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Lomachenko Drops Linares in the 10th


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NEW 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.

Carlos “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, 11 KOs).

Michael 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.

Brooklyn 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.

Mikaela 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.

In 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.

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Terence 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


LAS VEGAS — 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.

Horn, 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 Rank.

“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 again.


Middleweight Title and Alex Saucedo Comes Home June 30 in Oklahoma City

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OKLAHOMA 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 special attraction.

This world class doubleheader will be televised live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 9 p.m. ET.

Promoted 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.

“We 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.”

"I 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."

“It’s 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.”

Ramirez (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.

Angulo (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.

Saucedo (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.

Zappavigna (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.


RYAN '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."

"I 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 Weekend."

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.

"I 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."

Garcia 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


Rising Stars and Olympians Headline Linares vs. Lomachenko Undercard May 12 at Madison Square Garden

Photo: German Villasenor

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 Square Garden.

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 and MSG.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 goes sometimes."

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 ‘Bud’ CRAWFORD.

“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 York City!”

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 Rosas.


FRANCISCO '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.

"I 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 that fight."

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."

Rommel 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 decision.

"I 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 together."

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, Calif.

Tickets for the event start at $25 and are available at the Fantasy Springs
Resort Casino box office, by calling 1-800-827-2946, or by purchasing online at www.fantasyspringsresort.com.


Alex 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

Fight 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.

“Abel 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 champion.”

And, on March 10, Saucedo, who holds the NABO and NABA regional titles, will have a special guest making her ringside debut.

“This 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.


Former Champion Jose Pedraza Signs With Top Rank,
Ready To Take on Lightweight Division


Puerto Rico native and former junior lightweight champion
will campaign at lightweight, make Top Rank Debut on March 17

LAS 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,” Arum said.

“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 the bout.


Four-Division 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 Boxing Champions

Vargas Replaces Injured Omar Figueroa for Broner Showdown

Undefeated Former Champion Jermall Charlo Battles

Once-Beaten Hugo Centeno Jr. for Interim 160-Pound World Championship & Former Champions Gervonta Davis and Jesus Cuellar

Square-Off in a 130-Pound World Championship Bout

Tickets on Sale Wednesday, March 7 at 10 a.m. ET!

BROOKLYN (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™.

Former champion Omar Figueroa suffered a shoulder injury in training that forced him to withdraw from his previously scheduled showdown against Broner.

Undefeated 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.

Tickets 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.

“The 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 title.”

Broner (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 last year.

“I’m 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.”

Vargas (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.

“This 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.”

Charlo (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 by Centeno.

“I 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 way.”

The 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.

"I'm 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."

Davis (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 fight.

“I’m 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.”

Cuellar (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, 2016.

“The 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 21.”


DANNY GARCIA KNOCKS OUT BRANDON RIOS IN WELTERWEIGHT TITLE ELIMINATOR SATURDAY ON SHOWTIME® FROM MANDALAY BAY EVENTS CENTER

Photo: German Villasenor

David Benavidez Remains Boxing’s Youngest World Champion With Unanimous Decision Over Ronald Gavril In SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® Co-Feature

Watch The Replay Monday, Feb. 19 At 10 p.m. ET/PT On SHOWTIME EXTREME®

LAS 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.

Returning 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:

Garcia (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.

In 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.

“I 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.

“I 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.”

After the fight, SHOWTIME Sports reporter Jim Gray asked Garcia how the loss to Thurman affected him.

“The 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.

“I would love the rematch with Keith Thurman. It’s on him. Whenever he’s ready we’ll fight.”

WBA 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.

After the fight, Rios (34-4-1, 24 KOs) was frustrated with the stoppage and promised to return.

“I’m 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.

“I 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.”

Photo: German Villasenor

Boxing’s 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.

The 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.

Benavidez (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.

Benavidez 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.

“I 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.

“Both my hands hurt but I have that warrior’s mentality so I kept pushing.

“I want to be the best in division. So whoever they put in front of me that’s what I want to do.”

Gavril (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 twice.

“He 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.”

Photo: German Villasenor

In 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.

Ugas (21-3, 10 KOs) now holds the IBF’s No. 2 position to undefeated champion Errol Spence Jr.

Ugas, 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.

In 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 ropes.

Ugas landed 51 percent of his power shots and was comfortably ahead on all three judges at the time of the stoppage.

“I 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.

“Luckily 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.

“I want Errol Spence next. Everyone wants Errol.”


Zurdo Ramirez Stops Habib Ahmed in the 6th

Ramírez (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


SENIESA '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

Tickets on Sale Now!

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 year.

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. 12.


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.


Wilder Defends His WBC Title Against Fellow-Unbeaten Luis Ortiz Saturday, March 3 Live on SHOWTIME

American 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.

Wilder is in Los Angeles for the birth of his child with “WAGS Atlanta” star Telli Swift.

The 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.


Cotto Loses WBO 154 LB. Strap in Final Bout Against Ali

 

Photo: Sally Grossman

By Neil Grossman

Boxing 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 Cotto Promotions.


Danny Roman Defends WBA Super Bantamweight Title Against Ryo Matsumoto

ORANGE, 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 Ohashi Promotions.

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 of Japan.

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."

Matsumoto (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.

"I 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."


DEONTAY 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

Shawn 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 Stiverne.

“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.”

Former 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 blows.

"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 the win.”

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’ scorecard.

"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 said."

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 all night.”

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 SHOWTIME ANYTIME®.

This event was sponsored by Corona Extra, La Cerveza Mas Fina and promoted by DiBella Entertainment and TGB Promotions.


JORGE "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

CALIFORNIA'S BEST PROSPECTS AND CONTENDERS SHINE ON NON-TELEVISED UNDERCARD

LOS 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.

"I 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 next."

"No 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."

Opening 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.

"I'm 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."

Azat "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.

"We're 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."

Abraham "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.

"The 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."

In 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.

"I 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."

Linares vs. Campbell was a 12-round fight for the WBA, WBC Diamond and
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.


CANELO ALVAREZ AND GENNADY "GGG" GOLOVKIN BATTLE TO DRAW IN BACK-AND-FORTH WAR BEFORE SOLD-OUT CROWD AT
T-MOBILE ARENA IN LAS VEGAS

PRESENTED LIVE BY HBO PAY-PER-VIEW

LAS 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.

The 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.

Celebrities 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.

"I 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."

"It's 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."

Joseph '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 of 120-108.

"I 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."

Diego 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.

Ryan "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 for Rojo.

"I 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."

Serhii 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.

"He 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 on top."

Super 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.

"I 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."

In 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.

Canelo 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 Pay-Per-View®.


Kovalev-Shabranskyy Tickets on Sale NOW!

New York, NY: Tickets go on sale Tuesday, September 19 at noon for the upcoming showdown between former Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (30-2-1, 26 KOs) and Vyacheslav "Lion-Heart Chingonskyy" Shabranskyy (19-1, 16 KOs) which takes place on Saturday, November 25 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for this exciting event are priced between $50 and $350 and are available at ticketmaster.com and the Madison Square Garden box office. From Monday, September 18 at noon until Tuesday, September 19 at 11:00 am select fans can purchase tickets in advance using the exclusive presale code.


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.


LOMACHENKO STOPS MARRIAGA IN SEVEN, BELTRAN EDGES VASQUEZ

Photo: German Villasenor

By Francisco Villasenor

Los 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 SEE


MAURICIO "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

INDIO, 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, and 95-95.

"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 open shots."

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, and 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."

Bringing 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 Settle."


SUPER 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

LOS 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' "Fabulous" Forum.

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, and 74-76.

"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.


Main Events Inks Deal with Brooklyn Native
Frank "Notorious" Galarza
Ready to Take Over

Totowa, NJ: Main 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.

After 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 right."

Galarza 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 Contract

Frank 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.

"Notorious" 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."

"Frank 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!"


 

 

 

 

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JAIME 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.

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Newly crowned Super Welterweight Jaime Mungia seen here in a previous battle in Tijuana, B.C.

VARGAS 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.

"This 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 fighters."

"He [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 fight.

"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 ring."

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 39-37.

"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.


Sergey Kovalev vs. Eleider Alvarez Set for
Saturday, August 4 at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Atlantic City
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 Atlantic City.

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 and Ticketmaster.


DEVIN HANEY DEFEATS MASON MENARD BY TKO IN DOMINATING PERFORMANCE FRIDAY ON SHOBOX: THE NEW GENERATION ON SHOWTIME® FROM 2300 ARENA IN PHILADELPHIA

Joshua Greer knocks out Glenn Dezurn, Charles Foster dominates Alvin Varmall Jr. & Arnold Khegai defeats Adam Lopez in co-featured bouts

PHILADELPHIA (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.

Haney (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).

Haney 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.

After 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.

“The 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 10 rounds.

“I 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."

Following the fight, a defeated Menard was respectful of Haney’s performance.

“He 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.

In 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).

The 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.

“I 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 off.”

Greer 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.

Despite 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.

“I 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.”

A confident Greer was pleased with his performance after the fight.

“I wasn’t surprised I could knock him out,” Greer said. “I knew I could break his will.”

In 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.

Foster 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.

“My 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.”

Foster 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.

“When he would come on the inside he couldn’t hurt me,” Foster said. “I was the one controlling the entire fight.”

In 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.

Making 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.

“That 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 box.”

Despite a slight dip in productivity in the later rounds, the Ukrainian stayed efficient, landing 31 body shots compared to just 15 from Lopez.

Lopez, caught off guard by Khegai’s fighting style, was disappointed by his performance in his record-setting seventh ShoBox appearance.

“I 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, don’t retaliate.’

“I 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 of it.”

The event was promoted by Greg Cohen Promotions in association with Devin Haney Promotions and Hard Hitting Promotions.


ERROL SPENCE JR. MAKES CHAMPIONSHIP HOMECOMING AT DALLAS COWBOYS FACILITY

Welterweight 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

Tickets on Sale Friday, May 4 at 10 a.m. CT

FRISCO, 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.

Spence, 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.

Tickets 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.

“Errol 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.’’

“SHOWTIME 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.”

“It’s 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 Stephen Jones.

Spence (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.

A 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 classes.

“I’m 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.

“I 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.”

The 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.

“I’m 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.”


Unbeaten Giovani Santillan Retains NABO Title in Knockout Fashion Friday Night

ORANGE, 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 loaded division.

"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 the fight."

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.


DIEGO 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 fights.

"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 world champion."

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).


DANGEROUS UNDEFEATED CONTENDER JAIME MUNGUIA STEPS IN TO CHALLENGE SADAM 'WORLD KID' ALI FOR WBO JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHT WORLD TITLE



SATURDAY, MAY 12 AT TURNING STONE RESORT CASINO ANDTELEVISED LIVE ON HBO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®

Tickets Still on Sale!

VERONA, N.Y. (April 30, 2018): Jaime Munguia (28-0, 24 KOs), the dangerous undefeated 154-pound contender of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, will step in to challenge Sadam "World Kid" Ali (26-1, 14 KOs) of Brooklyn, N.Y. in a 12-round battle for the WBO Junior Middleweight World Title on May 12 at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y. The co-main event will feature Rey Vargas (31-0, 22 KOs) and Azat "Crazy A" Hovhannisyan (14-2, 11 KOs) in a 12-round clash for the WBC Super Bantamweight World Title.The doubleheader will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Munguia will replace Liam "Beefy" Smith, who was forced to pull out of the fight against Ali due to an illness. This dangerous 21-year-old puncher has ended 24 of his fights by stunning knockout and will look to take advantage of his first world title opportunity as he returns to the United States for only the second time in his career.

"I want to thank everyone involved, but above all I thank Sadam Ali for the opportunity," said Jaime Munguia. "Though all the criticisms made about me have motivated me to be where I am, I will show that they were all wrong. I will crown myself as world champion on May 12."

Ali, a 2008 U.S. Olympian, was unfazed by the change. The 29-year-old champion silenced all doubters by defeating Miguel Cotto via unanimous decision in Dec. 2017 to win the title he currently holds. Ali will look to defend his title in a dangerous battle against a young contender.

"I'm determined to defend my title for the first time on May 12," said Sadam Ali. "It doesn't matter who, and it doesn't matter how. Jaime Munguia will have the opportunity of a lifetime when he fights me, but I'm walking away with my hand up in victory and the belt around my waist."

Ali vs. Munguia is a 12-round fight for the WBO Junior Middleweight World Championship presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Zanfer Promotions. Vargas vs. Hovhannisyan is a 12-round battle for the WBC Super Bantamweight World Title presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Promociones del Pueblo. The event is sponsored by Tecate, "THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING" and Casa Mexico Tequila. The event takes place Saturday, May 12 at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. ET, and the first fight begins at 6:30 p.m. ET. The doubleheader will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

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.

Tickets for this highly anticipated matchup are on sale and are available from $95 and $75 for ringside seats and all others priced at $55 and $45, 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).

Professional media requesting credentials for Ali vs. Smith must contact Kelly Abdo, Turning Stone Resort Casino Public Relations Manager at kelly.abdo@turningstone.com.


DEONTAY WILDER RETAINS WBC HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE WITH THRILLING 10TH ROUND TECHNICAL KNOCKOUT OF LUIS ORTIZ SATURDAY ON SHOWTIME® FROM BARCLAYS CENTER

PHOTO:German Villasenor

Jose 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 BOXING®.

Wilder (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.

Oritz 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 round.

In 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.

Both 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.

Following 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.

“A 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.

“He 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.”

A 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.

“It 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.

“I almost had him and I think I would’ve if there were a few more seconds in the round.”

Wilder 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.

Saturday 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.

“I 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.

“I 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.”

Dirrell, a native of Flint, Michigan, found Uzcategui’s length and aggression difficult to deal with.

“I've 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.

"We 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.”

In 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).

“It's 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.”

Napoleon 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.

“I 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.”

Saturday’s 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.


STATEMENT 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 contamination."

Upon receiving this information, Golden Boy immediately notified the Nevada State Athletic Commission and Gennady Golovkin's promoter, Tom Loeffler.

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 will prevail."

Canelo has tested clean dozens of times over the course of his previous 12 fights.


Crushing 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.

Despite 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."

Asked 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."

In 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."

As 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."

Vaughn "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 days' notice.

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 again."

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."

Brooklyn's 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, and 78-74.

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."

Bakhram 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 banners.

Meiirim "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 for Torres.

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.

 

Middleweight 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.

Madiyar 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."

Opening 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, 40-36.

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 College.


DANIEL JACOBS: “AFTER I TAKE MACIEJ SULECKI’S ‘O’,

I’LL TAKE JERMALL CHARLO’S!”

Brooklyn, 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.

Said 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 0 too.”

‘Charlo 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.”

Said 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.”

BROOKLYN 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. ET/PT.

Opening 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.

Also 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.

Emerging, 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.

Presented 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, call 844.255.9647.


Ray Beltran conquered the WBO lightweight title by defeating Paulus Moses by unanimous decision.

Photo:Mikey Williams / Toprank

"I 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.

QUOTE: "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 the winner.

• 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 passes”

• Heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings beat Akhor Muralimov by technical knockout at 1:12 of the 3rd round.

QUOTE: “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.


Danny Roman Arrives in Japan for WBA World Title Defense

ORANGE, 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.

Roman 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, Japan.

On 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.

"I'm 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."

The "Baby Faced Assassin" decided to arrive approximately two weeks prior to his title defense to acclimate to the weather and time change.

"I 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."

Roman traveled to the island nation in September and knocked out former champion Shun Kubo in the ninth round.

Roman, 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.


VALDEZ DEFENDS TITLE AT STUBHUB MARCH 10th

Photo:German Villasenor

Saturday, March 10 at StubHub Center, Live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes.

Tickets Go On Sale This Wednesday! January 17 at 1 p.m. ET.

CARSON, 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 shortly.

Promoted 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.

The 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.

“I 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 again.”

“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,.

“I’m 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”

“We’re 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.”

Valdez, 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.

Quigg, 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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JOSEPH '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 Diaz, Jr.

"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" Diaz.

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 shortly.

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.


TOP LOCAL PROSPECTS FEATURED ON FIRST REAL DEAL BOXING EVENT AT KINGS THEATRE IN BROOKLYN ON SATURDAY, MARCH 10

Tickets Now On Sale!!

New 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.

Advance 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.

Among 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.

Berlanga 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.

Undefeated 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 battle.

The 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.

Former 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.

Undefeated 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 rounder.

Ukrainian 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.

Making 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.

Also 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) of Brooklyn.

Rounding out the card, Bronx native, junior welterweight Josue ‘The Prodigy’ Vargas, (9-1-0, 5 KO’s), will battle in a scheduled six rounder.

Further details on these bouts will be announced shortly.

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THE 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®

LOS 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.

Details regarding venue and tickets will be announced shortly.

In 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.

Alvarez, 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.

"I'm 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."

Golovkin, 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 fans.

"I 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."

"Canelo 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."

"This 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."

"It's 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.


MIGUEL '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

LAS 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 and win."

"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.

"This 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."

Rene "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.


Luis Nery stops Arthur Villanueva in six

Photo: German Villasenor

by German Villasenor

Gasmart 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.

Nery 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 card.

The smaller, slicker Nery used angles, a sneaky jab and hooks to keep Villanueva at bay in the first few rounds.


Things 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.

Nery 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.

Nery 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 ropes.

With the win, Nery moved to 25-0 (19), while Villanueva dropped to 31-3 (17).

Fans 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.

 

Skilled 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.

Zepeda suffered a bloody cut around his left eye in the second round due to an accidental headbutt.

Junior 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.

The 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.

It 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 round.

In 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.

As 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.

Robles moved to 19-2 (9), while Contreras saw her record dip to 1-2 (1)


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