Stops Ibarra at the Theater, Madison Square Garden on St.
17, 2017- In
the main event, in a full green house, debuting Irish 2016
Olympian, Super bantamweight Michael Conlan stopped Tim Ibarra
at :53 seconds of the third frame of a scheduled six rounds.
a basic, solid jab and hooking lefts and right, Conlan controlled
the pace from the onset.
Conlan switched to- rest
TALK LIVES UP TO EXPECTATIONS WITH
DAVID LEMIEUX'S STUNNING THIRD ROUND STOPPAGE OF CURTIS STEVENS
ON HBO BOXING AFTER DARK®
YURIORKIS GAMBOA GETS DECISION WIN OVER RENE ALVARADO IN HIS
RETURN TO THE RING FOR CO-MAIN EVENT
NEW YORK (March 11, 2017)
- In a match up that was guaranteed to end in a knock out,
David Lemieux (37-3, 33 KOs) lived up to his promise of taking
out Curtis "The Cerebral Assassin" Stevens (29-6,
21 KOs) in a jaw-dropping third round stoppage to claim the
WBO Intercontinental and WBC Continental Americas Middleweight
belts live from Turning Stone Resort Casino and televised
on HBO Boxing After Dark.
"I told you what I was going to do tonight," said
David Lemieux. "What I saw was a 'check mate',"
said Lemieux. "The punch was made with perfect landing.
I am in great shape, and I prepared myself for him. He is
physically strong but nothing special. Stevens is a solid
fighter, and we were successful. I wish him the best, and
I hope he is OK."
In his highly anticipated return to the ring, Cuban stand
out Yuriorkis "El Ciclón de Guantánamo"
Gamboa (26-1, 17 KOs) secured a unanimous decision win over
Nicaragua's Rene "Gemelo" Alvarado (24-8, 16 KOs)
as the televised co-main event. Gamboa demonstrated his power
and resilience in his return to the ring, with the judges
scoring the bout 97-92, 97-92, and 97-93.
A part of the international broadcast, Zachary "Zungry"
Ochoa (16-1, 7 KOs) suffered his first career loss against
the mighty Yves Ulysse (13-0, 9 KOs) for the vacant Junior
NABF Super Lightweight title. Yves turned up the heat during
the fourth round, showing off his reach and powerful left
arm and right hook combinations that left bruises under Ochoa's
right eye. The fire was completely unleashed during the seventh
round, and Ulysse cornered Ochoa landing powerful straight
right arm punches. Ochoa's corner waved the white towel before
the eight round could begin, awarding the technical knock
out and NABF belt to Ulysse.
"I dedicate this victory to everybody that doubted me,"
said Yves Ulysse. "I did my homework and beat him in
his hometown. This is just the beginning of the adventure.
Ulysse Nation, that's the name to remember."
Also on the undercard, Diego De La Hoya (17-0, 9 KOs) faced
off against the tough Roberto "Escorpión"
Pucheta (10-10-1, 6 KOs) for an eight round bout that went
"Mexican fighters are tough, and he has fought tough
opponents," said Diego De La Hoya. "I was expecting
the fight to be tough; it's been a while since I have been
in the ring, and this was perfect to upkeep all my skills."
In another knock out performance of the night, D'Mitrius Ballard
(16-0, 12 KOs) knocked out Zoltan Sera (26-12, 17 KOs) during
the fourth round. During the third, Sera lost a point for
lifting Ballard by the calves in attempt to block his punches.
"He was definitely fighting to survive in the ring with
me," said D'Mitrius Ballard. "When he picked me
up, I could sense his desperation - my corner kept yelling
at me to finish him off because a fighter that was unpredictable
like him could seriously hurt me."
Making his pro-debut, Alex Rincon (1-0, 1 KO) of Carrollton,
TX made an exceptional first impression to the boxing world
in a second round knock out of Ardmore, Okla.'s Shaun "Buddy
Hollie" Lee Henson (2-4, 2 KOs).
"It's always such a great feeling coming back to the
locker room with a win like this," said Alex Rincon.
"There's a huge difference from fighting in the amateurs
to the pros, from the size of the gloves to the atmosphere
the crowd brings. I'm ready to continue to grow and get more
knock outs like this one."
Highly touted Philly prospect Damon "No Smilin'"
Allen, Jr. (11-0-1, 5 KOs) defeated Budapest, Hungary's Adam
"Bad Boy" Mate (24-11, 17 KOs) in a second round
Kick starting the action packed night, Philly's Todd "2Gunz"
Unthank-May (11-0, 4 KOs) improved his record taking on southpaw
fighter Quinton Rankin (12-4-1, 9 KOs) of Charlotte, NC for
an eight round light heavyweight fight. The fight went the
distance, but Unthank-May took home the unanimous decision
"It's another win, and I'm just glad I get to be under
the Golden Boy banner," said Unthank-May. "Bernard
Hopkins is my inspiration, and I hope to have a career like
vs. Stevens was a 12-round middleweight bout for the WBO Intercontinental
and WBC Continental Americas presented by Golden Boy Promotions
in association with Eye of the Tiger Management and Main Events,
and sponsored by "Tecate, BORN BOLD." The HBO Boxing
After Dark® telecast began at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.
“GGG” GOLOVKIN INTERNANTIONAL MEDIA CONFERENCE CALL TRANSCRIPT
“GGG” GOLOVKIN INTERNANTIONAL
MEDIA CONFERENCE CALL TRANSCRIPT
BERNIE BAHRMASEL: Good afternoon and Good Morning to the international
media and thanks very much for joining us on this Media Conference
Call promoting the highly anticipated World Middleweight Championship
between Unified Middleweight World Champion GENNADY “GGG”
GOLOVKIN, (36-0, 33 KO’s) and WBA Middleweight World Champion
and Mandatory Challenger DANIEL “The Miracle Man” JACOBS,
(32-1, 29 KO’s) set for Saturday, March 18 from THE Mecca
of Boxing, Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The Championship Event presented by K2 Promotions will be
produced and distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View starting at 9pm
ET, 6pm PT. Tickets for the live event which are moving fast,
may be purchased online through Ticketmaster and TheGarden.com
Since bursting onto the boxing scene in America in September
2012 on HBO, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin has become the most talked
about and most exciting international boxing superstar in
In addition to his world titles and distinction as the Unified
Middleweight World Champion, Gennady is also known as the
sports’ ‘Peoples Champion’. In his last three fights, Gennady
has sold over 55,000 tickets, drawing packed houses to three
of boxing’s most iconic venues, The O2 Arena in London, England,
The Fabulous Forum in Los Angeles, California and The Mecca
of Boxing, Madison Square Garden where he will fight for the
fifth time on Saturday, March 18th.
With a record of 36-0 with 33 knockouts, Gennady has stopped
his last 23 opponents inside the distance over a period of
Joining Gennady on the call today is his longtime trainer,
the 2015 & 2016 Yahoo Sports Boxing Trainer of the Year,
Abel Sanchez—both are joining us from Big Bear Lake, California.
joining us on the call is the architect of Gennady’s meteoric
international rise in becoming one of boxing’s most marketable
fighters, Tom Loeffler, the Managing Director of K2 Promotions.
A couple programming notes before we get started;
Golovkin/Jacobs” is available on the HBO On Demand® service,
HBO GO®, HBO NOW® and on HBO Boxing’s YouTube channel
“2 Days: Chocolatito Gonzalez premieres Saturday, March 11
at approximately 1:00 a.m. (ET/PT) or immediately following
the Live HBO BOXING AFTER DARK card on HBO.
LOEFFLER: We are really excited now as we head into the home
stretch. Fight week is next week and all of the fighters are
flying in over the weekend. The main event press conference
will be Monday with Gennady, Danny and Michael Buffer ringing
the bell that morning for the New York Stock Exchange. We
are really excited about Golovkin vs. Danny Jacobs at Madison
Square Garden – there was a tremendous response from the HBO
24/7 piece that aired last Saturday. Everyone is excited and
anticipating the two best middleweights in the world along
with the tremendous undercard we have headlined by ‘Chocolatito’
Gonzalez vs. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Carlos Cuadras vs.
David Carmona along with Ryan Martin vs. ‘Pee Wee’ Cruz. It’s
going to be a full action packed show. Andy Lee is coming
back to MSG on the undercard – he is a favorite with the Irish
and New York City boxing fans.
ABEL SANCHEZ: Camp has been going great and I would like to
thank all of the people for coming to the fight. We are looking
to start the year off great with Gennady and hopefully fight
three or four times in the year. We have had very good sparring
– with David Benavidez and John Jackson. We have had no issues
and hopefully everything goes good and we have a great fight
on the March 18th.
GENNADY GOLOVKIN: I feel great and training camp has been
great. I’m ready for March 18th to fight Danny Jacobs, he’s
my biggest test.
I’ve watched the video of Gennady hitting the pad you were
holding. Can you describe the power of Gennady?
ABEL SANCHEZ: In forty years I have never had a fighter that
hits as hard as Gennady but I am fortunate that he doesn’t
hit me as hard as he can and as hard as he has hit someone
in a fight. I have seen him hit someone 100% with protection
on but I have never seen him hit someone 100% in a fight.
He hits very hard and I feel it at night when I go to bed.
My shoulder hurts but that is part of the job. On that particular
video that you saw – it was taken in Santa Monica and I just
had him hit the round pad and it was just a couple of rounds.
It does hurt and I feel for the guys that catch it in the
ring with small gloves and wraps - but that’s part of his
business. It is fortunate that I have a guy that fights with
dramatic endings and fights dramatic rounds and I am glad
to be part of it.
You have a streak of 23 consecutive knockouts…at what point
in your career did you realize that you have incredible power
compared to the other guys in the ring?
GENNADY GOLOVKIN: Of course I feel that I have power and it
is very important to me and I can feel the power in my punches.
I get that from hard work and practice.
Do you feel you have better punching power than all of your
GENNADY GOLOVKIN: Yes, sometimes but it is not just power.
It has a lot to do with timing and distance. It is not all
in the punch.
Danny has him own streak going – he has 12 in a row. Do you
feel a knockout is inevitable?
GENNADY GOLOVKIN: I don’t know, this is boxing. He is a very
good fighter and maybe has a little bit more power than me.
He has big power and he is a very good boxer.
How happy are you to have an opponent that has a chance of
GENNADY GOLOVKIN: I am happy because I work hard every day
for the last two months to three months. Right now is my last
week and next week is the fight. Of course – this is my first
fight of the year and he is a tough guy and a great fighter
and I am very excited for this fight and this year.
ABEL SANCHEZ: I think that all of these fighters like Kovalev
and Andre and Gennady – they need a challenge. Not just a
physical challenge but also a mental challenge and he presents
that for us. He is the first guy in a while since maybe Lemieux
and Stevens that got Gennady fired up. Not that he trains
any harder because he trains hard for all of his fights, but
mentally motivated to have a guy across from you that is going
to be a great challenge that could outbox him and we’ll see
what happens. He has good power, so does Gennady, and we’ll
see who can impose their will on the other guy. That’s what
makes these fighters fight at their best and the kinds of
fights that people will remember for years.
What is your opinion of the strength of Daniel Jacobs’ chin?
ABEL SANCHEZ: When he fought Pirog and he went down he was
probably thinking to himself ‘dammit I got caught’ and he
was being held down. I didn’t think he was not able to continue.
Every fighter in history, except for Gennady so far, every
great fighter has gone down and gotten back up, gone down
and gotten back up to fight. Now when he fought Quillin, he
did to Quillin what people thought Quillin would do to us,
it was very impressive. That’s not our plan – his chin or
weakness is not what we are concerned with. We are concerned
with his punching power and his ability to move and his ability
to box. I don’t think that should be an issue for him.
Where do you expect Jacobs to rank among the fighters you
have fought to this point?
GENNADY GOLOVKIN: He is one of the most dangerous for me.
He is very good in the ring. He is a good boxer with good
technique. I respect him too, he is a very good man.
What lessons did you learn in the Kell Brook fight?
GENNADY GOLOVKIN: The Kell Brook fight was a different fight.
I remember the first round and I remember the last round.
It was five rounds and it was a good five rounds and that’s
When you are asked about Canelo you seem to be more critical
GENNADY GOLOVKIN: Right now I am focused on Daniel. I don’t
know – my promoter, he talks with Golden Boy. It might be
this year it might be next year, but right now my focus is
on Daniel Jacobs, he is my next fight. Of course I would like
to fight Canelo but we will talk about that later.
There are reports you have a deal in place to fight June 10
in Kazakhstan against Billy Joe Saunders if he wins…
TOM LOEFFLER: There is no deal in place and everyone is focused
on the Danny Jacobs fight on the 18th. However, it is my job,
because it has been so difficult to get fights for Gennady
to look forward and it has always been his goal to unify all
the titles. If there is a possibility for Saunders in the
future and he’s ready, we would want the fight, but right
now were focused on March 18th. If everything goes right on
the 18th for Gennady then we will see what the next highest
profile fight will be and that is the one title (WBO) that
has eluded him so far.
Is the plan to fight Saunders?
TOM LOEFFLER: As I said the plan is, if Gennady is successful
on March 18, to fight the highest profile fight. We will see
who is willing to get in the ring with him. A lot of people
talk about fighting Gennady but very few people actually sign
the contract. We know everything that happened last year with
Canelo and Billy Joe Saunders with Chris Eubank and finally,
Kell Brook was the one to step up and take the fight. We have
a lot of respect for Kell Brook and we have a lot of respect
for Danny Jacobs – he actually signed the contract to get
in the ring and he was a mandatory challenger; Gennady also
fulfills all of his mandatory obligations. This is the highest
profile fight and the most dangerous fight Gennady has had.
There is no way anyone could look past this fight but I am
certainly in discussions with many different promoters to
see who would actually be available and willing to fight him
if he is victorious in March.
Is there anything new with Golden Boy regarding Canelo?
TOM LOEFFLER: Same situation – we are having discussions but
there are two big ifs’ there. Gennady has got to win March
18 and Canelo has got to win May 6 and if those two things
don’t happen there is no fight. If Golden Boy is ready and
if Canelo is ready to make the deal then we would be open
to it but it is my job to look forward. If Gennady is not
successful next week then it doesn’t matter what plans I make
or Abel or the Hermann brothers make – that all goes out the
window. We have a lot of respect for Jacobs and he is the
biggest challenge for Gennady. He has great hand speed and
he is physically bigger than Gennady and will present a tremendous
Have you game-planned for Jacobs’ size?
ABEL SANCHEZ: Other than Kell moving up to middleweight, I
think everyone that Gennady has fought has been bigger than
him. He has learned to adapt to the bigger guys because that’s
what he’s had to do his whole career. Danny’s size has not
been my concern but his punching power has been my concern
because he can crack so what we have in front of us at the
beginning we have to be able to deal with it. We have some
big guys in camp. David Benavidez is probably about 6’3” and
John Jackson is about 6’ tall like Danny. We are trying to
emulate what we will see on March 18. Until we get in the
ring when Danny feels his power and Gennady feels Danny’s
power we won’t know if size is going to make a difference.
It seems that Gennady at some point in the early parts of
the fight-- Gennady will take a punch to feel the other’s
power. Is this something you would caution him about against
ABEL SANCHEZ: No, I don’t caution him to do anything. We have
a game plan and we are going to follow the game plan. If it
gets to a point where Gennady has no respect, that is something
he feels in the ring himself and it has never been planned.
But when he feels the punch that is not at the level where
it may hurt him, he will do what he feels he needs to do not
only to please his fans but also to make a fight of it. He
wants to make a dramatic fight. He wants to make a fight where
the other guy needs to come forward to make it a fight where
he is not leery of his punching power but that is up to him.
How does being challenged mentally and physically translate
into his training?
ABEL SANCHEZ: He trains the same, he is one of those guys
I am fortunate to have in the gym because the other guys see
him train hard for every fight whether it is Kell Brook or
Lemieux or Curtis Stevens – we are going to prepare him for
the best that he can be. The best that Golovkin can be and
whoever is in there is going to have to deal with that. Nothing
changes according to the opponent. We train to be the best
that we can be and if that doesn’t work then we have more
work to do.
What do you think about Danny and what he has overcome with
cancer and what he has done for boxing?
GENNADY GOLOVKIN: Daniel was sick but right now he is a great
boxer. I have watched a couple of his fights and he looks
good. He looks strong and he looks very focused. I think he
is the best that I have been up against in my career.
How is it that you can go into a fight and not have any personal
feeling of anger or hate against an opponent? Why don’t you
need that to get up for a fight?
GENNADY GOLOVKIN: This is my job and that’s the way I look
at it and that’s it.
What are your thoughts on coming back to the Garden to fight
GENNADY GOLOVKIN: I am very happy and very excited about it.
Madison Square Garden is my second home. It is a great atmosphere.
It is the best place in the world for me. I am very excited
for next week.
There was about 16,000 at Barclay’s the other night – is boxing
on an upswing?
TOM LOEFFLER: I think when you have the right match-ups in
boxing the fans respond. We are expecting – we sold out the
last time with Lemieux but we are expecting a larger crowd
this time because we added floor seats so there will be more
people there than any other ‘GGG’ fight we have had at the
Garden. It was a great night of boxing at Barclays – you’ve
got the Wembley Stadium fight coming up at the end of April
with Klitschko vs. Joshua with 90,000 tickets sold. When you
have big fight match-ups the fans will respond and they are
definitely responding right now to Gennady fighting Daniel
Jacobs. The best two middleweights in the world fighting each
other, both in their primes, both having over a 90% knockout
ratio. You add Chocolatito and all of the other great boxers
on the show, it is going to be a tremendous night and we expect
a sold out Madison Square Garden next week.
Is defense more of a priority in this fight?
ABEL SANCHEZ: Defense is a priority from the first day I met
Gennady. Defense is always a priority in our gym, but it is
boxing and guys are going to get hit. If you look at the punch
stats you would see that Gennady is one of the top 5 guys
in the world of not getting hit compared to him hitting his
opponent. For a boxer to land the types of shots he wants
to land the way Golovkin fights, he is going to have to expose
himself to put himself in a position where he could throw
a punch. It’s always a concern and it’s always something we
work on and it’s part of his game. If he was so defensive
that he bored people to death, we wouldn’t be talking right
now and we wouldn’t have him on this stage. He is the kind
of fighter that by his choice and by the work that we do in
the gym the type of fighter that the fans want to see.
It seems Gennady has been very quiet for this promotion…
ABEL SANCHEZ: We have a guy in front of us that Gennady respects
100%. A guy in front of us that poses a threat. He poses a
chance of us losing a fight. We are trying to do as much as
we can with Tom and Bernie to give as much accessibility as
we can but there are times where I won’t allow it because
we have a very difficult fight in front of us on the 18th.
We are sorry if we haven’t been as accessible but we promise
to put on a great night of boxing that night.
Gennady has always had the Garden crowd behind him but Jacobs
is from Brooklyn – how much of the crowd do you think will
be behind him?
TOM LOEFFLER: That’s a good question and a lot of people have
asked me that. Gennady has sold out the Garden before and
this will be his fifth time fighting there, but Danny being
a native New Yorker from Brooklyn and having huge fan support
as well, it will be an interesting dynamic on fight night.
I still think because it is at The Garden you will see it
leaning towards Gennady but you never know until the fans
show up and certainly not the same as we had for the Lemieux
where Gennady was clearly the hometown favorite. We are expecting
a great atmosphere from both sides.
Did you ever discuss the moment that Gennady would get hit
and go down and how you would handle that?
ABEL SANCHEZ: No, we have never discussed that because I don’t
believe in discussing negative things in training camp and
I believe that as a human you are going to do what your natural
instincts tell you to do. If you are really hurt, you are
going to stay down then get up. If you are halfway hurt then
hopefully…he as always been told that if he knocks his opponent
down he goes to the neutral corner and wait for instructions
on what to do. Hopefully he would look at us and in the spur
of the moment we will decide what we want to say to him and
motion to him. But like I said every great fighter gets knocked
down. I had a fighter Terry Norris back in the 80’s and he
got knocked out in two rounds but this man is in the Hall
of Fame. He had a great career even thought he had three or
four losses. It’s part of the game and part of this business
but I don’t discuss anything negative with my fighters at
all, ever. Until it happens we don’t discuss it.
And for you Gennady has it ever crossed your mind?
GENNADY GOLOVKIN: No, I have no idea. Really.
What kind of plan do you expect from Jacobs in the beginning
of the fight?
ABEL SANCHEZ: I think that Danny will be aggressive and that’s
what we are planning on. If not, then that’s okay but I think
Danny will come out and try to draw a line and say you are
not going to cross this. If he doesn’t I think he’s got very
smart people around him, with the addition of Virgil I think
they know they are going to have to get Gennady’s respect.
But I think that’s going to make for a great fight. I think
he will test the waters then use his skills. He’s got great
legs and very good distance and the fact that he knocked Peter
Quillin out shows that he’s got great power. Maybe the first
round is a crazy round and I think 2, 3, 4, 5 are more tactical
then the fight starts in the middle of the twelve rounds.
I expect him to come out and see what Gennady’s got.
What do you think about the Lemieux-Stevens fight that is
on Saturday night?
ABEL SANCHEZ: Other than Gennady, with everyone in the gym
that has been a topic of conversation. I think it’s a 50/50
fight – I think that David’s got a little more power and Curtis
is a very good boxer with one-punch knockout power. It’s either
going to be one of those great fights that we are going to
remember or it’s going to be boring fight because they have
so much respect for each other. If one of the two guys lands
a good shot I think it’s a war. They are going to bomb and
someone is going to go out.
Do you see yourself moving up to 168?
GENNADY GOLOVKIN: I don’t know; I feel very comfortable at
160. Right now I am at 165 and next week I will be at 164
or 163. I don’t know about going up.
Is Jermall Charlo in Gennady’s future?
TOM LOEFFLER: Any of the top middleweights are in his future.
It was nice to see Charlo move up to 160 and it adds another
great fighter into the mix. If successful March 18th we will
look at the best fights possible.
Mayweather over the weekend spoke of GGG’s deficiencies. Do
you get frustrated that you can’t get a fight with him?
ABEL SANCHEZ: No we don’t get frustrated. It just shows me
that he thinks more about Golovkin by talking about him and
his deficiencies than talking about the mutt he wants to fight.
I think Floyd having GGG’s name in his head is a thorn in
his side that keeps him from being loved and will keep him
from being loved as along as Golovkin is at the top of his
game. If he is so flatfooted and if he is so beatable then
he needs to call Tom Loeffler and sign a contract and make
a date. We have three more dates that Tom wants to schedule
Andre Rozier said Jacobs has one-punch power whereas Golovkin
wears opponents down before stopping them…
ABEL SANCHEZ: I agree with him 100%. The difference is the
quality of opposition. He has never faced a Golovkin so when
he has somebody throwing back at him maybe it will be different.
I agree with Andre. Jacobs has one punch power and has knocked
out more guys in the second round but I don’t think the fighters
that he has fought are on the level that Golovkin fought but
we’ll see on March 18. But I am glad that Andre is talking
that way and hopefully Danny is doing the same thing. Hopefully
Danny comes to fight so we don’t have a bore fest like we
had last week.
How has moving the fight from December to March helped the
TOM LOEFFLER: I would have liked to have had it in December
but moving it to March fits better with the pay-per-view platform
and also having Chocolatito on because he had just fought
in September. It adds to the event as well as it being St.
Patrick’s Day weekend – there is going to be a lot of people
in New York City, plus you have the boxing writers’ dinner
and Top Rank has Michael Conlan fighting on Friday and then
the two best middleweights fighting on Saturday night.
Do you feel Jacobs is a bigger threat than Canelo?
ABEL SANCHEZ: I think that, as Andre has alluded to in the
past, he has got one punch power. There is the chance he will
knock you out – he is a big dude. Canelo is more of a combination
puncher but they are both very good fighters. Both Canelo
and Jacobs have fights coming up and Canelo has the bigger
guy on May 6 and we will be able to tell then who is the bigger
ands stronger guy.
GENNADY GOLOVKIN: Every fighter is different. Of course Jacobs
is a big guy and right now all of my focus is on him.
GENNADY GOLOVKIN: Thank you very much for your support and
attention. I am really looking forward to putting on a great
show and I am very excited.
ABEL SANCHEZ: Thanks everyone for joining us. We are at the
point where we have done all the talking and its time to get
in the ring and show why March 18 will be the beginning of
a great year for us.
TOM LOEFFLER: Everything has been said and we are looking
forward to the two best middleweights fighting. The doors
open at 7:00 pm ET and it will be a full night of boxing with
the pay per view beginning at 9:00 pm ET / 6:00 pm PT.
Unified Middleweight World Champion GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN,
KO’s) defends his titles (WBC, WBA, IBF, IBO) against WBA
Middleweight Champion and Mandatory Challenger DANIEL “THE
MIRACLE MAN” JACOBS, (32-1, 29 KO’s) in a divisional showdown
on Saturday, March 18 at The Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square
Golovkin and Jacobs have an extraordinary, combined 35 consecutive
knockouts heading into this highly anticipated battle.
The Championship Event presented by K2 Promotions will be
produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning
at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
acclaimed HBO Sports feature series “2 Days” returns with
an all-new edition on Saturday, March 11 at approximately
1:00 a.m. (ET/PT). “2 Days: ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez” will profile
the consensus No. 1 fighter in the world as he prepared last
September to challenge for a championship title in the super
feature will also be available on HBO ON DEMAND®, HBO
GO®, HBO NOW and affiliate portals.
vs. JACOBS is presented by K2 Promotions. Tickets priced at
$1000, $600, $400, $300, $200 and $100, are now on sale and
can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office,
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OF FANS STORM CANELO ÁLVAREZ AND JULIO CÉSAR
CHÁVEZ, JR. AT HOUSTON PRESS CONFERENCE
CANELO ÁLVAREZ TO BATTLE JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ,
SATURDAY, MAY 6 ON CINCO DE MAYO WEEKEND
FROM T-MOBILE ARENA IN LAS VEGAS
PRESENTED LIVE BY HBO PAY-PER-VIEW®
(Feb. 23, 2017)
Two-division world champion Canelo Álvarez (48-1-1,
34 KOs) and former WBC World Middleweight Champion Julio César
Chávez, Jr. (50-2-1, 32 KOs) today hosted a press conference
in Houston, the third stop on their four-city press tour.
Thousands of Texas fans came out to Minute Maid Park, home
of the Houston Astros, to see and cheer for their favorite
Mexican fighters. With fan hysteria and swelling crowds, fire
marshals shut down the fan entrance leaving hundreds still
outside waiting to get in to catch a glimpse of Canelo and
Canelo and Chávez, Jr. will meet on Cinco de Mayo weekend,
Saturday, May 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, produced and
distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00
p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
Below are what the fighters and their teams had to say at
today's press conference in Houston:
CANELO ÁLVAREZ, Former Two-Division World Champion:
time I come to Texas, you give me so much love and support.
Thank you for welcoming me. I will train hard and prepare
100 percent. On May 6, T-Mobile Arena will be full and all
of us together can claim the victory and proclaim together,
JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ, JR., Former WBC World Middleweight
proud to be in Texas again. I love boxing, and I love Texas.
I'm undefeated here in Texas. I promise all the Mexican fans
that on May 6 I will win this fight."
OSCAR DE LA HOYA, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions:
the fans--we always love coming to Houston and thank you for
your tremendous support. There are thousands of you here today
that are lined up, some as early as 5:00 a.m., to see your
favorite fighters. Canelo and Chávez, Jr. do this for
the fans. This fight is for the fans.
"Canelo vs. Chávez, Jr. is, by far and away, the
biggest boxing event of 2017, and we are expecting a knockdown,
drag-out brawl between two of the most skilled, aggressive
fighters in the sport. Tickets went on sale Monday, and are
going incredibly fast. I hear we are almost sold out. There
are less than 1,000 tickets available for Canelo-Chávez,
"On May 6 we have two great Mexican warriors; people
from all over the world will watch this guaranteed war."
EDDY REYNOSO, Head Trainer for Canelo Álvarez:
"I want to thank everyone for being here. On May 6, we
will have the champion ready. It's very honorable to have
two Mexicans fighting on a special Mexican day. On May 6,
we will be ready to raise Canelo's hand in victory."
JOSE "CHEPO" REYNOSO, Manager and Co-Trainer for
be here and see all this support from you in Houston is beautiful.
On May 6, it's going to be all about honor. Lets stop with
all the back and forth and let's make Mexico rise and together
we will scream, 'Viva Mexico!'"
GUADALUPE VALENCIA, Representative of Julio César Chávez,
are so happy to be here in the great state of Texas. This
fight is about pride. This fight is abut legacy. And this
fight most importantly is about the fans. These fighters wouldn't
be here if it wasn't for you, the fans. This is a big fight
between two Mexican warriors, but this is also a fight for
the world. Everyone will be proud of boxing after this fight.
"Join us in Vegas or watch on Pay-Per-View. This will
not be a fight with two guys walking around, trying to figure
each other out. This is going to be a fight with non-stop
action so don't blink your eyes. For all you Canelo fans--Houston
we have a problem. Viva Chávez, Jr.!"
priced at $1,500, $1,250, $1000, $800, $600, $400, $300, $200,
$125 and $75, not including applicable service charges and
taxes, with a total ticket limit of 12 per person (a limit
of 10 per person at the $1,500, $1,250, $1000, $800, $600,
$400 price levels and a limit of two  per person at the
$125 and $75 price level) are on sale now. To charge by phone
with a major credit card, call 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849).
Tickets also will be available for purchase at www.t-mobilearena.com
Canelo vs. Chávez, Jr. is a 12-round fight presented
by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Tecate, BORN BOLD,
Adriana's Insurance and Interjet. The event will take place
on Saturday, May 6 at T-Mobile Arena and will be produced
and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at
9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
ÁLVAREZ VS. JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ, JR.
TICKETS ON SALE TODAY, FEBRUARY 20
CANELO ÁLVAREZ TO BATTLE JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ,
SATURDAY, MAY 6 ON CINCO DE MAYO WEEKEND
FROM T-MOBILE ARENA IN LAS VEGAS
PRESENTED LIVE BY HBO PAY-PER-VIEW®
LOS ANGELES (Feb. 20, 2017) - Tickets
for two-division world champion and boxing pay-per-view king
Canelo Álvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) and former WBC World
Julio César Chávez, Jr. (50-2-1, 32 KOs) go
on sale today at 10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET.
The 12-round clash will take place on Cinco de Mayo weekend,
Saturday, May 6 at Las Vegas' new T-Mobile Arena, located
along The Las Vegas Strip between New York-New York and Monte
Carlo. As one of the biggest boxing matches in Mexican history,
the mega-fight features two of Mexico's most popular and powerful
fighters to determine who is Mexico's greatest. The event
will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®
beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
Tickets priced at $1,500, $1,250, $1000, $800, $600, $400,
$300, $200, $125 and $75, not including applicable service
charges and taxes, with a total ticket limit of 12 per person
(a limit of 10 per person at the $1,500, $1,250, $1000, $800,
$600, $400 price levels and a limit of two  per person
at the $125 and $75 price level), go on sale Monday, February
20 at 10:00 a.m. PST/1:00 p.m. EST. To charge by phone with
a major credit card, call 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849). Tickets
also will be available for purchase at www.t-mobilearena.com
Canelo vs. Chávez, Jr. is a 12-round fight presented
by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Tecate, BORN BOLD,
Adriana's Insurance and Interjet. The event will take place
Saturday, May 6 at T-Mobile Arena and will be produced and
distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00
p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
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www.hbo.com/boxing; follow on Twitter @GoldenBoyBoxing, @OscarDeLaHoya,
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BRONER DEFEATS ADRIAN GRANADOS
VIA SPLIT DECISION SATURDAY ON SHOWTIME®
FROM CINTAS CENTER AT XAVIER UNIVERSITY IN CINCINNATI
Lamont Peterson Edges David Avanesyan to Become Two-Division
Champion; Marcus Browne Knocks Out Thomas Williams Jr.
CINCINNATI (Feb. 19, 2017) – Adrien Broner and Adrian
Granados battled in a close, back-and-forth main event Saturday
on SHOWTIME, with the four-division world champion Broner
eking out a split decision victory from Cintas Center at Xavier
University in his hometown of Cincinnati.
The fight, which was scored 97-93 Broner, 97-93 Granados and
96-94 Broner, was a tale of accuracy vs. activity. Granados
(18-5-2, 11 KOs), a native of Chicago, was the busier fighter,
throwing 683 total punches compared to 403 for Broner (33-2,
24 KOs). But “The Problem” connected at a 41 percent rate,
compared to just 21 percent for his opponent.
The fight was fought largely on the inside, which Broner said
was because he hurt his left hand in the first round and couldn’t
work off his jab. Regardless of the reason, Granados was able
to make the fight into the rough affair he had predicted.
“I knew that Adrian Granados was going to come tough,” Broner
said. “At the end of the day, I was beating him up. This was
an easy one for me. I feel good.
“Adrian Granados is a world-class fighter, a lot of guys duck
him but I wanted to fight him because that's what I'm about.
Inside this ring it's business. Granados is a great friend
of mine. It's nothing personal.
“I'm taking my career more seriously and being more positive.
I want to apologize to everyone who looks up to me and has
seen the foolish things I've done. I'm ready to be a better
role model, a better father figure and a better star for everyone.”
Granados clearly disagreed with the decision and voiced his
“I knew it wasn’t a pretty fight but I'm thankful to my team,”
Granados said. “You already know, there were all types of
games that they played with me. We had to change the weights.
We had to change the scale. They are just playing all kind
of games. I just want to be treated fairly.
“I understand, I don't have a perfect record, but I can beat
any of these guys. You have seen the scorecards. Split decision.
Come on. Give me another one. Let's do it again. I can’t wait
to watch this fight, because I know I won.
“Come to my house. He fought smart and did his thing. If he
thinks he did it this time, let's do it again. Let’s do it
in my house. Come to Chicago."
In the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING co-feature, Lamont Peterson
(35-3-1, 17 KOs) narrowly edged WBA (regular) Welterweight
World David Avanesyan (22-2-1, 11 KOs) in an entertaining
12-round unanimous decision (115-113, 116-112 twice) to become
a two-division champion.
The fight was fought at close quarters from the outset. Peterson
attacked on the inside instead of working off his jab, as
was largely his game plan when he unified the 140-pound division.
Avanesyan and Peterson traded body punches and uppercuts,
but it was Peterson who was more fluid and effective in the
second half of the fight. Peterson committed to the body in
the later rounds, connecting on 98 shots to the body over
Both fighters connected on 40 percent of their total punches,
but the real difference was that Peterson connected on 39
percent of his power shots compared to 29 percent for Avanesyan.
“I was expecting to pick up where I left off,” Peterson said
of his 16-month layoff. “That may seem like a long time, but
if you’re in the gym it’s not a long time. I took some steps
forward tonight. We’re looking to get back in camp and keep
“I expected to put pressure on him the way I did. I didn’t
think he would fight back as hard as he did. He showed he’s
a champion and shows he’s at this level. I want to fight anyone
in the welterweight division now.”
Avanesyan admitted it was a close fight but thought he did
enough to get the decision.
“I thought that I was landing my punches more cleanly while
his punches were being blocked,” Avanesyan said. “Lamont is
very good but I thought the judges were impressed with his
movement, but I had the power.”
In the opening bout of the evening, Marcus Browne (19-0, 14
KOs) knocked down Thomas Williams Jr. (20-3, 14 KOs) three
times on his way to a sixth-round KO (:42).
The southpaw vs. southpaw scrap was chippy from the opening
bell. Browne capitalized on his significant reach advantage
and controlled the distance with his jab, as Williams struggled
to fight effectively on the inside.
In a bizarre second round, the undefeated 2012 U.S. Olympian
scored a knockdown with a straight right and then cracked
Williams with a left hook to the back of his head while he
was on his knee. After some confusion, referee Ken Miliner
correctly deducted a point from Browne and gave Williams five
minutes to rest. Williams took the nearly full five-minute
allotment but never seemed the same when he returned.
Browne floored Williams again in the fourth with a counter
right hook, Williams beat the count but consistently ate shots
as he struggled to gauge the distance. The third and final
knockdown happened courtesy of a right hook in the opening
minute of the sixth. Williams remained on the canvas complaining
of an injured jaw, and failed to beat the 10-second count.
“He didn’t’ look like he went down, so I made sure he went
down,” Browne said of the incident in the second round. “He
was trying to stand up in the squat position so I pushed him
down a bit more. He was in a squat – I didn’t see his gloves.
I’m sorry. I wasn’t being dirty.”
The Staten Island native then called out WBC Light Heavyweight
World Champion Adonis Stevenson: “Adonis, just give me my
chance. Let’s go. I want that strap.”
Saturday’s tripleheader will re-air Monday at 10 p.m. ET/PT
on SHOWTIME EXTREME. It is also available on SHOWTIME ON DEMAND
and SHOWTIME ANYTIME.
THREE WBC INTERNATIONAL TITLE FIGHTS HEADLINE
GHANA’S INDEPENDENCE DAY RUMBLE
ON MARCH 11 IN GHANA!!
ACCRA, GHANA, (February 14, 2017)
In celebration of Ghana’s 60th Independent Anniversary, Streetwise
Promotions in association with Errol Hawks Sports Management
present three WBC International Title fights on Saturday,
March 11 at the newly built Bukom Boxing Arena in the capital
city of Ghana.
“We’re thrilled to work with Mauricio Sulaiman and the World
Boxing Council to present this outstanding night of boxing
on March 11,” said MICHAEL AMOO-BEDIAKO of Streetwise Promotions.
“It’s an honor to be part of Ghana’s 60th Independent Anniversary.”
In the main event, Lightweight World Title Challenger RICHARD
COMMEY, (24-2-0, 22 KO’s) will battle Belgium’s HEDI SLIMANI,
(26-2-0, 14 KO’s) in the 12-round main event for the WBC International
Silver Lightweight Title.
Commey had a very hard luck 2016 campaign but will be looking
to kick off 2017 in style in his home country.
On September 19, 2016, Commey traveled to Reading, Pennsylvania
to challenge Robert Easter, Jr. for the vacant IBF Lightweight
World Title, losing a very hard fought 12-round split decision
which included the ninth round, a stanza lauded by many in
the international boxing media as the “Round of the Year”.
Commey followed up that valiant performance by fighting Denis
Shafikov on December 2, 2016 in Moscow, Russia. Fighting again
in epic 12-round battle, Commey came up just short losing
a split decision.
The 29-year-old Slimani is coming off a very successful 2016
with three victories. Fighting mostly in Belgium throughout
his seven-year professional career, Slimani recently defeated
Argentinian veteran Vicente Martin Rodriguez in a ten round
unanimous decision on November 11 in Zwevezele, Belgium.
Co-featured on March 11, FREDRICK “GENERAL OKUNKA” LAWSON,
(24-1-0, 20 K0's) will face off against Jamaica’s SAKIMA MULLINGS,
(19-2-0, 14 KO’s) in a scheduled 12-rounder for the WBC International
Silver Welterweight Title.
Coming back from a year-long layoff due to injuries, Lawson
will be looking to regain his top contender status in the
Following excellent victories over fellow contenders Ray Narh
and Breidis Prescott, Lawson was stopped in the 10th round
against Kevin Bizier on November 7, 2015, when he suffered
a broken jaw.
The upset minded Mullings will be looking to stay in the win
column currently riding a modest two-bout winning streak.
Rounding out the headlining bouts on the outstanding card,
undefeated and world ranked bantamweight prospect DUKE “The
Baby Faced Terminator” MICAH, (19-0-0, 17 KO’s) will clash
with JONATHAN “El Fenix” AGUILAR, (17-4-0, 15 KO’s) of Chiapas,
Mexico, in a 12-round bout for the WBC International Silver
The 25-year-old Micah has thrilled crowds in the United Kingdom
and Ghana since turning professional four years ago.
Most recently Micah won the vacant Commonwealth (British Empire)
Bantamweight Title with a brilliant 12-round decision over
Matthew Chanda on November 12, 2016.
Just 23-years-old, the battle tested Aguilar is riding an
11-bout winning streak dating back to May 2014. This will
be his first fight outside of Mexico.
Carlos Carlson Faces WBC Bantamweight Champion Shinsuke Yamanaka
Calif. (Jan. 30, 2017) - World
ranked bantamweight contender Carlos Carlson (22-1, 13 KOs)
is getting what all boxers dream of, but very few actually
realize, a shot at a world title.
who is based in Tijuana, Mex., will travel to Tokyo, Japan
to fight WBC Champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (26-0-2, 18 KOs) on
Thursday, March 2.
The 12-round championship fight is promoted by Teiken Promotions,
in association with Thompson Boxing Promotions.
Carlson, 26, will face a talented southpaw in Yamanaka that
has fought all of his professional fights in his native Japan.
He has made 11 successful title defenses since winning the
championship against Christian Esquivel (vacant) in Nov. 2011.
"It's without question the toughest fight of my career,"
said Carlson, who is currently ranked No. 9 by the WBC. "All
the hard work and sacrifices have built up to this moment
and I'm going to seize this opportunity. I'll be coming home
a world champion."
"Carlson is ready to do whatever it takes to become a
world champion," said Ken Thompson, president of Thompson
Boxing Promotions. "We've seen him up close for the last
several years and we're confident in his abilities. He's paid
his dues; he's made the sacrifices. The world title is within
Since the second half of 2013, Carlson has honed his craft
by fighting in Southern California's highly competitive Inland
Empire. In Feb. 2014, he defeated the hard charging Javier
Gallo by unanimous decision to claim the vacant WBC Latino
In his latest win last September, Carlson knocked out Alex
Rangel in the third to win the vacant NABF Bantamweight Title.
"I'm definitely ready to become Mexico's next world champion,"
said Carlson, who signed with Thompson Boxing in 2013. "I
know there's a lot of work to do to prepare for someone like
Yamanaka. I'm looking forward to every minute of training
WARRIOR ROBERTO MANZANAREZ CONQUERS GAMALIEL DIAZ IN U.S.
DEBUT AT LA FIGHT CLUB
NEWLY SIGNED GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS' FIGHTERS LUIS FELICIANO
AND JAVIER MARTINEZ STANDOUT IN PRO DEBUT VICTORIES
ANGELES (Feb. 17, 2017)-In
his United States debut, Roberto "Tito" Manzanarez
(34-1, 28 KOs) of Phoenix, AZ conquered opponent Gamaliel
"El Plátano" Diaz (40-16-3, 19 KOs) in true
Mexican fighting style in the main event at LA FIGHT CLUB
from the Belasco Theater and live on Estrella TV's Boxeo Estelar.
abundant speed and skill, Manzanarez dominated Diaz who struggled
to keep pace. Attempting to find ground and block Manzanarez's
punches, Diaz lost his balance and fell to the mat in the
first and third rounds. By round four at the 2:23 mark, Manzanarez
had shut out Diaz with a left body shot earning himself a
knockout victory to the delight of fans at the Belasco Theater.
"I am very happy with this win, and I'm glad I stopped
him early," said Manzanarez. "I know I have to go
back into the gym to work on everything, and I need to be
in better form physically and mentally. There's a big difference
between fighting in the U.S. and in Mexico, fighting here
was a dream come true of mine, and I hope I get more opportunities
to do so."
their support for Golden Boy Promotions' fighters, the VIPs
for the night included Joseph "Jojo" Diaz, Jr.,
Carlos "The Solution" Morales, Jonathan "Thunder"
Navarro, Hector "El Finito" Tanajara, Jr., Joet
Gonzalez and Emilio Sanchez.
as the co-main event, San Diego, CA's Genaro "El Conde"
Gamez (4-0, 3 KOs) dominated via unanimous decision Alejandro
Ochoa (7-13-2, 1 KO) of Bell Gardens, CA landing fiery blows
to the face and body for all to witness. In the first round,
Gamez aggressively knocked his opponent down with his signature
heavy-handed hits. As the fight progressed, Gamez's strength
and stamina persisted as he threw his opponent to the floor
in the third round. Meanwhile, Ochoa's defense continued to
waver, and in the fifth round he fell to his knees while head-butting
Gamez. In the end, the judges all awarded the undefeated Gamez
the unanimous decision victory.
was the first time going all six rounds, which was a great
experience for me," said Gamez. "He took a lot of
hard punches from me and I took a lot from him. I wanted another
knock out, but considering that this is my first fight in
a couple of months, I'll take this win. I am ready for another
fight soon, so you will certainly see me back in action."
off the televised Boxeo Estelar portion of the night, Luis
Feliciano (1-0) of Milwaukee, WI earned his first career win
by defeating Houston, TX fighter Angel "El Picosito"
Rodriguez (5-8-3, 4 KOs). In round two, Rodriguez suffered
a cut above his eye from Feliciano's power punches, yet kept
trudging along. With the pressure intensifying, Feliciano
tripped, but sprang back in to action in the fourth round.
At the end of the fight, both fighters shook hands in a great
display of sportsmanship as the unanimous decision victory
was awarded to Feliciano.
"It was a great first fight, and I was excited to get
back into the ring after not fighting competitively for more
than a year and a half," said Feliciano. "It's a
transition you have to go through when you switch from amateur
to pro, and there are always a pair of nerves when you make
the switch and you make the stylistic adjustments. The win
was what we planned for, and bigger things are coming from
me, just watch as I represent Puerto Rico."
Los Angeles, CA local Tenochtitlan "T-Dog" Nava
(5-0, 1 KO) labored through four rounds against rugged fighter
Thomas Smith (3-4-1, 2 KOs) from New Orleans, LA in this fight.
Exchanging hits and jabs, both fighters relentlessly went
at each other for four rounds. Eventually, Nava out boxed
his opponent, and with scores of 40-36, 40-36 and 39-37, "T-Dog"
took home another victory.
"I started out slow in this fight, I felt the need to
be cautious with him but he definitely woke me up," said
Nava. "I knew he was going to move around, and he would
block my blows with his counter. I want to thank all the Marching
Skulls from Westside Boxing who came to support me and this
Newly signed standout Javier Martinez (1-0) of Dallas, TX
was put to the test in the beginning rounds of his first professional
fight against Guadalajara, Mexico's Miguel A. Barajas (2-2,
1 KO). In the first rounds the two fighters brawled, resulting
in Barajas knocking down Martinez in the second round. Quick
to his feet, Martinez rebounded and went at Barajas with aggressive
speed and power, sending his opponent to the mat in the fifth
round at 2:44.
"It was a defining debut fight, and I wasn't going to
let anyone take away what I had worked so hard for,"
said Martinez. "I saw the bruise I left under his eye
during the first round, and that's when I knew he was a tough
fighter, and was going to brawl with me. I learned a lot,
and I am looking forward to maturing as a fighter, becoming
smarter, and using my talent more."
Earning his fourth consecutive knockout at the Belasco Theater,
Glendora, CA's Jousce Gonzalez (4-0, 4 KOs) opened tonight's
LA FIGHT CLUB with an action-packed bout against Emmanuel
"Pollo" Valadez (3-2, 3 KOs) of Agua Prieta, Mexico.
With a series of blistering body shots, Gonzalez dropped his
opponent in the first few seconds of the fight. Showing no
signs of slowing down, the referee ended the fight at the
2:42 mark of the first round, thereby awarding Gonzalez a
victory knockout over Valadez.
"This is my fourth straight, first round knockout win,
and that means a lot to me," said Gonzalez. "This
win is a thank you to my team that has sacrificed so much
to get me to this level. I train for 15 rounds so that I am
ready for anything and anyone."
Manzanarez vs. Diaz was an eight-round lightweight fight presented
by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by "Tecate, BORN
BOLD," and Casa Mexico Tequila. The Boxeo Estelar broadcast
aired live on Estrella TV at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. The
card also streamed live on EstrellaTV.com and on YouTube via
LBI Media, Inc.'s Fenomeno Studios. The Ring TV live stream
began at approximately 5:30 p.m. PT through 7:00 p.m. Mark
your calendars and buy your tickets for the upcoming shows
on March 10, April 14, June 2, and July 14.
Tickets for LA FIGHT CLUB are starting at only $20 with Flex
Passes for multiple fight packages, Group Tickets and Knockout
Experience upgrade are available for purchase now at www.goldenboypromotions.com,
the Golden Boy Promotions Facebook page, and by calling 213-233-2957.
LINARES AND ANTHONY CROLLA SET FOR REMATCH ON MARCH 25 IN
WBA, WBC DIAMOND AND RING MAGAZINE TITLES ON THE LINE
TICKETS ON GENERAL SALE TUESDAY, JANUARY 10
LOS ANGELES (Jan. 4, 2017) - WBC Diamond, WBA and Ring
Magazine Lightweight World Champion Jorge "El Niño
de Oro" Linares (41-3, 27 KOs) and Anthony "Million
Dollar" Crolla (31-5, 15 KOs) are set to meet again in
a rematch for Linares' titles at the Manchester Arena on March
25, live on Sky Sports and sponsored by Betfred.
Linares and Crolla last met in the same venue for the belts
in September 2016 with the Venezuelan world champion coming
out on top in an enthralling contest, ending the brilliant
winning run of 'Million Dollar' who had previously claimed
the titles with a stoppage win over Darleys Perez in November
"I am really excited to be going back to Manchester,"
said Linares. "I was treated very well by everyone and
gained a lot of new British fans. Crolla is a tremendous fighter
with a lot of heart so I know I must train twice as hard for
another tough fight. I want to thank Eddie Hearn at Matchroom,
my promoters at Golden Boy Promotions and Teiken. I promise
another great performance and assure that the belts are returning
home with me."
"I see Jorge as the best lightweight in the world, and
I want to be the best lightweight in the world," said
Crolla. "It is always up for discussion that label of
course, he is seen as the man at the moment and I want to
test myself against the very best, even though I have already
been in with him. These are the fights that I want to be involved
"Jorge Linares is a world champion fighter with tremendous
skill and strength, and the best fighter in the lightweight
division today," said Golden Boy Promotions Chairman
and CEO Oscar De La Hoya, Linares' promoter. "Linares
and Crolla gave us an entertaining, all-action fight last
September, and I, along with the fans, can't wait to see this
world title rematch."
"I'm delighted Anthony will get a chance to win his WBA
title back along with the WBC Diamond and Ring magazine belts,"
said Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing, promoter for Crolla.
"The last fight was a Fight of the Year contender and
Linares boxed out of his skin but one thing we know about
Anthony is his ability to bounce back and he is so determined
to win this fight. He has created some wonderful atmospheres
at the Manchester Arena over the last few years and I believe
March 25 will be the best yet."
Tickets for Linares vs. Crolla II go on general sale at midday
on Tuesday, January 10 available at www.manchesterarena.com
or by calling 0844 847 8000 in the UK.
TWO-STEP - TWO OF GOLDEN BOY'S TOP LONE STAR STATE PROSPECTS
TO KICK OFF 2017 LA FIGHT CLUB ON FEBRUARY 3 LIVE FROM THE
SUPER FLYWEIGHT PROSPECT JOSHUA FRANCO, LIGHTWEIGHT PROSPECT
HECTOR TANAJARA, AND RECENTLY SIGNED RYAN GARCIA TO BATTLE
LIVE ON ESTRELLA TV'S BOXEO ESTELAR
NEW 2017 LA FIGHT CLUB DATES ALSO ANNOUNCED
Tickets on Sale Now!
LOS ANGELES (January 6, 2017) - Opening the 2017 edition of
the popular LA FIGHT CLUB series on Feb. 3, San Antonio, TX's
Joshua "The Professor" Franco (8-0, 4 KOs) will
take a critical step in his career in an eight-round super-flyweight
main event battle against Ensenada, Mexico's Victor "Dragon"
Pasillas (8-6-2, 5 KOs) live from the Belasco Theater downtown
Los Angeles and on Estrella TV Boxeo Estelar.
Also representing San Antonio, LA FIGHT CLUB favorite Hector
"El Finito" Tanajara, Jr. (7-0, 4 KOs) will fight
as the co-main event on Estrella TV against Coahuila, Mexico's
Baltazar Ramirez (3-2, 3 KOs) in a scheduled six-round lightweight
bout. "El Finito" is coming off a unanimous decision
victory after defeating Roy Garcia last September on the Canelo
vs. Smith undercard at AT&T Stadium.
Opening up the televised portion, recently signed Golden Boy
top prospect Ryan "Kingry" Garcia (7-0, 6 KOs) will
look to continue his knock-out artistry when he steps into
the ring for a scheduled six-round lightweight bout against
a soon-to-be announced opponent. This will be "Kingry's"
second time under the Golden Boy banner and with three consecutive
knoc outs under his belt, Garcia will give LA fight fans a
show to remember.
As part of the Ring TV live stream, Edgar "Kid Neza"
Valerio (9-0, 5 KOs) will return to his home stage at the
Belasco after a six-round knockout of Guadalupe "Lupillo"
De Leon in December 2016. Valerio is scheduled for a six-round
featherweight contest against a soon-to-be named opponent.
Knock-out star and super lightweight David "June Bug"
Mijares (4-0, 3 KOs) will go toe-to-toe in a six-round fight
with Thomas "Animal" Herrera (8-16-1, 5 KOs). Opening
up the night, Jonathan "Thunder" Navarro (5-6-3,
4 KOs) will face off against Angel "El Picosito"
Rodriguez (5-6-3, 4 KOs) in a scheduled six-round super lightweight
Additionally, today Golden Boy Promotions announced upcoming
shows for the 2017 series of LA FIGHT CLUB. Mark your calendars
for LA FIGHT CLUB shows on March 10, April 14, June 2, and
GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN VS. DANIEL “THE MIRACLE MAN” JACOBS
MIDDLEWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Saturday, March 18, 2017 MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
PRESENTED LIVE BY HBO PAY-PER-VIEW®
Tickets On Sale This Saturday!!
YORK CITY (December 20, 2016) “The Mecca of Boxing” and The
World’s Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden will host
Unified Middleweight World Champion, GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN,
(36-0, 33 KO’s) as he defends his titles (WBC, WBA, IBF, IBO)
against WBA Middleweight Champion and Mandatory Challenger,
Brooklyn’s DANIEL “THE MIRACLE MAN” JACOBS, (32-1, 29 KO’s)
on Saturday, March 18, 2017. The championship event will be
produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning
at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
Golovkin and Jacobs have an extraordinary, combined 35 consecutive
knockouts heading into this highly anticipated battle.
Presented by K2 Promotions, tickets for “MIDDLEWEIGHT MADNESS”
priced at $1000, $600, $400, $300, $200 and $100, will go
on sale Christmas Eve, This Saturday, December 24th at 12:00
p.m. ET and can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden
Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge
by phone (866-858-0008) and online at www.ticketmaster.com
“I love fighting at Madison Square Garden, it feels like my
second home”, said Golovkin. “Danny is a great fighter, one
of the best middleweights and a big test for me. I look forward
to another ‘Big Drama Show’ in New York City.”
Stated Jacobs, “I’m excited about facing Gennady and proving
I’m the best middleweight in the world. On March 18th I’m
bringing all the belts back to Brooklyn with me.”
“We’re very excited to promote this outstanding matchup of
the two best middleweights in the world, Gennady Golovkin
and Danny Jacobs,” said Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions. “It
doesn’t get any better than this, the World Middleweight Championship
at The Mecca of Boxing, it’s truly going to be a memorable
“With Gennady’s previous fight at Madison Square Garden last
October against David Lemieux selling out and Danny’s huge
Brooklyn fan base, we anticipate tickets will move very quickly.”
"March 18th is a big night for the boxing world,” said
Keith Connolly of Team Jacobs. “You have the two best middleweights
in the world going head to head for the majority of the belts.
What else could anyone ask for. This is a fight the boxing
“We want to thank Al Haymon for all his tireless work over
the last nine years helping put Danny into this position to
have an opportunity to beat Gennady Golovkin, one of the best
fighters in the world. Come March 18th Danny will come out
on top and he will be taking all the belts back to Brooklyn,
you can count on that"
Since his first fight in the United States and on HBO in September
2012, Golovkin has become one of the most talked about fighters
in the world. In his last three fights, Golovkin has sold
out Madison Square Garden, The Fabulous Forum in Los Angeles
and The O2 in London. The battle with Jacobs will be the fifth
time Golovkin has fought at Madison Square Garden.
In his last fight, on September 10, 2016 in front of over
19,000 fans at The 02, Golovkin stopped Undefeated Welterweight
World Champion Kell Brook in the fifth round, his 23rd consecutive
knockout and his 17th straight middleweight world title defense.
Born and raised in the boxing hotbed of Brownsville, New York
which has produced many legendary world champions including
Mike Tyson and Riddock Bowe, the heavy handed Jacobs has scored
numerous highlight reel knockouts over his nine years as a
In the most impressive fight of his career on December 5,
2015, Jacobs spectacularly knocked out longtime rival and
then undefeated former middleweight champion Peter Quillin
in the first round in Brooklyn, New York.
Sandwiched around the Quillin stoppage are two impressive
knockouts of former world champion Sergio Mora, the first
coming on August 1, 2015 in the second round in Brooklyn,
New York. Most recently, Jacobs knocked out Mora in the seventh
round on September 9, 2016 in Reading, PA.
One of the biggest punchers in the sport of boxing, Jacobs
has won his last 12 fights, all by stoppage.
BOY PROMOTIONS SIGNS OLYMPIC BRONZE MEDALIST MARLEN ESPARZA
TO MULTIYEAR DEAL
HOUSTON-BASED FLYWEIGHT AMATEUR CHAMPION IS FIRST FEMALE FIGHTER
EVER IN LEGENDARY GOLDEN BOY STABLE
LOS ANGELES (Dec. 14, 2016)
2012 Olympic Flyweight Bronze Medalist Marlen Esparza of Houston,
Texas has signed a multiyear deal with top boxing promoter
Golden Boy Promotions, company CEO and Chairman Oscar De La
Hoya announced today.
Esparza, who was also won the amateur World Championship in
2012, is the first-ever female boxer to sign with Golden Boy.
"I recently told my fans that I was going pro, and I
am happy to announce that it will be the world's best promotional
company - Golden Boy Promotions," Esparza said. "I
am excited to get back into the ring as soon as possible and
start climbing the ladder towards winning a professional world
Beyond her incredible success as a boxer, Esparza has already
crossed over into mainstream stardom. She has an endorsement
deal with CoverGirl cosmetics and has appeared in Spanish-language
television ads for Coca-Cola and McDonald's among others.
"Before she ever steps foot into the ring as a professional,
Marlen Esparza has already established herself as a rising
star," De La Hoya said. "At Golden Boy Promotions,
we pride ourselves on developing fighters and transforming
them into the best of the best. We look forward to doing the
same with Marlen."
VALDEZ, GILBERTO RAMÍREZ AND JESSIE MAGDALENO WORLD TITLE
FIGHTS PLUS THE PRO DEBUT OF U.S. OLYMPIC SILVER MEDALIST SHAKUR
April 22, at StubHub Center
Live on Pay-Per-View
Tickets On Sale Now!
ANGELES (March 7, 2017) -- Undefeated World Boxing Organization
(WBO) world champions ÓSCAR VALDEZ, GILBERTO "Zurdo"
RAMÍREZ and JESSIE MAGDALENO will headline an exciting
world championship event in separate title defenses, Saturday,
April 22, under the stars at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.
Produced and distributed live by Top Rank Pay-Per-View, the
telecast will also feature the pro debut of U.S. Olympic silver
medalist SHAKUR STEVENSON, in a six-round featherweight bout.
The live pay-per-view telecast will begin at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m.
PT. and will be available on all conventional platforms, including
all major cable and satellite systems, as well as Top Rank's
digital distribution via www.TopRank.tv and mobile devices.
Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with All Star Boxing,
Zapari Boxing Promotions and Antonio Leonard Productions, tickets
to this world championship tripleheader go on sale Today! Tuesday,
March 7, at 1 P.M. ET / 10 A.M. PT. Priced at $128.50, $77.50,
$52.00 and $36.70, tickets may be purchased online at AXS.com,
by phone at (888) 9AXS-TIX, or by visiting the StubHub Center
Valdez (22-0, 19 KOs), from Nogales, México, will be
making the second defense of his WBO featherweight title against
No. 1 contender and NABO champion Miguel "Escorpión"
Marriaga (25-1, 21 KOs), from Arjona, Colombia; Ramírez
(34-0, 24 KOs), from Mazatlán, México, will be
making his first defense of the WBO super middleweight title
against Top-10 contender Max "Tiger" Bursak (33-4-1,
15 KOs), of Kiev, Ukraine; Magdaleno (24-0, 17 KOs) of Las Vegas,
Nev., will be making the first defense of his WBO junior featherweight
title against WBO Latino champion Adeilson "Dell"
Dos Santos (18-2, 14 KOs), of São Paulo, Brasil, and
Stevenson, the crown jewel of the 2016 U.S. Olympic team and
the pride of Newark, NJ, will be making his eagerly-awaited
professional debut in a four-round featherweight bout.
The six world championship warriors have a combined record of
156-7-1 for a winning percentage of 95% with a victory by knockout
ratio of 71%.
"Óscar Valdez, Gilberto Ramírez and Jessie
Magdaleno are becoming the new faces of boxing. They are in
the hurt business and they love their work. That's why their
fan base is growing like the S&P, they give the fans great
value -- a big bang for the buck," said Hall of Fame promoter
Bob Arum. "And with Shakur Stevenson, the sky is the limit.
He is such a talent."
"Every fight is important to me. I respect Marriaga just
like every fighter I face. And I will do whatever I have to
do to win," said Valdez. "This will be the second
defense of my belt and I know the challengers are going to come
after me, but I will be more than ready to give the fans a great
fight and retain my championship."
"The only way I don't win my Oscar on April 22 is if Warren
Beatty and Faye Dunaway read the decision," said Marriaga.
"Second chances are rare in boxing and I'm going to make
the most of my second shot at a world title. My trainer. "Professor"
[Samuel] Gómez, and I will be prepared to give the performance
of a lifetime on April 22."
"Óscar Valdez Is boxing's next big star. He'll be
defending his title at the StubHub Center in front of the Southern
California fans who love him so much," said Frank Espinoza,
Valdez's manager. "He is an incredible talent and a future
superstar. You have to see Óscar fight live. It's always
nice to catch a star on the rise so that someday you can say,
'Hey I watched him back in the day,' like they say about Julio
César Chávez. Óscar Valdez is extremely
driven and looking to be a legend. He's ready mentally and physically
for the next step."
"I feel very happy and I'm thankful for the opportunity
of defending my title for the first time," said Ramírez.
"I'm motivated and I feel a great desire to return to the
ring. I have been active in my hometown of Mazatlán and
training like if I was going to fight. Now I'm ready to fight!
I feel 100% recovered from the injury in my hand. I feel better
than ever and with more confidence in my punching power. On
April 22 I will give the fans an explosive fight with lots of
action. Max Bursak is a solid strong fighter. He is a brawler
and he is coming with hunger of triumph for all the Ukrainians.
It will be very good for three Mexicans to be defending our
titles on the same card and even more here, in California, where
there is a big boxing fan base."
"Ramírez is young, tough and already an experienced
fighter. But I'm also not an 'easy walk'. We have almost similar
records and achievements, so it's going to be a very interesting
clash," said Bursak. "I'm already working hard in
the gym, because I'm coming to California to win!"
"Gilberto is returning from an excellent recovery period
after the surgery he had in one of the knuckles of his right
hand. He has been very active, running and doing therapy in
Mazatlan since the doctor cleared him last year," said
Jesus Zapari, Ramírez's manager. "After he was done
with therapy, he started doing some conditioning training, until
he was cleared to start punching. He is now a world champion
who will not have any easy opponents. Zurdo has being training
hard to keep improving with each fight. He now has more confidence
in his punching power. We are very happy that the fight will
be at StubHub Center in Los Angeles. We have always wanted to
fight in that venue because of the great fans that are in Southern
California. It will be a great night of boxing and Zurdo will
put on a great show for the fans"
"To be a champion today you have to work hard every day,
go after the big challenges and see the big picture," said
Magdaleno. "That is what I am doing to express myself and
my legacy in the sport, going into a title fight like this one."
"For me this is a unique opportunity, to be fighting for
the world title of a very big entity that is the WBO,"
said Dos Santos. "I know that Jessie is a very good fighter.
He is a real champion. Fighting for the title has always been
a dream for me and today it has come true. Thanks to my Agent
Patrick Nascimento and my promoter Edu Mello. I'm training very
hard for this fight. I'm very focused. I know it will not be
an easy job. For those who know me, on April 22, you will see
a different Adeilson. I'm working to put on a big show and win
"Jessie Magdaleno fights April 22nd at the StubHub and
I think the knowledgeable Southern California fans are going
to get a glimpse of a very talented young champion," said
Espinoza, who also manages Magdaleno. "He's building a
big fan base and I think the StubHub is the perfect place for
him to develop. The fans are going to fall in love with this
kid and his fighting style. He's a real warrior an old school
fighter who gives you everything. He's a must-see fighter!"
excited to start a new chapter in my boxing career and make
my pro debut on April 22 at the Stub Hub Center," said
Stevenson. "There have been so many exciting fights in
that building and I plan to add to that history in my first
pro fight. I’m already training hard and everyone is going to
see what I’m all about on April 22, live on Top Rank Pay-Per-View."
Valdez (22-0, 19 KOs), from Nogales, México, and who
represented México in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, was
the first Méxican fighter to qualify for two Olympic
games. He is considered one of the bright lights of the featherweight
division and a new face for boxing's next generation. He will
be making the second defense of the vacant world title he won
on July 23, 2016 via a second-round knockout of undefeated No.
2 rated Matías Rueda. Rueda entered that fight having
won his previous 10 bouts by stoppage. Valdez, 26, started 2016
with a fourth-round knockout victory over former International
Boxing Federation (IBF) featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich
on the April 9 Pacquiao - Tim Bradley III pay-per-view undercard
in Las Vegas. It was the first time Gradovich had ever been
stopped in his 24-bout professional career. In his last fight,
on November 5, he successfully defended the title with a seventh-round
TKO of No. 1 contender Hiroshige Osawa.
Marriaga (25-1, 21 KOs), from Arjona, Colombia, enters this
fight having won 15 of his previous 19 fights by way of knockout
. The only blemish on his record, a 12-round unanimous decision
loss to former World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight
champion Nicholas "Axe Man" Walters in 2015, who had
lost the title on the scale when he weighed in over the division
weight limit. Since that loss, Marriaga, 30, has fashioned a
five-bout winning streak, including NABO featherweight title
knockout victories in his last two fights against Guy Robb and
Eduardo Montoya last year to become the WBO's No. 1 contender
and mandatory challenger.
Ramírez (34-0, 24 KOs), a two-fisted super middleweight
wrecking machine who hails from Mazatlán, México,
made history in the co-main event to the Manny Pacquiao vs.
Timothy Bradley welterweight pay-per-view on April 9, 2016,
when he became México's first fighter to win a super
middleweight world title. Entering the fight as the top world-rated
contender, Ramirez gave a virtuoso performance over the defending
WBO champion Arthur Abraham. All three judges scored it as a
120-108 blitzkrieg. "I took him to Méxican boxing
school," a jubilant Ramírez boasted as he put on
the world championship belt . A sensational young champion,
Ramírez, 25, had been scheduled to make his first title
defense last July, but a training camp injury to his right hand
followed by surgery and rest sidelined him for the remainder
of the year. He returns to the ring having won four of his last
eight bouts by knockout. Career-highlight performances include
an NABF and NABO title victory over Giovanni Lorenzo via fifth-round
stoppage, a WBO International title knockout victory over Junior
Talipeau and a successful defense of his NABF and WBO International
titles, stopping Fulgencio Zuniga in the eighth round, all in
2014. In 2015, he successfully defended his titles via unanimous
decisions over once-beaten Maxim Vlasov, division gate keeper
Derek Edwards, who boasts a KO victory over world champion Badou
Jack, and once-beaten Gevorg Khatchikian, who had scored knockouts
in five of his last six victories.
Bursak (33-4-1, 15 KOs), from Kiev, Ukraine, will be making
his U.S. debut. A former European middleweight champion and
one-time WBO interim middleweight world title challenger, Bursak,
32, enters this fight having scored three of his last four victories
by way of knockout and is world-rated No. 10 by the WBO.
Magdaleno (24-0, 17 KOs), from Las Vegas, NV, enters his first
title defense having won eight of his last 11 bouts by knockout.
The former U.S. Amateur Champion has crafted a sterling professional
ring record since making his professional debut on November
6, 2010. The younger brother of lightweight contender Diego
Magdaleno, Jessie, 25, parlayed his No. 1 ranking into a mandatory
challenge of defending WBO junior featherweight champion and
five-division world titlist Nonito "Filipino Flash"
Donaire on November 15, 2016, winning a very close and action-packed
12-round unanimous decision.
Dos Santos (18-2, 14 KOs), from São Paolo, Brasil, has
won five of his last six fights by stoppage. He captured the
WBO Latino featherweight title on September 17, 2016, knocking
out Deivis Perez in the seventh round. Dos Santos, 25 who has
also held the WBO Latino junior featherweight title, will be
making his U.S. debut on this card.
Stevenson, 19, from Newark, NJ,, sailed though every stage of
his Olympic competition in Rio De Janeiro last summer before
losing a close split decision in the bantamweight championship
fight to 2012 flyweight Olympic gold medalist Robeisy Ramirez
of Cuba. Ramirez swept the judges' scorecards in round one with
Stevenson returning the favor in round two. In the third and
final round, the closest of the three rounds, two of the three
judges gave the round to Ramirez and the gold medal, by the
slimmest of margins. It was the best finish for an American
male boxer since Andre Ward captured the gold medal in the Athens
Games of 2004. Ward is now part of Stevenson's management team
along with James Prince and attorney Josh Dubin. The only boxer
to make Forbes "30 Under 30" in its Sports category,
Stevenson was selected by a panel of judges comprised of James
Harden, shooting guard for the Houston Rockets, Phil Knight,
Chairman Emeritus of Nike and Casey Wasserman, Chairman and
CEO of the Wasserman Group. The oldest of nine children, Stevenson,
who is named for the late rap star Tupac Shakur, was introduced
to boxing by his grandfather, Willie "Wali" Moses,
at age 5. Now based in northern Virginia, Stevenson is trained
by Kay Koroma.
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or twitter.com/trboxeo, To join the conversation on Twitter,
please use the hash tags #ValdezMarriaga, #ZurdoBursak and #MagdalenoDosSantos.
IBF BANTAMWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION RANDY CABALLERO TO NOW TAKE ON
JESUS RUIZ FOR THE VACANT NABF SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT TITLE ON MARCH
23 INAUGURAL GOLDEN BOY BOXING ON ESPN SHOW
OPPONENT NAMED FOR OLYMPIC MEDALIST MARLEN ESPARZA'S TELEVISED
PRO DEBUT AND MIDDLEWEIGHT CONTENDER TUERANO JOHNSON AND POWERFUL
RISING STAR HECTOR TANAJARA, JR. ADDED TO UNDERCARD
ANGELES (March 8, 2017) The first card for the Golden Boy Boxing
on ESPN series just got even bigger with undefeated former IBF
Bantamweight World Champion Randy "El Matador" Caballero
(23-0, 14 KOs) now set to compete against Jesus "Estrella"
Ruiz (35-7-5, 24 KOs) of Nogales, Mexico in a 10-round bout for
the vacant NABF Super Bantamweight title. Caballero will find
a strong challenge in the battle-tested contender Ruiz who has
squared off with the likes of world champion Leo "El Terremoto"
Santa Cruz and Diego De La Hoya.
Caballero vs. Ruiz will serve as the chief support to the highly
anticipated main event between Irish amateur standout and middleweight
contender Jason "El Animal" Quigley (12-0, 10 KOs) and
the hard-punching Glen "Jersey Boy" Tapia (23-3, 15
KOs), airing live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes from Fantasy Springs
Resort Casino in Indio, California starting at 10:00 p.m. EST/7:00
up the televised portion of the night, 2012 Olympic Bronze medalist
and highly decorated amateur Marlen Esparza of Houston, TX will
make pro debut against Rachel Sazoff (0-2) of Hamilton Township,
Two additional undercard fights will be live streamed on ESPN3
and will be available in English and in Spanish. Golden Boy
Promotions has added A-list prospect Hector "El Finito"
Tanajara, Jr. (7-0, 4 KOs) of San Antonio, Texas to face off
against Daniel Perales (7-6-1, 5 KOs) of Monterey, Mexico for
over six rounds in the lightweight division.
The undercard will also feature IBF #1 middleweight contender
Tureano Johnson (19-1, 13 KOs) against a soon to be announced
fighter, in addition to previously announced fights featuring
Mauricio "El Maestro" Herrera (22-7, 7 KOs) of Riverside,
Calif. for an eight-round welterweight bout against Tijuana,
Mexico's Hector "Charro Negro" Velasquez (57-28-3,
39 KOs); and Azat "Attack" Hovhannisyan (10-2, 9 KOs)
in an eight-round super bantamweight bout.
Additionally, renowned ring announcer and television personality
Michael Buffer will serve as the VIP guest for the action-packed
card on March 23 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. As the VIP
guest of the night, Buffer will be in attendance for the fights
and will be on hand to meet fans, sign autographs and take pictures
inside the Fantasy Springs Special Events Center before the
ESPN broadcast begins. The meet-and-greet is open to the public
with the purchase of a ticket to the event.
Tickets for the event are on sale now, start at $25 and are
available at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino box office, by
calling 1-800-827-2946, or by purchasing online at www.FantasySprings.com.
For more information, visit www.goldenboypromotions.com; follow
on Twitter @GoldenBoyBoxing, @OscarDeLaHoya; become a fan on
Facebook at www.Facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing; and follow on
Instagram @GoldenBoyBoxing and @OscarDeLaHoya. Follow the conversation
The event is sponsored by Tecate "Born BOLD." Doors
open at 4:00 p.m. PT and the first fight begins at 4:00 p.m.
PT. The ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes transmission begins live from
Fantasy Springs Resort Casino at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT.
MACHINE IS BACK!
Photo: German Villasenor
WARRIOR LUCAS MATTHYSSE RETURNS
FIRST TIME IN 18 MONTHS TO TAKE ON EMMANUEL TAYLOR ON THE UNDERCARD
OF CANELO VS. CHÁVEZ MEGA-FIGHT ON CINCO DE MAYO WEEKEND
SATURDAY, MAY 6 AT T-MOBILE ARENA IN LAS VEGAS
PRESENTED LIVE BY HBO PAY-PER-VIEW®
Limited tickets still available!
LOS ANGELES (February 28, 2017): Argentinian slugger
Lucas "La Maquina" Matthysse (37-4, 34 KOs) makes
his highly anticipated return taking on Emmanuel "Tranzformer"
Taylor (20-4, 14 KOs) on the televised undercard of Canelo Álvarez
vs. Julio César Chávez, Jr. mega-fight on Cinco
De Mayo weekend. The event will take place Saturday, May 6 at
T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed
live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m
The fan-friendly Matthysee, who has engaged in multiple fight
of the year candidates, will move up to welterweight for the
first time and look to make a run at championship gold.
"I'm very happy to return to the ring and especially on
such an important show such as Canelo vs. Chavez Jr. on May
6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas," said Lucas Matthysse.
"I've always brought great fights to demanding fans, and
this one against Emmanuel Taylor will not be the exception."
Matthysse has defeated a who's who of contenders during his
career including Lamont "Havoc" Peterson, John Molina,
Jr., Humberto "La Zorrita" Soto and Ruslan "The
Siberian Rocky" Provodnikov.
In Taylor, Matthysse will face a resurgent contender coming
off back-to-back knockouts and who has gone toe-to-toe with
the likes of Adrien "The Problem" Broner, Chris Algieri
and Karim "Hard Hitta" Mayfield, defeating the latter
by unanimous decision.
"I feel that I am really blessed to have this opportunity
to once again fight on such a big stage," said Taylor.
"Matthysse is a very tough fighter but I am sure I'll beat
him. This is a great opportunity for me and my family and it's
been a long time coming. I have to thank God for this one, my
charm city team and my promoter Joe DeGuardia and Star Boxing,
D&D Management and Club 57 management for believing in me.
I'm ready to get things going and l will definitely be ready
on May 6."
"No one in the sport of boxing brings it harder than Lucas
Matthysse, and we're truly excited to have him back in the ring,"
said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions.
"Lucas truly was a machine in the super lightweight division,
and we expect him to do similar damage in the field of welterweights."
"I can't wait to see Emanuel Taylor fight Lucas Matthysse
on May 6th," said Joe DeGuardia, President and CEO of Star
Boxing. "I'm thrilled it will be on such a special night
when boxing's star Canelo Álvarez fights Julio César
Chávez,Jr. It's a huge opportunity for Emanuel who has
matured and is ready to make his mark on May 6th. I'm very excited
to be part of this promotion with my friends at Golden Boy and
I expect nothing short of a spirited performance from Emanuel
and an exhilarating boxing event on May 6th.
The remainder of the televised pay-per-view undercard will be
Canelo vs. Chávez, Jr. is a 12-round fight presented
by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Tecate, BORN BOLD,
Adriana's Insurance and Interjet. Matthysse vs. Taylor is a
10-round fight present by Golden Boy Promotions in association
with Arano Box Promotions and Star Boxing. The event will take
place on Saturday, May 6 at T-Mobile Arena and will be produced
and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00
p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
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THURMAN UNIFIES WELTERWEIGHT DIVISION WITH SPLIT-DECISION OVER
DANNY GARCIA SATURDAY IN PRIMETIME ON CBS AT BARCLAYS CENTER
BROOKLYN (March 5, 2017) – Keith Thurman is the unified
welterweight world champion.
Thurman (28-0, 22 KOs) unified boxing’s glamour division with
a split-decision victory over Danny Garcia (33-1, 19 KOs) on Saturday,
defending his WBA belt and picking up Garcia’s WBC crown on boxing’s
biggest stage in primetime on CBS from Barclays Center, the home
of BROOKLYN BOXING™.
The event, which was produced by SHOWTIME Sports® for the
CBS Television Network, marked the highest-attended boxing event
in Barclays Center history with 16,533 fans witnessing just the
10th unification in division history.
The close affair, which was only the third time undefeated fighters
unified the 147-pound division, was scored 116-112 Thurman, 115-113
Thurman and 115-113 Garcia.
The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS main event, which was
presented by Premier Boxing Champions, was a tale of effective
aggression and ring generalship. Thurman came out swinging and
was the busier and more accurate fighter in nine of the 12 rounds.
“One Time” Thurman was more tactical in the second half of the
fight, utilizing lateral movement and working off his jab. Garcia
picked up the pace and was more active in the final rounds, but
it was too little too late for the previously undefeated Philadelphia
“I thought I out-boxed him.” said Thurman, who likely earned a
spot on boxing’s mythical pound-for-pound list with the impressive
victory. “I thought it was a clear victory, but Danny came to
fight. I knew when it was split and I had that wide spread, I
knew it had to go to me.
“I was not giving the fight away. I felt like we had a nice lead,
we could cool down. I felt like we were controlling the three-minute
intervals every round. My defense was effective – he wasn’t landing.”
A former unified champion at 140-pound, Garcia was aiming to be
the first fighter in history to unify titles at 140 and 147 pounds.
"I came up short tonight,” said Garcia, who entered the bout
with a 7-0 record in world title bouts. “I thought I was the aggressor.
I thought I pushed the pace. But it didn’t go my way.
"I thought I won and I was pushing the fight. But it is what
it is. I’ll come back strong like a true champion. I would love
a rematch to get these titles.”
SHOWTIME Sports analyst and unofficial scorer Steve Farhood scored
the fight 116-112 for Thurman.
Undefeated super welterweight Erickson Lubin (18-0, 13 KOs) knocked
out Jorge Cota (23-2, 20 KOs) in a WBC 154-pound title eliminator,
dropping the previously once-beaten Cota with a flush overhand
left at 1:25 (TKO) of the fourth round.
Lubin now becomes the No. 2 challenger to WBC Welterweight World
Championship Jermell Charlo, who is due a mandatory bout against
No. 1 contender Charles Hatley.
The Orlando-native Lubin landed 47 percent of his power shots
across four rounds of shutout boxing.
“I baited him with the jab. I knew he was going to come with the
big shots early,” Lubin said to reporter Jim Gray. “I put a few
tricks on him, I landed that overhand and it was night-night.
I put my hands down to bait him in, I did a squat and then it
was night-night. I was ready to follow-up with a right but he
was already out.”
At just 21-years-old, Lubin now has an opportunity to become the
youngest world champion in boxing today.
“That would mean a lot to me; that would mean a lot to Orlando,
Florida,” Lubin said. “This is my second time knocking someone
out in front of Ray Leonard. He’s one of my favorite fighters
of all time. It’s an honor to do this on CBS.”
LOMACHENKO AND JASON SOSA READY TO MAKE A FEDERAL CASE IN D.C.
BATTLE FOR WBO JR. LIGHTWEIGHT WORLD TITLE!
Saturday, April 8, at MGM National Harbor
Live on HBO World Championship Boxing®
Tickets Go On Sale
This Monday at 10 A.M. ET!
duBOEF: On behalf of Top Rank we would love to thank HBO, the
No. 1 premium channel in the world with great programming all
the time, and MGM, who we have a great relationship with in Las
Vegas and all over the world; and obviously both fighters -- Jason
Sosa has had an incredible rise especially over the past year
and gotten himself a title and Vasyl Lomachenko, having only eight
professional fights, has people declaring that he is pound-for-pound
the best fighter in the world and was also considered by many
the Fighter of the Year last year. We love making matches like
this. You are talking about two of the top, top fighters in the
division. We know it’s going to be an incredible fight between
two guys deserving of the accolades they have received.
RUSSELL PELTZ: Thanks, Todd. We are really looking forward to
this challenge. Jason had a terrific year last year and he won
the title in Beijing, defended it in Monte Carlo and will now
be fighting the man that everyone is calling the best fighter
in the world which I guess we will find that out on April 8th.
Jason is up for the challenge – he is a real fighter and real
fighters fight. We will see if he can match his skills with Lomachenko
and I believe that Jason’s trainer, Raul Cheno Revas is as good
a trainer as there is in the world today. You may not have heard
a lot about him but I think you will in the coming years. We are
going into this fight, obviously as we would in any fight, to
I met Chino is 2012 – I went to another promoters fight in the
Northeast section of Philly -- I was there to scout a lightweight
named Anthony Bergen who turned pro that night and I was impressed
and when the fight was over I met Chino and we made an agreement
that night to sign Anthony Bergen and he said to me at the time
‘if you want Bergen you have to take Jason Sosa.’ Jason had about
7 or 8 fights at the time and I had seen him a few times and said
‘I really don’t want to do that.’ He said, ‘It’s part of the package.’
And I don’t want to say I reluctantly agreed because Jason always
made great fights and I knew it. So Jason came along as part of
the package. Like, when was Tom Brady drafted? So that’s what
happened to Jason, he turned out to be the main fighter in my
stable ever since. Like I said before, guys like Freddie Roach
and Virgil Hunter may get more recognition but Chino has turned
Jason’s career around and the career of another junior lightweight
named Kevin Farmer with a completely different style from Jason
– a slick boxer compared to a slugger. Chino has completely turned
both of their careers around.
RAUL CHINO RIVAS: I thank Top Rank and Russell Peltz, and I want
to thank HBO for believing that Jason Sosa is worthy. Jason Sosa
is a throwback fighter. He is very aggressive with a lot of heart
and determination. He is something really special. He reminds
me of Marvin Hagler. He keeps coming and coming and coming because
he believes and has the will to win. This is an opportunity and
a challenge for us, his fundamentals and skills and angles and
defense. I have a lot of respect for Lomachenko. I believe he
is the best pound-for-pound fighter and it won’t be easy, not
a walk in the park -- we’ve always been the underdog but all of
the pressure is on him. He is the two-time world champion. We
will have to execute the game plan to the best of our ability,
and I believe I have the best man. And they believe they have
the best man. So on April 8, the whole world will see, on HBO.
Every fight Lomachenko is getting a learning experience and a
confidence boost. I have been watching for a long time -- through
the Olympics. His father is a great trainer and why he does not
have all of the Ukraine fighters I have no idea. We are in Puerto
Rico training and getting in extremely good work. I know that
Lomachenko is going to be in great condition and Jason will be
in great condition so you are going to see something special.
JASON SOSA: I would like to that God. I would like to thank Top
Rank, Russell Peltz and HBO and also Lomachenko and his team for
accepting this opportunity. I am very excited for April 8th and
I am going to be in the best condition of my life. I have to be
to fight one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world
and the best amateur fighter that ever lived. At the end of the
day, my team and I have got to be prepared. I am excited and very
humbled and looking forward to everyone meeting the new Jason
Sosa. I only had three fights as an amateur and the fights I am
getting as a professional are keeping me hungry and focused and
maintaining my craft. First and foremost I have one of the best
trainers in the world and to have the opportunity to learn from
him is a blessing for me. A lot of people say that I am blessed
because I have him in my corner and I really believe that because
without him I would not be champion today. So I am very excited
and looking forward to April 8th.
TODD duBOEF: I would like to introduce Egis Klimas, a manager
who has more courage than anyone and also has quite a stable of
fighters that he brings from Europe to the USA.
EGIS KLIMAS: Hello everybody and thank you for being with us on
this call. First of all I would like to let everybody know that
I am very proud and very blessed to present one of the best fighters
in the world, Vasyl Lomachenko. I want to thank Top Rank for bringing
us back quickly for another opportunity to fight and I want to
thank HBO for showing the fight around the whole nation, and thank
Sosa for taking this fight. It’s not easy when you have a good
fighter to get somebody in the other corner, but Top Rank is doing
a very good job getting the best fighters possible to make the
best fights. Looking forward to April 8 to go to Maryland for
Vasyl to defend his title. He is always in the best shape and
he is training hard and he’s going to be ready. The fans are going
to see a great fight. And here is the WBO champion of the world,
VASYL LOMACHENKO: Hello everybody, I just want to say I am happy
to be back in camp and I am enjoying every single day I am preparing
for my fight. I want to thank Jason Sosa for training to come
for the victory and he is going to bring a great fight for the
fans. Thank you very much and we will see you on April 8.
How do you feel about finally winning the [WBA] title, but made
to vacate it, against [WBO champion] Lomachenko?
JASON SOSA: My thoughts are, this is boxing and that happens.
I just have to maintain focus and just keep moving on. Just like
my first loss. I’ve got one career loss and I never just focus
on that loss, I just move forward. Same thing, they stripped me
of the title and it hurt me because I would like to unify my title.
I think that’s what every world champion would love to do. I would
like to apologize to the Lomachenko team as well because I am
sure they would like to fight for another title, but at the end
of the day I am focused and looking forward to April 8 and hopefully
win the WBO belt.
So this is not about unifying titles – you want a fight on the
big stage against a top level opponent…
JASON SOSA: We want to fight the best. Lomachenko is the best
in our weight division right now. That’s what boxing is all about
-- at the end of the day a world champion wants to fight a world
champion. We are more than eager to take the challenge on April
8. We are going to put the game plan to perfection. We take it
day by day and keep getting in better shape getting ready for
No one is going to questions Jason Sosa’s toughness but how do
you deal with the skill level?
JASON SOSA: Very simple and short -- I have the best trainer in
the world and I believe he is going to have the perfect game plan
and I am going to execute the game plan to perfection.
How does Lomachenko feel about that this is not going to be for
the title that Sosa had?
VASYL LOMACHENKO: I understand that this is not Sosa’s decision
– it is the WBA and they took the title from him. Of course I
would rather unify titles. At this point I am happy to fight one
of the best in the division and he is the one that took this opportunity.
The other champions were running like rats from a sinking ship
and not coming into the ring. Nowadays it’s not about the sport
– all of the boxers have become businessmen and they are looking
just to get the money and not the glory.
Why have the fight in a venue that seats only 3,000 people?
TODD duBOEF: We don’t necessarily agree with the size of the venue
being indicative of the size of the match. I remember as a child
the Pavilion here in Las Vegas used to have some of the biggest
fights out there. Benitez, Hagler and Antifermo all fought there
and sometimes on the same card. Size does not matter, not this
situation, but one of the things we wanted to do was bring this
match to the east coast because of Sosa’s fan base and wanted
to spread Vasyl’s brand also, and we want to offer that to a new
facility and it’s an honor to be able to go there.
How many times would you like to fight this year and do you plan
to move up to 135?
VASYL LOMACHENKO: I was always for fighting three or four times
a year. I am ready to fight and I want to fight three or four
times a year. It doesn’t always depend on me, it also depends
on opponents and the TV and the promoter. I am looking this year
to fight at least three times. As far as moving up in weight class,
if the thing is going to go like it is today, everybody is running
away and not fighting me, I will be forced to go to 135 pounds
and I would hope that the guys at 135 would be standing up and
coming to fight.
Is it difficult to find opponents for Vasyl?
EGIS KLIMAS: Well, as you can see, the champions are not coming.
That question would probably be better to go to the promoter.
I am not the one that is finding opponents.
Are you learning English and do you feel it is important to do
VASYL LOMACHENKO: I am talking in the language of boxing.
EGIS KLIMAS: Yes he is learning English but he is not going to
speak it until it is perfect English. He wants everything in his
life maximized, so if he is going to start speaking English it
is going to be perfect English.
What do you think about the venue and do you think you would be
bringing more high profile events there?
TODD duBOEF: I physically have not been there but I have spoken
to the executives at Las Vegas about the venue and their enthusiasm
is very high in regards to us bringing the boxing community there.
Boxing has so much symbiotic behavior to the gaming customer and
fighters and fans from the local area excites them. We have had
numerous conversations on a corporate level but we have not been
there. There is no formal commitment but we are going have kids
from the DC area on the card such as Mike Reed and Patrick Harris,
and Jessie Hart is going to be coming down I-95 from Philly. We
are not locked into anything in the future, we will see how this
comes off – it’s a high level fight on HBO.
Were you disappointed that the Salido fight fell through?
VASYL LOMACHENKO: Yes I was a little disappointed because as far
as I knew everything was moving along and everything was agreed
to then all the sudden they turned around and said he wasn’t going
to fight. But, you know, such is life.
Do you still want to face him or have you moved on?
VASYL LOMACHANKO: Yes, I would still like to fight him, but it
doesn’t depend on me. We will see how it goes.
Why are you training in Puerto Rico for this fight?
JASON SOSA: I have tried to train in New York and also Florida
but I have found that my best training is done in Puerto Rico.
What do you think about Lomachenko?
JASON SOSA: He is the closest fighter to perfection in boxing.
When do you plan to go to 135?
VASYL LOMACHENKO: If I have the opportunity against any of the
champions at 135, if they are willing to fight and my promoter
can put the fight together, I am looking forward to it.
When you look in the mirror, do you see yourself as the best fighter
in the world, or the top 10?
VASY LOMACHENKO: It is very hard to answer the question because
when I look in the mirror I don’t think about who the pound-for-pound
fighter is. I am usually working on my hair at that moment.
What do you think of the talk that puts you in the Top Ten?
VASYL LOMACHENKO: If you want to just talk regarding me, as a
pound-for-pound fighter, I would probably say that I will probably
be the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter after I beat a couple of
champions at 135.
Since a couple of fighters turned down the opportunity to fight
Lomachenko, can you take us through the making of this fight?
TODD duBOEF: We have a long relationship with Russell Peltz, the
co-promoter of Jason Sosa, and when the date came up for the fight
for Lomachenko, the offer went out to a few different fighters
-- one being a rematch with Orlando Salido and one being the champion
Jezreel Corrales and the other one being Sosa. Russell was truly
a professional and has a great relationship with us and we could
make a deal pretty easily. When you say about me having a tough
time making fights -- I think what happens in this business, I
think Vasyl said it right -- the fighters are becoming businessmen
-- not ones that are willing to roll up their sleeves and become
prizefighters -- so that’s a dilemma that we deal with especially
when you take the risk/reward of fighting Lomachenko. Jason and
Russell understood that they wanted to take advantage of this
opportunity. That door opened and they are going to step through
it. We applaud that and you applaud when guys take those challenges.
RUSSELL PELTZ: Top Rank called us, offered us the fight, and we
said yes -- because that’s what fighters do -- fight. I talked
it over with Chino and talked it over with Jason, and listen,
we know we’re not the first choice -- we get that. We know Salido
turned it down for more money. We know Corrales turned it down
for more money -- because as everybody said, boxing is more of
a business than a sport. We understand that we are here because
no one else wanted the challenge. The point is, we are going to
take advantage of that. Because when I was a kid, I loved a fighter
named Harold Johnson. Johnson was the light heavyweight champion
of the world and he was scheduled to fight a kid from Peru and
about six weeks before the fight the kid failed the eye test.
So they brought in Henry Hank and two weeks before the fight Hank
got injured. So they brought in Willie Pastrano on 10 days notice.
Pastrano knew he wasn’t the first choice but he took advantage
of it and he won the title. That’s what it’s all about -- fighters
TODD duBOEF: What a great way to finish this call. Tickets go
on sale Monday at 10 A.M.!
Two-division world champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist
VASYL LOMACHENKO and World Boxing Association (WBA) super featherweight
world champion JASON "El Canito" SOSA will battle for
Lomachenko's World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior lightweight
world title, Saturday, April 8, at The Theater at MGM National
Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD. The fight between the two world champions
will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning
at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
The non-televised undercard will feature undefeated No. 1 super
middleweight contender JESSE "Hard Work" HART from Philadelphia,
PA., and local favorites from the metro Washington, D.C. area,
including undefeated prospects MIKE "Yes Indeed" REED
and PATRICK HARRIS in separate bouts. Full details on the undercard
will be announced at a later date.
Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Peltz Boxing Promotions,
tickets for the Lomachenko-Sosa world championship event go on
sale This Monday! February 20, at 10:00 A.M. ET. Priced at $153,
$128, $103, $78 and $53, including all applicable service charges
and taxes, tickets can be purchased online at mgmnationalharbor.com
or ticketmaster.com. For more tour and ticket information, visit
mgmnationalharbor.com or call (844) 346-4664.
New WBA Junior Middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade shows championship
work rate in title winning effort against Jack Culcay
PA/Bronx, NY/Providence, RI (March 13, 2017)--Newly
crowned WBA Junior Middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade threw
a staggering 953 punches according to Compubox, in his title win
over Jack Culcay this past Saturday in Ludwigshafen, Germany.
who many regard as the most talented fighter in the 154 pound
division, showed his versatility as divvied up his punch output
nicely between jabs and power punches by throwing 519 power punches
and 434 jabs.
junior middleweight average is 684 punches per 12 rounds.
saved his best work for the home stretch when he threw 91 and
92 punches respectively in the Championship (11th and 12th) rounds.
In round 11, he connected on a fight best 40 punches. Andrade
outlanded Culcay in 11 of the 12 rounds.
of Providence, Rhode Island became a two-time champion with a
split decision over Culcay be scores of 116-112 twice and 115-114
showed what a true world champion is supposed to do. He traveled
to Germany and took the title from the champion. Now we will look
towards the future, and there are many desirable fights out there.
There are the champions like Erislandy Lara, Jarrett Hurd and
the Charlo /Hatley winner. Of course the big names in the room
are Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin. Those are fights that
we would love to make and Demetrius wants them as well. Demetrius
will defend his title with pride, and we will look to get him
in the most meaningful fights," said Banner Promotions President,
SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT CONTENDERS ANTONIO OROZCO AND KEANDRE GIBSON TO
TOP APRIL 1 GOLDEN BOY BOXING ON ESPN AT THE CHELSEA INSIDE THE
COSMOPOLITAN OF LAS VEGAS
LIGHTWEIGHT STANDOUTS MERCITO GESTA AND GILBERTO GONZALEZ TO PROVIDE
CHIEF SUPPORT FOR ACTION-PACKED CARD
Tickets on sale Friday, February 24 at 10 a.m. PT!
ANGELES (Feb. 16, 2017):
Someone's "0" must go, as undefeated and WBC #1 ranked
Super Lightweight Antonio "Relentless" Orozco (25-0,
16 KOs) from San Diego, California faces one of his toughest tests
to date on April 1 when he goes head-to-head with highly touted
prospect KeAndre "The Truth" Gibson (16-0-1, 7 KOs)
out of St. Louis, Missouri.
ESPN Deportes will transmit the fights live from The Cosmopolitan
of Las Vegas at 9 p.m. EST/6 p.m. PST with ESPN2 airing it at
11 p.m. EST.
"This 50/50 main event will help determine the future of
the super lightweight division," said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman
and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. "I expect the winner of
this fight will be positioned for world championship titles in
the near-future and the loser will find himself back in the pack
of the division. Everything is on the line for both of these fighters."
In the chief support to the April 1 show in Las Vegas, longtime
lightweight contender Mercito "No Mercy" Gesta (29-1-2,
16 KOs) fighting out of San Diego, California returns for the
first time in more than a year where he'll find Mexico City knockout
specialist Gilberto "El Flaco" Gonzalez (26-3, 22 KOs)
on the other side of the ring for a 10-round showdown.
Highly touted and undefeated Golden Boy prospects Joet Gonzalez
(15-0, 7 KOs), Emilio Sanchez (13-0, 8 KOs) and Edgar Valerio
(9-0, 5 KOs) are also scheduled to appear on the card.
Tickets for Orozco vs. Gibson, which is promoted by Golden Boy
Promotions, start at $20 and go on sale Friday, February 24 at
10 a.m. PT. Tickets are available online at: www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com
or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 and www.ticketmaster.com.
Orozco vs. Gibson is a 10-round super lightweight battle set for
April 1 and presented by Golden Boy Promotions. The event is sponsored
by Tecate "Born BOLD."
Leon Halts Salinas in four
Photo: German Villasenor
Undefeated Superfeatherweight contender Erick De Leon remained
undefeated on Friday night after stopping Jose Salinas on the
BASH BOXING/TOP RANK promoted fight card main event at the Sportsmen's
Lodge in Studio City California.
the show, the crafty De Leon worked the angles, shots from the
outside, setting up- REST
BARRERA PULLS UPSET OVER VYACHESLAV SHABRANSKYY TO CLAIM THE USNBC
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE
NEAR SOLD-OUT ARENA AT FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT CASINO HOSTS SIX
TOTAL KNOCK OUTS FOR THE HBO LATINO TELECAST
INDIO, CALIF. (Dec. 16, 2016) - Cuban stand out Sullivan
Barrera (18-1, 13 KOs) pulled an upset over Vyacheslav "Lionheart
Chingonskyy" Shabranskyy (17-1, 14 KOs) in a slugfest for
the WBC USNBC Light Heavyweight title at Fantasy Springs Resort
Casino in Indio, Calif. before a nearly sold-out crowd and televised
on HBO Latino. The fight lasted until the seventh round, where
Shabranskyy's team waved the white towel at the 2:05 mark.
"Of course we would never expect this," said Vyacheslav
Shabranskyy. "We will decide next steps after we get over
"With this win, I proved all the people who bad mouthed me
wrong," said Sullivan Barrera. "This win is for all
the boxing fans outs there. I want to specifically thank my trainer,
Derik Santos. He sat me down, we watched the tapes, and he said
to me, 'Sullivan, this is what you have to do to get the win.'
This proves that my career in boxing is alive. I want a rematch
with Andre Ward."
In the evening's co-main event also televised on HBO Latino, Rashidi
"Speedy" Ellis (17-0, 12 KOs) maintained his undefeated
status and was crowned the new IBF North American Welterweight
Champion after stopping Eddie "E-Boy" Gomez (19-2, 11
KOs) in the first round at 1:19.
"I am at a loss of words," said Eddie Gomez. "I
just don't know how this happened."
"It's been a long time since I was able to get a knock out
in the first round," said Rashidi Ellis. "I told my
team I was going to win, and I entered the ring with confidence.
When I landed that first jab, I felt an urgency. I could see it
in his eyes that he knew I was going to win. Now with this belt,
I feel like I can take anyone."
Opening up the HBO Latino telecast, Ronny Rios (27-1, 12 KOs)
faced East LA's Roy Tapia (12-2-2, 6 KOs) in a 10 round featherweight
bout. Tapia entered the ring hungry; however, the relaxed Rios
was able to obtain the stoppage, with the referee calling the
fight before the start of the seventh round.
"It was a body shot in the first round that really affected
me," said Roy Tapia. "After the fight, Ronny came up
to me and told me to keep my head up and to keep fighting. I'm
going to listen to him."
"I was just in there having fun," said Ronny Rios. "I'm
more aware of my surroundings. I could hear my coach, and I could
relax my arms so much more. I was in the same position Roy is
in now at one point in my career, and all I can say is that you
learn so much more with a loss than you ever could with a win."
Representing his hometown of Indio, Javier Padilla (2-0, 2 KO)
stopped Tijuana, Mexico's Jose Mora (0-2) in the second round
of his scheduled four-round super bantamweight fight. Padilla
sent Mora to the mat in the first round with a powerful left hook
at the end of the first round, finishing him off at 44 seconds
into the second round with a straight right hand.
"I wanted to take my time in the ring," said Javier
Padilla. "I didn't think he would get back up in the first
round when he first hit the mat, but into the first couple of
seconds of the second round, I was ready to finish what I came
to do in my territory."
One of Golden Boy's hottest prospects, Vergil Ortiz, Jr. (3-0,
3 KOs) faced Nestor Garcia (0-2) in a scheduled four-round super
lightweight bout that only made it to the first three minutes
of the first round.
"I'm so happy with this knock out, because I feel that it
was well deserved," Vergil Ortiz said after the fight. "He
was quick to try to block my punches, so I knew I had to stop
him early. As soon as I saw the open opportunity, I launched my
straight right hand punch, and that did the trick."
Younger brother to the HBO Latino television opener Ronny Rios,
the equally talented Alexis Rocha (6-0, 4 KOs) faced the tough
Abraham Calderon (1-4) in a four round super welterweight battle
that went the distance. Rocha was able to gain the unanimous decision
with all the judges scoring the bout 40-34.
"He was a tough fighter, and even though his record wasn't
spotless, he was never stopped before," said Alexis Rocha.
"I was expecting a rough road, and I am happy with the two
times I made him hit the floor. I'm a tough welterweight, and
I'm only 19 so I have a lot to learn."
Chattanooga, Tennessee's Ryan Martin (18-0, 11 KOs) defeated Sacramento's
Yardley Suarez (19-6, 10 KOs) in round four of the scheduled eight-round
lightweight bout. Suarez was able to keep up with Martin up until
midway of the fourth round, when he hit the mat after Martin's
flurry of punches. Suarez was able to get back up, only to be
overtaken again by Martin's punches causing the referee to stop
the fight, awarding the TKO to Martin.
"The moment I saw him go down, I knew that it was my time
to go hard on him," said Ryan Martin of his win. "It's
always an exciting moment to remain undefeated, and I'm looking
forward to more things to come."
in attendance at tonight's fight was WBC Super Featherweight Champion
Francisco "El Bandido" Vargas (23-0-2, 17 KOs) as the
VIP guest for the stacked card. His appearance came just six weeks
before he defends his title against Miguel "El Alacran"
Berchelt (30-1, 27 KOs) in a 12-round surefire high-action fight
on January 28, from the same venue live on HBO Boxing After Dark.
Vyacheslav Shabranskyy vs. Sullivan Barrera was a 10-round bout
for the WBC USNBC Light Heavyweight championship, presented by
Golden Boy Promotions in association with Main Events and sponsored
by "Tecate, BORN BOLD," and Casa Mexico Tequila.
JOSHUA DEFENDS IBF HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE WITH THIRD ROUND TKO OF ERIC
MOLINA SATURDAY ON SHOWTIME® FROM MANCHESTER ARENA IN MANCHESTER,
Anthony Joshua extended his perfect record to 18-0 with 18 knockouts
in a dominating defense of his IBF Heavyweight World Championship
over American challenger Eric Molina Saturday on SHOWTIME from
Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: http://s.sho.com/2hqHTo8.
Joshua floored Molina with a huge left in the third, leaving the
Texas native crumpled in the corner. Molina looked dazed and barely
beat the count, but he was again in trouble and defenseless seconds
later, forcing the referee to halt the contest at 2:02.
After the fight, Matchroom Sport managing direction Eddie Hearn
announced that Joshua will make the third defense of his title
on April 29 against long-reining heavyweight kingpin Wladimir
Klitschko at London’s Wembley Stadium.
“Disaster avoided tonight,” Joshua said. “He started off teeing
off with some haymakers early on. There are not too many tactics
he can do. It’s hard for him to come in and fight when you aren’t
giving him any options. Someone who is boxing with you can give
you options, but someone who is boxing on his back feet cannot.”
“This is the start of my story and there will be many more things
to come when I step into this ring. I’m not one to talk and I’m
not one to mess around, but if I did start talking I think people
would find out what I’m all about. I’ve stayed consistent and
I’ve stayed patient and I’m still undefeated.”
“We are moving into a huge arena (Wembley). He’s a very respectful
man outside of the ring, and he’s very competitive in the ring.
This is the step up people have wanted. Klitschko wants his belts
back and may the best man win.”
Said Klitschko: “He is the best man in the heavyweight division
and his record speaks for itself. This is the fight that the fans
want and that is why this fight will happen.”
“Do you want to see a big fight? Do you want to see a fight where
two Olympic champs are involved? Do you want to see the fight
between A.J. and W.K.? You got it.”
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