Danny Roman Cruises to Victory in his Second
WBA Title Defense
Calif. (June 16, 2018) -
Danny Roman (25-2-1. 9 KOs) defended his WBA 122-pound world
championship in dominating fashion with a one-sided points
win against No. 1 rated challenger Moises Flores (25-1, 17
KOs) Saturday night from Friso, Texas.
title defense, Roman's second since snatching it from Shun
Kubo in September, was televised on Showtime.
like he did in his initial title defense, cruised to victory
on the back of consistent body punching and a left upper cut
that found pay dirt more often than not.
the win against Flores, the 28-year-old Los Angeles native
now sits at 17 straight wins with the majority of those victories
resembling Saturday's night's brilliant performance.
who is promoted by Thompson Boxing, has made a serious case
for a big money fight in the second half of this year.
would like to unify," said Roman. "I'll challenge
any of the other champions."
Roman looking as great as he did tonight [Saturday], we certainly
have a lot of options," said Ken Thompson, president
of Thompson Boxing Promotions. "We're going to enjoy
this solid win and sort out the next step soon."
Boxing unofficial scorer Steve Farhood had this to say about
Roman's performance, "I gave 11 out of the 12 rounds
to Roman. I thought it was a very easy fight to score."
scores: 120-108, 118-110, 116-112.
more information, please visit ThompsonBoxing.com.
'NO MERCY' GESTA CAPTURES NABO LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE WITH MAJORITY
DECISION VICTORY AGAINST ROBERTO 'TITO' MANZANAREZ IN MAIN
EVENT OF GOLDEN BOY BOXING ON ESPN AT FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT
'CHATO' ROBLES III WINS NABF FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE VIA NINTH-ROUND
TKO VICTORY AGAINST EDGAR 'KID NEZA' VALERIO
INDIO, CALIF. (June 14, 2018): Mercito
"No Mercy" Gesta (32-2-2, 17 KOs) of San Diego,
Calif. captured the NABO Lightweight Title against Roberto
"Tito" Manzanarez (35-2, 28 KOs) of Phoenix, Arizona
via 10-round majority decision victory in the main event of
the June 14 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN at Fantasy
Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. One judge scored the
fight a 95-95 draw, which was overruled by two scores of 96-94
in Gesta's favor.
feel good, though I'm surprised he moved so much," said
Mercito Gesta. "I was really eager to cut the distance
and hit him. My trainer Freddie [Roach] told me I needed to
land more combinations, but it's clear that Manzanarez is
tough and can take a punch. I can't wait for what's next."
felt I won this fight," said Roberto Manzanarez. "I
dominated more rounds than Gesta. I kept him at a distance
and controlled the pace. I kept touching him with long shots.
I want the rematch, but I have to check with my team to see
In tonight's co-main event, Manny Robles III (16-0, 8 KOs)
captured the vacant NABF Featherweight crown as he scored
a ninth-round technical knockout victory against Edgar "Kid
Neza" Valerio (13-1, 8 KOs) in a classic battle between
two of Golden Boy Promotions' best prospects. The fight, which
was initially scheduled for 10 rounds, was dominated early
by Robles, who used his speed and technical abilities to outbox
the taller and stronger Valerio.
the third round, Robles landed a counter left hook that immediately
floored Valerio, who rose to his feet with renewed ferocity
to even up the score. Robles continued his dominance until
the eighth round, where Valerio landed a perfectly-timed right
hook that stunned and wobbled Robles. After taking a round
to recover, Robles landed a right hand that dropped Valerio,
which he followed with a fight-finishing flurry to end matters
in the ninth round.
"This was the most important fight of my career and I
took care of business," said Manny Robles III. "[Valerio]
hurt me with that right hand because I got careless, but thanks
to my conditioning I recovered quickly. I had a great camp.
I won this fight because I had a great game plan. As you can
see, we had something special up our sleeve. After a couple
more fights, I would love a world title shot."
"Ace" Acevedo (15-2, 6 KOs), the latest prospect
to join the Westside Boxing Club stable, scored a six-round
unanimous decision victory against David Thomas (6-3-1, 2
KOs) of Orange, Texas in a super lightweight bout. Acevedo,
a native of Garden City, Kansas, dominated Thomas in every
round in a battle of toe-to-toe action.
hurt my right hand in the first round," said Herbert
Acevedo. "I landed it right on his forehead and then
I was just not able to use it. So, I stood toe-to-toe and
worked the body. I pumped my jab and boxed a bit, but I made
sure the win was clear with all the body shots."
Luis Feliciano (7-0, 4 KOs) of Utuado, Puerto Rico scored
a fourth-round technical knockout victory against Daniel Montoya
(11-7, 8 KOs) of Tamauliopas, Mexico in a super lightweight
battle initially scheduled for eight rounds.
"I feel great. We're taking things fight by fight,"
said Luis Feliciano. "I'm focused on getting better and
better. We work on everything in the gym. That body shot I
landed has been something I've had since the amateurs. We
work on everything so that we have all the bases covered when
we get to a championship level."
Luis Arcon (2-0, 2 KOs), a Venezuelan prospect who currently
resides in Indio, Calif., scored a technical knockout victory
against Ricardo Fernandez (3-9-4) of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
at the end of the second round of a scheduled four-round super
lightweight battle. Arcon dominated Fernandez from the opening
bell, dropping him in the first round and punishing him so
badly in second round that the corner was forced to call a
halt to the fight before the third round could begin.
took this fight on very short notice," said Luis Arcon.
"I wanted to take advantage of this opportunity with
Golden Boy Promotions, so I worked hard and cut the weight
to make the fight happen. Hopefully I can come back again
Gesta vs. Manzanarez was a 10-round fight for the NABO Lightweight
Championship presented by Golden Boy Promotions. The event
was sponsored by Tecate, "THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING"
and Hennessy, "Never Stop, Never Settle." The fights
took place on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at Fantasy Springs Resort
World Will Be Watching: Pacquiao Vs Matthysse, July 15
to the "Fight of Champions" mega-showdown between
belt holder Lucas Matthysse and challenger Manny Pacquiao
is already pegged at 170 countries and is fast shaping up
to become a blockbuster of an event dubbed as the World Cup
Asia to South America, to Europe and Africa, to the Middle
East, Asia Pacifica, Oceania and the Far East and the Caribbean,
fans all over the world will be treated to a whole day of
sports festivities on July 15 starting in the morning and
throughout the afternoon.
Pacquiao Vs Matthysse event will be beamed live at 12 noon
from the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur (around 8 PM, July 14
in the US and Mexico) via satellite.
World Cup fever undeniably in the minds of many, boxing also
has its version of the World Cup, with the Philippines and
Argentina vying for the World Boxing Association welterweight
belt in the main event featuring the legendary Pacquiao and
championship bouts presented by promoter Manny Pacquiao of
MP Promotions include the WBA world title matches between
Venezuela and China, (Carlos Canizales Vs Lu Bin for the WBA
light flyweight belt), as well as South Africa (Moruti Mthalane)
against Pakistan (Muhammad Waseem) for the International Boxing
Federation flyweight crown.
the main supporting bout, it will be Mexico against the Philippines
as the WBA, through president Gilberto Mendoza Jr. and ratings
chairman Jose Oliver, has just sanctioned the fight between
Mexican Edivaldo Ortega (26-1-1) and Jhack Tepora (21-0, 16
KOs) of thePhilippines for the WBA featherweight title.
Malaysia will feature its best fighters Muhammad Farkhan,
Theena Thayalan and Alman Abu Baker battling fighters from
Thailand and 2 Indian boxers, respectively, in the undercards
stacked deep by the organizers, who are trying to impress
a worldwide audience.
countries represented in the event include Australia and Japan.
Lee Breaks Rib in 1st round and despite not being able to
breathe, defeats Jose Hernandez to claim NABO Light Heavyweight
Illinois (June 9, 2018) -WBO number-3 ranked light heavyweight
contender Mike Lee Broke his rib in the 1st round, but still
claimed the NABO Light Heavyweight title with a 10-round unanimous
decision over Jose Hernandez at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont,
pressed the action as he looked to land power shots early.
Hernandez fought gamely, but Lee was consistent with his right
and left hands.
showed incredible heart, as in round one, he suffered a broken
rib and had trouble breathing throughout the whole ten round
was cut from Lee's work, and the Notre Dame graduate cruised
home with the victory by scores of 97-93 on all judges cards.
the victory, Lee remains perfect with a record of 21-0, and
will now look to face any of the world champions in either
the light heavyweight or super middleweight divisions.
came out wanting the knockout," said Lee. "I give
credit to Jose, he was tough. I got a little excited early,
and I was a little sloppy. In the beginning, I was just throwing
power shots, I wasn't double jabbing and using my athletic
ability. Every fight is a learning lesson, and tonight I had
to bite down and get the win."
the win, Lee will now look to challenge any of the champions
and big names in and around his weight class.
go. I want a shot at the world title. Whether it is at 168
pounds or 175 pounds, I am just waiting on a phone call. We
wanted to fight Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., but I don't know
what happened with that. I just want someone with the belt."
Drops Linares in the 10th
YORK CITY –
It wasn’t easy, but Vasiliy Lomachenko dug deep and overcame
a sixth-round knockdown to stop Jorge Linares in the 10th
round to win the WBA and Ring Magazine lightweight titles
in front of 10,429 fans at Madison Square Garden. A left hand
to the body put Linares down for the 10-count. Lomachenko
(11-1, 9 KOs) is a now a three-weight world champion.
“Caballo Bronco” Adames went the 10-round distance in the
co-feature, overcoming a stiff challenge from Mexican veteran
Alejandro Barrera en route to the unanimous decision win.
Scored were 96-94, 97-93 and 98-92 in favor of Adames (14-0,
Conlan made his debut in the big room at Madison Square Garden
against Ibon Larrinaga, who was content to back up for much
of the eight-round featherweight bout. Conlan (7-0, 5 KOs)
put the pressure on, and while he couldn’t score the knockout,
he cruised to a unanimous decision victory. All three judges
scored the bout 80-72. Conlan is scheduled to fight again
in his hometown of Belfast, Northern Ireland, on June 30.
native Teofimo Lopez put on a show for the hometown fans,
knocking out Vitor Freitas with a right hand in the opening
round. Lopez improved to 9-0 with seven knockouts.
Mayer went six rounds for the first time in her pro career,
dominating the game Baby Nansen of Auckland, New Zealand,
en route to a unanimous decision points win. All three judges
scored the bout 60-54 for Mayer (5-0, 3 KOs), a Los Angeles
native who represented the United States at the 2016 Olympics.
his debut under the Top Rank banner, Jamel Herring knocked
out the normally durable Juan Pablo Sanchez at 1:28 of the
fifth round. Herring (17-2, 10 KOs) was cut over his right
eye but finished with a barrage to stop Sanchez, who hadn’t
been knocked out since 2012.
Gaibnazarov, the 2016 Olympic gold medalist from Uzbekistan,
knocked out Jesus Silveyra at 2:05 of fourth round to improve
to 4-0 . Fazliddin Gaibnazarov, el medallista de oro olímpico
de Uzbekistán, fulminó a Jesús Silveyra
a los 2:05 del cuarto asalto para mejorar su record a 4-0
Crawford Enters The Hornet’s Nest June 9 in Las Vegas
TERENCE “BUD” CRAWFORD & JEFF “THE HORNET” HORN
will battle for the WBO Welterweight World Title
Saturday, June 9 at MGM Grand Garden Arena
Pound-for-pound superstar TERENCE “Bud” CRAWFORD is ready
to conquer the welterweight division. Crawford, the former
lightweight champion and undisputed junior welterweight kingpin,
will challenge JEFF “The Hornet” HORN for the World Boxing
Organization (WBO) welterweight title on Saturday, June 9,
at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
from Brisbane, Australia, stunned the sporting world when
he rallied to win a unanimous decision over eight-division
world champion MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO in a nip-and-tuck battle
that took place in front of a record-setting crowd of 51,000
at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium on July 2, 2017.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Duco Events, tickets
on-sale and broadcast information for the Crawford vs. Horn
world title bout will be announced shortly.
“It’s exciting to see Bud Crawford move up to the welterweight
division. In Jeff Horn, he fights a big, rough, tough welterweight
who won the title from one of the greats, Manny Pacquiao,”
said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, founder, and CEO of Top
“I cannot wait to get back in the ring on June 9 and win the
WBO welterweight championship,” Crawford said. “Jeff Horn
and his team better be ready because they are going to see
a bigger, stronger, and more powerful Terence Crawford. I
am going home with that belt.”
“We are excited to be fighting at MGM Grand and attempting
to win another world title in a higher weight class, the welterweight
division, which is stacked with talent,” said Crawford’s trainer/manager
Brian “Bomac” McIntyre. “We are looking forward to fighting
a really aggressive and determined fighter in Jeff Horn. June
9 will be another great night for Team Crawford in Las Vegas.”
“Defending the world title successfully a second time is a
must,” said Horn, a 2012 Olympian. “Crawford is a very talented
fighter and deserves his accolades. I will be on a mission
to prove the doubters wrong. Obviously, I am a very competitive
guy who works really hard to achieve his goals. Crawford is
a brilliant boxer, but I am coming to win, and I will win.
Crawford’s trash talk has only inspired me that much more
to shock the world once again.”
Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs), from Omaha, Nebraska, is coming off
a history-making performance in becoming the undisputed junior
welterweight champion of the world. “Bud” defeated the previously
unbeaten Julius Indongo in impressive fashion when he blasted
the World Boxing Association (WBA) and International Boxing
Federation (IBF) world champion with a sensational third-round
liver shot knockout. That fight took place last August 19
in front of a sold-out crowd at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in
Lincoln, Nebraska. With the win over Indongo, Crawford became
the first 140-pounder to unify all four major world titles,
and the third male boxer in history to accomplish that feat—joining
Bernard Hopkins and Jermain Taylor.
Crawford unified the WBO and World Boxing Council (WBC) titles
on July 23, 2016, with a thoroughly dominating unanimous decision
over the previously undefeated Viktor Postol. He knocked down
Postol twice in the fifth round and fought out of the southpaw
stance for nearly the entire fight. Before unifying all four
major world title belts against Indongo, Crawford notched
TKO victories over 2008 Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz and
the big-punching John Molina, Jr.
Following the 2012 Olympics, Horn (18-0-1, 12 KOs) had a meteoric
rise through the professional ranks, winning the WBO Inter-Continental
and Oriental belts. On April 27, 2016, he knocked out former
IBF welterweight champion Randall Bailey in the seventh round.
Later that year, Horn survived a third-round knockdown to
stop three-time world title challenger Ali Funeka in the sixth
round. The Funeka win earned Horn the shot at Pacquiao.
After his “Cinderella Man” showing against Pacquiao, Horn,
returned to the ring last December 13 and successfully defended
his title by stopping Gary Corcoran in the 11th round. Horn
is a beloved figure in his home country, and he has used his
championship platform to inspire victims of bullying. Horn,
who has openly discussed his experiences being bullied, entered
trainer Glenn Rushton’s gym as a teenager hoping to learn
self-defense and now is ready to shock the boxing world once
Title and Alex Saucedo Comes Home June 30 in Oklahoma City
on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 9 p.m. ET.
on Sale Friday, May 4 at 10 a.m. CST
CITY (May 1, 2018) — The Sooner State will welcome
home its favorite fighting son and one of boxing’s elite champions
for a special edition of Top Rank on ESPN Saturday, June 30
at Chesapeake Energy Arena, home of the NBA’s Oklahoma City
Thunder. Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez will make the fourth defense
of his World Boxing Organization (WBO) super middleweight
title against the hard-hitting Roamer Alexis Angulo, while
Oklahoma City’s Alex ‘El Cholo’ Saucedo continues his march
to a 140-pound title shot against Lenny Zappavigna in a 10-round
world class doubleheader will be televised live on ESPN and
ESPN Deportes at 9 p.m. ET.
by Top Rank, tickets to this world championship extravaganza
will go on sale Friday, May 4 at 10 a.m. CST. Priced at $200,
$100, $60, $40 and $25, not including facility and service
fees, tickets may be purchased at the Chesapeake Energy Arena
box office, online at Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets
or by phone at 1-800-745-3000.
are looking forward to a great event in Oklahoma City. Zurdo
Ramirez is always in great fights, and Angulo will give him
a real battle,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, founder
and CEO of Top Rank. “It’s also with great pride that we were
able to put in Oklahoma City native Alex Saucedo against a
world class fighter like Lenny Zappavigna.”
want to prove that I'm the best fighter in the division. I’m
willing to leave everything in the ring to defend my title,”
Ramirez said. "I want to dedicate this fight to all the
Mexicans and all the Latinos who reside in Oklahoma, I would
like many of them to be present in the arena. That would motivate
me even more. I'll be waiting for you guys on June 30."
a huge opportunity for me, and I am thankful to be fighting
at home on ESPN. I’m going to train really hard, so I can
put on a great show for my city,” Saucedo said. “It’s a dream
come true to fight at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. I’m ready
for the moment. I know what kind of style I bring. I’m going
to put on an incredible show and get Lenny out of there.”
(37-0, 25 KOs), from Mazatlán, Mexico, became the first
Mexican-born super middleweight champion when he shut out
three-time world champion Arthur Abraham on April 9, 2016.
He was sidelined with a hand injury and didn’t make his first
defense for more than a year but didn’t miss a beat in winning
a shutout unanimous decision over Max Bursak. Ramirez closed
out 2017 with a nip-and-tuck battle against No. 1 contender
Jesse ‘Hollywood’ Hart, ultimately prevailing by unanimous
decision. In his last bout, on Feb. 3 in Corpus Christi, Texas,
Ramirez scored the first stoppage of his championship reign
with a sixth-round TKO over Habib Ahmed.
(23-0, 20 KOs), from Bogota, Colombia, has won his last five
bouts by knockout, most recently winning the WBO Latino belt
with a first-round knockout over Evert Bravo. He has a well-worn
passport, having gone on the road to win bouts in Turkey,
Mexico, Germany, United States, and Dominican Republic.
(27-0, 17 KOs) was born in Meoqui, Mexico, but his family
moved to Oklahoma City when he was 7 years old. An accomplished
amateur who won more than 150 bouts in the unpaid ranks, Saucedo
turned pro in 2011 and served as a sparring partner for Manny
Pacquiao. Saucedo, ranked No. 3 by the WBO at 140 pounds,
last fought March 10 in Carson, Calif., against Abner Lopez,
knocking Lopez out in the seventh round with a left hook to
the body. Against Zappavigna, Saucedo will be fighting in
Oklahoma City for the first time since 2014. Saucedo is also
fighting for his place in Oklahoma City boxing history. He
is seeking to become only the second Oklahoma City product
to win a world title. Sean O’Grady captured the World Boxing
Association (WBA) lightweight title on April 12, 1981 with
a unanimous decision over Hilmer Kenty in Atlantic City, N.J.
(37-3, 27 KOs) is a 12-year pro and a longtime contender at
both 135 and 140 pounds. He challenged Miguel Vazquez for
the International Boxing Federation (IBF) lightweight title
on March 12, 2011 in Las Vegas, dropping a unanimous decision.
Following a knockout loss to Amneth Diaz later that year,
Zappavigna moved up in weight, winning 10 consecutive bouts
before engaging in a bloody slugfest against then-unbeaten
Sergey Lipinets on Dec. 10, 2016. Lipinets prevailed via eighth-round
TKO and would go on to win the IBF junior welterweight title
two bouts later. Zappavigna has won two straight fights since
the Lipinets defeat.
'THE FLASH' GARCIA SCORES UNANIMOUS DECISION VICTORY AGAINST
JAYSON 'LA MARAVILLA' VELEZ TO EARN NABF AND NABO SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT
TITLES ON GOLDEN BOY BOXING ON ESPN
AT STUBHUB CENTER IN CARSON, CALIF.
IRISH CONTENDER GARY 'SPIKE' O'SULLIVAN FORCES BERLIN ABREU
TO QUIT AT END OF THIRD ROUND OF EXCITING CO-MAIN EVENT
CARSON, CALIF. (May 4, 2018):
Ryan "The Flash" Garcia (15-0, 13 KOs), the 2017
consensus prospect of the year and pride of Victorville, Calif.,
scored a unanimous decision victory against seasoned Puerto
Rican contender Jayson "La Maravilla" Velez (26-5-1,
18 KOs) to win the NABF and NABO Super Featherweight Titles
on a very special May 4 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN
in front of a crowd of 6,625 boxing fans at StubHub Center
in Carson, Calif. After a hard-fought ten rounds of action,
Garcia won with three scores of 99-91.
"I feel good, but I need to learn some things,"
said Ryan Garcia. "I need to learn how to handle roughhousing
in a tough fight like that. Either way, I'm only 19 years
old, so it was a good experience. It taught me a lot. Velez
was a durable guy, but I landed a lot of crazy shots as well.
I thank Jayson Velez, and I will learn from this experience.
I still feel I'm on the fast track to a world-title fight.
I beat a guy who fought for a world title."
didn't think he [Garcia] would last with me, but I was proven
wrong," said Jayson Velez. "He needs a little more
experience, but he's going to be big. He moves well, and was
able to keep up with me. He's a great opponent, and we put
on a great show. I'm proud of what we did here."
In tonight co-main event, Gary "Spike" O'Sullivan
(28-2, 19 KOs) scored a third-round technical knockout victory
after Berlin Abreu (14-2, 12 KOs) of Rio Pierdas, Puerto Rico
retired on his stool. O'Sullivan was aggressive, cut the ring,
and landed hard hooks to the body and head in this middleweight
fight that was initially slated for 10 rounds.
"Abreu could punch, and he caught me with a couple of
good ones," said Gary O'Sullivan. "I came to do
my job, and that was to get the win. This win doesn't compare
to what's waiting for me - I'm waiting for my next big stage.
Who knows? You might see me on the next major Mexican Holiday
Seniesa "Super Bad" Estrada (13-0, 3 KOs) defeated
Amarilis Adorno (1-7) of Vega Alta, Puerto Rico via third-round
technical knockout in a flyweight battle initially scheduled
for six rounds. Estrada cut Amarilis with a punch in the second
round and punished her for most of the third. The cut eventually
forced the referee to end matters at :38 of the third round.
"I knew I was going to knock her out at some point,"
said Seniesa Estrada. "I knew the referee stopped the
fight because of the cut over her eye. I just kept landing
my left hook aiming for her eye knowing she'd give up soon.
I hope that the next time I fight, I really get to show my
fans what I'm made of. I want my next fight to be a world
title. I'm ready."
Marvin Cabrera (8-0, 6 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico scored
a third-round technical knockout victory against Wilfrido
Buelvas (18-9, 12 KOs) of Apartado, Colombia in a scheduled
eight-round middleweight clash. Though taking some serious
shots in the first round, the southpaw Cabrera gradually wore
Buelvas down, stopping him at 1:11 of the third round.
felt I was stronger and that recovered quicker in this fight,"
said Marvin Cabrera. "I was more conditioned. He caught
me in the first round, but that was it. I'm ready for fighters
of a different caliber and with more experience. I think I
showed that in this fight."
Richard "Kansas Kid" Acevedo (2-0, 2 KOs), the rising
super welterweight prospect of Los Angeles, Calif. scored
a first-round knockout win against Edward Aceves (0-4) of
Pomona, Calif. Acevedo, who is originally from Garden City,
Kansas, punished Aceves to the head and body before forcing
the referee to stop the fight :59 of the first round. The
fight was initially scheduled for four rounds.
"I felt great," said Richard Acevedo. "I did
this with the support of my team and my brothers. This win
especially was for my mom. What's next? It's back to the gym
on Monday to keep training."
vs. Velez was a 10-round fight for the vacant NABO and NABF
Super Featherweight Titles presented by Golden Boy Promotions.
The event was sponsored by Tecate, "THE OFFICIAL BEER
OF BOXING" and Hennessy, "Never Stop, Never Settle."
The fights took place on Friday, May 4, 2018 at StubHub Center
in Carson, Cali
Stars and Olympians Headline Linares vs. Lomachenko Undercard
May 12 at Madison Square Garden
Welterweight slugger Carlos Adames to appear in ESPN-televised
co-feature against Alejandro Barrera
Michael Conlan, Jamel Herring, Mikaela Mayer, Fazliddin Gaibnazarov,
and Teofimo Lopez look to make statements
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NEW YORK CITY (April 11, 2018) — On
a night where VASILIY ‘Hi-Tech’ LOMACHENKO will challenge
WBA and Ring Magazine lightweight champion JORGE ‘El Niño
de Oro’ LINARES for division supremacy, a slew of prospects
and contenders will look to steal the show May 12 at Madison
Welterweight contender Carlos ‘Caballo Bronco’ Adames (13-0,
11 KOs) will make his Top Rank debut in the 10-round, ESPN-televised
co-feature against Alejandro Barrera (27-4, 17 KOs); Irish
sensation Michael Conlan (6-0, 5 KOs) will see action in an
eight-round featherweight contest against Ibon Larrinaga (10-1,
2 KOs); Jamel Herring (16-2, 9 KOs) takes on the durable Juan
Pablo Sanchez (29-15, 14 KOs) in an eight-round lightweight
bout; top lightweight prospect Teofimo Lopez (8-0, 6 KOs)
faces veteran Vitor Freitas (13-1, 7 KOs) of Salvador, Brazil,
in a scheduled eight-rounder; female boxing sensation Mikaela
Mayer (4-0, 3 KOs) will face Baby Nansen (6-2-1, 0 KOs) of
Auckland, New Zealand, in a six-round lightweight fight; and
2016 Olympic gold medalist Fazliddin ‘Fayzi' Gaibnazarov (3-0,
1 KO) returns in a scheduled eight-rounder against Jesus Silveyra
(8-5-2, 3 KOs) of Monterrey, Mexico.
Linares vs. Lomachenko and Adames vs. Barrera will be televised
live and exclusively at 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN Deportes,
and undercard bouts will stream live on the ESPN App beginning
at 4:30 p.m. ET.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Golden Boy Promotions,
Teiken Promotions, and Madison Square Garden, tickets for
the Linares vs. Lomachenko world championship card are ON
SALE NOW. Priced at $506, $406, $306, $206, $106, and $56,
including facility fees, tickets can be purchased at the Madison
Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster
charge by phone (866-858-0008), and online at ticketmaster.com
Adames, from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, carries a
big punch in his 5-foot-11-inch frame. After a lengthy amateur
career, Adames turned pro on July 24, 2015 and knocked out
10 of his first 11 opponents. He stopped 2004 Venezuelan Olympian
Patrick Lopez in the fourth round in April 2016, and in February
2017, he scored a second-round TKO over 2004 Venezuelan Olympian
Jean Carlos Prada.
His most impressive pro win to date was his near-shutout 11-round
unanimous decision over former International Boxing Federation
(IBF) junior middleweight world champion Carlos Molina on
July 26, 2017.
"I have a message for all the boxing fans: Set your alarms
and mark your calendars for May 12 because I am going for
the knockout,” Adames said. “I am very happy to be debuting
with Top Rank. This will be a great step in my career, and
on May 12, I will put the welterweight division on notice.”
Conlan, a 2016 Irish Olympian, returns to his home away from
home. The Belfast native will be making his fourth appearance
in New York as a pro, and his debut at the big arena at Madison
Square Garden. He last fought on St. Patrick’s Day, helping
pack nearly 5,000 fans into the Hulu Theater at Madison Square
Garden. Conlan used a sustained body attack to knock out David
Berna in the second round.
"It felt great to be in there against Berna,” Conlan
said. “The fans turned out and the atmosphere was simply amazing.
I wish the fight had gone on longer, but that's the way it
Herring, from Coram, N.Y., will be making his Madison Square
Garden debut. A former U.S. Marine who served two tours of
duty in Iraq as a field electrician, he captained the 2012
U.S. Olympic boxing team and turned pro later that year. Herring
won his first 15 pro bouts before suffering a 10th-round TKO
to Denis Shafikov on July 2, 2016. Following a third-round
TKO win over Art Hovhannisyan, he dropped a close unanimous
decision against Ladarius Miller on Aug. 22, 2017. Since the
Miller defeat, Herring has changed his team, signing with
Top Rank and Brian ‘Bomac’ McIntyre’s B&B Boxing. Trained
by McIntyre, Esau Dieguez, and Red Spikes, Herring has recently
served as a sparring partner for pound-for-pound elite TERENCE
“I’m happy to be coming back home because I haven’t fought
in New York since 2013. To be on a great card like this, it’s
a huge honor,” Herring said. “With my new trainers and Bud,
it’s a blessing. Bud wants to see me do better and succeed.
He criticizes me as a lot, but I take it as constructive criticism.
It’s a great feeling being around somebody with that much
experience who also wants to see you succeed.”
Lopez burst onto the professional scene following an illustrious
amateur career that saw him compete for his parents’ birthplace,
Honduras, at the 2016 Olympics. He made his professional debut
on the Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas undercard on Nov.
5, 2016 and went 6-0 with five knockouts in 2017. In his last
bout, on Feb. 3, he overcame a cut over his left eye to defeat
Juan Pablo Sanchez via six-round unanimous decision.
The last time Lopez fought at Madison Square Garden, on May
20, 2017, he knocked out Ronald Rivas in the second round
with a single left hook.
“What better way to come back in 2018 than on a card like
this,” Lopez said. “We all know what happened last time I
fought at The Garden, and I look forward to doing it again.
I know what the atmosphere is going to be like, and I’m just
excited to display my skills on a big platform.”
Mayer, a 2016 U.S. Olympian, last fought March 10 on the Oscar
Valdez vs. Scott Quigg undercard, scoring a knockout in 35
seconds over Maria Semertzoglou. The Los Angeles native will
be making her second New York appearance, having fought at
the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden last Dec. 9.
“I’m looking forward to competing in the Mecca of Boxing again
and alongside my fellow Olympians,” Mayer said. “I plan on
giving the fans another exciting knockout. See you in New
Gaibnazarov, a two-time Olympian, captured a gold medal for
Uzbekistan at the 2016 Olympics (141 pounds). Gaibnazarov
turned pro in April of last year and immediately began fighting
in scheduled eight-rounders. In his last ring appearance,
on Sept. 22, 2017, he won an eight-round decision over Victor
'EL BANDIDO' VARGAS SCORES STOPPAGE VICTORY AGAINST 'LIGHTNING'
ROD SALKA IN MAIN EVENT OF GOLDEN BOY BOXING ON ESPN AT FANTASY
SPRINGS RESORT CASINO IN INDIO, CALIF.
ANDREW 'EL CHANGO' CANCIO DEFEATS AIDAR SHARIBAYEV VIA DOMINANT
TECHNICAL KNOCKOUT TO CAPTURE VACANT WBA INTERCONTINENTAL
SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE IN CO-MAIN EVENT
INDIO, CALIF. (April 12, 2018): Francisco
"El Bandido" Vargas (25-1-2, 18 KOs), former WBC
Super Featherweight World Champion of Mexico City, Mexico,
defeated "Lightning" Rod Salka (24-5, 4 KOs) of
Bunola, Pa. in the main event of the April 12 edition of Golden
Boy Boxing on ESPN and in front of a crowd of 1,456 boxing
fans at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. Vargas
dropped Salka with a solid combination in the fifth round
and forced Salka's corner to call a halt to the fight at the
end of the sixth round.
wanted to put a great show," said Francisco Vargas."I
did what he worked on in the gym, fighting cautiously and
moving my head. I feel great because we did a great job. I
want the rematch against Miguel Berchelt. We're ready for
In tonight's co-main event, Andrew "El Chango" Cancio
(18-4-2, 14 KOs) of Blythe, Calif. defeated the Kazakhstan-born
Aidar Sharibayev (7-1, 6 KOs) via technical knockout in the
tenth and final round of a bout contested for the vacant WBA
Intercontinental Super Featherweight Title. Cancio dropped
Sharibayev with a left hook in the third round, and scored
another knockdown with a right hand in the fifth round. After
dominating for a few more rounds, Cancio stopped Sharibayev
at :43 of the tenth round.
"I listened to my corner, and I trained hard. That's
why I got the victory," said Andrew Cancio. "I threw
jabs and combinations, and I kept moving my head. This was
a great performance in front of my fans. It feels amazing
because hard work pays off."
Caballero (0-0-1) of Coachella, Calif. made his professional
debut in tonight's swing bout by fighting to an unfortunate
technical draw against Eric Rodriguez (1-2-1) of Los Angeles,
Calif. The bout originally scheduled for four rounds in the
lightweight division. However, the fight was halted at the
end of the first round due to an accidental headbutt, which
according to the California rules forces a technical draw
don't know what to say. It's crazy," said Rommel Caballero.
"This is not what I wanted at all. It's the California
rules, so I have to respect them."
Javier Padilla (6-0-1, 5 KOs) of Indio, Calif. scored a decisive
four-round unanimous decision victory against Ricardo Arias
(1-3-1) of Mexico City, Mexico in a super featherweight fight.
Padilla won with scores of 39-37, 40-36 and 40-36.
"I've dedicated myself more to boxing this time around,"
said Javier Padilla. "That's why I won this rematch.
I was working the graveyard shift before heading to the weigh-in
for the first fight. But I've quit my job, so I was well rested
for this one. I can't wait to be back."
Aaron "Silencer" McKenna (3-0, 2 KOs) knocked out
Keasen Freeman (4-2, 2 KOs) in the first round a scheduled
four-round welterweight fight. After dropping Freeman with
a left hook to start the round, McKenna landed a right hand
that ended the bout at 2:06 of the same round.
"I felt very strong," said Aaron McKenna. "I
landed some good, solid shots. After he went down the first
time, I knew he couldn't handle my power. I knew I had to
start fast but at the same time be patient, and it all came
Genaro "El Conde" Gamez (8-0, 5 KOs) defeated Japanese
pugilist Shoki Sakai (22-8-2, 12 KOs) via unanimous decision
over eight rounds of welterweight action. Gamez was victorious
with scores of 79-73, 79-73, 77-75.
"I felt great, though he [Sakai] was much bigger,"
said Genaro Gamez. "It was good experienced because he
was tough, but at 130 or 135 nobody beats me."
Jonathan "Thunder" Navarro (14-0, 7 KOs) of East
Los Angeles, Calif. scored a tough eight-round unanimous decision
victory against Justin Savi (9-15-1, 6 KOs) of Silver Spring,
Md. in a welterweight bout. Navarro won with scores of 80-72,
80-72 and 79-72.
"It was a tough fight because he [Savi] can take a punch,"
said Jonathan Navarro. "I've been staying very busy because
I've been finishing my bouts clean and without taking too
much punishment. Hopefully, I can take a little break and
come back in the summer."
Vargas vs. Salka was a 10-round lightweight fight presented
by Golden Boy Promotions. The event was sponsored by Tecate,
"THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING" and Hennessy, "Never
Stop, Never Settle." The event took place on Thursday,
April 12, 2018 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio,
Tickets for the event start at $25 and are available at the
Resort Casino box office, by calling 1-800-827-2946, or by
purchasing online at www.fantasyspringsresort.com.
Saucedo: ‘I Do This For My Family’
Junior welterweight contender nears title shot, to fight March
10 at StubHub Center on Valdez vs. Quigg undercard
will be available live on the ESPN APP
BIG BEAR LAKE, CALIFORNIA (March 1, 2018)
– ALEX ‘El Cholo’ SAUCEDO (26-0, 16 KOs) is closing in on
a junior welterweight title shot. It’s only a matter of time,
he believes. He trains here at trainer Abel Sanchez’s Summit
Gym, alongside some of the world’s best fighters, a firm believer
in the phrase, “Iron sharpens iron.”
Saucedo is preparing to face ABNER LOPEZ (25-8, 21 KOs), Saturday,
March 10, at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, on
the Oscar Valdez vs. Scott Quigg undercard. The Saucedo vs.
Lopez bout will stream live on the ESPN App, with undercard
coverage beginning at 8 p.m. EST.
As his title shot approaches, Saucedo enjoys Big Bear’s solitude
and the access to elite sparring at the Summit Gym.
“This is my second winter in Big Bear. This is my home,” Saucedo
said. “The other fighters that train here are like family.
Everyone gets along. It’s a great environment, and it motivates
me to train and work hard.”
Saucedo, ranked No 3 by the World Boxing Organization (WBO)
at 140 pounds, last fought on November 11, 2017, in Fresno,
California, overcoming a cut left eye to knock out Gustavo
Vittori in the third round. Soon after the bout, the Oklahoma
City, Oklahoma, native returned to Sanchez’s gym.
and I are getting along very well, and we are ready to do
big things together,” Saucedo said. “I do this for my family,
and I really believe that coming up here to train has made
me a better fighter. Being away from my daughter and my family
for so many weeks it’s a big sacrifice, but I’m willing to
make the sacrifice to achieve my dream of becoming a world
And, on March 10, Saucedo, who holds the NABO and NABA regional
titles, will have a special guest making her ringside debut.
will be my daughter’s first time watching me fight live,”
added Saucedo. “After my last fight, I brought belts home,
and as soon as I got home, she told me, ‘You need to get all
the belts, daddy.’ That was very motivating for me, and I’m
going to do just that for her.”
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Matchroom Boxing,
remaining tickets for the Valdez vs. Quigg world championship
event are priced at $206, $104, $53 and 27.50, including facility
fees, and can be purchased online at AXS.com, by phone at
(888) 9AXS-TIX, or by visiting the StubHub Center box office.
Champion Jose Pedraza Signs With Top Rank,
Ready To Take on Lightweight Division
Rico native and former junior lightweight champion
will campaign at lightweight, make Top Rank Debut on March
VEGAS (February 28, 2018) –
JOSE “The Sniper” PEDRAZA, former International Boxing Federation
(IBF) junior lightweight world champion, has signed a multi-fight
promotional agreement with Top Rank, Hall of Fame promoter
Bob Arum announced.
Pedraza will campaign at lightweight, and his debut under
the Top Rank banner will take place March 17 on the Jose Ramirez
– Amir Imam undercard at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.
"First of all, I want to thank God for making this possible,”
Pedraza said. “I want to thank Bob Arum for giving me the
opportunity to join the Top Rank family, and for acknowledging
that I have the ability and the potential to become a world
champion once again.”
“Jose Pedraza is a world-class fighter, and we at Top Rank
can’t wait to promote him the way we know how to promote,”
“This is an incredible opportunity for my son, who is determined
to win another world title,” said Luis Espada, Pedraza’s father/trainer/manager.
“With Top Rank in our corner, the sky is the limit.”
"Jose is poised to be a force at 135 pounds, and at only
28 years old, he is still in his prime, and the best is yet
to come,” said Mike Leanardi, Pedraza’s co-manager. “The main
issue with his career has been inactivity, and we know with
Top Rank that will no longer be a problem. We feel Jose is
the best fighter in Puerto Rico, and with Top Rank, he will
now be able to prove that in the ring.”
Pedraza (22-1, 12 KOs) represented his native Puerto Rico
at the 2008 Olympics, won a gold medal at the 2010 Central
American & Caribbean Games, and was also a three-time
Puerto Rican national amateur champion. He turned pro in 2011,
winning his first 19 bouts before earning a shot at the vacant
IBF junior lightweight title. On June 13, 2015, in Birmingham,
Alabama, Pedraza won the title in dominant fashion with a
near-shutout decision over Andrey Klimov.
His title reign lasted two defenses – decision wins over Edner
Cherry and Stephen Smith – until he fought the unbeaten Gervonta
Davis on January 14, 2017. Davis prevailed via seventh-round
TKO, and Pedraza, who had been struggling to make the junior
lightweight limit, decided to move up to lightweight after
Champion Adrien Broner to Face Former Champion Jessie Vargas
in Main Event of SHOWTIME Tripleheader Saturday, April 21
From Barclays Center in Brooklyn & Presented by Premier
Replaces Injured Omar Figueroa for Broner Showdown
Former Champion Jermall Charlo Battles
Hugo Centeno Jr. for Interim 160-Pound World Championship
& Former Champions Gervonta Davis and Jesus Cuellar
in a 130-Pound World Championship Bout
on Sale Wednesday, March 7 at 10 a.m. ET!
(March 5, 2018) –
Four-division champion Adrien Broner will battle former welterweight
world champion Jessie Vargas in the 12-round main event of
a SHOWTIME tripleheader on Saturday, April 21 in an event
presented by Premier Boxing Champions from Barclays Center,
the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™.
champion Omar Figueroa suffered a shoulder injury in training
that forced him to withdraw from his previously scheduled
showdown against Broner.
former world champion Jermall Charlo clashes with once-beaten
Hugo Centeno, Jr. for the interim 160-pound world title in
the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING co-feature. Also featured
on the telecast, which begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, are
former champions Gervonta “Tank” Davis and Jesus Cuellar as
they square off for the WBA 130-pound Super World Championship.
for the live event, which is promoted by Mayweather Promotions,
DiBella Entertainment and TGB Promotions, start at at $50,
go on sale Wednesday, March 7 at 10 a.m. ET, and can be purchased
at ticketmaster.com, barclayscenter.com or by calling 800-745-3000.
Tickets can also be purchased at the American Express Box
Office at Barclays Center starting Thursday, March 8 at noon.
Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.
April 21 card features Adrien Broner, Jermall Charlo and Gervonta
Davis – three of boxing’s “must-see” attractions - in highly
competitive matchups against top contenders,” said Stephen
Espinoza, President, Sports & Event Programming, Showtime
Networks Inc. “Adrien Broner is once again proving that he’s
willing to take on the toughest available opponent in consensus
top-10 welterweight Jessie Vargas. Hugo Centeno Jr. represents
another tough challenge for knockout artist Jermall Charlo
as he continues his quest to become a two-division champion.
Gervonta Davis vs. Jesus Cuellar is another great matchup,
with two power-punchers facing off for the 130-pound world
(33-3, 24 KOs) is one of the most gifted boxers in the sport,
having won world titles in four different weight classes by
the age of 28. The Cincinnati, Ohio native has won championships
at 130, 135, 140 and 147 pounds while facing top competition
across the various divisions. In his last fight, Broner lost
a unanimous decision to Mikey Garcia on July 29 at Barclays
Center after previously defeating Adrian Granados earlier
feeling really good and I’m excited that this is an even bigger
fight than Figueroa,” said Broner. “I had to switch up some
sparring partners but everything is going great in camp. We’re
fighting at 144 pounds, so he’ll have a slight weight advantage,
but it won’t matter. I’m going to be in great shape for this
fight. Coach Kevin Cunningham is my head coach for this camp,
but I did not fire Mike Stafford. I just added to my camp,
because I needed the help. I know what I have to do at the
end of the day to get back on top where I belong.”
(28-2, 10 KOs), a 28-year-old former welterweight champion
who was born in Los Angeles and now lives in Las Vegas, is
always up for a challenge. His only two losses have come in
welterweight title matches against pound-for-pound greats.
He lost a controversial fight to Timothy Bradley, Jr. and
dropped a unanimous decision Manny Pacquiao in a world title
defense. Vargas won the welterweight title with a TKO victory
over Sadam Ali in 2016 prior to the Pacquiao fight. Vargas
is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Aaron Herrera
in December as he works toward another world title opportunity.
is a fight that should garner a lot of attention from boxing
fans and they deserve a fight like this,” said Vargas. “We
are two entertaining fighters who come in and give it their
all. This is a fight that will have a lot of fireworks. I
respect Broner and his skills, but he’s very beatable. The
fight was presented to me and I didn’t think twice about taking
it.. We as fighters and entertainers have to give the fans
what they want. We had a fantastic fight on Saturday in Brooklyn
and we’ll have another one in April. I will have my hand raised
and let everyone know I’m still a danger to anyone I face.”
(26-0, 20 KOs) won his super welterweight title with a dominant
knockout of Cornelius Bundrage in 2015 and eventually achieved
the distinction of holding a world title in the same weight
class (154 pounds) as his twin brother after Jermell won a
title in 2016. After successfully defending his 154-pound
title three times, Charlo of Houston, Texas, made the move
to 160 pounds with the goal of becoming a d-division world
champion. In his debut at 160-pounds, the 27-year-old scored
a TKO victory over Jorge Sebastian Heiland at Barclays Center
on July 29. Charlo vs. Centeno was originally scheduled for
March 3 before being rescheduled due to a rib injury suffered
really love fighting in Brooklyn and at Barclays Center,”
said Charlo. “The fans in Brooklyn always show me a lot of
love. Since my last fight I’ve had a chance to work on my
patience and work on improvements to my game. Before the injury
to Centeno, I was having the best camp of my life. I’ve got
the same feeling that I had before I won my first world title.
I want to be a champion at 160 more than I did the first time
at 154. Centeno is a tough fighter. He’ll be a hard test but
he’s someone who isn’t at my level. I’m not taking anything
away from him. But he’s just another fighter that’s in my
26-year-old Centeno (26-1, 14 KOs) caught everyone’s attention
when he scored a stunning knockout of Immanuwel Aleem in his
last fight on Aug. 25. It was enough to springboard Centeno
into middleweight title contention. Centeno of Oxnard, Calif.,
successfully rebounded from a tough TKO loss to Maiej Sulecki
on June 18, 2016 with a victory over Ronald Montes before
his match against Aleem. Centeno expects to be 100 percent
healed and ready for the challenge by fight night.
excited for the opportunity,” said Centeno. “I was really
devastated when we had to reschedule the fight, but I know
I have to be 100 percent for this challenge. I think my last
outing had a lot to do with me getting this fight. It helped
to put me in this position. Charlo is a great fighter with
a lot of talent. I feel like we have similar statures. It's
going to be an interesting fight. I think it's going to come
down to who is the smarter fighter that night and who has
more left in the tank toward the end. This is a life-changing,
career-changing fight for me that could lead to bigger and
better things. I'm coming to win."
(19-0, 18 KOs) is a proof that dynamite can come in a 130-pound
package. The 23-year-old, of Baltimore, fought three times
last year and ended all of his fights by stoppage. He won
the 130-pound world title with a TKO victory over Jose Pedraza
in a star-making performance at Barclays Center on Jan. 14,
2017. He traveled to London for his first title defense and
stopped Liam Walsh by TKO on his home turf to retain the title
on May 21, and most recently scored a knockout victory over
Francisco Fonseca on Aug. 26 on the Mayweather vs. McGregor
PPV undercard. Davis look to recapture a title in the 130-pound
division after failing to make weight prior to the Fonseca
the most exciting and skilled fighter on television and in
2018 I plan to show it,” said Davis. “On April 21 I’ll be
back in the ring, live on SHOWTIME. Jesus Cuellar is arguably
my toughest opponent to date. He is rough and tough, but I’m
looking forward to the challenge. I’m more than happy to be
fighting at Barclays Center where I won my first world title.
Brooklyn is very close to Baltimore, so all of my people will
be there to witness me become a world champion again.”
(28-2, 21 KOs) is seeking to win a world title in a second
weight class when he takes on Davis. A native of Buenos Aires,
Argentina, the 31-year-old Cuellar won a featherweight world
title with a TKO victory against Vic Darchinyan on June 6,
2015. Six months later he made a successful defense by winning
a unanimous decision against Jonathan Oquendo before losing
the belt to Abner Mares by split decision on December 10,
time I’ve had off since the Mares fight has refreshed me for
this new opportunity,” said Cuellar. “It took a lot out of
my body to make 126 pounds for all of those years. Now I feel
fresher and hungrier than ever before. I’ve been offered fights
against lesser opponents in the last year but I’ve preferred
to wait a little longer so that I can get a chance to fight
the best. Gervonta Davis is one of the best in the world,
so he’s the one I want to face and beat. Davis has never faced
a fighter like me and he will see me at my very best on April
GARCIA KNOCKS OUT BRANDON RIOS IN WELTERWEIGHT TITLE ELIMINATOR
SATURDAY ON SHOWTIME® FROM MANDALAY BAY EVENTS CENTER
Benavidez Remains Boxing’s Youngest World Champion With Unanimous
Decision Over Ronald Gavril In SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®
The Replay Monday, Feb. 19 At 10 p.m. ET/PT On SHOWTIME EXTREME®
VEGAS (Feb. 17, 2018) –
Former two-division world champion Danny Garcia returned with
a vengeance, knocking out Brandon Rios in a WBC Welterweight
Title Eliminator in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP
BOXING Saturday on SHOWTIME from Mandalay Bay Events Center
in Las Vegas.
for the first time since dropping a close split-decision to
Keith Thurman in a welterweight world championship unification
fight in March of 2017, Garcia reminded fans of his position
amongst boxing’s elite at 147 pounds with an early candidate
for 2018 Knockout of
the Year. VIDEO:
(34-1, 20 KOs) did his best work in the center of the ring,
where he was able to box at a distance and fend off Rios’
furious pace. Rios, who returned in 2017 from a brief retirement,
was most effective against the ropes where he gave Garcia
trouble with his constant pressure and his favorite weapon
– a wide overhand right.
the ninth round with the fight where Garcia wanted it – in
the center of the ring – the Philadelphia native landed a
huge counter right to the chin that sent Rios flat on his
back. Rios beat the count, but was clearly wobbly on his feet,
forcing referee Kenny Bayless to halt the contest at 2:25
of the ninth.
felt the ring rust a little bit in the beginning,” said Garcia,
who recorded the 20th knockout of his career. “He’s a good
inside fighter and he was giving me some good uppercuts. I
felt good, it was a good nine rounds. He came to fight. I
came to box, I did that. I came to bang, and I gave the fans
what they wanted – a knockout.
just noticed when I was getting my punches off he was standing
right in front of me and I just let it go. As soon as I got
the fight in the middle of the ring where I wanted I landed
good shots. I was just letting my hands go and the punch landed.”
the fight, SHOWTIME Sports reporter Jim Gray asked Garcia
how the loss to Thurman affected him.
loss was tough. I have the mindset of a winner,” Garcia said.
“I hate losing. I took it like a true champion and I bounced
back like a true champion.
would love the rematch with Keith Thurman. It’s on him. Whenever
he’s ready we’ll fight.”
and WBC Champion Thurman isn’t the only potential blockbuster
on the horizon for Garcia. Former welterweight champion and
the WBC’s No. 1 ranked contender Shawn Porter looms for what
would be a massive showdown between the former champions.
the fight, Rios (34-4-1, 24 KOs) was frustrated with the stoppage
and promised to return.
mad. I don’t like going out like that,” Rios said. “I’m a
warrior, I got back up and I wanted to continue. I guess they
stopped it but I’m mad. I’m mad because I got up.
was doing good. I got lazy with the jab and he came over with
the right hand and he caught me. I’m a warrior. I’m still
in the game. I didn’t think he did much to hurt me. I think
it was closer than what he thought it was. He just caught
me with a lucky punch. I was ready to continue.”
youngest world champion, David Benavidez, left no questions
in a rematch with Ronald Gavril, defending his WBC Super Middleweight
World Championship with a dominating 12-round unanimous decision
in Saturday’s co-feature on SHOWTIME.
21-year-old Benavidez and Gavril had fought to a close split-decision
in one of 2017’s best fights that saw Benavidez drop to the
canvas in the final minute of the 12th and final round. The
Phoenix native had no trouble in the immediate rematch, utilizing
a stiff jab and a steady diet of combo shots to win a near-shutout
over the game Gavril.
(20-0, 17 KOs) wore down Gavril with an intelligent body attack,
pounding the midsection to open up power shots and jabs to
the head. Benavidez had his best round in the fourth, connecting
on a huge right uppercut that nearly floored Gavril – who
appeared to be saved by the ropes – and then pounced with
a series of damaging combo shots.
appeared to hurt his right hand in the second half of the
fight and stepped off the gas in the 10th, 11th and 12th.
But Benavidez, who connected on 41 percent of his power shots,
still landed the harder shots and utilized a stiff left jab
to keep Gavril largely at bay.
knew he was going to come aggressive. He’s a one-trick opponent,”
Benavidez said. “I knew I could jab and box him all day. When
I saw the opening I took it. I didn’t knock him out though
– he’s a tough son of a gun.
my hands hurt but I have that warrior’s mentality so I kept
want to be the best in division. So whoever they put in front
of me that’s what I want to do.”
(18-3, 14 KOs) didn’t make any excuses for dropping what was
an action-packed affair that was scored 119-109 and 120-108
tried to box me on the outside,” Gavril said. “It was good
fight. He was the better man tonight. What can I say? I want
to go back in the gym and come back stronger.”
the opening bout of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, Yordenis
Ugas scored the biggest win of his career, knocking out Ray
Robinson in the seventh round of an IBF Welterweight Eliminator.
(21-3, 10 KOs) now holds the IBF’s No. 2 position to undefeated
champion Errol Spence Jr.
a former amateur standout who is now 6-0 since moving up to
the 147-pound class, set the tone with a knockdown in the
closing minute of the opening round. Robinson (24-3, 12 KOs)
survived and was later deducted a point for hitting after
the bell as the fourth round came to a close. The illegal
punch floored an unexpected Ugas, who rebounded and continued
to dominate the subsequent rounds.
the opening minute of the seventh, the 31-year-old Ugas landed
a massive right that floored Robinson, who beat the count
but was clearly hurt. Ugas unleashed an onslaught with a series
of combos, forcing referee Robert Byrd to step in to halt
the contest at 1:05 with Robinson defenseless against the
landed 51 percent of his power shots and was comfortably ahead
on all three judges at the time of the stoppage.
felt like I was the stronger fighter by far and he didn’t
hurt me. He lost a point for hitting me after the bell sounded,
and knocked me down, but even that didn’t hurt me. He was
very awkward and his style threw off my timing.
I was able to land body shots that I knew were hurting him.
I was able to dictate the pace and we never in trouble.
want Errol Spence next. Everyone wants Errol.”
Ramirez Stops Habib Ahmed in the 6th
(37-0, 25 KOs), from Mazatlan, Mexico, successfully defended
his World Boxing Organization (WBO) super middleweight title
for the third time against Top-Five world-rated contender
Habib “Wild Hurricane” Ahmed (22-1, 17 KOs) from Accra, Ghana.
Ahmed’s corner threw in the towel in the 6th roun
'SUPER BAD' ESTRADA TO HEADLINE MARCH 16 RETURN OF LA FIGHT
CLUB AGAINST SONIA OSORIO ON ESTRELLATV'S BOXEO ESTELAR
LIGHTWEIGHT PROSPECT OSCAR DUARTE TO RETURN
IN CO-MAIN EVENT
JOUSCE 'TITO' GONZALEZ TO OPEN TELECAST IN SIX-ROUND FIGHT
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LOS ANGELES (Feb. 14, 2018): Building on the momentum
of women's boxing in the current era of pugilism, the exciting
Seniesa "Super Bad" Estrada (11-0, 2 KOs) will headline
the highly anticipated March 16 return of LA FIGHT CLUB in
an eight-round flyweight fight against Sonia Osorio (8-5-1,
1 KO) at the Belasco Theater in Downtown Los Angeles, Calif.
and televised live on EstrellaTV's Boxeo Estelar.
Estrada is a flyweight prospect who signed with Golden Boy
Promotions in January of this year. The native of East Los
Angeles, Calif. earned multiple titles as an amateur boxer
before turning professional in 2011. Since then, the 24-year-old
has developed into one of the biggest names in women's boxing,
fighting on important cards in the Los Angeles area, including
an edition of LA FIGHT CLUB in 2016.
"I am very excited and ready to make my Golden Boy Promotions
debut in my hometown," said Estrada. "I've been
working harder than ever to put on a great performance for
my fans and for those who have not seen me fight. I hope to
entertain and gain many more fans throughout my career with
Golden Boy Promotions, and I can't wait to kick off 2018 with
a great victory."
Osorio, a student of the Mexican school of boxing, has only
been in tough fights in her career. The 25-year-old is coming
off a unanimous decision victory win longtime veteran Noemi
Bosques, and she is fearless in her attempt to ruin Estrada's
coming out party in her own territory.
"I'm excited to headline this fight against Seniesa Estrada,"
said Osorio. "More than anything else, I'm excited to
fight in California for the first time. I know that Estrada
is an important name in women's boxing in the United States,
but I'll demonstrate that Mexican fighters are not scared
of fighting outside their home country and on enemy turf."
Oscar Duarte (12-0-1, 8 KOs), the lightweight prospect of
Parral, Mexico, will return in the co-main event in a six-round
fight. Duarte will return after a spectacular fourth-round
stoppage victory against Juan Jose Montes in October of last
Jousce "Tito" Gonzalez (6-0, 6 KOs) will open the
Boxeo Estelar telecast in a six-round fight in the 130-pound
division. Gonzalez is a hard-hitting puncher who will look
to retain his 100% knockout ratio in his first fight as an
official member of the Golden Boy Promotions stable.
Super Lightweight contender Antonio "Relentless"
Orozco (26-0, 17 KOs) of San Diego, Calif. will make his highly
anticipated return in an eight-round super lightweight fight.
Newly-signed prospect Blair Cobbs (7-0, 5 KOs) of Las Vegas,
Nevada will open the night of action in a six-round bout in
the welterweight division.
Opponents for this exciting card will be announced shortly.
Estrada vs. Osorio is an eight-round flyweight fight presented
by Golden Boy Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate
"THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING" and Casa Mexico Tequila.
The Boxeo Estelar broadcast will air live on EstrellaTV at
10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. The card will also stream live
on EstrellaTV.com and on YouTube via LBI Media, Inc.'s Fenomeno
Studios. Mark your calendars and buy your tickets for the
upcoming shows on April 6, June 1, July 6, Aug. 10, and Oct.
Tickets for LA FIGHT CLUB start at the fan-friendly price
of $25 and are available for purchase now at www.goldenboytickets.com,
the Golden Boy Promotions Facebook page, or by calling 213-233-2957.
Defends His WBC Title Against Fellow-Unbeaten Luis Ortiz Saturday,
March 3 Live on SHOWTIME
heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder will work out for
the Los Angeles media tonight/Thursday as he prepares to defend
his WBC Heavyweight World Championship against fellow-undefeated
challenger Luis Ortiz Saturday, March 3 live on SHOWTIME.
is in Los Angeles for the birth of his child with “WAGS Atlanta”
star Telli Swift.
32-year-old Wilder owns a perfect record of 39 wins, zero
losses and 38 knockouts. The Tuscaloosa, Ala., native was
a 2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist and is the only reigning American
heavyweight world champion. The 6-foot-7 Wilder faces the
toughest opponent of his career in Ortiz, a 6-foot-4 Cuban
who owns a professional record of 28-0 with 24 knockouts.
Loses WBO 154 LB. Strap in Final Bout Against Ali
legend and future Hall of Famer Miguel Cotto(41-6,33ko's),
a long time resident of Caguas Puerto Rico, put his WBO Junior
Middleweight Championship on the line in one last fight at
his home away from home, Madison Square Garden in New York.
His opponent Sadam "World Kid" Ali (26-1,14ko's)
a former 2008 U.S. Olympian from Brooklyn New York, proved
to be a more than formidable last opponent. Ali stunned Cotto
in the first round and in the next four or five rounds used
a good defense to hold Cotto at bay.
In the second half of the fight Cotto tried to keep away from
engaging too much. He looked like something was wrong physically.
It was confirmed later he had an injured left bicep that was
later treated. Like the warrior he is, Cotto never complained
and congratulated Ali on his victory. The scores were 115-113
twice and 116-113.
Over 12,000 thousand Cotto fans gave loud applause to the
six time, four division world champion His appearances at
the Garden many times the night before La Parada in New York
celebrating the Puerto Rican heritage were a highlight in
New York City each year.
Cotto later said he felt good about the performance and wants
to make up for lost time with his family. He thanked the crowd
for their loyal support over the years.
In the co-main event Rey Vargas of Mexico City, Mexico (31-0,22
ko's) defended his WBC SuperBantamweight world title and defeated
a game Oscar "El Jaguar" Negrete of Los Angeles
CA (17-1,7ko's). Vargas was bleeding profusely around both
eyes from head-butt gashes and his corner did a very good
job of controlling it enough to let the fight not be stopped.
In a WBO Juniorwelterweight Title fight Angel "Tito"
Acosta of San Juan Puerto Rico (17-1-17 ko's) scored a knockout
over Juan "Pinky" Alejo from Nuevo Leon, Mexico
(25-4-1(15ko's) at 1:33 of round 10. The knockout came with
a quick vicious left hook.
In a six round Super lightweight bout Zachery Ochoa of Brooklyn
(17-1,8ko's won a Unanimous decision over Erick Martinez of
Tijuana Mexico 14-10-1(8 ko's).
All in all a great night put on by Golden Boy Promotions and
Roman Defends WBA Super Bantamweight Title Against Ryo Matsumoto
Calif. (Dec. 18, 2017) -
Danny Roman, the reigning WBA super bantamweight champion,
makes the first defense of his recently acquired title against
the No. 13 rated challenger in Ryo Matsumoto on Feb. 28, from
Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.
The 12-round world championship fight, dubbed "The Challenge,"
is promoted by Thompson Boxing Promotions in association with
Roman (23-2-1, 9 KOs), who is based in Los Angeles, became
the new WBA belt holder in September after dismantling Shun
Kubo by ninth round stoppage in the latter's home country
To watch Roman's KO win that earned him the WBA championship,
please click here.
That Roman is traveling back to the island nation for his
first world title defense - the site of his most impressive
win to date - is of little concern for the aptly nick-named
"Baby Face Assassin."
"If you put in the work and the sacrifice like I do then
it makes no difference where I fight," said Roman. "I
have a great team behind me. My preparation for Matsumoto
is already underway. I know he's going to bring everything
he has and I'm going to be ready for it."
"Danny will be making his case as the best in his class
when he faces Matsumoto," said Ken Thompson, president
of Thompson Boxing Promotions. "We've watched Danny mature
into a top flight world champion and now the world gets to
see his special talent. We're excited for him and have no
doubt that he will retain his WBA championship in February."
(21-1, 19 KOs) heads into his first world title fight with
a four fight knockout win streak. His 19 knockout wins against
21 total victories is certainly impressive and is among the
reasons for his world ranking.
saw Danny Roman's title-winning fight over Shun Kubo and he
looked formidable," said Matsumoto. "I know I'll
be an underdog, but I'll try to do my best to win his belt."
"It's our great pleasure to welcome such a great champion
as Danny Roman," said Hideyuki Ohashi, president of Ohashi
Promotions and former WBA and WBC minimumweight world champion.
"Danny is strong and sharp, and his defense with Matsumoto
will be a very good fight without doubt."
WILDER RETAINS WBC HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE WITH DEVASTATING FIRST-ROUND
KNOCKOUT OF BERMANE STIVERNE SATURDAY NIGHT ON SHOWTIME®
FROM BARCLAYS CENTER
Wilder (left) seen here taking out Licovich in Indio, CA)
Photo: German Villasenor
Porter Scores Unanimous Decision Win Over Adrian Granados
in SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® Co-Feature
BROOKLYN (Nov. 5, 2017) – Undefeated heavyweight world
champion Deontay Wilder retained his WBC title in his sixth
defense with a dominant first-round knockout of mandatory
challenger Bermane Stiverne in the main event of SHOWTIME
CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Saturday night on SHOWTIME from Barclays
Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING®.
Wilder (39-0, 38 KO’s) knocked Stiverne (25-3-1, 21 KOs) to
the ground three times before referee Arthur Mercante halted
the bout at 2:59 of the opening round. After Stiverne took
Wilder the distance in their January 2015 title bout, Wilder
has now knocked out every single opponent that he has faced
in his career. Watch Wilder knocking out Stiverne HERE.
“So much frustration, it just seemed like my career, it’s
been crazy. So many guys using PED’s”, said Wilder, the only
American heavyweight world champion. “I just want to prove
that I am the best. I know I am the best but I want to prove
I am the best.”
Wilder first knocked Stiverne to the ground with a devastating
one-two combination that caught the Haitian challenger on
the nose. Seconds after Stiverne got back to his feet, Wilder
landed another clean combination with a big left and an overhand
right that sent a stunned Stiverne back to the canvas. The
final blow came in the waning moments of the opening round
as Wilder landed four clean punches to the face of a wobbly
“You have to give props to Stiverne for getting in the ring,”
said Wilder. “It takes a lot of courage and it takes a lot
of pride to step in the ring with someone like me. We do what
we have to do in the ring and at least he stepped up. He was
a clean fighter.”
After the brutal knockout, an emotional Wilder was asked by
SHOWTIME Sports® reporter Jim Gray about a possible fight
with unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.
“I’ve been waiting on that fight for a long time now,” said
Wilder. “I declare war upon you. Do you accept my challenge?
I’ve been waiting for a long time. I know I’m the champion.
I know I’m the best. Are you up for the test?
“A king doesn’t chase the peasants. A king takes kings. I
want Joshua. If he doesn’t give me the fight we have other
plans. The world wants Joshua, the world wants Wilder, I want
Joshua. Joshua come and see me baby. No more dodging, no more
excuses. Make the date, don’t wait.”
welterweight world champion Shawn Porter (28-2-1, 17 KOs)
defeated Adrian Granados (18-6-2, 11 KOs) via unanimous decision
(scored 117-111 by all three judges) in an exciting fight
between two all-action competitors that served as the co-featured
event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. The victory makes Porter
the mandatory title challenger for unified welterweight champion
Keith Thurman’s WBC belt.
Porter, who injured his left hand in the sixth round, landed
the sharper and more accurate punches throughout the fight,
including 40 percent of his power punches. Both fighters came
out aggressive in the early rounds and exchanged several powerful
"He gave me a little trouble here and there,” said Porter.
“I hurt my left hand in the sixth round, but I kept using
it. I had to use my jab. It took a toll on me and by the 10th
round I just couldn't throw it anymore.
"The strategy was to keep working the jab. I knew he'd
come at me periodically. I was prepared and dug deep to get
Granados, of Cicero, Ill., fought valiantly and withstood
multiple barrages from the powerful Porter and countered with
several quick combinations of his own. Granados, who landed
just 24 percent of his total punches, disagreed with the judges’
"I thought that I was controlling the fight and keeping
up with him the whole time,” Granados told Jim Gray. “He was
just trying to use his normal tricks. I rocked him multiple
times and he never had me in any trouble.
"He's a brute. I thought the referee [Gary Rosato] did
a good job breaking up the fight at the right times. It was
rough but I definitely thought I did better than the scorecards
In the opening bout of the telecast, unbeaten top contender
Sergey Lipinets (13-0, 10 KOs) earned the vacant IBF Junior
Welterweight World Championship with a unanimous decision
victory over Japanese veteran Akihiro Kondo (29-7-1, 16 KOs).
The judges scored the fight 118-110, 117-111 and 117-111.
The back-and-forth 12-round world championship fight saw Lipinets
control the early rounds with a diversified, creative attack
targeting Kondo’s body. An accidental clash of heads in the
sixth round, which opened up a deep cut on the forehead of
Lipinets, altered the momentum of the fight as Kondo gained
confidence and was able to land some powerful punches to the
head and body of Lipinets. The 28-year old Lipinets, who earned
the title in just his 13th professional fight, was able to
regain control in the later rounds to earn the unanimous win.
"I think the scorecards were accurate but it was a good
fight,” said Lipinets. “The head-butt really impaired my vision
and it led to me walking into some stupid shots.
"I'm happy with my performance. I'm just going to keep
getting better from here. I'm ready to take any on challenge
thrown my way."
Kondo, who was fighting for the first time in the United States,
proved a worthy opponent on the night. "It was a fair
decision,” said Kondo, through a translater. “He hit me with
a lot of hard punches and I felt like I needed at least a
knockdown in the last round.
"I made up my mind that I wasn't going to show any pain
or fear from his punches. I was determined to keep fighting
Saturday’s telecast will replay on, Sunday, November 5 at
9 a.m. ET/PT and Monday, November 6 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME
EXTREME and will be available on SHOWTIME ON DEMAND® and
This event was sponsored by Corona Extra, La Cerveza Mas Fina
and promoted by DiBella Entertainment and TGB Promotions.
"EL NIÑO DE ORO" LINARES RETAINS WBA, WBC
DIAMOND AND RING MAGAZINE LIGHTWEIGHT TITLES WITH SPLIT DECISION
VICTORY AGAINST "COOL HAND" LUKE CAMPBELL AT LOS
ANGELES' "FABULOUS" FORUM
BEST PROSPECTS AND CONTENDERS SHINE ON NON-TELEVISED UNDERCARD
ANGELES (Sept. 23, 2017) Jorge
"El Niño de Oro" Linares (43-3, 27 KOs) successfully
defended his WBA, WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine Lightweight
Titles with a split decision victory against the English southpaw
"Cool Hand" Luke Campbell
(17-2, 14 KOs) at Los Angeles' "Fabulous" Forum.
Linares dropped Campbell in the second round with a hard right
hand and engaged in explosive exchanges in each round to win
with scores of 115-112 and 114-113, while one judge scored
the fight 115-113 for Campbell.
fought very well," said Jorge Linares. "I'm happy
with the fight. At the fifth round, we had some trouble but
we came out on top. Trust me, I have a great connection with
my team and with my trainer, so we worked hard and kept at
it. I knew I had to let the dogs out. We want Mikey Garcia
one can ever doubt my hard work," said Luke Campbell.
"Yes, I got off to a rocky start. He [Linares] caught
me in the eye. A nice shot that put me on the mat. But I had
to fight. I had to get focused. I didn't think he was landing
any shots whatsoever in the second half."
the international broadcast, Filipino knockout artist Romero
Duno (15-1, 13 KOs) scored an eight-round unanimous decision
victory against Tabasco, Mexico's Juan Sanchez (29-13, 14
KOs) in a lightweight fight. Duno punished Sanchez to the
body and head in each and every round, which earned him the
victory with three scores of 78-74.
satisfied with my performance," said Romero Duno. "Sanchez
was a tough competitor, he fights clean and I respect him.
I've learned a lot from this fight and am going to take the
lessons I've learned onto the next."
"Crazy A" Hovhannisyan (13-2, 10 KOs), the exciting
Armenian super bantamweight contender with a spectacular style,
earned the vacant WBC Continental Americas Super Bantamweight
Title with a unanimous decision victory against Guadalajara,
Mexico's Sergio Frias (19-8-2, 10 KOs). Although the resident
of Los Angeles was cut above the left eye in the middle of
the fight, Hovhannisyan won with two scores of 100-90 and
one score of 98-92.
very happy to get this big belt," said Azat Hovhannisyan.
"This has been years in the making and I fought in the
ring with basically one hand as I fractured my right hand.
The swelling reappeared during the fight. Frias was a tough
opponent, but we put in the work to get the win."
"Chamaco" Lopez (23-1-1, 16 KOs) of La Puente, California
scored a fifth-round technical knockout victory against Isao
Carranza (15-10-1, 9 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico in a scheduled
eight-round super featherweight fight.
fight went well," said Abraham Lopez. "I wish I
would've finished him earlier, but he was a true warrior.
It was a good fight. This fight was something I wanted to
do, something I was waiting for. What's next? Whatever the
company has in mind. I'll be working on everything; win or
lose you always learn something. It doesn't stop. We're not
perfect. I know I made mistakes, but we're going to keep working."
the first fight of the evening, super bantamweight prospect
Rafael "El Alikin" Gramajo (9-1-1, 2 KOs) of Los
Angeles scored a tough six-round unanimous victory against
Pedro Melo (17-16-2, 8 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico.
feel good," said Rafael Gramajo. "I feel we started
off well. I'm proud of myself. I had not fought in a year,
and we fought the fight that we wanted to. In boxing, there
is always a punch that could catch you and hurt you, but thank
God it didn't hurt. I kept boxing and it was a good fight."
vs. Campbell was a 12-round fight for the WBA, WBC Diamond
Ring Magazine Lightweight World Championships, held on Saturday,
September 23 at the 'Fabulous' Forum in Inglewood, California.
The championship event was presented by Golden Boy Promotions
and Matchroom Boxing, in association with Teiken Promotions.
The event was sponsored by Tecate, BORN BOLD, Casa Mexico
Tequila, Thor: Ragnarok and Fred Loya Insurance and was televised
live on HBO World Championship Boxing® at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
ALVAREZ AND GENNADY "GGG" GOLOVKIN BATTLE TO DRAW
IN BACK-AND-FORTH WAR BEFORE SOLD-OUT CROWD AT
T-MOBILE ARENA IN LAS VEGAS
LIVE BY HBO PAY-PER-VIEW
VEGAS (Sept. 16, 2017)
Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion Canelo
Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) and WBC/WBA/IBF/IBO Middleweight
World Champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin (37-0-1, 33
KOs) retained their respective titles in a back-in-forth war
that was ruled a draw on Mexican Independence Day in front
of a sold-out crowd of 22,358 raucous fans at T-Mobile Arena
in Las Vegas presented live by HBO Pay-Per-View and before
17,931 Closed Circuit attendees.
action-packed fight featured everything a boxing fan would
hope for in a battle that not only featured the two best middleweights
in the world, but the two of the best pound-for-pound fighters.
Canelo took an early lead, outboxing Golovkin from the outside
with lateral movement, a quick jab and hard counterpunches
to the body. As the rounds progressed, Golovkin returned fire,
tapping through the middle of Canelo's guard before ripping
left and right hands around it. The action reached its peak
in the championship rounds, where both men went back and forth,
exchanging bomb after bomb in an explosive attempt to avoid
scorecards. Adalaide Byrd scored the fight 118-110 for Canelo.
Dave Moretti scored the fight 115-113 for Golovkin, and Don
Trella scored the fight a 114-114 draw.
in attendance for this sold-out event included LL Cool J,
George Lopez, Randy Orton, Chris Brown, Mario Lopez, Micheal
Strahan, Jamie Foxx, Dave Chapelle, Chris Walhberg, Victor
Espinoza, and former world champions Oscar De La Hoya, Bernard
Hopkins and Miguel Cotto.
thought I won the fight," said Canelo Alvarez. "I
think I was superior inside the ring. I won at least seven
or eight rounds. I was able to counterpunch, and even make
Gennady wobble a couple times. It's up to the people if we
fight again. I feel frustrated over this draw." When
asked if he felt Golovkin's power, Canelo said, "No,
truthfully, not really. There wasn't any power that surprised
me. In the first rounds, I came out to see what he had. Then
I was building from there. Yes, of course I want the rematch.
Obviously, if the people want it, then yes."
a big drama show," said Gennady Golovkin. "I want
to thank all my fans. I want to thank all my Kazakhstan fans
for supporting me, for coming out. Of course I want a rematch.
This was a real fight. Look, I still have all the belts. I'm
still the champion."
'JoJo' Diaz, Jr. (25-0, 13 KOs) scored a dominant 12-round
unanimous decision victory against Rafael "Big Bang"
Rivera (25-1-2, 16 KOs) to earn a shot at the WBC Featherweight
title. Diaz, a native of South El Monte, California, boxed
comfortably from his southpaw stance throughout the fight,
pawing with his right hand before unleashing powerful right
hooks and straight left hands on Rivera, a native of Tijuana,
Mexico. Diaz won with two scores of 119-109 and one score
feel like I had a good performance overall," said Joseph
Diaz. "I was able to put pressure and dictate the pace
of the fight, and be able to enter into a lot of exchanges.
Rivera is strong, has good body shots, and had good speed.
I think we gave them a good show tonight."
"I feel that trying to make weight in time for the fight
really drained me," said Rafael Rivera. "I wasn't
able to perform at my tiptop best. Other than that, I believe
we did good despite the circumstances."
De La Hoya (20-0, 9 KOs) outclassed Randy "El Matador"
Caballero (24-1, 14 KOs) over 10 rounds to win the NABF and
NABO Super Bantamweight titles by unanimous decision. De La
Hoya, of Mexicali, Mexico, started off explosively by landing
a fusillade of punches that caused Caballero's left eye to
swell by the third round. Caballero, who fights out of Coachella,
California, was the aggressor for much of the fight, but De
La Hoya's speed and size advantage nullified Caballero's offense.
De La Hoya won with scores of 90-100, 92-98, and 92-98.
"Blue Chip" Martin (20-0, 11 KOs) opened the HBO
Pay-Per-View telecast with a 10-round split decision victory
against Francisco Rojo (19-3, 12 KOs) to unify his WBC Continental
Americas and the vacant WBA Intercontinental Lightweight titles.
Martin, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, used his footwork and high-guard
defense to box from the outside, while Rojo cut off the ring
to land hooks to the body and head of the Mexico, City, Mexico
native. As the rounds progressed, Martin and Rojo exchanged
more and more explosively, though Martin was deducted a point
in the ninth round for excessive low-blows. By the end of
the fight, Rojo was coming on stronger, though it was not
enough to win on all the judge scorecards. Martin won with
scores of 95-94 and 96-93, while one judge scored it 98-91
didn't feel 100% tonight, even though I got the split decision,"
said Ryan "Blue Chip" Martin. "I know I fought
a good fight despite the adversity in the ring. I know the
judge that scored in favor of Rojo recognized good boxing
in him. I'm glad I have this new belt and it's on to the next."
Bohachuk (5-0, 5 KOs), the rising Ukrainian super welterweight
prospect trained by Abel Sanchez, defeated Joan Valenzuela
(5-9-1, 5 KOs) via second-round technical knockout in a fight
scheduled for four rounds. Bohachuk overwhelmed Valenzuela
with hard shots to the body and head before stopping him at
1:58 of the second round.
was a good opponent, I'm happy I won," said Serhii Bohachuk.
It was a tough fight, but I kept working at it and came out
lightweight prospect Vergil Ortiz, Jr. (7-0, 7 KOs) of Dallas,
Texas scored an impressive second-round technical knockout
victory against Cesar Valenzuela (7-2, 2 KOs) in a scheduled
six-round fight. Ortiz unleashed a vicious body attack on
the body of Valenzuela, forcing the Mexican-born resident
of Phoenix, Arizona to drop to his knees twice before the
referee called the fight at 1:22 of the second round.
just do what my coaches tell me to do," said Vergil Ortiz
Jr. "They knew how this fight was going to end, and kept
reminding me to go towards the body. I'm super happy to get
the win, and this is just another fight on the way."
the first bout of the evening, Marlen Esparza (3-0), the 2012
Olympic Bronze Medalist of Houston, Texas, scored a six-round
unanimous decision victory against Aracely Palacios (8-8,
1 KO) in the flyweight division. Esparza showed the influence
of her world-renowned trainer, Virgil Hunter, as she intelligently
used her left hand to jab and gauge distance before landing
combinations from the outside on Palacios, a native of Durango,
Mexico. Esparza cruised to her win with three scores of 60-54.
vs. Golovkin was a 12-round fight for the middleweight championship
of the world presented by Golden Boy Promotions and GGG Promotions
and sponsored by Tecate, BORN BOLD; Hennessy, Never Stop,
Never Settle; O'Reilly Auto Parts. Better Parts, Better Prices...everyday!;
Fred Loya Insurance; Interjet; Thor: Ragnarok; Fathom Events;
Tsesnabank; and Capital Holdings. Diaz, Jr. vs. Rivera was
a 12-round WBC Featherweight Title Eliminator bout presented
by Golden Boy Promotions. Caballero vs. De La Hoya was a 10-round
fight for the NABF and vacant NABO Super Bantamweight Championship
presented by Golden Boy Promotions. Martin vs. Rojo was a
10-round lightweight fight for the WBC Continental Americas
and vacant WBA Intercontinental Championships presented by
Golden Boy Promotions and GGG Promotions in association with
Cancun Boxing. The event took place Saturday, Sept. 16 at
T-Mobile Arena and was produced and distributed live by HBO
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showdown between former Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion
Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (30-2-1, 26 KOs) and Vyacheslav
"Lion-Heart Chingonskyy" Shabranskyy (19-1, 16 KOs)
which takes place on Saturday, November 25 at The Theater
at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for this exciting event
are priced between $50 and $350 and are available at ticketmaster.com
and the Madison Square Garden box office. From Monday, September
18 at noon until Tuesday, September 19 at 11:00 am select
fans can purchase tickets in advance using the exclusive presale
Kovalev vs. Shabranskyy will be promoted by Main Events and
Krusher Promotions in association with Golden Boy Promotions,
and televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 10:00
p.m. ET/PT. Kovalev is a former three-belt light heavyweight
world champion and Shabranskyy is currently ranked #3 by the
WBC and #2 by the WBA at light heavyweight. With both fighters
having greater than an 80% knockout-to-win ratio expect this
fight to be filled with fireworks!
About Kovalev-Shabranskyy: The Saturday, November 25 bout
between Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev and Vyacheslav
Shabranskyy is a 10-round light heavyweight match-up at the
Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The event
is promoted by Main Events and Krusher Promotions in association
with Golden Boy Promotions and will be televised live on HBO
Boxing After Dark beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Tickets go
on sale September 19, 2017 and are available at ticketmaster.com
and the Madison Square Garden Box Office.
STOPS MARRIAGA IN SEVEN, BELTRAN EDGES VASQUEZ
Angeles, CA (August 5th, 2017) -Wunderkind
Vasyl Lomachenko put up a stellar performance on Saturday
night to retain his WBO Superfeatherweight belt with a stoppage
over uber-tough Miguel Marriaga on the Top Rank promoted /
ESPN / ESPN Deportes televised main event at the Microsoft
Theater in Los Angeles, California.
Marriaga, tough REST
"EL MAESTRO" HERRERA OUTPOINTS JESUS "RENUENTE"
SOTO KARASS IN CROSSROADS WAR WITH JAWDROPPING TENTH-ROUND
CONTENDER FOR ROUND OF THE YEAR
VYACHESLAV "LION-HEART CHINGONSKYY" SHABRANSKYY
TAKES BACK USNBC LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE WITH SEVENTH-ROUND
KNOCKOUT PERFORMANCE AGAINST TODD "2GUNZ" UNTHANK-MAY
Calif. (Aug. 4, 2017) Keeping true to its promise of an all-out
crossroads war as the main event on Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN
at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino,
Mexican welterweight warriors Mauricio "El Maestro"
Herrera (24-7, 7 KOs) of Riverside, Calif. and Jesus "Renuente"
Soto Karass (28-12-4, 18 KOs) of Los Mochis, Mexico sacrificed
their souls in a fight where the closing tenth-round will
make for a strong "Round of the Year" contender.
Herrera, taking control of the fight early on while utilizing
his jab and was able to go toe-to-toe with Soto Karass in
the later rounds. Ultimately, it was Herrera who was awarded
the majority decision win, with judges' scores of 96-94, 96-94,
"Give me two months, and I'll be back," said Mauricio
Herrera. "I felt like I started out strong, landing my
jab, and was controlling the fight smart. By the end of the
fight, I was standing a bit more and landing more of the obvious
Herrera continued, "I will give him the later rounds,
because I do feel that he came in strong; however I feel like
overall my team played a strong clean, fight. I knew he was
coming off a long lay-off, so I knew he was going to come
in at 110 percent and just as good as he was before he took
a year off. I can't wait to get back in the ring."
"I feel like an injustice was just committed," said
Jesus Soto Karass. "So much hard work that went into
this. I had to drop 40 pounds to be able to take this fight,
and my team and I feel like all the runs up Mt. Baldy, diet
restrictions, and the work that we displayed in the ring tonight
should have merited the win."
Soto Karass continued, "At the end of the day, as I have
said before, the people who won today was the public who enjoyed
and supported us. At this height of my career, I have to go
back to my family, and we are going to have to make some tough
decisions. Above all though I am content and am happy that
I took this fight."
Special guests of the night at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
for the Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN card included former three-time
WBC World Super Bantamweight Champion Israel "Magnifico"
Vazquez, Golden Boy Promotions Partner and Future Hall of
Famer Bernard Hopkins, Brazilian UFC World Champion Jose Aldo
Junior, and fighters Oscar Duarte, NABF bantamweight champion
Oscar "Jaguar" Negrete, Randy "El Matador"
Caballero, and Roberto "Massa" Ortiz.
Opening up the ESPN and ESPN Deportes telecast, the newly
crowned again WBC USNBC Light Heavyweight Champion Vyacheslav
"Lionheart-Chingonskyy" Shabranskyy (19-1, 16 KOs)
of Los Angeles took back his belt in a seventh round knockout
of Philadelphia's Todd "2 Gunz" Unthank-May (10-1-1,
4 KOs). "Chingonskyy" solidified his comeback performance,
clearing the water with Unthank-May, landing 45 percent of
his power punches and 14 jabs per round. "2Gunz"
received a cut over his left eye in the brunt of their exchanges
during the second round, and was almost knocked down during
the seventh round. Before the eighth round could commence,
Unthank-May's corner waved the towel, awarding the seventh
round knockout victory and light heavyweight title to Shabranskyy.
"I'm happy to have my belt back," said Vyacheslav
Shabranskyy. "I learned a lot from my fight against Barrera,
and I've been working on moving my head and body a lot more.
He was a tough guy. I have 20 fights in my career, and I am
ready to start taking on bigger fights again."
Also making time for the televised card on ESPN and ESPN Deportes,
Niko "Baby Face" Valdes (6-0, 5 KOs) maintained
his undefeated status against Jaime "Zarco" Solorio
(7-4-2, 5 KOs) of San Quintin, Mexico in a six-round super
middleweight bout that went the distance. The judges scored
the fight unanimously in favor of Valdes as 60-54, 59-55,
"At the end of the day, I have to do what I have to do
to win and sometimes that won't look very pretty or impress
the crowd," said Niko Valdes. "His face looks a
lot worse than mine, the only reason he looked like he was
winning was because he was applying more pressure than me.
I still won."
the crowd to their feet in an action-packed six-round super
flyweight affair, Riverside, Calif.'s Ricardo "El Niño"
Sandoval (8-1, 7 KOs) conquered Durango, Mexico's Antonio
"Tony" Rodriguez (8-18-1, 5 KOs). The flyweights
did not hit pause in the six-rounds, with "El Niño"
demonstrating his ability to connect his punches and easily
switch between conventional and southpaw stances, as well
as initiating most of the heavy exchanges. The judges scored
the bout unanimously in favor of Sandoval, with scores of
60-54, 60-54, and 59-55.
"I'm in the middle of developing my own unique fighting
style," said Ricardo Sandoval. "This was my first
fight on a Golden Boy card, and I hope that with this performance
I get invited to fight on their card again. There was a point
that I did feel I could have knocked him out. I got him with
a body punch and he bent over in pain, but he held on."
Kicking off the ESPN 3 coverage, East LA's Jonathan "Thunder"
Navarro (11-0, 6 KOs) participated in his first full eight-round
super lightweight fight against Durango, Mexico's Angel Sarinana
(7-7-2, 3 KOs). Navarro set the pace of the bout, scoring
a knockdown in the first round. The bout featured heavy exchanges
between the lightweights, with "Thunder" showing
off his developing power and ability to box from the outside.
Navarro scored the unanimous decision victory with judges'
scores of 80-71, 79-72, and 79-72.
"This was my first, eight-rounder, so I feel accomplished
in being able to not gas out and be able to perform throughout
the rounds," said Jonathon Navarro. "I was careful
with my distance, and I was a lot more thoughtful when I was
throwing punches. Upping the rounds was definitely a career
achievement, and I hope that I can go up to ten rounds soon."
Opening the fight night activities with a six-round super
welterweight bout, LA's Marvin Cabrera (5-0, 4 KOs) participated
in a competitive combat against Esau Herrera (19-9-1, 10 KOs)
of Tlaquepaque, Mexico. Cabrera was able to prove he was the
more polished fighter, effectively countering Herrera's attempts
to push forward. The judges scored the unanimous decision
win with scores of 60-54, 59-55, and 59-55 in favor of Cabrera.
"I went up against a guy with a lot of experience, and
the key to winning was fighting from a distance and using
a lot of counter punches," said Marvin Cabrera. "I
had never faced an opponent like him before, and I was able
to see what areas I need to improve to take on even bigger
challenges. Overall, I am satisfied with this win."
Herrera vs. Soto Karass was a 10-round welterweight fight
presented by Golden Boy Promotions. The event was sponsored
by Tecate, Born BOLD and Hennessy "Never Stop, Never
FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONS MIGUEL BERCHELT AND JEZREEL CORRALES
KEEP THEIR BELTS IN HARD-FOUGHT, ACTION-PACKED DECISION VICTORIES
SULLIVAN BARRERA GETS OFF THE DECK TO TAKE HOME WBC INTERCONTINENTAL
LIGHT HEAVYWIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
5,864 ROCKING FANS FILL LOS ANGELES' FABULOUS FORUM TO SEE
A SENSATIONAL NIGHT OF FIGHTS
ANGELES (July 15, 2017):
Making the first defense of his WBC Super Featherweight Championship,
Miguel "El Alacran" Berchelt (32-1, 28 KOs) knocked
down Takashi Miura (31-4-2, 24 KOs) in the first round before
rolling to a clear-cut unanimous decision victory in the 12-round
main event of HBO Boxing After Dark live from Los Angeles'
VIPs for the night included Chairman and CEO Oscar De La Hoya,
World Champion and Future Boxing Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins,
Boxing Hall of Famer Roberto Duran, Real Madrid and Spanish
National Team soccer player Sergio Ramos, Tampa Bay Rays baseball
player JP Arencibia, Former three division world champion
Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez, NABA super featherweight
champion Carlos "The Solution" Morales, NABO Super
Featherweight Champion Alberto Machado, 2008 & 2012 Brazilian
Olympian Everton Lopes, Jesus Soto Karass, 2016 Mexican Olympian
Raul Curiel, Ronny Rios, Rene Alvarado, Charles Huerta, Azat
Hovanissyan, Cesar Diaz, and Roger Gutierrez.
"I knew this fight was going to be won with intelligence,"
Berchelt said. "Miura is a warrior, and fought till the
end. Miura has the toughest left hand in the division. He
kept coming forward, and when he connected his punches, they
did hurt. I knew I was going to fight an ex-world champion,
so I prepared myself well. I have proven that I am the best
by taking on the two toughest champions in the division with
Vargas and Miura. I am ready to fight anyone."
"Berchelt was a smart fighter," Miura said. "He
did not allow me to get my distance."
In the co-main event, Jezreel "El Invisible" Corrales
(22-1, 8 KOs) survived two knockdowns to maintain his WBA
Super Featherweight title with a majority decision win over
Robinson Castellanos (22-12, 14 KOs). Castellanos dropped
Corrales twice in a wild fourth round, with Corrales barely
beating the count after the second knockdown. But the Panamanian
champion regained his footing in the fifth and sixth and sent
Castellanos down with a left hook in the seventh. After a
nasty clash of heads in the 10th that busted Castellanos'
left cheek wide open, the fight was stopped and went to the
scorecards. The judges awarded scores of 94-94, 94-93, 96-92,
giving Corrales the majority decision.
"I knew this would be an interesting fight, I am so happy
about the victory," Corrales said. "This is probably
the best fight that I've had in my career so far. I'm looking
at tonight's main event as one of my future opponents."
"I am honestly so sad," Castellanos said. "That
head butt should have disqualified him; it could have been
fatal. I knew coming in that I was in enemy territory, however
I felt that I was ahead in the cards. I feel terrible."
Newly crowned WBC Intercontinental Light Heavyweight Champion
Sullivan Barrera (20-1, 14 KOs) gave a career-making performance,
getting off the deck in the first round to take a 10-round
unanimous decision victory over Joe Smith, Jr. (23-2, 19 KOs).
The judges scored the fight 96-93 and 97-92 twice.
"I feel very happy about this win. Joe Smith, Jr. is
a great champion, and I respect him very much," Barrera
said. "This title wouldn't have been possible with my
amazing team, and my father here tonight was also amazing.
When Smith, Jr. knocked me down in the second round, I got
back up cause that's who I am. In my fight with Shabranskyy
the same thing happened. I shoot back up to get the victory."
"Sullivan Barrera fought a good fight and I congratulate
him," said Joe Smith, Jr.
In the night's quickest, jaw-dropping knockout victory, highly
touted Ryan "Kingry" Garcia (10-0, 9 KOs) needed
only 1:14 of a scheduled four-round fight to knock out experienced
Mario Macias (27-22-1, 14 KOs).
"It felt like a blur. Like a dream that just happened
quickly. Although I wouldn't rate this as my best performance
since I think my last fight against Tyrone Luckey was the
best. I want to be on the Canelo-GGG card, and continue to
step up the level of opponents I face. Maybe when I turn 20
years old I will start to call out world champions."
Mercito "No Mercy" Gesta (31-1-2, 16 KOs) demonstrated
he is back in full force with an eighth-round technical knockout
win over ring veteran Martin Honorio (33-11-1, 16 KOs). The
one-sided fight showed off Gesta's superior accuracy, strength,
and footwork. The referee waved the fight off as Gesta was
unleashing a flurry of power shots on Honorio.
"It feels great to be back, I am almost at 100% to where
I want to be after my surgery," said Mercito Gesta. "With
all the rehabilitation and training under Freddie Roach, I
am on track to fight for a title very soon. Right now, I just
want to keep improving, and keep focused."
In the upset of the night, Diuhl Olguin (11-7-2, 9 KOs) outpointed
Guadalajara, Mexico's Horacio "Violento" Garcia
(32-3-1, 22 KOs). The action-packed eight-round featherweight
fight went the distance, with Garcia going down twice. The
judges awarded the fight to Olguin with scores of 73-77, 73-77,
"I feel very happy about my first win outside of Mexico.
I just can't believe what just happened," said Olguin.
"I wasn't the favorite, and I had to move up a couple
of weight classes to take this fight. I want to start to take
on tougher contenders in the sport in my weight class."
Opening up the Ring TV livestreamed portion of the evening,
Manny "Chato" Robles, Jr. (13-0, 5 KOs) broke Christian
Esquivel (29-12, 22 KOs) down to land the technical knockout
victory in the fifth round of a scheduled eight-round featherweight
fight. The fighters were in a heavy exchange when Esquivel's
corner waved the towel to stop the fight.
"It was a strange ending, but he was getting a lot of
punishment from me. The referees were actually going to call
it after the fifth round finished," said Manny Robles,
Jr. "I think my preparation allowed me to win each round,
and I am glad I got to do that in front of all my friends
and family who were cheering me on here at the Forum."
Kick-starting the evening Samar Philippines; Recky Dulay (10-2,
7 KOs) stopped Curundu, Panama's Jaime "Jaimito"
Arboleda (10-1, 8 KOs) in the third round in a super lightweight
bout that was scheduled for eight-rounds. With a right hand
cross to the head that left Arboledo unsteady, Dulay handed
Arboleda his first loss.
"This was my first fight in California, so it means a
lot as I continue to develop my career," said Recky Dulay.
"I've been training here in the U.S for about 2-3 months,
so I am ready to fight more here now."
Berchelt vs. Miura, was a 12-round fight for the WBC Super
Featherweight World Championship, was presented by Golden
Boy Promotions in association with Zanfer Promotions and Teiken
Promotions. Corrales vs. Castellanos was presented by Golden
Boy Promotions. Smith vs. Barerra was presented by Star Boxing
in association with Main Events. The event was sponsored by
Tecate, BORN BOLD and Casa Mexico Tequila.
Events Inks Deal with Brooklyn Native
Frank "Notorious" Galarza
Ready to Take Over
Events continues to add to their roster with the signing of
Brooklyn super welterweight Frank "Notorious" Galarza
(17-2-2, 11 KOs). Galarza, 31, made his professional debut
in 2010 as a highly-prized prospect. He built up a fan base
in the New York area with his all-action style, while remaining
undefeated for six years. He suffered two losses following
some inactivity and promotional issues. Now, with a new promoter
and a new manager, Galarza is ready to resume his climb to
the top of the hot 154 lb. division.
nearly a year-long lay off, Galarza can't wait to re-enter
the ring and is excited to be fighting under the Main Events'
banner. He said, "I am just one of those fighters who
will never turn down anyone. I will fight anyone. I wanted
to work with Main Events because I have seen what they have
done in the past. I like the way they move their fighters.
I have seen what they have done with Curtis Stevens and, for
me, I just felt that it was a perfect fit. After speaking
with Kathy [Duva] and Jolene [Mizzone], I just knew it was
added, "My goal right now is to get back into the ring
and start taking over. I am just grateful that Main Events
has given me this opportunity right now. I promise that I
am going to give my all and give everything that I have left
to give to this sport. I am going to dedicate myself and put
my heart into this. I guarantee you that my story hasn't ended.
You are going to hear a champion's story told about me and
it is going to be a story worth talking about. We are going
for the movie!"
Daughter Joy Looks on as Frank Signs his Main Events' Promotional
carries the same passion that he feels for his boxing career
into his personal life. He believes it is imperative that
he give back to his community. In addition to his rigorous
schedule training, his day job as a personal trainer and parenting
his first child, seven-month old daughter, Joy, he is also
heavily involved in a youth program he founded in 2014 called
Youth Fighting Forward that currently operates in Brooklyn
and Danbury, CT. "We focus on the kids. We try to offer
free boxing classes for the kids as well as mentoring and
tutoring," explained Galarza. For more information regarding
Frank's passion project, Youth Fighting Forward, visit: frankgalarza.com/youthfightingforward.
is managed by Adrian Clark who also manages Main Events stablemate
Cassius Chaney. When asked about Galarza's signing with Main
Events he said, "Extremely happy to have Frank with such
a prestigious company as Main Events. After meeting with Frank
and learning what he wanted for the remainder of his career,
it was a no brainer for me to reach out to Kathy & Jolene
to make this happen. I told Frank, all he has to do is deliver,
they will make you a star."
Galarza is one of the fighters that I've always felt we could
promote well," said Main Events CEO Kathy Duva. "He
has a fan-friendly style and fans in the New York and Connecticut
area, so he's really a perfect fit for Main Events. Now it's
time to get to work!"
30: Mayer, Conceicao, and Alvarado Headline Oklahoma City Undercard
at Chesapeake Energy Arena
ESPN+ to Stream All Undercard Bouts Live at 6:00 p.m. ET
OKLAHOMA CITY (June 15, 2018) — Former WBO
junior welterweight champion Mike Alvarado, female fighting sensation
Mikaela Mayer, and 2016 Olympic gold medalist Robson Conceicao
will see action on the June 30 undercard at the Chesapeake Energy
Arena in Oklahoma City. The card will be headlined by WBO super
middleweight champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez’s title defense
against Alexis Angulo and 140-pound contender Alex Saucedo’s homecoming
bout against the hard-hitting Lenny Zappavigna.
Alvarado (38-4, 26 KOs) will fight Martin Martinez (17-4-1-1,
10 KOs) in a 10-round welterweight bout, Mayer (5-0, 3 KOs) will
face fellow unbeaten Sheena Kaine (5-0, 1 KO) in a six-round lightweight
contest, and Conceicao (7-0, 4 KOs) will take on Gavino Guaman
(5-2, 1 KO) in an eight-round super featherweight bout.
Promoted by Top Rank, tickets to this world championship extravaganza
are ON SALE NOW. Priced at $200, $100, $60, $40 and $25, not including
facility and service fees, tickets may be purchased at the Chesapeake
Energy Arena box office, online at Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster
outlets or by phone at 1-800-745-3000.
Ramirez-Angulo and Saucedo-Zappavigna will be televised live on
ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 9 p.m. ET, while undercard action will
stream live and exclusively in the United States on ESPN+ starting
at 6:00 p.m. ET. ESPN+ is the recently launched multi-sport, direct-to-consumer
subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Company's
Direct-to-Consumer & International segment in conjunction
“I’m really excited to be fighting alongside the champ, Zurdo
Ramirez!” Mayer said. “Top Rank continues to put me on amazing
cards with the best talent in boxing. Fighting in Oklahoma City
is the perfect opportunity to meet more boxing fans and give them
an exciting show as I continue my journey to a world championship!”
“I’ve been reconstructing my entire organization over the past
three years. I am training now with one of the finest professors
of the sweet science, Tony Aguilera,” Alvarado said. “I’m excited
to showcase what I’ve stayed dedicated to working hard for. Come
June 30, I’ll be one step closer to securing my legacy against
anyone who stands in my way.”
“I am very confident of fighting in OKC. I'm having a great high-level
training camp in Miami," Conceicao said. "I’m evolving
every day and I'm sure I will put on a great show for all the
fans in OKC and those watching live on ESPN+.”
Also appearing on the undercard will be heavyweight knockout sensation
Trey Lippe Morrison (14-0, 14 KOs) of Tulsa, Oklahoma; former
amateur standout Chris Zavala making his professional debut in
a four-round super featherweight bout against Tyler Pacheco (1-1,
0 KOs); Oklahoma City native Aaron Morales (2-0, 2 KOs) in a four-round
bantamweight contest; and unbeaten 140-pound prospect Julian Rodriguez
(16-0, 10 KOs) against Alejandro Barbosa (11-2, 7 KOs) in an eight-rounder.
Alvarado has turned his career and his life around since personal
problems derailed his career, as he’s won four consecutive fights
(three by knockout). In his last bout, he scored one of 2017’s
best one-punch knockouts with a third-round KO over Sidney Siqueira
on the Terence Crawford vs. Julius Indongo undercard in Lincoln,
Nebraska. Alvarado has been involved in multiple ‘Fight of the
Year’ candidates, including the first fight of his trilogy against
Brandon Rios, which won Sports Illustrated ‘Fight of the Year’
honors in 2012. Alvarado lost that fight via seventh-round TKO,
but less than six months later, he outboxed Rios to win a unanimous
Mayer, who is making her third ring appearance of 2018, is on
the fast track to a world title shot. In her last bout, May 12
on the Vasiliy Lomachenko-Jorge Linares card in New York City,
she shut out the game Baby Nansen over six rounds. The Los Angeles
native opened her 2018 campaign on March 10 in Carson, California,
with a 35-second knockout over Maria Semertzoglou.
In 2016, Conceicao became the first Brazilian boxer to capture
Olympic gold. He is 2-0 with a pair of decision wins in 2018,
with his last bout coming April 28 in Philadelphia. On that evening,
he shut out the game Alex Torres Rynn over six rounds.
HEAVYWEIGHT PROSPECTS UMAR SALAMOV & BRIAN HOWARD TO OPEN
CLARESSA SHIELDS vs. HANNA GABRIELS SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION
Hammer vs. Tori Nelson in the Co-Feature
Four Women’s Middleweight Titles To Be Contested on Friday, June
22 LIVE On SHOWTIME®
YORK (June 13, 2018) –
Light Heavyweight prospects Umar Salamov and Brian Howard will
meet in a 10-round matchup that will open the SHOWTIME BOXING:
SPECIAL EDITION tripleheader Friday, June 22 live on SHOWTIME®
(10 p.m. ET/PT) from Masonic Temple in Detroit.
the main event, unified champions from different divisions will
meet in the middle. Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and Unified
Super Middleweight World Champion Claressa Shields will face Unified
Jr. Middleweight World Champion Hanna Gabriels for the vacant
IBF and WBA Middleweight World Championships. Both fighters have
a lot at stake when they meet as Shields will look to become a
two-division champion and Gabriels will seek to win titles on
a third weight class. In the co-feature bout, women's unified
WBC and WBO Middleweight World Champion Christina Hammer will
defend against former world champion Tori Nelson as all four women’s
middleweight world titles will be at stake.
(20-1, 15 KOs), of Alkhan-Kala, Russia, will be making his United
States debut and is currently in training at Kronk Gym in Detroit
with famed Javan “Sugar” Hill Steward. In his six-year career,
the 23-year-old has already won the IBO Youth and World Light
Heavyweight, WBO Youth World, European and International, and
the IBF East/West Europe Light Heavyweight Championships.
(13-1, 10 KOs) of Bartow Fla., currently resides in Loganville,
Ga., outside of Atlanta. He started boxing 12 years ago at the
age of 26, after playing three years in minor league football
for the Polk County War Eagles. Despite being 38, Howard has shown
natural talent and has knocked out previously undefeated fighters
in two of his last three appearances.
waited a long time to make my U.S. debut and I am thrilled that
it's going to be on SHOWTIME," said Salamov. "Training
at the Kronk Gym in Detroit has been a phenomenal experience.
I look forward to putting my skills and experience together to
make a powerful statement. Howard is an accomplished and skilled
boxer. I am coming in ready and know that it will be an exciting
fight for the fans at Masonic Temple. This is my opportunity to
show that I belong at the top of the light heavyweight division."
is also excited to be making his SHOWTIME debut. “It's one of
the opportunities that every fighter hopes to get,” he said. “I
want to thank team Salamov for giving me the chance to take part
in this event. I look forward to future opportunities and putting
on a great show on fight night. I know he's a champion, which
I respect. He's a skilled fighter who handles himself well in
the ring, but I predict I will get him out of there between the
fifth and 10th round."
believe Umar has the skills, experience and hunger to be the best
light heavyweight in the world,” said event promoter Dmitriy Salita
of Salita Promotions. "Umar will have a chance to prove a
point against a big puncher and spoiler in Brian Howard. It will
be an exciting fight with both fighters needing a win to get into
world title contention.”
for the event, which is promoted by Salita Promotions, are available
at Ticketmaster.com or at the Masonic Temple Box Office at (313)
832-7100. VIP tickets are priced at $300, ringside tickets at
$125, and remaining tickets at $75, $50 and $35.
CHAMPIONS MIKEY GARCIA AND ROBERT EASTER JR. TO MEET IN LIGHTWEIGHT
Stars Collide Saturday, July 28 Live on SHOWTIME® from STAPLES
Center in Los Angeles in an Event Presented by
ANGELES, (June 11, 2018)
- WBC Lightweight World Champion Mikey Garcia and IBF Lightweight
World Champion Robert Easter Jr. will square-off in a 135-pound
unification showdown between unbeaten stars Saturday, July 28
live on SHOWTIME from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles in an event
presented by Premier Boxing Champions.
main event of the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast (10
p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT) will see Garcia look to become a unified champion
for the first time in a career that has seen him win titles in
four weight classes. Easter, who enters with a 5-inch height and
8-inch reach advantage, looks to stamp his name amongst boxing’s
elite by unifying titles at 27 years old, less than two years
after capturing his first belt.
for the live event, which is promoted by Ringstar Sports and TGB
Promotions, begin at $50, plus applicable fees, and are on sale
today at 12 p.m. PT. To purchase tickets, visit AXS.com.
Sports continues to lead the industry with the biggest events,
the most important matchups, week after week, month after month,”
said Stephen Espinoza, President Sports & Events Programming,
Showtime Network Inc. “Mikey Garcia vs. Robert Easter Jr. is the
third world championship unification match on SHOWTIME this year.
A consensus top-10 pound-for-pound champion facing an undefeated
young champion while both are in the prime of their careers. July
28 has all the makings of an instant classic.”
Garcia vs. Robert Easter is an outstanding lightweight matchup
that is sure to deliver drama for fight fans at STAPLES Center
and on SHOWTIME,” Said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions.
“Garcia will look to unify in his hometown and further solidify
his credentials as boxing’s pound-for-pound best. He’ll have perhaps
the toughest test of his career in the unbeaten Easter, who has
a lethal combination of size, speed and power that he brings to
the ring. With both fighters defending their titles and undefeated
records, this is shaping up to be a can’t-miss night of boxing
in downtown Los Angeles.”
is the kind of matchup that boxing fans love and a fight that
I believe will certainly live up to expectations,” said Richard
Schaefer, Chairman & CEO of Ringstar Sports. “With two undefeated
world champions, and two of the top guys at 135 pounds, this fight
is guaranteed drama. Mikey Garcia will look to become a unified
world champion and add another accolade to a career that is already
shaping up to be historic. Robert Easter Jr, a proud champion
in his own right, is coming to STAPLES Center on July 28 to upset
Mikey Garcia in his hometown. This is the quality of matchup that
fans watching on SHOWTIME have come to expect and I suspect they
will be fulfilled once again when these two warriors meet in the
are really looking forward to this incredible fight at STAPLES
Center,” said Lee Zeidman, President, STAPLES Center. “These two
fighters will undoubtedly headline an amazing night of fights
for boxing fans in Los Angeles and we are looking forward to welcoming
back Premier Boxing Champions and SHOWTIME for the second time
in just two months.”
of Southern California’s most popular fighters, Garcia returns
to STAPLES Center for his first fight since becoming a world champion,
and his first in California in seven years. Easter returns to
the site of his professional debut, having started his career
at STAPLES Center in 2012 after serving as an alternate in the
London Olympic Games.
(38-0, 30 KOs), of Moreno Valley by way of Oxnard, Calif., became
only the third fighter in modern history to become champion at
126, 130, 135 and 140-pounds, joining future Hall of Famers Juan
Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao, when he defeated Sergey Lipinets
for the IBF 140-pound title in March. The 30-year-old relinquished
that title so that he can unify the WBC Lightweight World Championship
that he won in January 2017 with a highlight reel knockout of
Dejan Zlaticanin (Click HERE to watch Garcia-Zlaticanin KO video)
wins, combined with a summer 2017 victory over Adrien Broner,
have seen Garcia return to the top of pound-for-pound lists after
a layoff of two and a half years. Garcia accrued wins over a list
of notable names while winning his first two titles at 126 and
130-pounds, including Orlando Salido, Roman Martinez and Juan
is the toughest fight of my career to date,” said the four-division
champion Garcia. “Robert Easter Jr. is an undefeated world champion
who presents serious challenges that I’m going to have to work
hard to overcome. Unifying titles is something I’ve dreamed of
doing for many years, and to do it at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles
will make it even more special. This is the kind of fight that
will help my legacy. To be the best you have to beat the best,
and Easter is certainly one of the best out there. I’m very thankful
to have this opportunity and I’m going to make the most of it
on July 28.”
his hometown of Toledo, Ohio, Easter (21-0, 14 KOs) has made three
successful defenses since winning his world title in an exciting
contest over Richard Commey in 2016. The 27-year-old delivered
a fifth-round destruction of former champion Argenis Mendez to
earn the title shot, and since winning the title has held off
challenges from Javier Fortuna, Denis Shafikov and Luis Cruz to
retain his 135-pound belt.
will be making the move to work with Kevin Cunningham for the
first time for this fight and conducting training camp in West
Palm Beach with him. Cunningham, the longtime trainer of former
world champions such as Devon Alexander and Cory Spinks, spurred
Adrien Broner to a strong performance in a draw against Jessie
Vargas and Gervonta Davis to a dominant knockout of Jesus Cuellar
in their first fights together in April.
is a fight I’ve been waiting for and I’m really excited that the
time is now,” said Easter. “This is the best fighting the best.
These are the fights that boxing is all about. I made the move
to train with Kevin Cunningham down in Florida and I think it’s
going to help me reach another level. It’s just eat, sleep and
train down there. We’re going to be ready on July 28 to put on
a show and deliver fireworks.”
SANTA CRUZ OUTPOINTS ABNER MARES IN REMATCH TO RETAIN WBA FEATHERWEIGHT
TITLE BY UNANIMOUS DECISION
154-POUND CHAMPION JERMELL CHARLO RECORDS MAJORITY DECISION VICTORY
OVER AUSTIN TROUT ON SHOWTIME® FROM STAPLES CENTER IN LOS
ANGELES (June 9, 2018)
– In an electrifying war that had the STAPLES Center crowd on
its feet chanting for more, Leo Santa Cruz defended his WBA Featherweight
World Championship by winning a unanimous decision against four-division
world champion Abner Mares in their rematch Saturday night on
SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING ®.
almost an exact replica stat-wise of the first fight that Santa
Cruz won by majority decision in 2015, the Los Angeles-native
and three-division world champion Santa Cruz won on all three
of the judges’ scorecards against Mares by scores of 115-113,
116-112, and 117-111.
the win, Santa Cruz (34-1-1, 19 KOs) takes one more step toward
a possible unification fight in the competitive 126-pound division,
one of boxing’s deepest.
feels great,” Santa Cruz said. “Abner is a great fighter. He left
his heart out there. It was a tough fight but thank God we got
the victory. I had to be smarter, that’s why it was not a bigger
war but it was a good one.”
to the first time the two Mexican-American warriors met, which
resulted in more than 2,000 punches being thrown, a total of 1,992
totals punches were thrown in Saturday’s fight with Santa Cruz
throwing 1,061 to Mares’ 931. Santa Cruz landed 357 punches compared
to 208 for Mares.
(31-2-1, 15 KOs) started fast, winning the first two rounds on
SHOWTIME’s unofficial scorer Steve Farhood’s card before Santa
Cruz kicked it in another gear and went to work.
was a ‘Fight of the Year’ like I told you,” said Mares. “I hope
you like the fight because we fought for you, Los Angeles. Win
or lose, we did it for the fans. It was a great fight.“
added: “It is what it is. I don’t want to discuss scores. The
judges decided that, and that’s it. I’ll do it again. Let’s do
it again. Mares-Santa Cruz 3.”
what SHOWTIME announcer Mauro Ranallo termed a “Featherweight
Fiesta,” Santa Cruz dictated the pace from the third round on,
utilizing his reach and working off the jab.
Cruz suffered a cut above his left eye in the eighth round. “A
cut is a cut, it wasn’t bothering me as much,” Santa Cruz said.
“I didn’t let that distract me. I had cuts before. You keep on
a former three-division world champion and a veteran of 10 world
championship fights, had famed trainer Robert Garcia in his corner
for this fight. “I said it before the fight: whoever wins this
fight will be the number one featherweight. Santa Cruz won so
he’s No. 1. I tip my hat off to him.”
asked if he’s the No. 1 featherweight in the division, Santa Cruz
replied: “Hopefully I am. I’ll leave it to the fans to decide.
I want Gary Russell Jr. next. I want to unify. I’m ready for everyone,
whoever and whenever.”
the co-main event of the doubleheader, Jermell Charlo (31-0, 15
KOs) recorded a majority decision victory by outpointing former
world champion Austin Trout (31-5, 17 KOs) to defend his WBC Super
Welterweight World Championship. Charlo’s four-fight knockout
streak ended in his third world title defense. Two judges scored
it 118-108 and 115-111 in favor of Charlo, and third scored it
you knock them out, sometimes you just beat them.” said Charlo,
who has now defended his 154-pound title three times. “I went
to fish, I tried to get some trout but I couldn’t catch him on
the hook. I know they’re used to seeing me knock boys out but
at least they saw me take care of business.”
recorded two knockdowns in the bout. Trout hit the canvas for
the first time in the final minute of the third round as Charlo
applied heavy pressure, first connecting on a big right followed
by a counter left hook that knocked Trout off balance. Just eight
seconds into the ninth, Trout went to one knee on a Charlo left
hook to the side of Trout’s head. It was the sixth time Trout
had been down in his career. Charlo continued to exert punishment
on the game but tiring Trout.
those knockdowns away I won the fight,” said the southpaw Trout,
32, who also went the distance in a unanimous-decision loss against
Jermell’s twin brother and interim middleweight titleholder Jermall
in 2016. “I can’t make any excuses, the better man won with those
Jermell and Jermall are really good. They are the future. But
I’m not done yet. I’m not defined by my results. I’m defined by
the risks I take. I’ve taken the risks and I’ve stood my ground
every time against giants and killers. And I’m still here.”
accurate than Trout connecting on his punches the entire fight,
Charlo went on a relentless attack in the 10th, connecting on
multiples power punches that seemed to faze Trout. Charlo continued
his attack in the 11th and 12th, choosing to stay upstairs as
opposed to going to the body.
will tell you who will win that fight,” Charlo said of a potential
unification with IBF and WBA 154-pound titleholder Jarret Hurd.
“That’s why he survived 12. If Hurd sat in front of me and took
those shots he’s done.”
the SHOWTIME BOXING CHAMPIONSHIP telecast it was announced that
WBC Lightweight World Champion Mikey Garcia and IBF Lightweight
World Champion Robert Easter Jr. will meet in a 135-pound unification
showdown between unbeaten stars Saturday, July 28 live on SHOWTIME
from STAPLES Center.
were fighting at 140 but I always had my mind set act coming back
to lightweight,” Garcia said. “The only fight that made sense
was a unification and the fighter available was Robert Easter
Jr. He’s a champion and the man to beat. It’s great to be back
to finally give my fans here in Southern California a fight. Now
that we are I get to give them a unification match and the biggest
fight of my career to date.”
got my fight on July 28, but there’s been a lot of talk about
[Vasyl] Lomachenko and me over the past year. If I get through
Robert Easter I’d be unified champ and the only other fight that
makes sense is Lomachenko,” he added.
recently changed trainers and is now working with Kevin Cunningham.
“Lomachenko and Mikey are two skillful guys in the lightweight
division and two guys I want to fight,” Easter said. “Me and Mikey
will do the talking in the ring. My height and my reach will give
anyone problems as long as I use them skillfully.”
MUNGUIA STOPS SADAM 'WORLD KID' ALI TO CAPTURE WBO JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHT
WORLD TITLE ON HBO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING AT TURNING STONE
RESORT CASINO IN VERONA, N.Y.
crowned Super Welterweight Jaime Mungia seen here in a previous
battle in Tijuana, B.C.
RETAINS WBC SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT WORLD TITLE WITH UNANIMOUS DECISION
VICTORY AGAINST AZAT 'CRAZY A' HOVHANNISYAN
VERONA, N.Y. (May 12, 2018): Jaime Munguia
(29-0, 25 KOs), the dangerous undefeated native of Tijuana, Baja
California, Mexico, scored an emphatic fourth-round technical
knockout victory against Sadam "World Kid" Ali (26-2,
14 KOs) of Brooklyn, N.Y. to capture the WBO Junior Middleweight
World Title in the scheduled 12-round main event of HBO World
Championship Boxing at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona,
N.Y. Munguia was too big and powerful for Ali, sending him to
the canvas several times before a left hook forced the referee
to stop the fight at 1:02 of the fourth round.
victory is something huge for me," said Jaime Munguia. "This
is a dream come true. Every fighter dreams of this. I want to
thank the Nevada Commission for making this opportunity possible
as they didn't allow me to fight Gennady Golovkin. I want to show
that I am ready to fight at the highest level and with the best
[Munguia] caught me early," said Sadam Ali. "That's
what affected me. I don't want to give any excuses. He was the
better man tonight. I have to check with my team to see a what's
next for me."
Rey Vargas (32-0, 22 KOs) engaged in a hard-fought 12-round war
as he defeated explosive Armenian contender Azat "Crazy A"
Hovhannisyan (14-3, 11 KOs) to retain the WBC Super Bantamweight
World Title in tonight's co-main event. Vargas used his significant
length and reach advantage, though Hovhannisyan made the fight
very tough with his relentless aggression. Vargas won with scores
of 118-110, 116-111 and 117-111.
"I'm very happy," said Rey Vargas. "This was a
tough opponent, though he fights dirty and has his bad habits.
He head-butted me a lot. It was important that I first take care
of my head in this fight and then of course land my punches. Right
now, it's time for me to rest and leave the decisions to my managers."
"I have great respect for Rey Vargas, but I felt I controlled
the fight with my aggression," said Azat Hovhannisyan."
I landed the harder and cleaner punches. He got too much credit
for pitty-patter shots. I felt it was close, but my constant attack
won the fight."
George Rincon (4-0, 2 KOs) of Dallas, Texas stopped Corey Gulley
(2-2-2) of Killeen, Texas by way of technical knockout at :37
of the second round of a scheduled four-round super lightweight
"This victory was all for my Uncle Beto in Mexico,"
said George Rincon. "Being able to adjust to a southpaw is
always tough, but the plan worked well. Now I just have to be
ready for the next one."
Veteran Mexican pugilist Diuhl Olguin (12-10-2, 9 KOs) scored
a six-round unanimous decision victory against Kevin Rivers (14-2,
10 KOs) of Palmer Park, Maryland. Rivers was given one score of
58-55, which was overruled by scores of 58-55 and 57-56 for Olguin.
"I'm super happy," said Diuhl Olguin. "Giving it
my all in the later rounds when we were both tired was key to
winning this fight. For my next fight, I want to face someone
of a higher level to demonstrate that I really belong in this
Alex Vanasse (4-0, 4 KOs) of Palmer Park, Md. scored a third-round
technical knockout victory against Ray Santiago (2-8) of Albany,
N.Y. in a bout originally scheduled for four rounds of heavyweight
action. Vanasse landed a vicious flurry that forced the referee
to call a halt to the bout at 2:08 of the third round.
"This was a rematch," said Alex Vanasse. "He [Santiago]
called me out because he said the referee called it off too early.
In reality, the referee saved his life. This time the referee
called it off again and it was even clearer that he needed to."
Luis Vargas (3-0, 2 KOs) of Syracuse, N.Y. defeated Damian Lewis
(0-8-1) of Niagara Falls, N.Y. via unanimous decision over four
rounds of heavyweight action. Vargas was quicker and more explosive
than Lewis, which helped win with him scores of 40-36, 40-36 and
"I got really tired in there, and Lewis can really take a
punch," said Luis Vargas. "After this fight I want to
lose some pounds and go back to my normal weight of 154 pounds."
Lawrence Gabriel (2-1-1, 1 KO) of Syracuse, N.Y. opened the night
of action with a second-round technical knockout victory against
the debuting Brad Vargeson (0-1) of Syracuse, N.Y. After a close
first round, Gabriel landed a right hand followed by a few more
shorter shots to drop Vargeson. Vargeson got back to his feet
on time, but the referee stopped the fight at 2:19 of the second
round as he was clearly unable to continue.
"I felt good," said Lawrence Gabriel. "He [Vargeson]
got me a couple times, but he didn't really hurt me. I saw that
he was bending over a lot, so I looked for the shot to hurt him
and stop him."
Ali vs. Munguia was a 12-round fight for the WBO Junior Middleweight
World Championship presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association
with Zanfer Promotions. Vargas vs. Hovhannisyan was a 12-round
battle for the WBC Super Bantamweight World Title presented by
Golden Boy Promotions in association with Promociones del Pueblo.
The event was sponsored by Tecate, "THE OFFICIAL BEER OF
BOXING" and Casa Mexico Tequila. The event took place Saturday,
May 12 at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.
Host of the May 12 event, Turning Stone Resort Casino is a Forbes
Four-Star Award-winning destination resort, which continues to
distinguish itself as a premier venue for fight-of-the-year level
boxing. The May event will mark Turning Stone's 25th nationally-televised
boxing event, cementing the resort as a leading destination for
nationally-televised combat sports. Turning Stone features world-class
amenities including four hotels, more than 20 signature restaurants
and dining options, two spas, an all-new 125,000 square foot Las
Vegas style gaming floor, a cabaret-style Showroom, a 5,000-seat
arena, five golf courses, several bars, cocktail lounges and nightlife
venues with live entertainment every weekend.
Kovalev vs. Eleider Alvarez Set for
Saturday, August 4 at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Televised Live on HBO World Championship Boxing®
Atlantic City, N.J. - May 12, 2018 -
Two-time light heavyweight world champion Sergey "Krusher"
Kovalev (32-2-1, 28 KOs) puts his WBO Light Heavyweight World
Title on the line against long-time WBC Light Heavyweight number
one Contender Eleider "Storm" Alvarez (23-0, 11 KOs)
at the Etess Arena in the brand new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Atlantic City on Saturday, August 4, 2018. The event, promoted
by Main Events and Krusher Promotions in association with Groupe
Yvon Michel, will be televised live on HBO World Championship
Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. This will mark Kovalev's
14th appearance on HBO® with Alvarez making his network debut.
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, May 18.
Kovalev vs. Alvarez will be the first professional boxing event
to take place at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City,
which opens on June 28. Kovalev, 35, of Chelyabinsk, Russia, will
be fighting for the fourth time in Atlantic City, including his
2014 victory over future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins, which
unified three of the four light heavyweight world titles. The
only light heavyweight world title Kovalev has not had the chance
to win belongs to WBC Light Heavyweight Champion Adonis "Superman"
Stevenson. Kovalev and Stevenson have come close to getting in
the ring several times, but "Superman" seems set on
avoiding the hard-hitting Russian.
Undefeated Eleider Alvarez also knows a little something about
being avoided by Stevenson. Alvarez defeated Isaac Chilemba in
2015 to secure the WBC mandatory position and the opportunity
to face Adonis for his piece of the light heavyweight crown. Since
then, Alvarez is 4-0 with notable wins over former world champions
Jean Pascal and Lucian Bute. After more than two years since becoming
the mandatory contender and almost one year since his last fight,
Stevenson still has not agreed to fight Alvarez, so Eleider jumped
at the opportunity to face Kovalev for the WBO World Title when
the offer arrived.
Kovalev explained, "Alvarez has earned his title shot but
Chickenson dodged him; just like he dodged me. I want to fight
the best in my division. Alvarez took the fight with me without
hesitation. I respect that and I am excited to face him in my
return to Atlantic City."
Egis Klimas, Sergey's manager, added, "Eleider Alvarez is
a great competitor. That is probably why Stevenson refused to
fight him. Sergey will face anyone, any time, any place. If Adonis
is too scared to take the fight, Sergey is happy to step up and
fight Alvarez. He earned this opportunity."
Main Events' CEO and Kovalev's promoter, Kathy Duva, said, "Entering
our 40th year in this business, we are so excited to return to
Atlantic City and honored to be the first fight in this beautiful
new venue. Atlantic City, and the Etess Arena in particular, were
home to so many amazing fights with Evander Holyfield, Michael
Moorer, and the late, great Arturo Gatti, just to name a few.
The Atlantic City fans have always come out to support Sergey
and, fortuitously, this event will take place during the French-Canadian
Construction Holiday when the Jersey Shore fills up with vacationers
from Quebec. We're going to have a great crowd on August 4th!"
According to Alvarez, "I am extremely happy. I said yes as
soon as I had the offer! I waited for a long time to get a shot
at a world title. I don't want to hear about Adonis Stevenson
anymore: I am focused on Sergey Kovalev! I am really motivated,
it is a huge fight against a really high-class opponent. Kovalev
is right now the best fighter of the division. I wanted to fight
in a world championship bout to show my talent and now I finally
have the opportunity. I know it is a really hard fight, but I
will work hard to become world champion. This is my dream. I am
a boxer who loves challenge and who performs at my best when I
am challenged. I now have what I want. Kovalev is an all-around
solid fighter, with a good jab, good technique and a hard puncher,
but my trainer knows him well! I have no doubt, I will be the
next WBO champion."
Alvarez's promoter, Yvon Michel, added, "The experience that
Eleider Alvarez has now makes gives him solid chances to win that
important clash! He is fighting with passion and adrenaline. He
deserves his world title fight in front of his crowd. I am convinced
that Eleider Alvarez has what it takes to beat Sergey Kovalev
and to bring a third light heavyweight title back in Quebec!"
Eleider is managed by Stéphane Lépine, who explained,
"The offer from Kathy Duva arrived and we were really happy.
Fighting against Sergey Kovalev, an established and recognized
name of the boxing world, on HBO, we couldn't ask for any better
opportunity! For me, it was a no brainer; we had to accept that
amazing offer. We were also too tired to wait for Adonis Stevenson."
Marc Ramsay, Eleider's trainer, has faced Kovalev before as the
trainer for Jean Pascal. He said, "'Eleider is an experienced
fighter, he has fought in other opponent's backyard, he also fought
in front of huge home crowd. We were waiting for a title shot
for so long, he is now very ready to perform. The objective for
him when we started together in the pro ranks was to become world
championship fight. That is a promise I made him when he arrived
in Montreal from Colombia. I am really confident that Eleider
have what it takes to become world champion."
"Sergey Kovalev will face his toughest opponent in over a
year in undefeated Eleider Alvarez when World Championship Boxing
returns to Atlantic City," said Peter Nelson, Executive Vice
President, HBO Sports. "The boardwalk has been the site of
many memorable moments throughout the years and we look forward
to this light heavyweight title showdown on August 4."
"We are thrilled to bring championship boxing to the Boardwalk
and to host it at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City.
This event will mark the first sporting event at Hard Rock Live
at Etess Arena which is all new and a venue that our boxing fans
will truly enjoy. Our world-class facility will be the ultimate
location for events and entertainment", stated Bernie Dillion,
vice president of entertainment at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
About Kovalev-Alvarez: In the first boxing event at the newly
opened Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ, Sergey
"Krusher" Kovalev will defend his WBO Light Heavyweight
World Title against undefeated contender Eleider "Storm"
Alvarez on Saturday, August 4, 2018. The event is promoted by
Main Events and Krusher Promotions in association with Groupe
Yvon Michel and will be televised live on HBO World Championship
Boxing® beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, May 18 and will be
available through the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Box Office
HANEY DEFEATS MASON MENARD BY TKO IN DOMINATING PERFORMANCE FRIDAY
ON SHOBOX: THE NEW GENERATION ON SHOWTIME® FROM 2300 ARENA
Greer knocks out Glenn Dezurn, Charles Foster dominates Alvin
Varmall Jr. & Arnold Khegai defeats Adam Lopez in co-featured
(May 12, 2018) – Blue chip lightweight prospect
Devin Haney rose to the occasion in what was the toughest
test of his career, defeating veteran Mason Menard via ninth-round
TKO in the main event of ShoBox: The New Generation Friday on
SHOWTIME from 2300 Arena in Philadelphia.
(20-0, 13 KOs) entered the fight as a highly regarded prospect
who had never been tested. He faced his first test on Friday in
what was a scheduled 10-round bout against ShoBox veteran Menard
(33-3, 24 KOs).
took control of the fight from the opening bell and never relinquished
it. The 19-year-old picked off Menard with a dominating jab from
the outside and used lateral movement to avoid getting hit. Menard
was unable to land any meaningful punches and he looked sluggish
compared to Haney’s consistent movement and athleticism.
nine rounds of domination, Menard’s corner had seen enough and
stopped the fight following the round. Haney passed the toughest
test of his career with flying colors, never once letting Menard
take control of the fight.
plan was to go in there and work off the jab,” Haney said. “If
the knockout came, I would take it but I just went in there, put
on a boxing clinic and showed the world that I could go the full
feel like I put on a performance. I was relaxed and did my job.
I’m definitely the next superstar. There’s only bigger and better
things from here on out. I work very hard. I went in and put on
a good performance against a guy that people said could knock
me out or hurt me."
the fight, a defeated Menard was respectful of Haney’s performance.
never hurt me. He was catching me with the best shots he could
and never hurt me. But the kid can definitely fight,” Menard admitted.
the 10-round co-feature, super bantamweight prospect Joshua “Don’t
Blink” Greer (17-1-1, 9 KOs) scored his third ShoBox knockout
against Baltimore native Glenn Dezurn (9-1-2, 6 KOs).
fight was explosive from the outset, with both fighters pushing
the pace. Greer took advantage of Dezurn’s high guard to work
the body, while Dezurn pushed forward to engage Greer on the inside.
Greer began to dominate in the third round, when a big right hand
hurt Dezurn with two minutes remaining.
knew he would come hard so I put I the work in the gym to make
sure I was ready,” said Greer. “I’m just happy everything paid
hurt Dezurn again in the fifth round with a straight left, and
eventually tied him up against the ropes with a succession of
blows that almost had Dezurn’s trainer Barry Hunter stopping the
fight. After the round, Hunter warned Dezurn that he would stop
the fight if Dezurn didn’t fight back.
almost going down in the fifth, Dezurn survived for three more
rounds. The injured and exhausted Dezurn wasn’t able to put anything
behind his punches and hit the canvas in the eighth round for
the first time in his career before referee Benjy Esteves stopped
the fight with 1:47 remaining.
got caught with a few good shots, but I recovered quickly and
I was still in the fight,” Dezurn said. “I have a lot of heart,
which is a gift and a curse for me.”
confident Greer was pleased with his performance after the fight.
wasn’t surprised I could knock him out,” Greer said. “I knew I
could break his will.”
an eight-round featured attraction, light heavyweight prospect
Charles Foster (16-0, 8 KOs) remained undefeated with a unanimous
decision win against Alvin Varmall Jr. (15-0-2, 12 KOs), scored
77-75, 78-74, 79-73.
dominated the fight from the outset, controlling the scrappy Varmall,
who became the 174th fighter to suffer his first loss on ShoBox.
Varmall made a valiant attempt to get inside in the early rounds,
but a more disciplined Foster held him at bay, with Vermall stumbling
and getting tied up inside.
experience was the difference,” Foster said. “He was loading up
on one punches and I was sticking to my game plan - sticking behind
the jab, working the body.”
peppered Varmall with his lead left hand, tagging his opponent
enough to break him down and eventually tire him out. Varmall
landed a couple of statement shots but wasn’t able to hurt Foster
and by the later rounds, his punches lacked power.
he would come on the inside he couldn’t hurt me,” Foster said.
“I was the one controlling the entire fight.”
the opening bout of the four-fight telecast, super bantamweight
Arnold Khegai kept his unblemished record intact with a unanimous
decision over veteran Adam Lopez, scored 77-74, 77-74, 78-73.
his U.S. debut, the controlled Khegai (12-0-1, 8 KOs) pressed
the action from the start. Khegai worked the jab and stayed mobile,
capitalizing on a wobbly Lopez (16-2-3, 8 KOs) with a perfectly
timed counter punch with 30 seconds remaining in the second round.
Khegai stayed busy in the early rounds with consistent counter
punches, but earned a point deduction for a hit to the back of
Lopez’s head with seconds remaining in the sixth round.
was my first fight in the U.S. and I wanted to show something
special,” Khegai said. “Everyone was waiting for the knockout,
but I wanted to show my boxing skills. I could have gone for the
KO in the middle of the fight, but I wanted to prove that I could
a slight dip in productivity in the later rounds, the Ukrainian
stayed efficient, landing 31 body shots compared to just 15 from
caught off guard by Khegai’s fighting style, was disappointed
by his performance in his record-setting seventh ShoBox appearance.
was expecting him to be a dirty fighter, but it kind of threw
me off my game. The referee kept telling me ‘don’t retaliate,
couldn’t really land my hard shots. I landed a couple,” Lopez
said. “I stunned him in the fourth or fifth with a right uppercut.
He got rocked a little bit, but he’s a good fighter. He got out
event was promoted by Greg Cohen Promotions in association with
Devin Haney Promotions and Hard Hitting Promotions.
SPENCE JR. MAKES CHAMPIONSHIP HOMECOMING AT
DALLAS COWBOYS FACILITY
World Champion Errol Spence Jr. To Defend Title Against Mandatory
Challenger Carlos Ocampo Saturday, June 16 Live on SHOWTIME from
Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas in an Event Presented
by Premier Boxing Champions
on Sale Friday, May 4 at 10 a.m. CT
TEXAS (April 30, 2018) – Undefeated
welterweight champion Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. will defend
his IBF world title in a Dallas homecoming Saturday, June 16 live
on SHOWTIME at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco against unbeaten
mandatory challenger Carlos Ocampo in an event presented by Premier
Boxing Champions. It will be the first boxing event inside Ford
Center and Spence’s first hometown fight as world champion.
who will attempt to make the second defense of the world title
he won last May from Kell Brook, combines explosive power with
sublime boxing skill. In his last four fights, Spence has begun
to assert himself as the best boxer in the deep and talented 147-pound
weight division. Today, Spence is rated in the top-10 on boxing’s
coveted pound-for-pound list. Ocampo, who had a highly rated amateur
career in Mexico, is also undefeated but will be facing his toughest
challenge to date as a professional in his first world title fight.
for the event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions in association
with Man Down Promotions, go on sale Friday, May 4 at 10 a.m.
CT and can be purchased at www.SeatGeek.com.
Spence, Jr. has emerged as one of the most exciting champions
in the sport today with a combination of skills that he has crafted
into a fan-friendly style,’’ said Tom Brown, President of TGB
Promotions. “This is an opportunity for Errol to defend his title
before the fans in his hometown at Ford Center at The Star and
to continue to demonstrate why he is the top man in the 147-pound
division. Carlos Ocampo, a young hungry contender, will certainly
bring his A-game and that will bring out the best in Errol. It
promises to be an entertaining show for boxing fans.’’
has become home to the biggest stars in boxing and Errol Spence
is one of its brightest,” said Stephen Espinoza, President, Sports
and Event Programming for SHOWTIME. “Spence made an emphatic statement
one year ago when he traveled to Sheffield, England to wrest the
title from the champion on his home turf. Now, a young and talented
Carlos Ocampo has an opportunity to do the same. We are proud
to team up with the Dallas Cowboys, Ford Center, TGB Promotions
and Premier Boxing Champions to deliver yet another of boxing’s
must-see, marquee events.”
known how energetic and exciting the sport of boxing is, but to
be able to host IBF World Champion Errol Spence Jr. here at The
Star to represent our city, and his home town, will be an unforgettable
experience for all,” said Dallas Cowboys Chief Operating Officer
(23-0, 20 KOs) returned home with the welterweight title last
May after defeating champion Kell Brook in Brook’s hometown of
Sheffield, England. The 28-year-old southpaw from Desoto, Texas
made his first defense against former two-division champion Lamont
Peterson, stopping him via seventh round technical knockout on
Jan. 20 in Brooklyn.
2012 U.S. Olympian at the London Games, Spence has knocked out
10 straight opponents to climb the ranks of the division. In the
wake of Floyd Mayweather’s retirement from boxing, four of the
top-five ranked welterweights—Danny Garcia of Philadelphia, Shawn
Porter of Las Vegas, Keith Thurman of Clearwater, Fla., and Spence—are
all vying for the top spot in one of history’s most popular weight
honored to be fighting in Dallas before my hometown fans and the
people who have supported me from the beginning,” said Spence,
who last fought in Dallas in 2015, a knockout victory over Alejandro
Barrera. “This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while
now. It’s going to be great to fight at The Star, and because
I’m a big Dallas Cowboys fan, I’m looking forward to fighting
on the campus of Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters.
believe that I’m the number one fighter in the welterweight division
and I’ll step into the ring on June 16 with that feeling. I’m
going to draw from the energy of my fans. I’ve studied some of
Ocampo and I can tell he likes to box but he’s willing to get
into a fight. I know how he feels going into someone else’s hometown
for his first shot at the title. This is his big opportunity and
it’s going to make this a great event.”
22-year-old Ocampo (22-0, 13 KOs) will be taking a major step
forward in his career with this mandatory title challenge against
Spence. Ocampo, of Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico will be making
his U.S. debut and fighting professionally outside of Mexico for
the first time. Ocampo is a two-time silver medalist at the Mexican
Olympiad, an amateur national championship tournament. His holds
significant professional victories over former world title challengers
Jorge Paez, Jr. and Charlie Navarro while he most recently scored
a seventh round stoppage of Dario Ferman in November.
training very hard for my fight against Errol Spence Jr.,” said
Ocampo. “This is the opportunity that I’ve worked my whole life
to get and I’m coming to take Spence’s belt on June 16. I will
give the fans a very exciting fight and show once again what Mexican
fighters are made of.”
Giovani Santillan Retains NABO Title in Knockout Fashion Friday
Calif. (April 29, 2018)
- Giovani Santillan (24-0, 14 KOs) made a compelling case for
a world title shot opportunity by knocking out Alejandro Barboza
(11-2, 7 KOs) in the second round Friday night from the Doubletree
Hotel in Ontario, Calif.
With the win, Santillan retains the WBO NABO welterweight title
and could conceivably climb from his No. 5 ranking. It was Santillan's
second successful title defense - both by knockout - since winning
the belt by second round stoppage over Sammy Valentin in Valentin's
hometown of Tampa, Fla. last July.
"I told everyone that I was going to finish this fight early
and that's what I did," Santillan said. "I normally
don't predict knockouts, but I'm fighting with such confidence
right now that I think I can beat anyone in the welterweight division."
The shot that ended it all - a crushing left hook to the body
in the second round that crippled Barboza (2:33 mark). Since moving
up to welterweight for the Valentin fight, Santillan has three
early knockout wins on his resume. The southpaw from San Diego,
Calif. is settling in nicely in what is perhaps boxing's most
"My punches are definitely stronger at 147," said Santillan,
who has been with Thompson Boxing since the early days of his
career. "After the first round I knew I would be able to
knock out Barboza. I was able to push him around basically. When
I saw the midsection open up in the second round, I went for it."
In the "Locked n' Loaded" co-feature, Saul Sanchez (8-0,
4 KOs) of Pacoima, Calif. delivered an excellent performance in
picking apart Florida's Sam Rodriguez (5-3, 3 KOs) through 6-rounds.
Sanchez, trained by Joel Diaz, won by lopsided unanimous decision
with scores: 59-55 x2, 60-54.
Sanchez, 20, put his entire skill set on display by fighting off
his front foot for the majority of the fight, routinely connecting
on two and three punch combinations.
"I felt like I could land a combination whenever I wanted,"
said Sanchez, who signed with Thompson Boxing earlier this year.
"I found the angles every round and I know I hurt him a few
times. I could tell he was tired. He was just trying to finish
In the early rounds, Sanchez found success going to the body with
a strong left hook. In the fourth, Sanchez went on the offensive
and punched Rodriguez onto the ropes numerous times. At the point,
the fight had been decided in Sanchez's favor.
Lightweight George Acosta (5-0, 1 KO) of South Whittier, Calif.
registered the first knockout win of his career over Bryan Santiago
Tovar (0-2) of Mexico. Acosta scored the stoppage victory at the
1:23 mark of the second round.
Acosta, who recently signed with Thompson Boxing, was credited
with a knockdown in the first round, but it appeared more like
a slip than a legitimate drop. Nevertheless, Acosta came out with
fire in his eyes in the second. He pushed Tovar back with an active
jab and uncorked a series of strong shots to the head that caused
Tovar to take a knee.
Referee Raul Caiz, Jr. examined Tovar and made the right call
in ending the fight at that moment.
Super bantamweight Jonah Flores (4-0) of Riverside, Calif. out
boxed the slower Neri Garcia (1-1) to win by unanimous decision,
40-36 all around. Flores bounced in-and-out of the pocket throughout
the four round fight, doubling up the left hook, while covering
up nicely when Garcia tried to go on the attack.
Opening the "Locked n' Loaded" event was middleweights
Louie Lopez (2-0, 1 KO) of Corona, Calif. and Jared Ejigu (0-3)
of Pasadena, Calif. Lopez, standing at 5'9", had a distinct
size disadvantage compared to Ejigu's 6'4" frame.
The height difference, however, didn't play a role, as Lopez
was able to cut the distance and land strong shots to the head
and body. The knockout never materialized, but Lopez did score
a sweep of the scorecards (40-36 x3) to win by unanimous decision.
Thompson Boxing Promotions returns for its 18th Year Anniversary
show on Friday, May 11 from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.
A formal announcement is coming soon.
For more information, please visit ThompsonBoxing.com.
DE LA HOYA TO DEFEND NABF AND NABO SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT TITLES AGAINST
JOSE 'SUGAR' SALGADO IN MAIN EVENT OF JUNE 8 EDITION OF GOLDEN
BOY BOXING ON ESPN DURING BOXING HALL OF FAME WEEKEND AT TURNING
STONE RESORT CASINO IN VERONA, N.Y.
EXPLOSIVE UNDERCARD TO BE STACKED WITH BEST AND BRIGHTEST GOLDEN
BOY PROMOTIONS TALENT
Tickets on Sale Tuesday, May 1 at 10:00 a.m. ET!
VERONA, N.Y. (April 27, 2018): Diego
De La Hoya (20-0, 9 KOs), the quick-handed super bantamweight
contender of Mexicali, Mexico, will defend his NABF and NABO Super
Bantamweight Titles against Jose "Sugar" Salgado (35-4-2,
28 KOs) of Cozumel, Mexico in the 10-round main event of the June
8 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN at Turning Stone Resort
Casino in Verona, N.Y. The event will take place during the International
Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, where legendary fighters
such as "Dr. Ironfist" Vitali Klitschko, Erik "El
Terrible" Morales, and Ronald "Winky" Wright will
be inducted, along with important figures in the sport of boxing
such as Peter Kohl, Steve Albert, Jim Gray and Lorraine Chargin.
ESPN2 will air the fights at a delayed start time of 12:30 a.m.
ET/9:30 p.m. PT. ESPN Deportes will air the fights the following
day at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. ESPN3 will steam the fights
live beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
De La Hoya is an undefeated contender who has built a stellar
resume since turning professional in 2013. The 23-year-old will
return after his most significant victory yet when he defeated
former IBF Bantamweight World Champion Randy "El Matador"
Caballeroon the HBO-televised undercard of Canelo vs. Golovkin
in Sept. 2017. De La Hoya is eager to produce another exciting
victory to demonstrate that he is ready for bigger and more lucrative
"I'm delighted that Golden Boy Promotions and my manager
Joel De La Hoya have given me the opportunity to return to the
ring on June in Verona," said Diego De La Hoya. "I'm
enthusiastic because it will take place during Hall of Fame weekend
where I hope to one day be inducted like my cousin and promoter
Oscar De La Hoya. I promise an exciting fight and to walk away
with my hand raised in victory because I'm ready for bigger things."
Salgado is a former world title challenger who fought to a controversial
technical draw against former WBC Super Flyweight Champion Carlos
"Principe" Cuadras. The 28-year-old Mexican contender
will move up to test the young fighter with an aggressive style
that is backed by years of boxing experience.
"This is the most important fight of my career," said
Jose Salgado. "I'm preparing for this fight with the clear
goal of fighting for a world title after. I totally respect my
opponent because he's a great fighter who is very skilled. However,
I'll do my best to win so I can fulfill my dream of becoming a
The undercard for this action-packed card will be announced shortly.
De La Hoya vs. Salgado is a 10-round super bantamweight fight
for the NABF and NABO Super Bantamweight Titles presented by Golden
Boy Promotions and Don Chargin & Paco Presents.The event is
sponsored by Tecate, "THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING" and
Hennessy, "Never Stop, Never Settle." The fights will
take place on Friday, June 8, 2018 at Turning Stone Resort Casino
in Verona, N.Y. ESPN2 will air the fights at a delayed start time
of 12:30 a.m. ET/9:30 p.m. PT. ESPN Deportes will air the fights
the following day at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. ESPN3 will steam
the fights live beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
Boxing Hall of Fame Weekend is packed with a series of events
starting Thursday, June 7 until the induction ceremony on Sunday,
June 10. The weekend kicks off on Thursday with the opening bell
ringing and ringside lectures on the museum grounds. Friday, June
8 will feature another series of lectures preceding the celebrity
fist casting, followed by the highly anticipated Fight Night,
broadcasted live from Turning Stone. Saturday, June 9 will showcase
a golf tournament, a 5K race, another series of lectures, a boxing
autograph card show, a VIP "Gala" and the Banquet of
Champions at 8:00p.m. The weekend will conclude on Sunday with
the Parade of Champions and the Hall of Fame induction ceremony
at 2:30p.m. Click here to see the full schedule.
Host of the June 8 event, Turning Stone Resort Casino is a Forbes
Four-Star Award-winning destination resort, which continues to
distinguish itself as a premier venue for fight-of-the-year level
boxing. The May event will mark Turning Stone's 26th nationally-televised
boxing event, cementing the resort as a leading destination for
nationally-televised combat sports. Turning Stone features world-class
amenities including four hotels, more than 20 signature restaurants
and dining options, two spas, an all-new 125,000 square foot Las
Vegas style gaming floor, a cabaret-style Showroom, a 5,000-seat
arena, five golf courses, several bars, cocktail lounges and nightlife
venues with live entertainment every weekend.
Tickets for this matchup go on sale Tuesday, May 1 at 10:00 a.m.
ET, and are available from $34 and $85 for the first two rows
ringside, $70 for remaining ringside seats and all others priced
at $49, $45 and $39 plus any applicable fees. Tickets can be purchased
at the Turning Stone Resort Box Office in person or by calling
315-361-7469 or online at Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com).
WILDER RETAINS WBC HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE WITH THRILLING 10TH ROUND
TECHNICAL KNOCKOUT OF LUIS ORTIZ SATURDAY ON SHOWTIME® FROM
Uzcategui Stops Andre Dirrell to Become Interim IBF Super Middleweight
World Champion in SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® Co-Feature
BROOKLYN (March 4, 2018)
– Undefeated heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber”
Wilder retained his WBC title in his seventh defense with a tenth
round knockout over unbeaten challenger Luis “The Real King Kong”
Ortiz in a thrilling back-and-forth SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING
main event Saturday night from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN
(40-0, 39 KOs) not only survived the toughest test of his career
but also finished the job in spectacular fashion by unleashing
a ferocious 10th round assault on Ortiz (28-1, 24 KOs). Wilder
floored the Cuban challenger twice in the round, forcing referee
David Fields to stop the fight at 2:05 of the round. Watch the
knockout video HERE.
looked like he would dethrone Wilder in the seventh round, countering
with a strong right hand that hurt the WBC heavyweight champion.
Ortiz unleashed a barrage of punches against a stunned Wilder,
who somehow managed to stay on his feet to close the round before
being saved by the bell. Ortiz continued his assault on Wilder
into the eighth round, who again managed to make it through the
the ninth round, Wilder began to rebound as he knocked Ortiz off-balance
with a straight right hand. America’s only reigning heavyweight
champion was firmly back in the fight as he landed a strong combination
on Ortiz to close the round, completely changing the momentum
of the fight.
fighters came out strong at the start of the tenth round, landing
simultaneous blows that made each fighter temporarily wobbly.
But it was Wilder who capitalized on the moment, as the Alabama-native
pounced on Ortiz, sending his opponent to the canvas for the second
time of the night with a flurry of overhand right hands. A dazed
Ortiz returned to his feet, but was unable to withstand a follow-up
assault from a confident Wilder, who landed an uppercut that sent
Ortiz to the canvas for the third and final time.
his third successful title defense at Barclays Center, an emotional
Wilder spoke to SHOWTIME Sports reporter Jim Gray about the most
difficult fight of his career.
true champion always finds a way to come back and that’s what
I did tonight,” said Wilder. “Luis Ortiz is definitely a crafty
guy. He put up a great fight. We knew we had to wear him down.
I showed everyone I can take a punch.
was hitting me with those furious punches but they didn’t have
sting on them. He was throwing combos that knocked me off balance.
I just had to get my range back and my fundamentals back. And
I was able to do that. I showed I was a true champion tonight.”
proud but disappointed Ortiz, who was on the brink of a sensational
seventh round stoppage of Wilder before the bell rang, also spoke
to Gray following the fight.
was a great fight and I performed well,” Ortiz said. “I thought
I was up on the scorecard going into the tenth round, but it’s
heavyweight boxing and you never know what’s going to happen.
almost had him and I think I would’ve if there were a few more
seconds in the round.”
out landed Ortiz 98-87, although Ortiz held a slight advantage
in landed power punches, 63-60.
In the co-featured event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, Jose
Uzcategui (27-2, 23 KOs) defeated Andre Dirrell (26-3, 16 KOs)
via TKO two seconds into round nine, upon the request of Dirrell’s
trainer, Virgil Hunter. The win, which makes Uzcategui the interim
IBF Super Middleweight World Champion, puts the hard-hitting Venezuelan
in position to fight for the super middleweight title that Caleb
Truax earned via a majority decision over James DeGale in December.
night’s fight was a rematch of the hotly contested May 2017 bout,
in which Uzcategui was disqualified for landing a punch after
the bell sounded to end the eighth round. In the rematch, Uzcategui
dominated the action from start to finish, using his powerful
right hand to set the stage for the withering assault which led
to Dirrell’s corner stopping the fight two seconds into round
nine. Uzcategui out landed Dirrell 169-141 in total punches, including
a huge 112-51 discrepancy in power punches landed.
was a little surprised they stopped it in the ninth,” said Uzcategui.
“I had said it would be the third round that I would knock him
out. It took a little longer, but it finally came.
think it was very clear in the first fight that I did my job.
In the second fight I showed even more, so there’s going to be
a lot of Uzcategui from now on.”
a native of Flint, Michigan, found Uzcategui’s length and aggression
difficult to deal with.
been in there with long fighters before, but he was especially
long,” said Dirrell. “I think I was a little heavier than I wanted
to be tonight, but that's no excuse. Uzcategui did a great job.
knew we needed a knockout. The way it was going I needed to at
least pick it up. I felt a little sluggish and he hit all the
right shots. None of them really hurt, but he hit me where he
was supposed to.”
a world title fight featured on the undercard, Long Island's Alicia
Napoleon (9-1, 5 KOs) won the Vacant Women's WBA Super Middleweight
world title with a dominant unanimous decision victory over Femke
Hermans (6-1, 3 KOs).
hard to find words to describe this right now," said Napoleon.
"It's so surreal it's almost like a dream. I'm just glad
I did it. This is one down, but there's many more to go. The goal
is to get all the belts.”
controlled the action with her power and superior athletic prowess
and wobbled Hermans in the final round before earning the decision
by scores of 99-91 and 98-92 twice.
think this means a lot for women's boxing, not just that I won
the belt, but where I was placed on this great card," said
Napoleon. "People are going to continue to see and hear more
and more from women boxers.”
telecast will replay on, Sunday, March 4 at 8 a.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME
and Monday, March 5 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME and will
be available on SHOWTIME ON DEMAND® and SHOWTIME ANYTIME®.
This event was sponsored by Corona Extra, La Cerveza Mas Fina
and promoted by DiBella Entertainment and TGB Promotions.
FROM GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS
LOS ANGELES (March
5, 2018): As part of the voluntary testing
program that Canelo Alvarez insisted on ahead of his May 5 fight,
one of his results came back positive for trace levels of Clenbuterol,
consistent with meat contamination that has impacted dozens of
athletes in Mexico over the last years.
As Daniel Eichner, Director of SMRTL, the WADA-accredited lab
that conducted the tests stated in his letter today, "These
values are all within the range of what is expected from meat
Upon receiving this information, Golden Boy immediately notified
the Nevada State Athletic Commission and Gennady Golovkin's promoter,
As has been planned, Canelo will immediately move his training
camp from Mexico to the United States and will submit to any number
and variety of additional tests that VADA deems necessary ahead
of and after May 5.
Added Canelo: "I am an athlete who respects the sport and
this surprises me and bothers me because it had never happened
to me. I will submit to all the tests that require me to clarify
this embarrassing situation and I trust that at the end the truth
Canelo has tested clean dozens of times over the course of his
previous 12 fights.
Kovalev Performance Highlights
All Action Fight Night at The Garden
New York, NY: Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (32-2-1, 28 KOs)
of Russia delivered another trademark crushing performance with
a seventh round stoppage of Igor Mikhalkin(21-2, 9 KOs) of Russia
at The Theater at Madison Square Garden to retain his WBO World
Light Heavyweight Championship.
their friendship, there was no love lost between Russian countrymen
as Kovalev made Mikhalkin feel the heat from the opening bell.
Through the first six rounds, Kovalev out landed Mikhalkin 145
to 25 punches, according to CompuBox.
Nevertheless, Mikhalkin is a world champion, and stayed in Kovalev's
face. A cut opened below Mikhalkin's right eye, and as Kovalev
continued to punish him, referee Steve Willis stepped in to have
the ringside physician examine Mikhalkin. He determined Mikhalkin
could not continue, delivering a TKO victory to Kovalev at 2:25
of the seventh round.
"It was better work for sure than the last fight," said
Kovalev of his win over Mikhalkin. "This might maybe have
looked easy, but it definitely was not. He doesn't hit the hardest,
but I could feel his punches and he has a lot of movement and
he is a great boxer."
about what's coming next, Kovalev said "I'm always ready
for a big money fight ... I read on the internet that the Badou
Jack fight would be a big fight - if he beats (Adonis) Stevenson."
As to the potential of a third fight with the now retired Andre
Ward, Kovalev said, "I don't think about this right now.
I want to fight the fights that the fans want to see. For you,
for myself, because I love boxing."
the exciting co-feature, WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Dmitry
Bivol (13-0, 11 KOs) of Russia battled Sullivan Barrera (21-2,
14 KOs) of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba down to the final round before
scoring a TKO victory at 1:41 of the twelfth.
Bivol found a home for his powerful right hand at several points
throughout the bout, but the resilient and dangerous veteran fighter
Barrera stayed competitive until the moment he could not continue.
At the time of the stoppage, all three judges' scorecards were
overwhelmingly in favor of Bivol.
"He was a really great opponent," said Bivol. "Sullivan
Barrera showed me a lot of things tonight I need to work on when
I go back to the gym. So thank you, Sullivan, for that."
Bivol said he held some of his effort in reserve until he felt
confident. "As a matter of fact for the first few rounds,
I was a little bit reserved while planning the rest of the fight.
I was thinking how much I needed to go the rest of the fight.
But by the 12th round, I knew I could knock him out. I stepped
on the gas, and the knockout came."
to his future, "I've got the goods to be the best light heavyweight
in the world, but I've got a lot of work to do to be the best
in the division. I have to fight the best in the division and
prove I'm the best," said Bivol. As to who it might be, Bivol
said, "You can be the best only when you fight the best.
I'm not going to attack anybody. I have a belt, whoever wants
it can come and get it."
"Da Animal" Alexander(12-0, 8 KOs) of St. Louis, Missouri
remained undefeated in his second appearance at Madison Square
Garden, 14 years after his original 2004 victory. Alexander won
a ten-round unanimous decision over a tough as nails Devaun Lee(10-3-1,
5 KOs) of Brooklyn, New York, who took the fight on barely two
The tough middleweights traded to the body from early in the bout.
Alexander snapped Lee's head with shots, but due credit to the
local favorite for hanging tough. "It was good to put in
the rounds. I got the victory, I'm looking forward to fighting
The 32-year-old Alexander picked up his career where he left off
after serving an 11-year prison sentence. "It was good to
be here as a more mature, experienced fighter."
own Frank "Notorious" Galarza (19-2-2, 11 KOs) battled
a determined Norberto Gonzalez (24-11, 14 KOs) of Monterrey, Mexico
in an eight-round junior middleweight contest. The local hero
delivered a unanimous decision victory by scores of 80-72, 79-73,
Galarza, 32, traded shots with Gonzalez, but was in control of
the action and directed the path of the fight throughout as his
devoted fans cheered him on. The veteran Mexican, 36, took the
fight on short notice and acquitted himself well with his effort.
"We knew we would get the rounds in. We knew he was a counterpuncher,
so we utilized that," said Galarza. "I was able to show
my ability, my boxing ability, my ring intellect, being smart
in the ring. Compared to my last fight, overall we brought a lot
more to the table."
Galarza thanked all the fans who came to The Garden to see him.
"I love my fans, they always come and support, that's the
beauty of it. Ain't no better place to be, Madison Square Garden,
that's where all the classics are, all the greats."
Murtazaliev (12-0, 10 KOs) of Grozny, Russia extended his knockout
streak to eight, stopping Kenneth McNeil (11-4, 8 KOs) of Birmingham,
Alabama, in the first defense of the IBA Super Welterweight World
Title he won at The Garden in November. Murtazaliev let out a
roar of satisfaction as referee Danny Schiavone halted the contest
at 1:08 of the fifth round.
"I imagined the fight would go a little bit differently,"
said Murtazaliev. "My opponent didn't fight, he was running
all around, always running. With an opponent like this, it's super
hard to fight." Trainer Abror Tursunpulatov had confidence
his fighter would prevail. "We knew Bakhram was going to
win by KO or TKO in the last rounds."
"For all my team, Egis (Klimas), for Kathy Duva, for all
the team, they helped me a lot. My goal is to make you happy,
every fight," added Murtazaliev.
McNeil had never been stopped before, giving Murtazaliev, 25,
the most significant test of his career to date. It was the Russian's
third fight under both the Krusher Promotions and Main Events
"The Sultan" Nursultanov (6-0, 5 KOs) worked hard to
stop a tough Alejandro Torres (9-4-2, 4 KOs) of Monterrey, Mexico
at 1:55 of the sixth round in front of a robust cheering section
at The Garden of his enthusiastic Kazakh fans. He has now stopped
his last four opponents.
"The Mexican offense is very different style, this Mexican
Style for me," said Nursultanov of Torres. "My training
camp was very good, I sparred many different guys" in preparation
Cassius Chaney(12-0, 6 KOs) of Baltimore delivered the big heavyweight
show he promised, stopping Tim Washington(6-6, 6 KOs) of Toledo,
Ohio at 1:28 of the second round to remain undefeated.
"It was a good fight, he's a big strong guy," said Chaney.
"I did what I had to do to win. I'm happy that Main Events
allowed me to fight here at MSG and I'm glad I put on a show.
I trained hard and I'm ready to get back in the ring." Roy
Jones, Junior congratulated Chaney backstage on his win.
Chaney, 30, the former standout NCAA basketball player at the
University of New Haven, is working with new trainer Calvin Ford,
the inspiration for the character "Cutty" in the popular
TV series "The Wire."
After going to the scorecards due to an accidental headbutt after
five rounds, Alexey Evchenko (16-10-1, 6 KOs) of Chelyabinsk,
Russia won his American debut in a unanimous decision over Khiary
Gray-Pitts (15-4, 11 KOs) of Worcester, Massachusetts in what
was a scheduled eight-round welterweight fight. All scorecards
read 48-47 at the time of the stoppage.
Evchenko, 34, made a solid introduction to American fans with
his seventh straight victory.
Leshawn "Lightning" Rodriguez (9-0, 7 KOs) remained
undefeated, winning by unanimous decision over Martez Jackson
(4-3-2, 2 KOs) in six rounds. All three judges scored it 58-56.
Rodriguez, 24, of Shirley, New York, enjoys a strong fan base
in New York going back to his accomplished amateur career. Since
his pro debut, he continues to generate fan interest thanks to
his take-no-prisoners, hard-hitting style. Jackson, 34, from Atlanta,
Georgia, presented Rodriguez his toughest test to date, having
never been stopped.
Ashkeyev (9-0, 5 KOs) of Merki, Kazakhstan made it a brief appearance
in the ring after being out over a year due to injury. He stopped
Jose Antonio Abreu (13-4, 8 KOs) of La Romana, Dominican Republic
at 1:52 of the first round.
Ashkeyev, 29, an accomplished amateur now training in Oxnard at
the Boxing Laboratory under the guidance of Marco Contreras, faced
a dangerous opponent in Abreu, who was in a must-win situation
after two straight defeats. Although Abreu beat the count of referee
Johnny Callas, Callas stopped the bout.
As his fans waived the Kazakh flag, Ashkeyev said, "Yes,
thank you all everybody. I'm happy, I missed this fight (due to
injury in November), my last fight was one year ago. I hope next
time I will have a big show."
the evening, two-time NY Daily News Golden Gloves Champion Ismael
Villarreal(2-0) from the Bronx, New York remained undefeated with
a unanimous decision over against Anthony Woods(1-7) of Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania. All three judges gave Villarreal the shutout on
the scorecards for the four-round super middleweight contest,
Using a more diversified attack including increased bodywork,
Villarreal said after the fight, "I'm happy to come out safe
and sound" after fighting Woods, 31, who has never been stopped.
Villarreal, 20, son of former super lightweight fighter Otilio
Villarreal, is quickly gaining fans and making a name for himself
despite also carrying a full course load at Brooklyn Community
JACOBS: “AFTER I TAKE MACIEJ SULECKI’S ‘O’,
TAKE JERMALL CHARLO’S!”
NY (March 5, 2018) Following a back-stage flare-up this past Saturday
night at Barclays Center, former Middleweight World Champion DANIEL
JACOBS was emphatic in his words to contender JERMALL CHARLO.
Jacobs, “All my focus right now is on Maciej Sulecki and I know
it's going to be a tough fight. This is the third undefeated fighter
I have faced in a row and after I've taken his 0, then if I don't
get the ‘GGG’ vs. Canelo winner, I'm happy to take Jermall Charlo's
is fighting a guy that Sulecki has already knocked out. These
guys talk the talk but as you saw on Saturday when things get
real it's another story. Charlo is already beaten and the bell
hasn't even rung yet.”
promoter EDDIE HEARN, "I think Danny vs. Jermall Charlo is
a great fight but we have plenty of business to take care of first.
Sulecki is going to be a real handful on April 28 and ultimately,
we want the ‘GGG vs. Canelo’ winner but there's some real sauce
in a ‘Jacobs vs. Charlo’ match up and it's one the fans would
love to see.”
BOXING Ambassador JACOBS, (33-2-0, 29 KO’s), returns for a 12-round
middleweight showdown against undefeated world ranked Polish contender
MACIEJ SULECKI, (26-0-0, 10 KO’s) in the main event at ‘Straight
Outta Brooklyn’ on Saturday, April 28 at Barclays Center and televised
live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m.
the HBO telecast, undefeated Brooklyn heavyweight contender JARRELL
‘Big Baby MILLER, (20-0-1, 18 KO’s) faces former world title challenger,
JOHANN “The Reptile” DUHAUPUS, (37-4-0, 24 KO’s), of Abbeville,
France, over 12-rounds in a WBA World Heavyweight Title Eliminator.
returning to Barclays Center, WBA Lightweight Women’s World Champion
KATIE TAYLOR, (8-0-0, 4 KO’s) of Bray, Ireland will fight in a
10-round world title unification against IBF Lightweight Women’s
Champion VICTORIA BUSTOS, (18-4-0), of Rosario, Argentina.
unbeaten knockout artist SHOHJAHON ERGASHEV, (11-0-0, 11 KO’s),
a native of Uzbekistan, now fighting out of Brooklyn, New York,
will also fight on the undercard in a ten round bout against an
opponent to be announced.
by Matchroom Boxing USA, tickets starting at $42 may be purchased
by visiting Ticketmaster.com, BarclaysCenter.com, or calling 800-745-3000.
Tickets for the event can also be purchased at the American Express
Box Office at Barclays Center. For information on group sales,
Beltran conquered the WBO lightweight title by defeating Paulus
Moses by unanimous decision.
Williams / Toprank
have no words. I gave everything I had. I really had to push myself.
He is a very experienced and tough fighter. He surprised me with
a couple of good punches, but right away I thought about my family
and everything I have been throughout my career. I gave it my
all. I made my career the tough way, and now I'm a champion"
Undefeated welterweight contender Egidijus ‘The Mean Machine’
Kavaliuskas successfully defended his NABF welterweight title
by knocking out David Avanesyan at 1:55 of the sixth round.
"I'm very happy right now. All I want to do is smile. I wanted
to win with all my heart because I knew he was a very tough opponent.
I want to face the best. Hopefully, my next fight is a world title.
Crawford is fighting Horn for the world title. I want to face
Former US Olympic silver medalist, Shakur Stevenson dominated
Juan Tapia via unanimous decision
QUOTE: “I felt good. I‘m going to keep doing what I’m doing. I
felt like I looked like I was supposed to in my first eight round
fight. I’m a perfectionist. I’m going to pick it up from here
and keep getting better and better”
• Former Brazilian Gold Medalist, Robson Conceicao got a unanimous
decision victory against Ignacio Holguin.
QUOTE: “I trained very hard for five months in Brazil and it showed
during the fight. I felt very good in this fight. I will keep
working hard to keep improving more and more with each fight that
• Heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings beat Akhor Muralimov by
technical knockout at 1:12 of the 3rd round.
“I want the big fights. We just have goals. I have a team that’s
very committed. We’re ready to take on the best. I just keep getting
more comfortable. With each fight, I’m getting more and more comfortable"
• Unbeaten welterweight prospect Alexander Besputin defeated Wesley
Tucker by technical knockout at the end of the 5th round.
QUOTE: “I’m growing up and improving more with every bout. According
to my good friend Vasiliy Lomachenko, the most difficult opponent
is the one who is not working in the ring.”
Ricardo Lucio-Galvan defeated Keneth Guzman by technical knockout
in the third round.
Sagadat Rakhmankul stopped Noel Esqueda at 1:51 of the 5th high.
Roman Arrives in Japan for WBA World Title Defense
Calif. (Feb. 16, 2018) - Los Angeles native and WBA Super Bantamweight
Champion Danny Roman (23-2-1, 9 KOs) arrived in Tokyo on Thursday
and held a media workout the next day in advance of his first
world title defense.
defends against No. 11 rated challenger Ryo Matsumoto (21-1, 19
KOs) of Japan on Wednesday, Feb. 28.
The 12-round world championship fight, dubbed "The Challenge,"
is promoted by Thompson Boxing Promotions in association with
Ohashi Promotions and will take place from Korakuen Hall in Tokyo,
Thursday, Roman was greeted by the Japanese media upon arriving
at Tokyo International Airport. The following day, Roman took
part in a media workout for the local press.
ready and well prepared to defend my title," Roman said.
"Matsumoto presents a tough challenge, but that's nothing
new for me. I'm going to fight my fight and not let him get comfortable."
"Baby Faced Assassin" decided to arrive approximately
two weeks prior to his title defense to acclimate to the weather
and time change.
came in early last time I was here in September so we decided
to follow the same script," said Roman, who is trained and
managed by Eddie Gonzalez. "It makes sense to get used to
the new time zone and develop a routine and comfort zone before
my big fight against Matsumoto."
traveled to the island nation in September and knocked out former
champion Shun Kubo in the ninth round.
27, dominated the fight from start to finish. He won every round
on every scorecard with the exception of the first round on one
score sheet. He battered Kubo on multiple occasions, dropping
him in the seventh and eighth rounds before finishing him off
in the ninth.
DEFENDS TITLE AT STUBHUB MARCH 10th
March 10 at StubHub Center, Live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes.
Go On Sale This Wednesday! January 17 at 1 p.m. ET.
CALIF. (January 16, 2018) —
Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight world
champion ÓSCAR VALDEZ, the man who swims with a fully-grown
pet alligator, will begin the third year of his championship reign
by defending his title against former World Boxing Association
(WBA) super bantamweight world champion and current No. 2 world-rated
featherweight contender SCOTT QUIGG. For Valdez (23-0, 19 KOs),
of Nogales, Mexico, this will be his fourth title defense since
winning it in 2016. Quigg (34-1-2, 25 KOs), of Lancashire, England,
will be making his U.S. debut. The Valdez vs. Quigg world championship
fight will take place Saturday, March 10, under the stars at StubHub
Center in Carson, Calif. It will be televised live and exclusively
at 10:30 p.m. EST on ESPN and ESPN Deportes and stream live on
the ESPN App. Additional fights on the live telecast will be announced
by Top Rank®, in association with Matchroom Boxing, tickets
go on sale Tomorrow! Wednesday, January 17, at 1 p.m. ET / 10
a.m. PT. Priced at $206, $104, $53 and 27.50, including facility
fees, they can be purchased online at AXS.com, by phone at (888)
9AXS-TIX, or by visiting the StubHub Center box office.
all-action undercard will feature undefeated WBC Continental Americas
super featherweight champion Andy Vences (20-0, 12 KOs), of San
Jose, Calif; top-three world-rated junior welterweight contender
Alex Saucedo (26-0, 16 KOs), of Oklahoma City; 2016 U.S. Olympian
and three-time U.S. Amateur Champion Mikaela Mayer (3-0, 2 KOs),
of Los Angeles; and 2012 Olympic silver medalist and middleweight
contender Esquiva Falcäo (19-0, 13 KOs), of Vitoria, Brasil.
know that my March 10 world title defense against Scott Quigg
will be a fun one for all the boxing fans because our styles combine
perfectly to make a real war,” said Valdez. “As usual, on March
10, I will leave it all in the ring at StubHub Center, to show
everyone that I’m one of the best featherweights in the world”.
“This is a fight that I’m really looking forward to. It’s a great
fight,” said Quigg. “I have a lot of respect for Oscar and his
team. We’ve been in the gym together in the past, helping each
other prepare for a fight. They are good people. I’ve been in
training for four weeks already and now I’ve just linked up with
Freddie Roach to begin the last eight weeks of camp. This is a
great opportunity for me — making my U.S. debut on a great platform
on ESPN — and I’m confident on March 10 I’ll become World champion
“Oscar Valdez has passed every in-ring test with flying colors,
but the biggest test of his professional career will take place
on March 10 against Scott Quigg, who like Oscar, rarely leaves
a fight in the hands of the judges. The fans watching at StubHub
and live across ESPN’s platforms are in for an exciting night
and a sensational card, which will be announced shortly,” said
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum,.
delighted to get this fight made – I feel it’s one of the best
fights in the division right now,” said Quigg’s promoter Eddie
Hearn. “Both guys like to come forward and throw aggressive combinations
and I do not believe we will hear the final bell. What I do believe
is that on March 10 Scott Quigg will become a two-weight World
Champion in a fight of the year contender, live on ESPN”
very excited for the fight against Quigg. This fight will further
showcase Oscar’s skills and will demonstrate that he is a star,”
said Frank Espinoza, manager of Valdez. “Oscar is one of the best
in the world and against Quigg he’ll prove it once again.”
who represented México in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, was
the first Mexican 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 fourth defense of the 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. In his first defense, which took place, on November
5, 2016, Valdez blasted out No. 1 contender Hiroshige Osawa via
a seventh-round TKO. On April 22, in his 2017 debut, his first
pay-per-view event that featured him in the main event, Valdez
went toe-to toe for 12 rounds with No. 1 contender Miguel Marriaga,
winning a unanimous decision. Marriaga, a three-time world title
challenger, went into that fight having won 15 of his previous
19 bouts by way of knockout. In his most recent fight, on September
22, he again went mano a mano in a 12-rounder that had the fans
on their feet throughout the fight. This time Valdez won a unanimous
decision over Genesis Servania, the No. 4 world-rated contender.
who has fought all but once in his native England, is trained
by Hall of Famer Freddie Roach. After capturing the WBA interim
super bantamweight world title in 2012 and making one successful
title defense that same year, he was elevated to WBA super bantamweight
world champion in 2013. Quigg successfully defended that world
title six times, four of them by way of knockout during his three-year
reign. He lost the title via a split decision to International
Boxing Federation (IBF) champion Carl Frampton in a 2016 title
unification bout. Since that fight, Quigg has moved up to the
featherweight division and won his past three fights, including
a 12-round featherweight title elimination bout against Simion
Viorel. Quigg is currently world-rated No. 2 by the IBF and No.
4 by the WBA.
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'JOJO' DIAZ, JR. TO DEFEND NABO FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE AGAINST FORMER
WORLD CHAMPION VICTOR 'VIKINGO' TERRAZAS
IN MAIN EVENT OF GOLDEN BOY BOXING ON ESPN AT
FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT CASINO
SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT PROSPECT VERGIL ORTIZ, JR. TO CONTINUE KNOCKOUT
STREAK IN TELEVISED CO-MAIN EVENT
EXPLOSIVE UNDERCARD TO BE STACKED WITH GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS'
BEST AND BRIGHTEST PROSPECTS
Tickets on Sale Today at 10:00 a.m. PT!
LOS ANGELES (Jan. 12, 2018): Golden
Boy Promotions will continue its partnership with ESPN for this
exciting new year with an explosive main event featuring 126-pound
contender Joseph "JoJo" Diaz, Jr. (25-0, 13 KOs) defending
his NABO Featherweight Title against former world champion Victor
"Vikingo" Terrazas (38-4-2, 21 KOs) on the Feb. 22 edition
of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
inIndio, Calif.Doors to the Special Events Center open at 5:00
p.m. PT, and the first non-televised bout starts at 5:30 p.m.
PT. ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes will transmit the fights beginning
at 11:30 p.m. ET/8:30 p.m. PT, and the ESPN3 transmission will
begin at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT.
Diaz Jr., a 25-year-old prodigy of South El Monte, Calif., was
an exceptional amateur prospect who was part of the 2012 United
States Olympic Team. After making his debut with Golden Boy Promotions
in December 2012 at the now-defunct LA Sports Arena, Diaz, Jr.
climbed the 126-pound rankings defeating one tough opponent after
another. Diaz, Jr. had a great 2017 as he participated in two
Pay-Per-View events. In the HBO-televised undercard of Canelo
vs. Chavez, Jr., Diaz, Jr. cruised to a 10-round unanimous decision
victory against the previously undefeated Manuel "Tino"
Avila. Diaz, Jr. then defeated Rafael "Bing Bang" Rivera
via dominant 12-round decision in the co-main event of the historic
Canelo vs. Golovkin HBO pay-per-view event. Diaz, Jr. will look
to continue his path to a world title with a win on Feb. 22.
"I look forward to making my 2018 debut," said Diaz,
Jr. "And what better way than by facing a tough former world
champion in Victor Terrazas! I will remind everyone why I deserve
a world title shot by headlining this card exciting fashion."
Terrazas, a 34-year-old native of Jalisco, Mexico, is a former
world champion who defeated Cristian "El Diamante" Mijares
to capture the WBC Super Bantamweight Title. Terrazas, a student
of the traditional Mexican school of boxing, has fought fighters
at a world championship level from different parts of the world,
and will bring years of fighting experience into his fight against
"I have faced great fighters in my career," said Terrazas.
"And this fight against Joseph Diaz, Jr. will not be an exception.
I think that my experience will be very important, and I have
no doubts that I will leave with my hand raised."
Vergil Ortiz, Jr. (8-0, 8 KOs), a super lightweight prospect who
has delighted fans with his tremendous knockout power, will return
in the eight-round co-main event. After debuting as a professional
in 2016, Ortiz, Jr. has never heard the final bell of a bout,
and he's anxious to retain his 100% knockout rate in the year
2018. One must definitely not lose sight of this sensational Mexican
American who has his roots in Michoacan, Mexico.
The explosive undercard will be stacked with the best and brightest
prospects of the exclusive Golden Boy Promotions stable. Lightweight
knockout artist Christian "Chimpa" Gonzalez (18-1, 15
KOs) will make his highly anticipated ring return over a scheduled
eight rounds of action in his Fantasy Springs Resort Casino debut.
Gonzalez is a hard-hitting prospect who is coming off two spectacular
wins, the last of which was against Gamaliel "El Platano"
Manny "Chato" Robles III (14-0, 6 KOs), after making
his headlining debut in Sept. of 2017, will square off in an eight-round
featherweight fight. Power punching prospect Edgar "Kid Neza"
Valerio (10-0, 7 KOs) of Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl by way of South
Central, Los Angeles, California will start the year off with
a bang in an eight-round battle in the 126-pound division.
Hector "El Finito" Tanajara, Jr.(11-0, 4 KOs) of San
Antonio, Texas will open the evening of very exciting combats
in an eight-round super featherweight fight. In the night's swing
bout, Genaro "El Conde" Gamez (6-0, 4 KOs) will participate
in a six-round lightweight fight.
Opponents for these exciting, rising prospects will be announced
Tickets for the event go on sale Friday, January 12 at 10:00 a.m.
PT, and start at $25. Tickets will be available at the Fantasy
Springs Resort Casino box office, by calling 1-800-827-2946, or
by purchasing online at www.fantasyspringsresort.com.
LOCAL PROSPECTS FEATURED ON FIRST REAL DEAL BOXING EVENT AT KINGS
THEATRE IN BROOKLYN ON SATURDAY, MARCH 10
Now On Sale!!
York City (February 16, 2018) Top local prospects will be featured
at the debut event presented by Evander Holyfield’s Real Deal
Sports & Entertainment at the historic Kings Theatre on Saturday,
March 10, 2018.
tickets for ‘Real Deal, Showcase Series II’, presented in association
with World of Boxing, priced at $150, $125, $75 and $50 are now
on sale online through the Kings Theatre website, www.KingsTheatre.com.
the fighters featured on the card is undefeated middleweight knockout
artist, Edgar ‘The Chosen One’ Berlanga, (7-0-0, 7 KO’s) of Brooklyn.
Only 20-years-old, Berlanga has stopped all seven of his foes
as a professional in the first round. Most recently he stopped
Jaime Barboza on January 26 in the first round in Philadelphia,
PA. Barboza had previously gone the distance in his previous five
fights against top contenders and prospects including Gary O’Sullivan,
Esquiva Falcao, Nick Brinson, Kyrone Davis and Russell Lamour.
will face-off against battle tested veteran Elie Augustama, (6-7-0,
3 KO’s), of Haiti in a scheduled six round bout. Augustama has
clashed with a number of top prospects, most recently going the
distance with undefeated Nicklaus Flaz on October 28, 2017.
Mexican/American, Brooklyn native Julian Sosa, (10-0-1, 3 KO’s),
will look to kick-off his 2018 campaign in style facing Dominican
Wilmer Rodriguez, (9-1-0, 7 KO’s) in an eight-round junior welterweight
22-year-old Sosa closed 2017 with a unanimous decision over Erick
Daniel Martinez on October 14. Rodriguez will look to stay in
the win column following a fourth-round knockout of Oscar Leon
on January 26 in Santo Domingo.
New York Golden Gloves Champion, ‘The Brooklyn Torch’ Justin Biggs,
(2-0, 2 KO’s), will also look to stay undefeated in his third
professional bout. The junior middleweight followed up his knockout
victory in his professional debut with a third-round stoppage
of Simon Sayes on November 18, 2017.
junior flyweight prospect Natalie Gonzalez, (3-0-0, 1 KO), of
New Rochelle, New York will look to jump-start her career with
her first bout in fifteen months. Gonzalez will face battled test
Hungarian veteran Judit Hachbold, (4-3-0), in a scheduled six
heavyweight prospect Iegor Plevako, (5-0-0, 3 KO’s), will also
be making the first start of his 2018 campaign at Kings Theatre
on March 10. With three victories in 2017, Plevako returns to
action following a unanimous decision victory over Sherman Artis
Jr. on November 18.
his highly anticipated United States debut will be undefeated
junior welterweight prospect Batyr Ahmedov, (2-0-0, 2 KO’s) of
Crimea, Russia. Ahmedov was a quarterfinalist representing Turkey
in the 2016 Olympics held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and finished
with an amateur record of 88-8.
featured in separate bouts on the Real Deal Boxing event at Kings
Theatre is undefeated cruiserweight prospect Joe Jones, (9-0-0,
7 KO’s), of Jersey City, New Jersey and welterweight newcomer
Cesar Francis, (3-0-0, 2 KO’s) of Brooklyn, New York along with
Ridgewood, New York welterweight Mathew Gonzalez, (3-0-0, 2 KO’s),
and undefeated super bantamweight Khalid Twaiti, (2-0-0, 1 KO)
out the card, Bronx native, junior welterweight Josue ‘The Prodigy’
Vargas, (9-1-0, 5 KO’s), will battle in a scheduled six rounder.
details on these bouts will be announced shortly.
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REMATCH IS ON!
CANELO ALVAREZ TO BATTLE GENNADY 'GGG' GOLOVKIN
IN HISTORIC REMATCH FOR THE MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE WORLD
ON CINCO DE MAYO
SATURDAY, MAY 5
PRESENTED LIVE BY HBO PAY-PER-VIEW®
ANGELES (Jan. 29, 2018): A
sequel to the most anticipated boxing event in years will arrive
on Cinco De Mayo as Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World
Champion Canelo Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) and WBC/WBA/IBF/IBO Middleweight
World Champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs)
will clash in a historic and highly anticipated 12-round rematch
Saturday, May 5. The event will be produced and distributed live
by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.
regarding venue and tickets will be announced shortly.
September of 2017, Canelo and GGG met in a battle of the world's
two top middleweights, battling toe-to-toe over 12 rounds of high
drama that ended in a split draw. The fight drew a record crowd
for an indoor boxing event in Las Vegas, selling out the T-Mobile
Arena in less than two weeks and bringing legions of fans from
Mexico to Kazakhstan and everywhere in between.
the 27-year-old native of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, is the
veritable face of boxing. After capturing two world titles and
the lineal championship in the super welterweight division, Alvarez
moved up to middleweight to capture the WBC, Lineal and Ring Magazine
World Titles with a Nov. 2015 victory against Miguel Cotto. Alvarez
has maintained his status as the lineal champion ever since, and
in a historic Sept. 16 showdown last year, Alvarez fought to a
12-round split draw against Golovkin. Alvarez is eager to erase
all doubts regarding his status as the best middleweight in the
world on May 5.
delighted to once again participate in one of the most important
boxing events in history," said Canelo Alvarez. "This
second fight is for the benefit and pleasure of all fans who desire
to see the best fight the best. This time, [Gennady] Golovkin
won't have any excuses regarding the judges because I'm coming
to knock him out."
the 35-year-old wrecking ball of Karaganda, Kazakhstan, was a
dominant amateur standout and Olympic Silver Medalist before turning
professional in 2006. Since then, Golovkin has been on an historic
trajectory, knocking out one opponent after another to unify the
WBC, WBA, IBF and IBO World Middleweight Titles. During this run,
Golovkin maintained an unblemished record that included a 23-fight
knockout streak, which ended with a unanimous decision victory
against Danny Jacobs in March 2017. In September of the same year,
Golovkin went the distance in a historic split draw against Alvarez,
which has merited a much-desired rematch in the eyes of boxing
am ready to battle Canelo again and am happy he took this fight
again," said Gennady "GGG" Golovkin. "This
is the fight the world wants. This is the fight boxing deserves.
I didn't agree with some of the judges' decisions in the first
fight. This time there will be no doubt. I am leaving the ring
as THE middleweight champion of the world."
vs. Golovkin 2 will be boxing's biggest and best event of 2018
as these two elite fighters once again go head-to-head to determine
who is the best middleweight in the world," said Oscar De
La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. "I expect
we will see even more fireworks in the rematch as both fighters
know there more is at stake now than before."
is the fight boxing fans have been waiting for since the controversial
outcome of last September, and the ONLY fight Gennady has wanted
since that decision," said Tom Loeffler, Promoter of Gennady
"GGG" Golovkin. "Gennady is ready for this historic
record-tying 20th title defense where he will demonstrate his
superiority over Canelo. Gennady is on a mission to prove he is
still the best middleweight in the world today and one of the
best fighters of his era."
a special moment for the sport when two of boxing's most accomplished
competitors-both in their prime- agree to meet again in the ring
to settle who is the man in the middleweight division," said
Peter Nelson, Executive Vice President, HBO Sports. "Canelo
vs. GGG 2 is the boxing event of the first half of 2018 and we
are pleased to present it live on HBO Pay-Per-View."
Canelo vs. Golovkin 2 is a 12-round fight for the middleweight
championship of the world presented by Golden Boy Promotions and
GGG Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate,"THE OFFICIAL
BEER OF BOXING," Hennessy, "Never Stop, Never Settle,"
Fred Loyal Insurance, Tsesnabank and Capital Holdings. The event
will take place Saturday, May 5 and will be produced and distributed
live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.
'MICKEY' ROMAN DEFEATS ORLANDO 'SIRI' SALIDO IN FIGHT OF THE YEAR
CANDIDATE AND MAIN EVENT OF HBO BOXING AFTER DARK AT MANDALAY
BAY RESORT AND CASINO IN LAS VEGAS
FRANCISCO 'EL BANDIDO' VARGAS EARNS TECHNICAL UNANIMOUS DECISION
WIN AGAINST STEPHEN 'SWIFTY' SMITH IN CO-MAIN EVENT AFTER BLOODY
LACERATION ON SMITH'S EAR FORCES STOPPAGE
RENE 'EL GEMELO' ALVARADO AND AARON 'SILENCER' MCKENNA SCORE SPECTACULAR
VICTORIES ON UNDERCARD
VEGAS (Dec. 9, 2017):
Miguel "Mickey" Roman (58-13, 45 KOs) brought new life
to his career with a spectacular and dominant ninth-round technical
knockout victory against four-time, two division world champion
Orlando "Siri" Salido (44-14, 31 KOs) in a Fight of
the Year Candidate and main event of HBO Boxing After Dark at
Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Roman, a native of
Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, scored knockdowns in rounds four and eight
before the fight was finally stopped at 1:43 of the ninth round
after a fight-finishing flurry sent Salido to the canvas for the
last time in his career.
"It's my moment, and I want to fight against any champion,"
said Roman. "I was doing everything well, even though everything
is always against me. But things will change from now on. That's
why I want any champion at featherweight or super featherweight,
but on HBO. The new camp, the good work we did, the good training--those
changes made the difference and we are all able to see that tonight.
Nobody knew, but if I lost, I would have retired. It was very
important to fight against a great champion like Orlando Salido
"I've beaten young fighters before, but this time it was
a matter of age," said Salido. "Time takes its toll,
and obviously I just couldn't do it. This was my last fight. Thank
you to all, to those who will remember me for all the great fights
that I had, and to the people who have followed me."
Francisco "El Bandido" Vargas (24-2, 17 KOs) scored
a ninth-round technical unanimous decision victory against Stephen
"Swifty" Smith (25-4, 15 KOs) of Liverpool, United Kingdom
in a scheduled 10-round super featherweight bout. Vargas, a native
of Mexico City, Mexico, tried the new boxing skills that he has
learned under his new trainer Joel Diaz. However, the fight was
cut a bit short in the ninth round after a severe laceration on
Smith's left ear called a halt to the fight. Vargas was victorious
with scores of 89-82, 88-83 and 88-83.
was a great win for me, and I'm happy I ended the year on a good
note," said Vargas. With my new team, I know I'll be back
soon and in big fights. I want to be world champion again, and
I'll be back very soon."
"El Gemelo" Alvarado (28-8, 19 KOs) of Managua, Nicaragua
headlined the HBO Latino Boxing double-header with an upset split
decision victory against Denis Shafikov (38-4, 20 KOs) in a ten-round
super featherweight fight. Alvarado defeated the native of Miass,
Russia with scores of 96-93, 96-94 and 94-95.
Ireland's Aaron "Silencer" McKenna (1-0), the welterweight
prospect who has recently signed with Golden Boy Promotions, made
a successful professional debut with a four-round unanimous decision
victory against Travis Conley (1-1, 1 KO) in the super welterweight
division. McKenna won with three scores of 40-36.
Salido vs. Roman was a 10-round lightweight fight presented by
Zanfer Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions, Promociones del Pueblo
and Tom Loeffler. Vargas vs. Smith was a 10-round super featherweight
presented by Zanfer Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions, Tom Leoffler,
in association with Matchroom Boxing. The event took place on
Dec. 9, 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Nery stops Arthur Villanueva in six
Stadium, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico –
In a fight card which could have easily been called ”The Night
of the Southpaws” due to all four featured TV fighters competing
out of the southpaw stance, the main eventer, reigning WBC bantamweight
champion, Tijuana’s own Luis “Panterita” Nery faced Arthur “El
Matador” Villanueva in a non-title bout.
is proving a strong gate draw, as a very sizable and loud 7,000-plus
crowd watched him score a TKO against a very game Villanueva at
the end of six in the TV Azteca/beIN Sports Espanol/Zanfer Promotions
smaller, slicker Nery used angles, a sneaky jab and hooks to keep
Villanueva at bay in the first few rounds.
heated up in the fourth frame, with Villanueva getting on the
inside and forcing a heated exchange toward the end of the round,
dropping Nery to a knee in a flash knockdown. Nery, unhurt, quickly
bounced back to beat the bell.
came out charging, to make up up for the knockdown in the fifth,
letting his hands go. Villanueva would try his best to counter
Nery’s attack and stem his offense, going into the sixth frame.
pressured effectively in the sixth, forcing the referee to step
in and call the fight off at 1:19 into the round, as the Filipino
was unable to defend himself, while being battered against the
the win, Nery moved to 25-0 (19), while Villanueva dropped to
in attendance were buzzing with the notion that they would see
the WBC-mandated rematch between Nery and former champion Shinsuke
Yamanaka early next year at the same venue.
southpaw, current WBO International junior welterweight titleholder
and former WBO world lightweight title challenger Jose “Chon”
Zepeda, 28-1 (23), used precise combination punching to stop a
tough but limited Abner “Jaeger” Lopez at 1:17 into the sixth
round of a scheduled ten.
suffered a bloody cut around his left eye in the second round
due to an accidental headbutt.
lightweight Elvis “Rockanrolero” Torres remained undefeated at
18-0 (11) by winning a rather lopsided unanimous decision, via
equally unanimous scores of 78-74, in eight, against Adrian “Chinito”
Young, 23-4 (18), in a much closer bout.
southpaw Torres threw wide, looping shots all night, looking for
a one-punch KO, which never came, while utilizing a useless pawing
jab, which allowed the more seasoned Young to gain range and seemingly
control the pace with a stiff, hard jab and lateral movement.
would not matter, as the fight went to the cards, with Young suffering
an accidental cut alongside his right eye, by the end of the final
the televised opener, Tijuana’s Sandra “La Perla Negra” Robles,
kept her WBA women’s No. 1 ranking by defeating a very tough,
plucky Linda Contreras in an eight-round junior flyweight bout.
per usual in most women’s fights, both ladies threw down for the
majority of the time, with neither going down and warming up the
crowd for the fights that followed.
moved to 19-2 (9), while Contreras saw her record dip to 1-2 (1)
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