landing
combinations from the outside on Palacios, a native of Durango,
Mexico. Esparza cruised to her win with three scores of 60-54.
vs. Golovkin was a 12-round fight for the middleweight championship
of the world presented by Golden Boy Promotions and GGG Promotions
and sponsored by Tecate, BORN BOLD; Hennessy, Never Stop,
Never Settle; O'Reilly Auto Parts. Better Parts, Better Prices...everyday!;
Fred Loya Insurance; Interjet; Thor: Ragnarok; Fathom Events;
Tsesnabank; and Capital Holdings. Diaz, Jr. vs. Rivera was
a 12-round WBC Featherweight Title Eliminator bout presented
by Golden Boy Promotions. Caballero vs. De La Hoya was a 10-round
fight for the NABF and vacant NABO Super Bantamweight Championship
presented by Golden Boy Promotions. Martin vs. Rojo was a
10-round lightweight fight for the WBC Continental Americas
and vacant WBA Intercontinental Championships presented by
Golden Boy Promotions and GGG Promotions in association with
Cancun Boxing. The event took place Saturday, Sept. 16 at
T-Mobile Arena and was produced and distributed live by HBO
Tickets on Sale NOW!
Tickets go on sale Tuesday, September 19 at noon for the upcoming
showdown between former Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion
Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (30-2-1, 26 KOs) and Vyacheslav
"Lion-Heart Chingonskyy" Shabranskyy (19-1, 16 KOs)
which takes place on Saturday, November 25 at The Theater
at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for this exciting event
are priced between $50 and $350 and are available at ticketmaster.com
and the Madison Square Garden box office. From Monday, September
18 at noon until Tuesday, September 19 at 11:00 am select
fans can purchase tickets in advance using the exclusive presale
Kovalev vs. Shabranskyy will be promoted by Main Events and
Krusher Promotions in association with Golden Boy Promotions,
and televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 10:00
p.m. ET/PT. Kovalev is a former three-belt light heavyweight
world champion and Shabranskyy is currently ranked #3 by the
WBC and #2 by the WBA at light heavyweight. With both fighters
having greater than an 80% knockout-to-win ratio expect this
fight to be filled with fireworks!
About Kovalev-Shabranskyy: The Saturday, November 25 bout
between Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev and Vyacheslav
Shabranskyy is a 10-round light heavyweight match-up at the
Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The event
is promoted by Main Events and Krusher Promotions in association
with Golden Boy Promotions and will be televised live on HBO
Boxing After Dark beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Tickets go
on sale September 19, 2017 and are available at ticketmaster.com
and the Madison Square Garden Box Office.
STOPS MARRIAGA IN SEVEN, BELTRAN EDGES VASQUEZ
Angeles, CA (August 5th, 2017) -Wunderkind
Vasyl Lomachenko put up a stellar performance on Saturday
night to retain his WBO Superfeatherweight belt with a stoppage
over uber-tough Miguel Marriaga on the Top Rank promoted /
ESPN / ESPN Deportes televised main event at the Microsoft
Theater in Los Angeles, California.
Marriaga, tough REST
"EL MAESTRO" HERRERA OUTPOINTS JESUS "RENUENTE"
SOTO KARASS IN CROSSROADS WAR WITH JAWDROPPING TENTH-ROUND
CONTENDER FOR ROUND OF THE YEAR
VYACHESLAV "LION-HEART CHINGONSKYY" SHABRANSKYY
TAKES BACK USNBC LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE WITH SEVENTH-ROUND
KNOCKOUT PERFORMANCE AGAINST TODD "2GUNZ" UNTHANK-MAY
Calif. (Aug. 4, 2017) Keeping true to its promise of an all-out
crossroads war as the main event on Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN
at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino,
Mexican welterweight warriors Mauricio "El Maestro"
Herrera (24-7, 7 KOs) of Riverside, Calif. and Jesus "Renuente"
Soto Karass (28-12-4, 18 KOs) of Los Mochis, Mexico sacrificed
their souls in a fight where the closing tenth-round will
make for a strong "Round of the Year" contender.
Herrera, taking control of the fight early on while utilizing
his jab and was able to go toe-to-toe with Soto Karass in
the later rounds. Ultimately, it was Herrera who was awarded
the majority decision win, with judges' scores of 96-94, 96-94,
"Give me two months, and I'll be back," said Mauricio
Herrera. "I felt like I started out strong, landing my
jab, and was controlling the fight smart. By the end of the
fight, I was standing a bit more and landing more of the obvious
Herrera continued, "I will give him the later rounds,
because I do feel that he came in strong; however I feel like
overall my team played a strong clean, fight. I knew he was
coming off a long lay-off, so I knew he was going to come
in at 110 percent and just as good as he was before he took
a year off. I can't wait to get back in the ring."
"I feel like an injustice was just committed," said
Jesus Soto Karass. "So much hard work that went into
this. I had to drop 40 pounds to be able to take this fight,
and my team and I feel like all the runs up Mt. Baldy, diet
restrictions, and the work that we displayed in the ring tonight
should have merited the win."
Soto Karass continued, "At the end of the day, as I have
said before, the people who won today was the public who enjoyed
and supported us. At this height of my career, I have to go
back to my family, and we are going to have to make some tough
decisions. Above all though I am content and am happy that
I took this fight."
Special guests of the night at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
for the Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN card included former three-time
WBC World Super Bantamweight Champion Israel "Magnifico"
Vazquez, Golden Boy Promotions Partner and Future Hall of
Famer Bernard Hopkins, Brazilian UFC World Champion Jose Aldo
Junior, and fighters Oscar Duarte, NABF bantamweight champion
Oscar "Jaguar" Negrete, Randy "El Matador"
Caballero, and Roberto "Massa" Ortiz.
Opening up the ESPN and ESPN Deportes telecast, the newly
crowned again WBC USNBC Light Heavyweight Champion Vyacheslav
"Lionheart-Chingonskyy" Shabranskyy (19-1, 16 KOs)
of Los Angeles took back his belt in a seventh round knockout
of Philadelphia's Todd "2 Gunz" Unthank-May (10-1-1,
4 KOs). "Chingonskyy" solidified his comeback performance,
clearing the water with Unthank-May, landing 45 percent of
his power punches and 14 jabs per round. "2Gunz"
received a cut over his left eye in the brunt of their exchanges
during the second round, and was almost knocked down during
the seventh round. Before the eighth round could commence,
Unthank-May's corner waved the towel, awarding the seventh
round knockout victory and light heavyweight title to Shabranskyy.
"I'm happy to have my belt back," said Vyacheslav
Shabranskyy. "I learned a lot from my fight against Barrera,
and I've been working on moving my head and body a lot more.
He was a tough guy. I have 20 fights in my career, and I am
ready to start taking on bigger fights again."
Also making time for the televised card on ESPN and ESPN Deportes,
Niko "Baby Face" Valdes (6-0, 5 KOs) maintained
his undefeated status against Jaime "Zarco" Solorio
(7-4-2, 5 KOs) of San Quintin, Mexico in a six-round super
middleweight bout that went the distance. The judges scored
the fight unanimously in favor of Valdes as 60-54, 59-55,
"At the end of the day, I have to do what I have to do
to win and sometimes that won't look very pretty or impress
the crowd," said Niko Valdes. "His face looks a
lot worse than mine, the only reason he looked like he was
winning was because he was applying more pressure than me.
I still won."
the crowd to their feet in an action-packed six-round super
flyweight affair, Riverside, Calif.'s Ricardo "El Niño"
Sandoval (8-1, 7 KOs) conquered Durango, Mexico's Antonio
"Tony" Rodriguez (8-18-1, 5 KOs). The flyweights
did not hit pause in the six-rounds, with "El Niño"
demonstrating his ability to connect his punches and easily
switch between conventional and southpaw stances, as well
as initiating most of the heavy exchanges. The judges scored
the bout unanimously in favor of Sandoval, with scores of
60-54, 60-54, and 59-55.
"I'm in the middle of developing my own unique fighting
style," said Ricardo Sandoval. "This was my first
fight on a Golden Boy card, and I hope that with this performance
I get invited to fight on their card again. There was a point
that I did feel I could have knocked him out. I got him with
a body punch and he bent over in pain, but he held on."
Kicking off the ESPN 3 coverage, East LA's Jonathan "Thunder"
Navarro (11-0, 6 KOs) participated in his first full eight-round
super lightweight fight against Durango, Mexico's Angel Sarinana
(7-7-2, 3 KOs). Navarro set the pace of the bout, scoring
a knockdown in the first round. The bout featured heavy exchanges
between the lightweights, with "Thunder" showing
off his developing power and ability to box from the outside.
Navarro scored the unanimous decision victory with judges'
scores of 80-71, 79-72, and 79-72.
"This was my first, eight-rounder, so I feel accomplished
in being able to not gas out and be able to perform throughout
the rounds," said Jonathon Navarro. "I was careful
with my distance, and I was a lot more thoughtful when I was
throwing punches. Upping the rounds was definitely a career
achievement, and I hope that I can go up to ten rounds soon."
Opening the fight night activities with a six-round super
welterweight bout, LA's Marvin Cabrera (5-0, 4 KOs) participated
in a competitive combat against Esau Herrera (19-9-1, 10 KOs)
of Tlaquepaque, Mexico. Cabrera was able to prove he was the
more polished fighter, effectively countering Herrera's attempts
to push forward. The judges scored the unanimous decision
win with scores of 60-54, 59-55, and 59-55 in favor of Cabrera.
"I went up against a guy with a lot of experience, and
the key to winning was fighting from a distance and using
a lot of counter punches," said Marvin Cabrera. "I
had never faced an opponent like him before, and I was able
to see what areas I need to improve to take on even bigger
challenges. Overall, I am satisfied with this win."
Herrera vs. Soto Karass was a 10-round welterweight fight
presented by Golden Boy Promotions. The event was sponsored
by Tecate, Born BOLD and Hennessy "Never Stop, Never
FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONS MIGUEL BERCHELT AND JEZREEL CORRALES
KEEP THEIR BELTS IN HARD-FOUGHT, ACTION-PACKED DECISION VICTORIES
SULLIVAN BARRERA GETS OFF THE DECK TO TAKE HOME WBC INTERCONTINENTAL
LIGHT HEAVYWIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
5,864 ROCKING FANS FILL LOS ANGELES' FABULOUS FORUM TO SEE
A SENSATIONAL NIGHT OF FIGHTS
ANGELES (July 15, 2017):
Making the first defense of his WBC Super Featherweight Championship,
Miguel "El Alacran" Berchelt (32-1, 28 KOs) knocked
down Takashi Miura (31-4-2, 24 KOs) in the first round before
rolling to a clear-cut unanimous decision victory in the 12-round
main event of HBO Boxing After Dark live from Los Angeles'
VIPs for the night included Chairman and CEO Oscar De La Hoya,
World Champion and Future Boxing Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins,
Boxing Hall of Famer Roberto Duran, Real Madrid and Spanish
National Team soccer player Sergio Ramos, Tampa Bay Rays baseball
player JP Arencibia, Former three division world champion
Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez, NABA super featherweight
champion Carlos "The Solution" Morales, NABO Super
Featherweight Champion Alberto Machado, 2008 & 2012 Brazilian
Olympian Everton Lopes, Jesus Soto Karass, 2016 Mexican Olympian
Raul Curiel, Ronny Rios, Rene Alvarado, Charles Huerta, Azat
Hovanissyan, Cesar Diaz, and Roger Gutierrez.
"I knew this fight was going to be won with intelligence,"
Berchelt said. "Miura is a warrior, and fought till the
end. Miura has the toughest left hand in the division. He
kept coming forward, and when he connected his punches, they
did hurt. I knew I was going to fight an ex-world champion,
so I prepared myself well. I have proven that I am the best
by taking on the two toughest champions in the division with
Vargas and Miura. I am ready to fight anyone."
"Berchelt was a smart fighter," Miura said. "He
did not allow me to get my distance."
In the co-main event, Jezreel "El Invisible" Corrales
(22-1, 8 KOs) survived two knockdowns to maintain his WBA
Super Featherweight title with a majority decision win over
Robinson Castellanos (22-12, 14 KOs). Castellanos dropped
Corrales twice in a wild fourth round, with Corrales barely
beating the count after the second knockdown. But the Panamanian
champion regained his footing in the fifth and sixth and sent
Castellanos down with a left hook in the seventh. After a
nasty clash of heads in the 10th that busted Castellanos'
left cheek wide open, the fight was stopped and went to the
scorecards. The judges awarded scores of 94-94, 94-93, 96-92,
giving Corrales the majority decision.
"I knew this would be an interesting fight, I am so happy
about the victory," Corrales said. "This is probably
the best fight that I've had in my career so far. I'm looking
at tonight's main event as one of my future opponents."
"I am honestly so sad," Castellanos said. "That
head butt should have disqualified him; it could have been
fatal. I knew coming in that I was in enemy territory, however
I felt that I was ahead in the cards. I feel terrible."
Newly crowned WBC Intercontinental Light Heavyweight Champion
Sullivan Barrera (20-1, 14 KOs) gave a career-making performance,
getting off the deck in the first round to take a 10-round
unanimous decision victory over Joe Smith, Jr. (23-2, 19 KOs).
The judges scored the fight 96-93 and 97-92 twice.
"I feel very happy about this win. Joe Smith, Jr. is
a great champion, and I respect him very much," Barrera
said. "This title wouldn't have been possible with my
amazing team, and my father here tonight was also amazing.
When Smith, Jr. knocked me down in the second round, I got
back up cause that's who I am. In my fight with Shabranskyy
the same thing happened. I shoot back up to get the victory."
"Sullivan Barrera fought a good fight and I congratulate
him," said Joe Smith, Jr.
In the night's quickest, jaw-dropping knockout victory, highly
touted Ryan "Kingry" Garcia (10-0, 9 KOs) needed
only 1:14 of a scheduled four-round fight to knock out experienced
Mario Macias (27-22-1, 14 KOs).
"It felt like a blur. Like a dream that just happened
quickly. Although I wouldn't rate this as my best performance
since I think my last fight against Tyrone Luckey was the
best. I want to be on the Canelo-GGG card, and continue to
step up the level of opponents I face. Maybe when I turn 20
years old I will start to call out world champions."
Mercito "No Mercy" Gesta (31-1-2, 16 KOs) demonstrated
he is back in full force with an eighth-round technical knockout
win over ring veteran Martin Honorio (33-11-1, 16 KOs). The
one-sided fight showed off Gesta's superior accuracy, strength,
and footwork. The referee waved the fight off as Gesta was
unleashing a flurry of power shots on Honorio.
"It feels great to be back, I am almost at 100% to where
I want to be after my surgery," said Mercito Gesta. "With
all the rehabilitation and training under Freddie Roach, I
am on track to fight for a title very soon. Right now, I just
want to keep improving, and keep focused."
In the upset of the night, Diuhl Olguin (11-7-2, 9 KOs) outpointed
Guadalajara, Mexico's Horacio "Violento" Garcia
(32-3-1, 22 KOs). The action-packed eight-round featherweight
fight went the distance, with Garcia going down twice. The
judges awarded the fight to Olguin with scores of 73-77, 73-77,
"I feel very happy about my first win outside of Mexico.
I just can't believe what just happened," said Olguin.
"I wasn't the favorite, and I had to move up a couple
of weight classes to take this fight. I want to start to take
on tougher contenders in the sport in my weight class."
Opening up the Ring TV livestreamed portion of the evening,
Manny "Chato" Robles, Jr. (13-0, 5 KOs) broke Christian
Esquivel (29-12, 22 KOs) down to land the technical knockout
victory in the fifth round of a scheduled eight-round featherweight
fight. The fighters were in a heavy exchange when Esquivel's
corner waved the towel to stop the fight.
"It was a strange ending, but he was getting a lot of
punishment from me. The referees were actually going to call
it after the fifth round finished," said Manny Robles,
Jr. "I think my preparation allowed me to win each round,
and I am glad I got to do that in front of all my friends
and family who were cheering me on here at the Forum."
Kick-starting the evening Samar Philippines; Recky Dulay (10-2,
7 KOs) stopped Curundu, Panama's Jaime "Jaimito"
Arboleda (10-1, 8 KOs) in the third round in a super lightweight
bout that was scheduled for eight-rounds. With a right hand
cross to the head that left Arboledo unsteady, Dulay handed
Arboleda his first loss.
"This was my first fight in California, so it means a
lot as I continue to develop my career," said Recky Dulay.
"I've been training here in the U.S for about 2-3 months,
so I am ready to fight more here now."
Berchelt vs. Miura, was a 12-round fight for the WBC Super
Featherweight World Championship, was presented by Golden
Boy Promotions in association with Zanfer Promotions and Teiken
Promotions. Corrales vs. Castellanos was presented by Golden
Boy Promotions. Smith vs. Barerra was presented by Star Boxing
in association with Main Events. The event was sponsored by
Tecate, BORN BOLD and Casa Mexico Tequila.
Events Inks Deal with Brooklyn Native
Frank "Notorious" Galarza
Ready to Take Over
Events continues to add to their roster with the signing of
Brooklyn super welterweight Frank "Notorious" Galarza
(17-2-2, 11 KOs). Galarza, 31, made his professional debut
in 2010 as a highly-prized prospect. He built up a fan base
in the New York area with his all-action style, while remaining
undefeated for six years. He suffered two losses following
some inactivity and promotional issues. Now, with a new promoter
and a new manager, Galarza is ready to resume his climb to
the top of the hot 154 lb. division.
nearly a year-long lay off, Galarza can't wait to re-enter
the ring and is excited to be fighting under the Main Events'
banner. He said, "I am just one of those fighters who
will never turn down anyone. I will fight anyone. I wanted
to work with Main Events because I have seen what they have
done in the past. I like the way they move their fighters.
I have seen what they have done with Curtis Stevens and, for
me, I just felt that it was a perfect fit. After speaking
with Kathy [Duva] and Jolene [Mizzone], I just knew it was
added, "My goal right now is to get back into the ring
and start taking over. I am just grateful that Main Events
has given me this opportunity right now. I promise that I
am going to give my all and give everything that I have left
to give to this sport. I am going to dedicate myself and put
my heart into this. I guarantee you that my story hasn't ended.
You are going to hear a champion's story told about me and
it is going to be a story worth talking about. We are going
for the movie!"
Daughter Joy Looks on as Frank Signs his Main Events' Promotional
carries the same passion that he feels for his boxing career
into his personal life. He believes it is imperative that
he give back to his community. In addition to his rigorous
schedule training, his day job as a personal trainer and parenting
his first child, seven-month old daughter, Joy, he is also
heavily involved in a youth program he founded in 2014 called
Youth Fighting Forward that currently operates in Brooklyn
and Danbury, CT. "We focus on the kids. We try to offer
free boxing classes for the kids as well as mentoring and
tutoring," explained Galarza. For more information regarding
Frank's passion project, Youth Fighting Forward, visit: frankgalarza.com/youthfightingforward.
is managed by Adrian Clark who also manages Main Events stablemate
Cassius Chaney. When asked about Galarza's signing with Main
Events he said, "Extremely happy to have Frank with such
a prestigious company as Main Events. After meeting with Frank
and learning what he wanted for the remainder of his career,
it was a no brainer for me to reach out to Kathy & Jolene
to make this happen. I told Frank, all he has to do is deliver,
they will make you a star."
Galarza is one of the fighters that I've always felt we could
promote well," said Main Events CEO Kathy Duva. "He
has a fan-friendly style and fans in the New York and Connecticut
area, so he's really a perfect fit for Main Events. Now it's
time to get to work!"
CUADRAS VS. MCWILLIAMS ARROYO
ADDED TO SENSATIONAL SUPERFLY 2 EVENT
Saturday, February 24, 2018 From the Forum in Los Angeles,
Televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark®
Tickets Now On Sale!
Angeles, CA (December 12, 2017)
Following the outstanding response to SUPERFLY 2 being announced
last week, a sensational ten-round super flyweight clash has been
added with former WBC Super Flyweight World Champion, CARLOS “Principe”
CUADRAS, (36-2-1, 27 KO’s), of Mexico City, MX facing hard-hitting,
two-time world title challenger MC WILLIAMS ARROYO, (16-3, 14
KO’s), of Fajardo, Puerto Rico, on Saturday, February 24 from
the Forum in Los Angeles, CA, televised live on HBO Boxing After
Dark beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.
Tickets for SUPERFLY 2, priced at $250, $150, $100, $60 and $30
are now on sale and can be purchased through Ticketmaster (Ticketmaster.com,
1-800-745-3000) and the Forum Box Office. The Forum is located
at 3900 W. Manchester Blvd, Inglewood CA 90305.
2 is headlined by WBC Super Flyweight World Champion SRISAKET
SOR RUNGVISAI, (43-4-1, 39 KO’s), of Si Sa Ket, Thailand, defending
his title over 12-rounds for the second time against former world
champion and #1 ranked mandatory challenger JUAN FRANCISCO “El
Gallo” ESTRADA, (36-2, 25 KO’s), of Sonora, Mexico. “We’re very
excited to add this classic matchup of Mexico vs. Puerto Rico
to the SUPERFLY 2 HBO triple header in what will be one of the
most entertaining boxing events of 2018,” said TOM LOEFFLER of
Cuadras has proved to be one of the most exciting and most popular
fighters in boxing over the last couple of years with his action-packed
fights being telecast on HBO. His close fight
with Roman Gonzalez last year at the Forum was a ‘Fight of the
Year’ candidate as was his war with Juan Francisco Estrada at
the first SUPERFLY event on September 9.”
April 2016, McWilliams Arroyo had a spectacular fight with then
#1 Pound-for-Pound Fighter and Flyweight World Champion Roman
‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez and we expect another thrilling
fight against Carlos Cuadras on February 24.”
“With previous fights against “Chocolatito”, Cuadras and Williams
both know what it takes to face the best in the world and will
be very highly motivated for victory on February 24.”
Stated Cuadras, “This is exactly what I want, to fight the best
fighters in the division on the biggest stages
I love fighting in Los Angeles and for this fight I’m planning
on training in Big Bear Lake, California with Abel Sanchez. If
I win this fight I’ll be one step closer to getting my title back.
I can’t be stopped in 2018 and will be a world champion once again.”
“My fight with “Chocolatito” was a great experience,” said Arroyo.
“I loved fighting at the Forum with its loud and passionate fans
and history of great fights particularly in the lower weight classes.
I can’t wait to get to Los Angeles to face Cuadras.” Defending
his WBC Super Flyweight World Title, Cuadras made his HBO and
Los Angeles area debut on September 10, 2016 at the Forum in a
memorable 12-round war with then threedivision world champion
Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez.
boxing fans on their feet throughout the battle waving Mexican
and Nicaraguan flags, Cuadras and Gonzalez would clash in an epic
12-round battle that echoed the historic fights
that have been held at the iconic venue over the last 43 years.
Coming up just short on the scorecards, Cuadras has vowed to regain
his belt in 2018.
29-year-old Cuadras successfully bounced back into the win column
on March 18, 2017 at Madison Square Garden with a 10-round unanimous
decision over David Carmona on the HBO
Pay-Per-View undercard of the World Middleweight Championship
between Gennady “GGG Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs.
recently, Cuadras and fellow Mexican warrior and former flyweight
world champion Juan Francisco Estrada had the packed house on
their feet at the StubHub Center on September 9 during their extraordinary
12-round battle won by Estrada at the initial SUPERFLY event.
first challenged for the world title traveling to Thailand in
2014 where he lost a highly controversial split decision to Amnat
Ruenroeng for the IBF World Flyweight Title.
to Puerto Rico, Arroyo would stop Victor Ruiz in the third round
on April 11, 2015 in San Juan. Back in the win column, Arroyo
challenged ‘Chocolatito’ for the WBC Flyweight World Title on
April 23, 2016 at the Forum losing to the then #1 Pound-for-Pound
SUPERFLY 2 is presented by Tom Loeffler’s 360 Promotions in association
with Nakornluong Promotions and Zanfer Promotions. Cuadras vs.
Arroyo is presented in association with Promociones del Pueblo
and PR Best Boxing.
Additional information on this tremendous night of world class
professional boxing will
GARCIA vs. SERGEY LIPINETS SAN ANTONIO PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES
World Champion Garcia Faces 140-Pound World Champion Lipinets
Saturday, Feb. 10 live on SHOWTIME®
the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas & Presented by Premier
ANTONIO (December 19, 2017) -
Undefeated three-division world champion Mikey Garcia and unbeaten
IBF Junior Welterweight World Champion Sergey Lipinets were face
to face for the second straight day Tuesday at a press conference
in San Antonio to discuss their main event showdown taking place
Saturday, Feb. 10 live on SHOWTIME (10:15 p.m. ET/PT). The matchup
of top-5 ranked junior welterweights is presented by Premier Boxing
Champions at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING coverage will also feature two-division world
champion Rances Barthelemy in a rematch against Kiryl Relikh for
the vacant WBA 140-pound world title.
for the event, which is promoted by Ringstar Sports and TGB Promotions,
are priced at $250, $150, $75, $50 and $20. Tickets are on-sale
now and available at Ticketmaster.com.
is what the press conference participants had to say Tuesday from
Ruth’s Chris Steak House Grand Hyatt in San Antonio:
expecting a tough competitive fight. Lipinets is a fighter who
is always dangerous. He has power in both hands and he’s not afraid
to let his hands go. He’s also willing to get hit, so that he
can hit you back. That’s what makes him dangerous.
opportunity to win a title in a fourth division was too great
to pass on. It’s hard to secure fights like this. I’m happy everything
came together so we can give the fans a great show.
year was a great year for my return. It started with a world title
win for a third division title and then I had the big victory
over Adrien Broner in the summer. I’m looking for even bigger
things in 2018 and this last year really paved the path for that.
a fourth title was the big draw for me in making this fight happen.
To make history like that is something that really motivates me.
I know that I have a lot more to accomplish in the sport, but
this is a great start. This is the direction I want to go in.
a lot of talent and history in boxing in San Antonio. My brother
has a gym here and we have a lot of fighters we train with from
the area. Even though I’ve never fought here, I’ve gotten a lot
of support from the community. When we were looking at venues
for the fight, this was something I was excited to do.
have fought in different regions of Texas and always received
a lot of love, but I had never been able to fight in San Antonio.
We decided to bring the fight here to give something back to the
state of Texas. There’s no city better to host it than San Antonio.”
fans in San Antonio can expect drama. It’s going to be a show.
It’s going to have big punches, knockdowns and everything you’d
want to see in a fight.
is the biggest challenge that I’ve had in my career. Mikey is
a big star, but I’m very competitive and I want to show the world
what I can do.
spirit cannot be matched by any fighter, but I also have the speed
and strength to win. I will show my devastating power on February
is a very good chess player. People underestimate his ability
to think in the ring. So I can’t just go in there with a style
that someone else has used against him. We’re going to work hard
on the best game plan for what I can do.
is going to be a difficult fight. I’m aiming to get a win any
way that I can. I can’t say what it is going to look like, but
I will be ready for anything in the ring.
coming to win. I want to be in the position that Mikey has reached
in this sport. I’ve worked hard to get to this moment and I’m
going to give it my all to take advantage.
I didn’t think I was ready for this fight then I wouldn’t have
taken it. We have a plan and we’ll use all the experience I’ve
gained from my career to execute it.”
SCHAEFER, Chairman & CEO of Ringstar Sports
is going into 2018 with huge momentum and starting out with big
events like this. You have two undefeated champions getting in
the ring to fight each other. These kind of fights are going to
continue to elevate the sport to great heights.
was an easy fight to make because you have two fighters who want
to measure themselves against the best. This is a fight that got
done quickly. Neither fighter had to be convinced. Both guys feel
they can win and are going into the fight with an attitude of
an undefeated fighter.
one of these guys have any thought that they might lose. They
are 100 percent convinced that they are going to walk out of there
with their hand raised. That’s what’s going to make this a great
"PRETTY BOY" ANCAJAS TO
MAKE U.S. DEBUT DEFENDING HIS IBF JR. BANTAMWEIGHT WORLD TITLE
AGAINST TOP-10 CONTENDER ISRAEL GONZALEZ
vs. Gonzalez is Co-Main Event to Gilberto Ramírez - Habib
Ahmed WBO Super Middleweight World Title Tilt
February 3 American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas
on ESPN and ESPN Deportes
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (December 22, 2017) --
Filipino fireball JERWIN "Pretty Boy" ANCAJAS will make
his U.S. debut, Saturday, February 3, at the American Bank Center
in Corpus Christi, TX. A protégé of Filipino icon
Senator Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao, and promoted by Top
Rank®, MP Promotions and Joven Sports, Ancajas (26-1-1, 18
KOs), of Cavite City, Cavite, Philippines, will be making the
fourth defense of his International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior
bantamweight world title against Top-10 contender ISRAEL GONZALEZ
(20-1, 8 KOs), of Cabo San Lucas, México. The Ancajas -
Gonzalez world championship fight will be the co-main event to
the GILBERTO "Zurdo" RAMÍREZ -HABIB "Wild
Hurricane" AHMED World Boxing Organization (WBO) super middleweight
world title rumble. Both fights will be televised live and exclusively
at 10:15 p.m. EST on ESPN and ESPN Deportes and stream live on
the ESPN App.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zapari Boxing Promotions,
remaining tickets to the Ramírez - Ahmed / Ancajas - Gonzalez
world championship doubleheader event are priced at $152, $102,
$62, $42, and $27, including facility fees -- the perfect fistivus
holiday gift for your favorite boxing fan! They may be purchased
online at Ticketmaster.com, at the American Bank Center Box Office,
Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT, or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.
have had the opportunity to be ringside for Jerwin's fights in
Australia and in Macau and I see a lot of similarities to his
co-promoter Manny Pacquiao," said Hall of Fame promoter Bob
Arum. "Jerwin has a killer instinct inside the ring and he
is a great finisher. Just look at his record. Jerwin has only
gone the distance once in his last 14 fights!"
Ancajas, the IBF junior bantamweight world champion and MP Promotions’
first world title holder, is an exciting fighter who has not reached
his full potential,” said Pacquiao. “I am pleased to announce
that we will have the opportunity to get worldwide exposure through
his upcoming fights being televised on ESPN, with the help of
the legendary Bob Arum and Top Rank. We, at MP Promotions feel
that this opportunity will open the floodgates for Jerwin to reach
his full potential and continue to bring great honor to the Philippines.
That begins on February 3 in Corpus Christi, Texas, live on ESPN,
and we will be with him in every step of the way throughout his
am thrilled to have Mr. Arum and Top Rank promoting my career
in the United States. As a Filipino boxer there is no higher honor
than to have Mr. Arum and Top Rank Boxing promoting you,"
said Ancajas. "I also want to thank MP promotions and Joven
Sports for helping get me to this point in my career and I look
forward to following in the footsteps of my Idol and promoter
Manny Pacquiao. I want to be a champion for a long time."
at Joven Sports are thrilled to be signing with Mr. Arum and Top
Rank boxing. There was only one choice when we decided to go with
a promoter in the United States," said Joven Jimenez, president
of Joven Sports and Ancajas' co-promoter and trainer. "Mr.
Arum has done so much for Filipino boxing over the years. We are
honored to be promoted by him . Also I want to thank co-promoter
Manny Pacquiao and MP Promotions for all they have done and we
hope to have the tremendous success that our promoter Manny has
had in boxing."
Ancajas captured the IBF junior bantamweight world title last
year, dethroning defending undefeated champion McJoe Arroyo via
a dominate 12-round unanimous decision. It was the only fight
Ancajas has gone the distance in his last 14 bouts dating back
to 2012. He has successfully defended the title three times --
all in 2017 and all by stoppage -- against Jose Rodriguez (32-4)
in Macau; Teiru Kinoshita (25-1-1) in Brisbane, Australia, under
the Manny Pacquiao - Jeff Horn world title fight; and on November
18, Jamie Conlan (19-0), in Conlan's native Belfast.
Gonzalez returns to the ring riding an eight-bout winning streak
with five of those victories coming by way of knockout. The former
WBC FECOMBOX super flyweight champion is currently world rated
No. 9 by the IBF.
'MICKEY' ROMAN DEFEATS ORLANDO 'SIRI' SALIDO IN FIGHT OF THE YEAR
CANDIDATE AND MAIN EVENT OF HBO BOXING AFTER DARK AT MANDALAY
BAY RESORT AND CASINO IN LAS VEGAS
FRANCISCO 'EL BANDIDO' VARGAS EARNS TECHNICAL UNANIMOUS DECISION
WIN AGAINST STEPHEN 'SWIFTY' SMITH IN CO-MAIN EVENT AFTER BLOODY
LACERATION ON SMITH'S EAR FORCES STOPPAGE
RENE 'EL GEMELO' ALVARADO AND AARON 'SILENCER' MCKENNA SCORE SPECTACULAR
VICTORIES ON UNDERCARD
VEGAS (Dec. 9, 2017):
Miguel "Mickey" Roman (58-13, 45 KOs) brought new life
to his career with a spectacular and dominant ninth-round technical
knockout victory against four-time, two division world champion
Orlando "Siri" Salido (44-14, 31 KOs) in a Fight of
the Year Candidate and main event of HBO Boxing After Dark at
Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Roman, a native of
Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, scored knockdowns in rounds four and eight
before the fight was finally stopped at 1:43 of the ninth round
after a fight-finishing flurry sent Salido to the canvas for the
last time in his career.
"It's my moment, and I want to fight against any champion,"
said Roman. "I was doing everything well, even though everything
is always against me. But things will change from now on. That's
why I want any champion at featherweight or super featherweight,
but on HBO. The new camp, the good work we did, the good training--those
changes made the difference and we are all able to see that tonight.
Nobody knew, but if I lost, I would have retired. It was very
important to fight against a great champion like Orlando Salido
"I've beaten young fighters before, but this time it was
a matter of age," said Salido. "Time takes its toll,
and obviously I just couldn't do it. This was my last fight. Thank
you to all, to those who will remember me for all the great fights
that I had, and to the people who have followed me."
Francisco "El Bandido" Vargas (24-2, 17 KOs) scored
a ninth-round technical unanimous decision victory against Stephen
"Swifty" Smith (25-4, 15 KOs) of Liverpool, United Kingdom
in a scheduled 10-round super featherweight bout. Vargas, a native
of Mexico City, Mexico, tried the new boxing skills that he has
learned under his new trainer Joel Diaz. However, the fight was
cut a bit short in the ninth round after a severe laceration on
Smith's left ear called a halt to the fight. Vargas was victorious
with scores of 89-82, 88-83 and 88-83.
was a great win for me, and I'm happy I ended the year on a good
note," said Vargas. With my new team, I know I'll be back
soon and in big fights. I want to be world champion again, and
I'll be back very soon."
"El Gemelo" Alvarado (28-8, 19 KOs) of Managua, Nicaragua
headlined the HBO Latino Boxing double-header with an upset split
decision victory against Denis Shafikov (38-4, 20 KOs) in a ten-round
super featherweight fight. Alvarado defeated the native of Miass,
Russia with scores of 96-93, 96-94 and 94-95.
Ireland's Aaron "Silencer" McKenna (1-0), the welterweight
prospect who has recently signed with Golden Boy Promotions, made
a successful professional debut with a four-round unanimous decision
victory against Travis Conley (1-1, 1 KO) in the super welterweight
division. McKenna won with three scores of 40-36.
Salido vs. Roman was a 10-round lightweight fight presented by
Zanfer Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions, Promociones del Pueblo
and Tom Loeffler. Vargas vs. Smith was a 10-round super featherweight
presented by Zanfer Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions, Tom Leoffler,
in association with Matchroom Boxing. The event took place on
Dec. 9, 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Nery stops Arthur Villanueva in six
Stadium, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico –
In a fight card which could have easily been called ”The Night
of the Southpaws” due to all four featured TV fighters competing
out of the southpaw stance, the main eventer, reigning WBC bantamweight
champion, Tijuana’s own Luis “Panterita” Nery faced Arthur “El
Matador” Villanueva in a non-title bout.
is proving a strong gate draw, as a very sizable and loud 7,000-plus
crowd watched him score a TKO against a very game Villanueva at
the end of six in the TV Azteca/beIN Sports Espanol/Zanfer Promotions
smaller, slicker Nery used angles, a sneaky jab and hooks to keep
Villanueva at bay in the first few rounds.
heated up in the fourth frame, with Villanueva getting on the
inside and forcing a heated exchange toward the end of the round,
dropping Nery to a knee in a flash knockdown. Nery, unhurt, quickly
bounced back to beat the bell.
came out charging, to make up up for the knockdown in the fifth,
letting his hands go. Villanueva would try his best to counter
Nery’s attack and stem his offense, going into the sixth frame.
pressured effectively in the sixth, forcing the referee to step
in and call the fight off at 1:19 into the round, as the Filipino
was unable to defend himself, while being battered against the
the win, Nery moved to 25-0 (19), while Villanueva dropped to
in attendance were buzzing with the notion that they would see
the WBC-mandated rematch between Nery and former champion Shinsuke
Yamanaka early next year at the same venue.
southpaw, current WBO International junior welterweight titleholder
and former WBO world lightweight title challenger Jose “Chon”
Zepeda, 28-1 (23), used precise combination punching to stop a
tough but limited Abner “Jaeger” Lopez at 1:17 into the sixth
round of a scheduled ten.
suffered a bloody cut around his left eye in the second round
due to an accidental headbutt.
lightweight Elvis “Rockanrolero” Torres remained undefeated at
18-0 (11) by winning a rather lopsided unanimous decision, via
equally unanimous scores of 78-74, in eight, against Adrian “Chinito”
Young, 23-4 (18), in a much closer bout.
southpaw Torres threw wide, looping shots all night, looking for
a one-punch KO, which never came, while utilizing a useless pawing
jab, which allowed the more seasoned Young to gain range and seemingly
control the pace with a stiff, hard jab and lateral movement.
would not matter, as the fight went to the cards, with Young suffering
an accidental cut alongside his right eye, by the end of the final
the televised opener, Tijuana’s Sandra “La Perla Negra” Robles,
kept her WBA women’s No. 1 ranking by defeating a very tough,
plucky Linda Contreras in an eight-round junior flyweight bout.
per usual in most women’s fights, both ladies threw down for the
majority of the time, with neither going down and warming up the
crowd for the fights that followed.
moved to 19-2 (9), while Contreras saw her record dip to 1-2 (1).
STOPS SHABRANSKYY IN TWO
Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev regained his WBO Light Heavyweight
World Title in classic Krusher fashion with a second round stoppage
of Vyacheslav Shabranskyy at the Theater at Madison Square Garden
and live on HBO World Championship Boxing. Kovalev came out of
the gates swinging, knocking down Shabranskyy twice in the first
round. The second round continued with more hard shots from The
Krusher and a third knockdown. Finally, at 2:36 of the second
round, the referee called a halt to the action and Kovalev was
named the new WBO champ.
punch stats clearly favor Kovalev, who connected for 50 of 113
punch attempts (44%) compared to 16 of 71 for Shabranskyy (23%).
The Krusher also landed 62% of his power punches (36 of 58), compared
to 30% (8 of 27) for Shabranskyy. Finally, for jabs Sergey landed
25% (14 of 55) and Shabranskyy landed 18% (8 of 44).
the fight Kovalev said, "I did it and worked very hard to
get to champion status. My brain, mentally, my conditioning, my
body - I'm back. It's my goal to be the best in this division.
I am here, I love boxing, I love to make great fights. This makes
boxing interesting. We can make good fights for boxing fans, and
make boxing history. Let's find out who is the best. Chickenson
is on my list.This is very good for boxing. Let's do it."
Barrera and Valera
Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/Main Events
The co-feature of the evening started off with a bang as both
Sullivan Barrera (21-1, 14 KOs) of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Felix
Valera (162, 13 KOs) of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic scored
knockdowns in the first round.
the second round, Valera began to taunt Sullivan with his antics
but Barrera countered with hard shots that put a quick end to
the showboating. However, Barrera suffered a cut over his left
eye that started to swell in the second round. Shortly after the
bell rang to start the third round, Valera hit Barrera with a
low blow that cost him a point on the judges' scorecards.
fighters continued to trade hard shots over the next few rounds.
In the sixth, the action continued to intensify and referee Mike
Ortega deducted another point from Valera for hitting Sullivan
with the second low-blow of the night. The low blows continued
in the eighth and the referee took another point away from Valera.
However, at the start of the ninth round, it was Barrera who lost
a point for a low blow. This exciting grudge match continued into
the tenth and final round with both competitors trading big shots.
At the end of ten exciting rounds, the judges all scored the bout
in favor of Barrera (98-88, 97-90 and 97-89).
was a tough, awkward fight," explained Barrera. "I have
beaten two of the three light heavyweights shown on HBO. I'm just
waiting to finally get the opportunity I deserve."
live HBO telecast began with a controversial decision between
Yuriorkis Gamboa (28-2, 17 KOs) of Miami, Florida and Jason Sosa
(20-3-4, 15 KOs) of Camden, New Jersey. Despite a deducted point
for holding in the tenth, Gamboa was declared the winner by majority
decision after ten hard-fought rounds. The scorecards varied widely
for this bout. One referee scored the contest 94-94. The other
two judges scored the fight for Gamboa 95-93 and 96-92.
the ring following the fight the two fighters had this exchange:
"I'm sorry I didn't give you a better match. I only had 3
weeks to prepare."
Sosa: "That's boxing"
Gamboa: "You gave a great fight. You have a great heart."
Sosa: "I was a fun fight. I took some breaks but I thought
I did enough to win. I know I did enough to win the fight. I didn't
get hurt at all during the fight. I spar with middleweights so
that was nothing."
Gamboa: "It was a good fight. I didn't have enough time to
train. I only had three weeks. I didn't have time to get ready.
I needed 2 or 3 more weeks to lose the weight correctly. Of course
the decision was good. I think I won every round. Except for the
knockdown and the point deduction."
Grozny, Russia native Bakhram Murtazaliev (11-0, 9 KOs) kept his
stoppage streak alive with his seventh straight knockout over
Carlos Galvan (16-6-1, 15 KOs) of Antioquia, Colombia at 1:31
of round five.
the fight Murtazaliev said, "The fight went as it went. I
didn't think my opponent would be in the ring that long. He has
a big heart. All respect to him."
asked about fighting at Madison Square Garden he added, "It
looked like what I dreamed all my life. I'm not that famous a
boxer, but I want to say thank you to all my fans. I promise more
exciting fights in the future."
After a 14-month layoff Brooklyn's own Frank "Notorious"
Galarza (18-2-2, 11 KOs) made his triumphant return to the ring
with a lopsided unanimous decision victory over Jaime Herrera
(15-5-1, 8 KOs) of Chicago, Illinois. Herrera suffered a cut over
his left eye in the fifth round but managed to finish the fight.
The judges scored the fight 78-74, 80-72 and 79-73 all in favor
of the hometown hero.
comeback kid was ecstatic after the fight. He said, "I feel
good after a 14-month layoff, shaking off some ring rust. I'm
so grateful for Main Events to put me on their card. Hopefully
I'll be back in the Garden soon. It felt great, it was where I
belong. It felt right. Not many places you can call home but this
is one for me. I'm grateful for my supporters, for people who
waited it out for me. As a Brooklyn native, a person from New
York who's been around, they support me and that's the best thing."
Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/Main Events
prospect Meiirim "The Sultan" Nursultanov (5-0, 4 KOs)
of Astana, Kazakhstan needed less than two rounds to stop the
previously undefeated Eric Moon (7-1, 6 KOs) of Atlanta, Georgia.
The referee stopped the contest at 1:54 of the second round.
prepared to fight more rounds," explained Nursultanov. "I
think I showed a very professional fight. Many people thanked
me, I win more fans every fight. I'm looking forward to having
more success. I want to be a unified world champion someday. I
sparred with [Sergey] Kovalev, we helped each other. Tonight's
fight was so far because of this very good experience. Thank you
Rodriguez Knockdown of Duarte
Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/Main Events
New York native "Lightning" LeShawn Rodriguez (8-0,
7 KOs) stopped Alex Duarte (7-3, 5 KOs) of Sao Paulo, Brazil at
1:48 of the third round. Rodriguez recently returned to the ring
last month after an 11-month injury layoff. His performance against
Duarte tonight proves the 24-year is back!
feels good always to win, but to win by knockout is better, sensational,
spectacular," said Rodriguez. "I felt at home. A lot
of people came out to see me. This is the first time I've fought
in New York since I turned pro."
Former kickboxer Enriko Gogokhia (7-0, 3 KOs) of Zugdidi, Georgia
improved his undefeated record with a unanimous decision victory
over Jose Abreu (13-3, 8 KOs) of the Dominican Republic. Two judges
had the score 59-54 and the third judge scored the bout 60-53,
all in favor of Gogokhia.
asked about the fight Gogokhia replied, "It was a good fight,
good opponent with a good record. it was harder because the opponent
was ready and he also wanted to win. I was just getting started
by the last round. Still, a victory is a victory."
In the first bout of the evening Bronx native Ismael Villarreal
(1-0) made his professional debut with an impressive shutout unanimous
decision over Race Sawyer (0-5) of Salt Lake City, Utah. One judge
scored the bout 40-35 while the other two scored the contest 40-36
in favor of Villarreal.
the fight Villarreal said, "It totally felt different than
the amateurs. There were so many more people looking at me. I
was trying to look good, I was focused on the knockout because
it was my very first professional fight. I learned I have to work
harder and be careful not to get hit."
HEAVYWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION ANTHONY JOSHUA STOPS MANDATORY CHALLENGER
CARLOS TAKAM IN 10TH
WALES (Oct. 28, 2017) –
Undefeated and Unified Heavyweight World Champion Anthony Joshua
stopped IBF mandatory challenger Carlos Takam in the 10th round
on Saturday night at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, where
the British sensation improved to 20 wins, all by knockout, and
retained both his IBF and WBA world title belts.
Joshua vs. Takam was contested before a record 78,000 fans, the
largest ever for an indoor boxing event and was the first of back-to-back
heavyweight world title fights airing live on SHOWTIME. Next Saturday,
Nov. 4, WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder headlines
a three-fight telecast when he faces former world champion Bermane
Stiverne at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
Creative combinations and some inside fighting rarely seen from
the rangy Joshua opened up a cut over Takam’s right eye and floored
the challenger in the 4th. Later, Joshua opened another gash over
the left eye but a bloody and battered Takam continued to press
forward. Takam was able to land some significant punches in the
middle rounds but not enough to take Joshua off his game.
In the 10th, after Joshua landed several big punches including
a left-right combination that rocked the courageous challenger,
referee Phil Edwards stepped in and stopped the fight at 1:34.
“I kept my composure,” said Joshua when asked about a head butt
in the second round that may have broken the champion’s nose.
“We will get my nose cracked back into place and then we can get
back to training.”
When SKY Sports’ ringside reporter Andy Scott asked the beloved
champion about a unification bout with fellow undefeated champion
Wilder, Joshua said, “It has to happen. It has to happen for sure.
When it comes down to it, the IBF, IBO and WBA have mandatory
challengers. I can’t just fight any Joe Blow I want. I have to
fight the obligations as champion and once I fulfill those, my
door is open to fight anyone, be it Wilder or anyone else.
“Everyone saw how hard it took to get the belts,” he continued.
“I am not giving them up for anyone.”
When asked about fighting overseas in America or elsewhere, Joshua
replied to the delight of the U.K. fans, “As I said, it’s not
my decision what happens outside the ring… but look at what boxing
is doing. We are getting people coming in from all around the
U.K. and from different countries. I think we should keep on boxing
right here in the U.K.”
UPSET ON GOLDEN BOY BOXING ON ESPN - ROBINSON CASTELLANOS AND
JESUS ROJAS EARN KNOCKOUT VICTORIES ON CINCO DE MAYO CARD AT MGM
GRAND GARDEN ARENA IN LAS VEGAS
Credit: Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions
VEGAS (May 5, 2017) -
Continuing to honor its pledge to make competitive fights, Golden
Boy Boxing on ESPN delivered two significant upsets in the main
and co-main events on Cinco De Mayo, with lightweight Robinson
"Robin Hood" Castellanos (22-11, 14 KOs) taking out
Yuriorkis "El Ciclon de Guantánamo" Gamboa (26-2,
17 KOs) in the main event and Jesus Rojas (25-1-2, 18 KOs) claiming
the WBA-NABA featherweight title from Abraham "El Chamaco"
Lopez (22-1-1, 15 KOs) in the co-main.
In the main event scheduled for 10 rounds, Gamboa - a former Olympic
medalist and two-time world champion - tasted the canvas in the
second and fourth rounds before declining to come out of his corner
for the eighth round, giving Castellanos the TKO victory.
"I am super happy and excited to get such a big win,"
Castellanos said. "I won against a revered Olympian, and
this win puts my career back on track after my last fight. This
win is the opportunity that I needed, and it's because of the
incredible team around me."
"I felt super dizzy, and felt like I couldn't go on,"
said Gamboa. "We trained hard."
In the co-main event, Rojas from Caguas, Puerto Rico wrested the
WBA-NABA featherweight title from Lopez of La Puente, CA. Rojas
dropped Lopez three times over the course of the fight before
the referee stopped the fight in the eighth round, giving Rojas
the TKO victory.
"It's almost three years since I've fought in the U.S.; this
win is the opportunity to be on the global stage, and take on
world champions," Rojas said. "I promised my father
that I would become a world champion, and even though he is not
with me any more, I carry on our dream. I hope that by the end
of the year, I am competing for an interim title or even a world
"It's tough to swallow, I'm still processing it, but it happens,"
Lopez said. "After this, I know I'm going to go back to the
drawing board and start training hard again."
Making his television debut, white-hot lightweight prospect Vergil
Ortiz, Jr. (5-0, 5 KOs) out of Dallas, Texas went past the first
round for the first time, but put Durango, Mexico's Angel "Pescado"
Sarinana (7-6-2, 3 KOs) down in the third round with a savage
right uppercut, and the referee ruled that Sarinana could no longer
"I saw him get hurt in the first round when hit him in the
body with a hook," Ortiz said. "Since that moment, I
was just looking for the opportunity to get the knock out, but
he was a tough guy and was able to make it through. In the third
round, I saw him lose he guard, and I landed my uppercut that
sent him to the floor. I think after this, I'm ready to increase
my rounds. I think I am ready to take on some tougher opponents."
up the televised fights on ESPN Deportes and ESPN2 in a battle
of undefeated middleweights, Sao Paulo, Brazil's Yamaguchi Falcão
(13-0, 6 KOs) utilized solid footwork and a barrage of left hands
to saddle Morgan "Big Chief" Fitch (18-1-1, 8 KOs) of
Pittsburgh, PA with his first defeat. All three judges scored
the bout 100-90, giving Falcao a unanimous decision.
"It's been five months since I've been in the ring since
my last fight," Falcao said. "I had a lot of trouble
adjusting and finding my rhythm. It's a journey, and I'm glad
I got the win but if I want to reach my goal of fighting the big
time fighters I have to improve everywhere."
"I don't know what happened in there," Fitch said. "I
just know that I could have done better and been more serious
in there. I'm at a loss of words."
Tlaquepaque, Mexico's Alexis Salazar (9-3, 3 KOs) was the victor
of this evening's Cinco de Mayo bout against Even Torres (6-3,
5 KOs) of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico by way of unanimous decision.
During the rounds, the two fighters tested one another out, however
it was clear Salazar outpaced his opponent in this super middleweight
match lasting eight rounds.
Carlos "The Solution" Morales (16-1-3, 6 KOs) of Los
Angeles, CA and Phoenix, AZ's Cesar Valenzuela (14-5-1, 5 KOs)
labored through eight rounds of their lightweight bout. The evenly
matched fighters boxed around one another and exchanged punches
throughout their bout, only for Morales to knockout down Valenzuela
on the mat at the tail end of round eight. Ultimately, the judges
awarded Morales a split decision victory.
With famed trainer Jose "Chepo" Reynoso in his corner,
Horacio "Violento" Garcia (31-2-1, 21 KOs) of Guadalajara,
Mexico punished fellow Mexican fighter Fernando Vargas (32-14-3,
24 KOs) of Tijuana with thunderous punches in this featherweight
fight. In the fourth round, Vargas was sent down on a knee by
way of a body shot. For the rest of the fight, it was clear Garcia
held the upper hand and was awarded the unanimous decision at
In the final bout of the evening, Oscar "El Jaguar"
Negrete (16-0, 6 KOs) of Los Angeles maintained undefeated status
against Guadalajara's Victor "Pelon" Ruiz (21-7, 14
KOs) in a tough super bantamweight fight going the distance. Negrete
brought his signature speed and nimble style to defeat Ruiz for
all eight rounds.
Gamboa vs. Castellanos was a 10-round lightweight fight presented
by Golden Boy Promotions. The event was sponsored by Tecate "Born
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Stops Dos Santos in Two.
23rd, 2017- Carson , CA-
In the Top Rank PPV card's openener, WBO Super Bantamweight champion
Jesse Magdaleno (25-0, 18 KOs) brutalized and stopped Adelison
Dos Santos (18-3, 14 KO) in
the second round.
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