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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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!"


VASYL LOMACHENKO TO DEFEND WBO JR. LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE

Lomachenko (Left) landing against Gary Russell Jr. in his World Title win.

Photo: German Villasenor

Lomachenko (8-1, 6 KOs), of Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi, Ukraine, will be making his second world title defense of 2017. On April 8, he stopped former WBA super featherweight world champion Jason “El Canito” Sosa in the ninth round. It was the second most viewed fight on premium cable for 2017. Last year saw Lomachenko named "Fighter of the Year" by several media outlets.

The greatest amateur boxer of his era and arguably of all time,two-time Ukrainian Olympic gold medalist Lomachenko, started 2016 by becoming a two-division world champion just as he did with his first professional world title -- winning world title No. 2 in a record least amount of fights -- SEVEN! On June 11, 2016, he annihilated defending three-time WBO junior lightweight champion Roman "Rocky" Martinez via a cringe-worthy one-punch knockout in the fifth round

He followed that with his first defense of the WBO junio lightweight title, on Nov. 26, totally dominating Nicholas Walters. The previously undefeated former WBA featherweight world champion quit on his stool after the seventh round with his trainer and father Jobs Walters, telling referee Tony Weeks, '"No mas."

Not only was it a total domination but a boxing masterpiecepainted on the canvas by Lomachenko. Lomachenko captured his first world title -- the vacant WBO featherweight title -- on June 21, 2014, winning a scintillating majority decision over the previously unbeaten Gary Russell Jr.

It was Lomachenko's third professional bout, tying him withThailand's Saensak Muangsurin for fewest fights to win a world title. Muangsurin won a junior welterweight title in 1975, also in his third professional fight.

Lomachenko first gained international renown by winning goldmedals in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 London Games as a featherweight and a lightweight, respectively. He retired from the amateurs with a 396-1 record. Marriaga (25-2, 21 KOs), from Arjona, Colombia, enters this fight having won 15 of his previous 20 fights by way of knockout.

The only blemishes on his record, 12-round unanimous decisionworld title losses to WBO featherweight champion Óscar Valdez in a ferocious battle on April 22, and former WBA featherweight world champion Nicholas "Axe Man" Walters in 2015.

Between those two world championship battles, Marriagafashioned a five-bout winning streak, which included NABO featherweight title knockout victories against Guy Robb and Eduardo Montoya in 2016 to become the WBO's No. 1 contender and mandatory challenger to Valdez.


THERE WILL BE BLOOD: MAURICIO HERRERA TO FACE JESUS SOTO KARASS IN MAIN EVENT ON GOLDEN BOY BOXING ON ESPN FROM FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT CASINO ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 4

HEAVY HITTER VYACHESLAV SHABRANSKYY TO TAKE ON TODD UNTHANK-MAY FOR VACANT WBC USNBC LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE IN CO-MAIN EVENT

Tickets on sale soon!

LOS ANGELES (June 30, 2017): SoCal boxing in the desert will sizzle on Friday, August 4, as two of the longest reigning welterweight contenders meet in a true crossroads fight. Mauricio "El Maestro" Herrera (23-7, 7 KOs) of Riverside, CA and Jesus "El Renuente" Soto Karass (28-11-4, 18 KOs) of Los Mochis, Mexico face each other in a 10-round bout. The August 4 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN will take place at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino and will air on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 9 P.M. EST/6 P.M. PST.

Herrera, a former interim WBA World Super Lightweight Champion, was last seen coming off a dominant unanimous decision victory over the rugged Hector "Charro Negro" Velasquez on the inaugural edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN in March. Now, Herrera will take a step closer to title contention territory when he takes on seasoned fight veteran Jesus "Renuente" Soto Karass.

"This is life or death for me, because both Soto Karass and I potentially have our careers on the line in this 'make or break' fight," Herrera said. "In order to catapult myself back to title contention, I know the most important step will be preparing harder than ever to ensure the victory come fight night."

Having fought in back-to-back bloodbaths with Japanese warrior Yoshihiro "El Maestrito" Kamegai, Jesus Soto Karass will be well prepared for the challenge to demonstrate he is still a force to be reckoned with in the welterweight division.

"Mark my words, on August 4, the fans will witness a comeback as they've never seen before in the ring. This could be one of my last chances to go all-out in the ring, and I want to be sure it happens in this fight," said Soto Karass. "I know Herrera has accomplished a lot in his career, but this win means more to me and my legacy."

The televised co-main event will feature Vyacheslav "Lionheart-Chingonskyy" Shabranskyy (18-1, 15 KOs) of Los Angeles against rising Philly contender Todd "2 Gunz" Unthank-May (10-0-1, 4 KOs) for the vacant WBC USNBC Light Heavyweight Title. Having previously defended the title five times, the crowd can be sure Shabranskyy will be returning to the ring with a vengeance to reclaim what was once his.

Herrera vs. Soto Karass, a 10-round welterweight fight, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate "Born BOLD." and Hennessey, Never Stop, Never Settle. The ESPN and ESPN Deportes coverage begins live from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino at 9:00 p.m. EST/6: 00 p.m. PST, and will stream live on ESPN3 via the ESPN App beginning 7:30 p.m. EST/ 4:30 p.m. PST.

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


DIEGO DE LA HOYA OUTPOINTS ALAN LUQUES TO RETAIN
WBC YOUTH SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE SOLD-OUT CROWD IN ARGENTINA

OSCAR DE LA HOYA HONORED IN ARGENTINA WITH STAR IN THE TOWN OF VILLA MERCEDES - HOME OF FAMOUS FIGHTER JOSE GATICA


VILLA MERCEDES, Argentina (July 1, 2017)
Fighting outside the U.S. for the first time in his professional career, WBC Youth Super Bantamweight World Champion Diego De La Hoya (19-0, 9 KOs) successfully defended his title and undefeated record with a unanimous decision victory over Alan Luques (21-6, 90 KOs) of Cordoba, Argentina before an electric, sold-out crowd at the Parque La Pedrera.

"Many thanks to all the people of Argentina for their great support and affectionate love that they offered us while here for this fight," said Diego De La Hoya. "Thanks to Mario Arano and Parque La Pedrera of Villa Mercedes for being part of this historic inauguration also."

Preceding the fight in the town of Villa Mercedes, Golden Boy Promotions Chairman and CEO Oscar De La Hoya, who was in Argentina to watch Diego De La Hoya's fight, was honored by local dignitaries as the first boxer to get a star in its town square. The special event was hosted by the San Luis Province Governor Alberto Rodriguez Saa and was significant as Villa Mercedes is the home of famous Argentine boxer Jose "El Mono" Gatica who is also one of the country's most well-known sports idols.

Back at Parque La Pedrera in the first of their 10-round main event bout, De La Hoya positioned himself as the bigger fighter, dominating Luques in the ring. The second round saw more activity with Luques showing agression and Diego putting in good combinations, looking for the knockout. With the action from round to round, the sold-out crowd at Parque La Pedrera continued to go crazy, screaming and chanting loudly for the fighters.

The third round produced great action, with Luques working his jab and counter punching though De La Hoya continued to lead. By the seventh round, De La Hoya remained ahead on the judges' scorecards and continued to lead with Luques showing heart and good counterpunches.

De La Hoya showed good stamina through the ninth round and kept the momentum going. Luques, knowing he was behind on points, pushed forward to demonstrate his skills and abilities but came up short. The fight went the full 10 scheduled rounds, with De La Hoya declared the victor by unanimous decision with scores of 98-92, 97-93, 98-92.

For more information, visit www.goldenboypromotions.com; follow on Twitter @GoldenBoyBoxing and @OscarDeLaHoya; become a fan on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing; and follow on Instagram @GoldenBoyBoxing and @OscarDeLaHoya.


CANELO VS. GOLOVKIN TICKETS SOLD OUT!!!!



BIGGEST FIGHT IN BOXING BETWEEN CANELO ALVAREZ AND GENNADY "GGG" GOLOVKIN SELLS OUT LAS VEGAS' T-MOBILE ARENA

CLOSED CIRCUIT VENUES TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON

SEPTEMBER 16 FIGHT, 'SUPREMACY' IS PRESENTED LIVE
BY HBO PAY-PER-VIEW®

LOS ANGELES (July 7, 2017) Living up to its billing as the biggest fight of 2017, the September 16 showdown between lineal and RING Magazine Middleweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) and WBC/IBO/IBF/WBA Middleweight World Champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) has sold out T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

"The boxing public fully understands that this is the biggest fight in many years, and everyone at T-Mobile Arena on September 16 is going to experience a once-in-a-lifetime thrill of watching the two biggest stars in the sport go toe-to-toe, said Golden Boy Promotions CEO and Chairman Oscar De La Hoya. "As we want as many people as possible in Las Vegas for Mexican Independence Day Weekend to experience this battle for the ages, we will soon announce venues showing the fight on closed circuit. And, of course, the best sports network in the business, HBO will present 'Supremacy: Canelo vs. Golovkin' on its Pay-Per-View platform."

"We are grateful for the response from the fans and excited to announce all the tickets being sold out," said Tom Loeffler, promoter to Golovkin. "When you put two of the best boxers in the sport and two of the best ticket sellers together, this is the result you get. GGG has now sold out arenas in New York, Los Angeles, Monaco, and London. Now we can add Las Vegas to his resume. It's the biggest fan and media response we have ever seen and this event should be as exciting in the ring on fight night as it has been for the build up leading to the fight."

The co-main event and remainder of the Pay-Per-View slate and undercard for Canelo vs. Golovkin will be announced shortly.

Canelo vs. Golovkin is 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, Fred Loya Insurance, Tsesnabank, and Capital Holdings. The event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 16 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View.


BRYANT JENNINGS SIGNS WITH TOP RANK

Two-Time Heavyweight Championship Challenger
Ready to Make Another Run at the Title


LAS VEGAS, NEV. (June 23, 2017) -- Top Rank® announced that it has signed two-time world heavyweight championship challenger BRYANT JENNINGS to an exclusive promotional agreement. Co-promoted by Antonio Leonard Productions and co-managed by James Prince and Josh Dubin, Bryant (19-2, 10 KOs), from North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has been way from the ring since his two consecutive world title challenges in 2015, which included a valiant effort in his first world title shot, going the distance against unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.

"I'm the best-conditioned heavyweight in boxing and my ultimate goal is to win a world title for Bob Arum at Top Rank. He deserves it,” said Jennings. “And being with Top Rank means I will get an opportunity to fight for a world title. I have the strength, desire, experience and the smartness in the ring to get that world title. This is such an opportunity for me being with Top Rank."

"The heavyweight division is wide open now and it's a great opportunity for Bryant to return to boxing after twice battling for the heavyweight title," said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. "In this present landscape, a busy heavyweight contender with a few quality wins can find himself in title picture very easily."

"With Top Rank, Bryant Jennings will become the face of the American heavyweights. He is that great," said Leonard. "Bryant's ultimate goal is to get a world heavyweight championship for Bob Arum and Top Rank."

"I am glad to align Bryant with the best promoter in boxing," said Prince

"I am thrilled that Bryant has a chance to re-ignite his career with such a talented team at Top Rank,” said Dubin. “They know how to position Bryant for another run at the heavyweight world title. James and I are confident that Bryant will indeed be world champion with Top Rank leading the way."


ADRIEN BRONER & MIKEY GARCIA SIT DOWN WITH BRIAN CUSTER TO DISCUSS JULY 29 BLOCKBUSTER MATCHUP IN SHOWTIME SPORTS® VIDEO FEATURE

“I just can’t wait to prove everybody wrong.” – Adrien Broner

“I don’t see how I’m going to lose.” – Mikey Garcia

Brian Custer with Adrien Broner: http://s.sho.com/2sNr9fg
Brian Custer with Mikey Garcia: http://s.sho.com/2uedSKB

Saturday, July 29 Live on SHOWTIME® From Barclays Center in Brooklyn
Presented by Premier Boxing Champions

Four-division world champion Adrien Broner and undefeated three-division champion Mikey Garcia sat down with SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® host Brian Custer last week in New York for an in-depth conversation ahead of their July 29 blockbuster showdown, live on SHOWTIME®.

“I think this is going to be a life-changing moment for me in boxing and I’m not taking it for granted,” Broner tells Custer in the video. “After the fight I can promise you that he will say that I’m the best fighter he ever fought in his life.”

Garcia counters: “Unless it’s by a lucky punch, I don’t see how I can lose. I’m a better fighter, I’ve got better timing, ring IQ. I can also punch, I can box, I can bang. People still haven’t even seen the best of me.”

Garcia will move up in weight to 140 pounds to face Broner in a matchup of two of boxing’s biggest stars in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. Broner vs. Garcia is presented by Premier Boxing Champions at Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING.

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ABOUT BRONER vs. GARCIA
Adrien Broner vs. Mikey Garcia is a 12-round super lightweight showdown that headlines SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Saturday, July 29 live on SHOWTIME. Broner vs. Garcia is presented by Premier Boxing Champions at Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING®.


COTTO INKS MULTIFIGHT DEAL WITH GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS STARTING WITH AUGUST 26 BATTLE AGAINST YOSHIHIRO KAMEGAI FOR VACANT WBO JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP



BOXING LEGENDS REUNITE AS OSCAR DE LA HOYA AND GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS PARTNER WITH MIGUEL COTTO AND MIGUEL COTTO PROMOTIONS ON UPCOMING FIGHTS, DEVELOPING PROSPECTS AND ADVANCING BOXING IN PUERTO RICO

Tickets for Cotto-Kamegai at StubHub Center in Carson, California to go on sale Thursday, June 1

LOS ANGELES (May 31, 2017) : Four-division world champion and surefire first ballot Hall of Famer Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) will return to Golden Boy Promotions for a multi-fight deal starting with his 12-round bout for the vacant WBO Light Middleweight World Championship against Yoshihiro "El Maestrito" Kamegai (27-3-2, 24 KOs). The fight will be on Saturday August 26 from Carson, Calif's StubHub Center and live on HBO World Championship Boxing starting at 9:45 p.m. EST/PST.

In addition, Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotion will partner with Cotto and Miguel Cotto Promotions on developing prospects, advancing boxing in Cotto's Puerto Rico homeland and promoting the boxing legend's upcoming fights.

"Miguel Cotto is not only a legend in the ring, but on the entire island of Puerto Rico, which has one of the richest boxing traditions around the globe," said Golden BWoy Promotions Chairman and CEO Oscar De La Hoya. "Our new partnership will include Miguel's upcoming fights; working with Miguel Cotto Promotions' talented stable of fighters; and revitalizing boxing in Puerto Rico."

A key element of the partnership will see boxing series Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN broadcast a number of cards from Puerto Rico in the coming months and years. This is the first time in 15 years that ESPN will put on a show from Puerto Rico.

"I'm very proud to establish a tremendous partnership with Golden Boy Promotions and Oscar," said Cotto, who is shooting for his sixth world title on August 27th. "It couldn't work better -- from a boxer to a boxer. We share the same mentality and language of the sport and the business. We will create the perfect opportunities for the sport of boxing and the fans."

Cotto has held world titles in the super lightweight, welterweight, junior middleweight and middleweight divisions and has fought and defeated a who's who of elite fighters over the last 15 years including Kelson Pinto, Demarcus "Chop Chop" Corley, Ricardo "Mochuelo" Torres, Paulie "Magic Man" Malignaggi, Zab "Super" Judah, Sugar Shane Mosley, Antonio "El Tornado de Tijuana" Margarito, Ricardo "El Matador" Mayorga and Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez.

"It's a big pleasure to work together with Golden Boy Promotions," said Hector Soto, Vice President of Miguel Cotto Promotions. "We've always had a great relationship beyond boxing with them for more than 10 years. We look forward to make the best fights and best shows for the fans."

Tickets for Cotto vs. Kamegai will be priced at $200, $100, $50 and $25, plus applicable taxes, fees and services charges and go on sale on Thursday June 1st at 10am PT. Tickets can be purchased at AXS.com, by phone at 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849), and at StubHub Center Box Office (Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. PT to 6 p.m. PT). VIP Suites are available by calling 877-604-8777. For more information on group discounts or VIP packages, call 877-234-8425.

Cotto vs. Kamegai, a 12-round fight for the vacant WBO World Junior Middleweight Championship, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions in association with Teiken Promotions and sponsored by Tecate "BORN BOLD." The event will take place Saturday, August 26 at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing starting at 9:45 p.m. EST/PST.


ERROL SPENCE JR. DETHRONES KELL BROOK BEFORE 27,000 FANS WITH 11TH ROUND TKO

George Groves Wins WBA Super Middleweight Championship With Sixth Round TKO

An Encore Presentation of Saturday’s SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® Telecast Will Air Tonight and Sunday, May 28 at 8:30 a.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME and again on Monday, May 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME®


SHEFFIELD (May 27, 2017) – Undefeated welterweight Errol Spence Jr. dethroned defending champion Kell Brook and won the IBF Welterweight World Championship with an 11th round TKO (1:47) in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Saturday in front of 27,000 raucous fans at Bramall Lane in Sheffield, England. VIDEO: http://s.sho.com/2r86M9W

Spence, (22-0, 19 KOs), who with this victory became the first American to dethrone an Englishman on British soil in nearly a decade, executed a brilliant game plan to strip Brook, (31-2, 25 KOs), of his belt before his hometown crowd.

The early rounds were close and competitive with Brook holding the upper hand. But Spence attacked the body from the southpaw position with accuracy. Jabs, counter lefts and body shots inflicted damage on Brook, who from the seventh on started having issues with his badly swollen left eye.

Spence dropped Brook in the 10th and Brook took a knee in the 11th from the accumulation of damage. Brook was counted out and referee Howard Foster waved the fight off.

In the final three rounds Spence out-landed Brook 92-27 overall and 72-25 power.

“I came out and I tried to do my best tonight. I’m happy I won but I’m critical of my performance,” Spence said. “I was overshooting my left. I give myself a B minus. I had a little trouble overusing my counter left.

“Brook is a great fighter, a true champion, but also a tricky fighter. He finds you from tricky angles and he can fight.

“I came here to his back yard in front of 30,000. That’s what real champions do. I fought a real champion tonight and I proved non-believers that I can fight. I’ve proven I have a chin and I have true grit.

“This fight was tougher than I thought it was going to be. I showed I can take a punch and I can throw a punch. I can face adversity and I can win.

“Brook went to America to take the title from an American, like a true champion. I came here to his hometown to get that title back from him. I wanted to win like true champion, and I did because that is what champions do.

“He was hurt. He was tired. He came firing shots, I came firing shots. But there was a moment I realized I had to step up my game and I did.”

When the 27-year-old Texan was asked about his plans for the future, he answered without hesitation, “Now is man down, start of season two. I want to unify divisions. I want all the champions. I want [Keith] Thurman, Manny Pacquiao. I want to fight the best, just like true champions do.”

Brook, who was clearly disappointed with his performance acknowledged that Spence hurt him in the seventh.

“I got caught on the left eye in the seventh and it felt really bad,” Brook said. “It was the one the worst feelings I ever had. Kind of like when GGG hit me on fracture my orbital bone. It was devastating. I just couldn’t see.

“It was a competitive fight. He got some rounds. I won some rounds too. I felt I was winning, but my eye didn’t allow me to continue. I just couldn’t see. You can’t fight if you can’t see.

“I got put down, and I got up because I’m warrior. I got up and kept on fighting, but on the eleven I just couldn’t see. I had to take the knee.”

Spence landed 44 percent of his power shots (comparable to the nearly 43 percent he landed in his four previous CompuBox-tracked fights) and 71 of his 246 total connects were to the body.

In the co-feature event of the evening, super middleweight George Groves won the vacant WBA Super Middleweight title with blistering assault that ended in stoppage at 1:13 of the sixth round.

Groves, (26-3, 19 KOs), who was making his fourth attempt to win a world title, out-classed and out-landed his opponent, former super middleweight world champion Fedor Chudinov, (14-2, 10 KOs), landing 58 percent of his total punches as well as 78 percent of his power shots.

Live coverage of Groves vs. Chudinov was provided by Sky Sports Box Office with and aired exclusively in the U.S. on the SHOWTIME Sports Facebook page and the SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel.

“I’ve got no words,” Groves said filled of joy. “It’s a lifetime’s work achieved. I’m over the moon. I want to thank everyone who made this happen, Shane McGuigan who has resurrected my career, and now I’m mature enough to admit that he brings the best out of me.

“In the end, I would have carried on punching until everyone had left and they kicked me out. I wasn’t going to let this belt slip. [Chudinov] was catching me around the back of the head from the start, he has really devastatingly long arms, but I found my feet.”

When Groves was asked what he’d like to do next, he said: “Who wants to fight me? I’m sick and tired of chasing people. I’m sure there’s people that want to have a crack at me now. I’m really looking forward to seeing Callum Smith win a WBC belt, truly believe he’s going to do that. maybe Paul Smith will pick up a world title, maybe me and him can do it again but right now I’m going to savor my win and spend quality time with my family and celebrate with my wonderful team. "

An encore presentation of Saturday’s SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast will air tonight and Sunday, May 28 on SHOWTIME and again on Monday, May 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME®.

The full telecast is available on SHOWTIME ON DEMAND® and SHOWTIME ANYTIME®.

Tickets Now on Sale for Stacked July 15 HBO Boxing After Dark Tripleheader at 'Fabulous' Forum

WBC Super Featherweight World Champion Miguel Berchelt to Make First Title Defense Against Former Champion Takashi Miura in Main Event

New Video Released Showing Devastating Power of Combatants

LOS ANGELES (May 24, 2017) - Tickets for the stacked July 15 show at Los Angeles' "Fabulous" Forum are now on sale, and Golden Boy Promotions today released a video showing the kind of power that will be on display in the main event between newly crowned WBC World Super Featherweight Champion Miguel "El Alacran" Berchelt (31-1, 28 KOs) and mandatory challenger Takashi Miura (31-3-2, 24 KOs).

Tickets are priced at $25, $50, $75 and $125, not including applicable service charges and taxes, with a total ticket limit of 12 per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or the Forum Box Office (Monday through Friday 11:00 a.m. PST to 7:00 p.m. PST) at (310) 330-7300. Tickets will also be available for purchase at www.fabulousforum.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

While the main event that has "Fight of the Year" candidate written all over it, the co-main and HBO opener are can't miss action fights, as well.

In the co-main, Panamanian superstar and WBA Super Featherweight World Champion Jezreel "El Invisible" Corrales (21-1, 8 KOs) will look to keep his title and undefeated record, as he makes his stateside debut against a resurgent Robinson "Robin Hood" Castellanos (24-12, 14 KOs), hot off his massive upset victory over three-division world champion Yuriorkis Gamboa.

Opening up the televised card, WBC International Light Heavyweight Champion Joe Smith, Jr. (23-1, 19 KOs) will return West from Long Island to put his belt on the line against the Miami-based Sullivan Barrera (19-1, 14 KOs) in a battle of heavy-handed sluggers.

Berchelt vs. Miura, a 12-round fight for the WBC Super Featherweight World Championship, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Zanfer Promotions and Teiken Promotions. Corrales vs. Castellanos is presented by Golden Boy Promotions. Smith vs. Barerra is presented by Star Boxing in association with Main Events. The event is sponsored by Tecate, BORN BOLD and Casa Mexico Tequila and will take place on Saturday, July 15 at Los Angeles' "Fabulous" Forum and televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark at 9:50 P.M EST/PST.

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CANELO ALVAREZ SHUTS OUT JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ, JR. IN CINCO DE MAYO WEEKEND SPECTACULAR AT SOLD-OUT T-MOBILE ARENA IN LAS VEGAS


(L-R, Canelo Alvarez raises fist after unanimous decision victory over Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. on May 6, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Photo Credit: Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions

CANELO ANNOUNCES MEGAFIGHT WITH UNIFIED MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION GENNADY "GGG" GOLOVKIN -- SEPTEMBER 16 SHOOTOUT TO BE BIGGEST FIGHT IN THE SPORT


Canelo Alvarez and Gennady "GGG" Golovkin face off at post-press conference after September 16 showdown announcement.

Photo Credit: Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions
LEMIEUX, MATTHYSSE AND DIAZ, JR. ALL SHINE IN VICTORIES ON HISTORIC CINCO DE MAYO HBO PAY-PER-VIEW UNDERCARD

LOS ANGELES (May 6, 2017) - No sooner did boxing's biggest star Canelo Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) dispatch Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (50-3-1, 32 KOs) in a dominant shutout victory over 12 rounds at the sold-out T-Mobile Arena on presented live on HBO Pay-Per-View, than the middleweight superstar announced that boxing's biggest fight - a showdown with Gennady "GGG" Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) - would take place on Mexican Independence Day weekend on September 16. Canelo beat Chavez, Jr. from pillar to post, earning a unanimous decision with all three judges scoring the fight 120-108.

Celebrities in attendance for the sell out crowd of 20,510 at T-Mobile Arena for Canelo vs. Chavez, Jr. included Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, Bernard Hopkins, Golden Boy Promotions business partner and future Hall of Famer, Julio Cesar Chavez, Sr., Mexican boxing legend and father to Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., former professional boxer and world champion Evander Holyfield, former three-division world champion Marco Antonio "Baby-faced Assasin" Barrera, former four-division world champion Erik "El Terrible" Morales, four-division world champion Juan Manuel "Dinamita" Marquez, WBC Diamond, WBA and Ring Magazine Lightweight World Champion Jorge "El Niño De Oro" Linares, former WBC Super Featherweight World Champion Francisco "El Bandido" Vargas, Middleweight world champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin, two-division world champion Andre Ward, UFC fighters Nate and Nick Diaz, comedian Dave Chapelle, musician and actor Ice Cube, Mexican singer, songwriter and actor Pepe Aguilar, EXTRA television host Mario Lopez, Mexican actor and model Gabriel Soto, Mexican regional artist Regulo Caro, Mexican regional artist Gerardo Ortiz, Mexican actress Geraldine Bazan, singer, songwriter and actress Paula DeAnda.

"Tonight, I showed I could move, I could box, I showed as a fighter I can do all things," Canelo said. "I thought I was going to showcase myself as a fighter that could throw punches, but he just wouldn't do it. I've shown I can do lots of things in the ring, anything a fighter brings-I've shown I can showcase myself. I wanted to try something new, I never sit down in sparring and I didn't want to sit here. GGG-you are next, my friend. The fight is done. I've never feared anyone, since I was 16, fighting as a professional. When I was born, fear was gone. I never got my share of fear. I'm very happy, and the rivalry is going to show my skills even more. I've had difficult fights, and that will no doubt be a tough fight. But, I always say, Canelo Alvarez is the best because I fight the best."

"Canelo beat me, he beat me at the distance," Chavez, Jr. said. "He is a very active fighter-he's very good and he beat me. I wanted to box but he went to the ropes and I just needed to throw more punches. I would've attacked more I would've been countered by his punches. Nacho told me to do that but the strategy didn't work. The speed and the distance was the key. I didn't feel that much power because I felt dwindled, I couldn't throw as many punches as I wanted. My father kept telling me to throw more punches from the ringside."

"I feel very excited; in September, it will be a different style-a big drama show," said Golovkin. "I'm ready. Tonight, first congrats to Canelo and his team. Right now, I think everyone is excited for September. Canelo looked very good tonight, and 100 percent he is the biggest challenge of my career. Good luck to Canelo in September."

In the co-main event, Montreal-based slugger David Lemieux (38-3, 33 KOs) won a hard-fought unanimous 10-round decision over an extremely game Marco "Dorado" Reyes (35-4, 26 KOs).The three judges all saw the super middleweight tilt for Lemieux by the scores of 98-91 and 99-90 twice. Lemieux beat and bloodied Reyes from the first round on, but Reyes never went down.

"He is a solid fighter," Lemieux said. "I give him the respect, he went the full 10 rounds. I could have done better but I hurt my hand after round two."

"We obviously came with the best we had," Reyes said. "In the last rounds, my objective was to throw as many shots as I could because I knew when I lost that point I was going to have to knock him out to win. He's a great fighter and there's a reason why he's the third ranked in the world. We're satisfied with the fight and the performance, and we did our best."

Returning from a year-and-a-half layoff and making his debut at welterweight, Lucas "La Maquina" Matthysse (38-4, 35 KOs) of Chubut, Argentina roared back from his time off with a thunderous fifth-round knockout of Cleverly, Maryland's Emanuel "Tranzformer" Taylor (20-5, 14 KOs).

"This victory motivates me, this is exactly what I needed to come back where I left off," Matthysse said. "I felt great inside the ring and I felt like I dominated the fight at the pace I wanted. I feel great and I'm ready for what's next."

"My plan going in was to win," Taylor said. "My opponent was a tough guy, but I don't know why the ref stopped the fight. I could've kept going more rounds. After this, it's back to training hard with my team."

Opening up the pay-per-view, 2012 Olympian Joseph "JoJo" Diaz, Jr. (24-0, 13 KOs) emerged victorious over Manuel "Tino" Avila (22-1, 8 KOs) in a 10-round battle for the NABF and NABO featherweight titles. Diaz of South El Monte, California, won a unanimous decision by the scores of 100-90 and 99-91 twice.

"My plan going in was to feel him out and be smart," Diaz, Jr. said "Once I had him figured him out, I knew I could keep digging at him with my jab and do work. In the last few rounds, I kept throwing body shots to hurt him, which worked. Next up, I'm looking for a world title shot."

"My timing wasn't there -- I felt like this was a learning experience," Avila said. "I need to learn how to pick up the pace in between rounds. Our styles were off and I felt like it could have been a better fight."

Closing the free-view, 15-time national amateur champion Ryan "Kingry" Garcia (9-0, 8 KOs) extended his knockout streak to five, knocking down Tyrone "Hands of Stone" Luckey (8-7-3, 6 KOs) mere seconds into the first round and unloading in the second until the referee waived off the fight.

"The better the competition, the better the fight for me," Garcia, fighting in the lightweight division, said. "I felt this was a really great chance for me to show off my skills because I usually get the knockout early. This fight was different because I was able to show how quick I can pop my opponent with a hook. People think because I'm small, I don't have power-but I have explosive power and speed. I'm ready to go make history from here."

In a quick turnaround from her March debut, 2012 Bronze Medalist Marlen Esparza (2-0) of Houston, Texas shut out Samantha Salazar (2-4-1) of Dallas, Texas over four rounds, earning the 40-36 unanimous victory on all three scorecards. The flyweight battle featured the debut of three-minute rounds in women's boxing in the state of Nevada.

"It's great to make history being the first woman in Nevada to do three-minute rounds," Esparza said. "I know it's been done elsewhere-but tonight it feels really special doing it in this fight. I plan on staying at three minutes and not going back to two minutes, so I know we will need to be strategic about how I train and fight."

Opening up the free view, 2016 Mexican Olympian Raul Curiel (1-0) of Tamaulipas made his professional debut a successful one, earning a unanimous victory decision over Michoacan, Mexico's Jesus Sanchez (1-2-2) in a four-round super welterweight affair.

"I thought I won all four rounds, but I got the win that I needed," Curiel said. "I thank God for me and my opponent being able to get out of the ring healthy and safe - he was a strong fighter. I'm going to go back to Mexico for vacation, and jump back into the ring to get ready for my next fight."

Continuing to build towards a world championship title shot, the slick Santa Ana California-based Ronny Rios (28-1, 13 KOs) unloaded power shots on Daniel "El Chato" Noriega (28-11-1, 15 KOs) until the referee waived off the fight in the fourth round of a scheduled 10-round super bantamweight fight.

"I'm obviously proud of the knock out win but I think as a fighter we are always critical of our performances," Rios said. "I need to clean up a lot of my mistakes including leaning forward too much and loading up my punches; however, I'm ready for a title shot and some Micheladas for the Cinco de Mayo weekend."

Opening up the action in the first fight of the evening, lightweight Joseph "Diamante" Aguirre (17-0, 9 KOs) from Cancun kept his undefeated record intact with a shutout unanimous, six-round decision over fellow Mexican countryman Angel "Sinaloa" Aispuro (8-5-2, 5 KOs).

"I hurt my hand in the third round, but I fought like I usually do so no one would notice, " said Joseph Aguirre. "I was and still am nervous, but at least I can say that I fought on such a big card. I feel like I had a good performance. My opponent was strong and came forward, and could take a punch."

Canelo vs. Chavez, Jr. was a 12-round fight presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with TGB sponsored by Tecate, BORN BOLD, O'Reilly Auto Parts, Adriana's Insurance and Interjet. Lemieux vs. Reyes was presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Eye of the Tiger Management, Matthysse vs. Taylor was a 10-round fight presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Arano Boxing and Star Boxing. Diaz, Jr. vs. Avila was presented by Golden Boy Promotions. The event took place on Saturday, May 6 at T-Mobile Arena and was produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®


ANTHONY JOSHUA KNOCKS OUT WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO TO BECOME UNIFIED HEAVYWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION SATURDAY ON SHOWTIME®

Joshua Overcomes First Professional Knockdown To Score 11th Round TKO In Front Of Record Crowd At London’s Wembley Stadium


LONDON (April 29, 2017) – Anthony Joshua was crowed the king of the heavyweight division Saturday live on SHOWTIME as he unified the division with an 11th round TKO of long-reigning champion Wladimir Klitschko before a record 90,000 fans at London’s Wembley Stadium.

Joshua, who remains a perfect 19-0 with 19 knockouts, overcame the first knockdown of his career to successfully defend his IBF belt and pick up the vacant WBA title.

Joshua knocked Klitschko down once in the fifth and twice in the 11th before referee David Fields stepped in to protect the defenseless former champion at 2:25 of the penultimate round.

“I’m not perfect but I’m trying,” Joshua said. “I got a bit emotional because I know I have doubters. I’m only going to improve. Sometimes you can be a phenomenal boxer, but boxing is about character. When you go into the trenches that’s when you find out who you really are.

“I came out and I won – that’s how far I had to dig. I came back and I fought my heart out.”

“As boxing states you leave your ego at the door and you respect your opponent. A massive shout out to Wladimir Klitschko for taking the fight. I don’t want to say too much because I don’t know if he wants to come back and fight me. He’s a role model in and out of the ring.”

After the fight, Joshua called out former heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, who dethroned Klitschko in 2015 but was subsequently forced to vacate his belts due to a number of issues outside the ring.

“Tyson Fury where you at, baby,” Joshua said. “Come on – that’s what they want to see. I just want to fight everyone. I’m really enjoying this right now.”

Klitschko floored Joshua in the sixth and was up on Steve Weisfeld’s scorecard at the time of the stoppage 95-93. The other two judges - Don Trella and Nelson Vazquez – had Joshua up 96-93 and 95-93, respectively.

“The best man won tonight and it’s an amazing moment for boxing. Anthony was better today than I. It’s really sad that I didn’t make it tonight. I was planning to do it. It didn’t work, but all the respect to Anthony.

“Of course we have a rematch in the contract. I need to analyze and see what the heck happened. I wish I could have raised my hands, but congrats to him. He got up, he fought back and he won the titles.”


 

 

 

 

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WBC WORLD SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT CHAMPION REY VARGAS TO MAKE SECOND DEFENSE OF TITLE AGAINST COLOMBIAN CONTENDER OSCAR "EL JAGUAR" NEGRETE IN CO-MAIN EVENT OF COTTO VS. ALI



SATURDAY, DEC. 2 AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
TELEVISED LIVE ON HBO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®

Tickets still available!

LOS ANGELES (Oct. 27, 2017) Rey Vargas (30-0, 22 KOs), the undefeated 122-pound champion from Mexico City, Mexico, will make the second defense of his WBC World Super Bantamweight Title against NABF Bantamweight Champion Oscar "El Jaguar" Negrete (17-0, 7 KOs) of Tierraalta, Colombia in the 12-round co-main event of the showdown between Miguel Cotto and Sadam "World Kid" Ali for the WBO World Junior Middleweight Title on Saturday, Dec. 2 at Madison Square Garden. The event will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Vargas is a 26-year-old champion who brings a considerable height and reach advantage in every fight, which he has used to nullify all of his previous opposition. In February 2017, Vargas traveled to the United Kingdom to defeat Gavin McDonnell for the vacant WBC Super Bantamweight Title. For this fight, Vargas enlisted the help of Hall of Fame trainer Ignacio "Nacho" Beristain, who has been training him ever since. In August, Vargas defended his title for the first time against longtime super bantamweight contender Ronny Rios via a decisive unanimous decision, and will look to defend again in his Madison Square Garden debut on Dec 2.

"I feel privileged to be fighting at an arena where some of history's best fighters have fought," said Vargas. "I know that Oscar Negrete is a brawler and that this is a fight between two undefeated fighters. Negrete is a young man who pushes forward hard, and his 17-0 record and his place in the rankings demonstrate that he's a great rival. Also, it will be an honor to share the card with Miguel Cotto, and I know that the arena will be filled with a lot of emotion for his last fight. And, just as a star is making a grand exit, I hope that a new star is born, and his name is Rey Vargas."

Negrete, a 30-year-old native of Tierraalta, Colombia, has been a staple of Golden Boy events on the west coast after making his United States debut in June 2014. Since then, he has appeared over ten times in the California, steadily defeating tough opponents in both the bantamweight and super bantamweight divisions. In his last outing, Negrete moved down to 118 pounds to defeat Sergio Frias for the NABF Bantamweight Title in the main event of the June 30 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN. Negrete, who will debut on the east coast at Madison Square Garden, will move up again to take on the toughest test of his career.

"I am super happy for this opportunity," said Negrete. "I am not only seeing one dream come, true but two dreams. It's been a dream of mine to fight for a world title and a dream to fight at Madison Square Garden, and on December 2, I'll be doing both. I know Rey Vargas is a great fighter, but I've always wanted to fight the best. If I'm going to fight for a world title, it has to be with a great rival who is worth it and whom I can be proud to fight."

"Vargas and Negrete are both undefeated Golden Boy Promotions fighters who will bring a tremendous fight to Madison Square Garden on Dec. 2," said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. "Both are coming off tough fights earlier this year and will risk their undefeated records in a co-main event that will look to steal the show."

"Vargas is a young champion with a huge physical advantage over his opponents," said Oswaldo Kuchle, President of Promociones del Pueblo. "Vargas is way too much for his division. Vargas also possess extraordinary qualities, but most of all a seek-and-destroy mentality in the ring. With a win over Negrete, Vargas could solidify his status as the best fighter in his division."

Cotto vs. Ali, a 12-round fight for the Cotto's WBO World Junior Middleweight Championship, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions. Vargas vs. Negrete is a 12-round fight for Vargas' WBC World Super Bantamweight Title and is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions in association with Promociones del Pueblo. The event is sponsored by Tecate, "THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING," Hennessy "Never Stop. Never Settle", and Casa Mexico Tequila. The event will take place Saturday, December 2 at Madison Square Garden in New York City and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Tickets for Cotto vs. Ali are priced at $500, $300, $200, $100 and $50 and are on sale. Tickets can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008) and online at www.ticketmaster.com, www.goldenboytickets.com or www.MSG.com.


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.


Photo credit: German Villasenor

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).


WBO Votes to Sanction Sergey Kovalev vs. Vyacheslav Shabranksyy Bout for the Vacant WBO Light Heavyweight World Title

Miami, Florida: The World Boxing Organization voted today at their annual convention to sanction the upcoming battle at the Theater at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, November 25 between former unified light heavyweight world champion Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (30-2-1, 26 KOs) and Vyacheslav "Lion Heart" Shabranskyy (19-1, 16 KOs) for the vacant WBO Light Heavyweight World Title.

The fight will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing® beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT and is presented by Main Events and Krusher Promotions in association with Golden Boy Promotions. Tickets range from $50 to $350 and available online at Ticketmaster.com, at the MSG box office or Main Events' office by calling (973) 200-7050 or emailing boxing@mainevents.com.

Kovalev vs. Shabranskyy is a 12-round fight for the vacant WBO Light Heavyweight World Title promoted by Main Events and Krusher Promotions in association with Golden Boy Promotions. Barrera vs. Valera is a 10-round light heavyweight fight promoted by Main Events in Association with Shuan Boxing Promotions. Sosa vs. Castellanos is a 10-round super featherweight fight promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Peltz Boxing. The event will take place at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing


UNIFIED HEAVYWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION ANTHONY JOSHUA STOPS MANDATORY CHALLENGER CARLOS TAKAM IN 10TH

CARDIFF, WALES (Oct. 28, 2017) – Undefeated and Unified Heavyweight World Champion Anthony Joshua stopped IBF mandatory challenger Carlos Takam in the 10th round on Saturday night at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, where the British sensation improved to 20 wins, all by knockout, and retained both his IBF and WBA world title belts.

Joshua vs. Takam was contested before a record 78,000 fans, the largest ever for an indoor boxing event and was the first of back-to-back heavyweight world title fights airing live on SHOWTIME. Next Saturday, Nov. 4, WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder headlines a three-fight telecast when he faces former world champion Bermane Stiverne at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Creative combinations and some inside fighting rarely seen from the rangy Joshua opened up a cut over Takam’s right eye and floored the challenger in the 4th. Later, Joshua opened another gash over the left eye but a bloody and battered Takam continued to press forward. Takam was able to land some significant punches in the middle rounds but not enough to take Joshua off his game.

In the 10th, after Joshua landed several big punches including a left-right combination that rocked the courageous challenger, referee Phil Edwards stepped in and stopped the fight at 1:34.

“I kept my composure,” said Joshua when asked about a head butt in the second round that may have broken the champion’s nose. “We will get my nose cracked back into place and then we can get back to training.”

When SKY Sports’ ringside reporter Andy Scott asked the beloved champion about a unification bout with fellow undefeated champion Wilder, Joshua said, “It has to happen. It has to happen for sure. When it comes down to it, the IBF, IBO and WBA have mandatory challengers. I can’t just fight any Joe Blow I want. I have to fight the obligations as champion and once I fulfill those, my door is open to fight anyone, be it Wilder or anyone else.

“Everyone saw how hard it took to get the belts,” he continued. “I am not giving them up for anyone.”

When asked about fighting overseas in America or elsewhere, Joshua replied to the delight of the U.K. fans, “As I said, it’s not my decision what happens outside the ring… but look at what boxing is doing. We are getting people coming in from all around the U.K. and from different countries. I think we should keep on boxing right here in the U.K.”


 

Undefeated Super Middleweight Ronald Ellis returns this Saturday night against Taneal Goyco in Ashburn, Virginia

Nutley, NJ (November 3, 2017)--Undefeated super middleweight Ronald "Flatline" Ellis returns from a tenth month hiatus when he takes on perennial spoiler Taneal Goyco this Saturday night at The Silver Eagle Gun Arena in Ashburn, Virginia.

Ellis (14-0-1, 10 KOs) will be making his ring return following surgery for an injured hand.

He injured the hand in his January 20th bout with Christopher Brooker. That bout was televised on ShoBox: The New Generation.

"I had the surgery in April. I took my time and had a good camp, and now I am ready to go on Saturday," said Ellis.

In Goyco, he has facing a tough opponent who has already notched upset wins over Frankie Filippone (14-2-1), Jeremy Trussell (8-0), Dennis Hasson (16-1), Devin Butcher (5-0) and former Ellis foe Jerry Odom (14-2-1).

To say that Goyco has a deceiving record at 9-10-1 is a huge understatement.

"I don't know too much about him other than he has some wins over some undefeated guys as well as Jerry Odom. But he is from Philadelphia, so I know he is tough,"continued Ellis. "My had is good, my weight is good, so I expect a good performance on Saturday."

Ellis believes that with a win on Saturday, he is set up for a big 2018.

"I see my amateur rivals getting big fights, so it's time to get what is mine. Super Middleweight is a good division with a lot of good fighters like (WBO Champion) Gilberto Ramirez, Jesse Hart, (WBC Champion) David Benavidez, Ronald Gavril, and I fit in right in the mix with all of them. Also in the right situation and if the fight was worth it, I could make 160 pounds. I am usually the smaller guy in the ring when I fight at Super Middleweight. Next year will be my year, but it starts on Saturday. I am going to put on a show and in 2018 it's going to be hunting season."

Ellis is promoted by GH3 Promotions, and CEO Vito Mielnicki is echoing the thoughts of his prized super middleweight.

"I am looking forward to Ronald getting back in the ring on Saturday. Goyco is a solid opponent. I think Ronald will have an outstanding performance, and the plan is getting him back on television in the first quarter of 2018, and with another win or two, I can see him fighting for a world title."


DOUBLE UPSET ON GOLDEN BOY BOXING ON ESPN - ROBINSON CASTELLANOS AND JESUS ROJAS EARN KNOCKOUT VICTORIES ON CINCO DE MAYO CARD AT MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA IN LAS VEGAS

Photo Credit: Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions

LAS VEGAS (May 5, 2017) - Continuing to honor its pledge to make competitive fights, Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN delivered two significant upsets in the main and co-main events on Cinco De Mayo, with lightweight Robinson "Robin Hood" Castellanos (22-11, 14 KOs) taking out Yuriorkis "El Ciclon de Guantánamo" Gamboa (26-2, 17 KOs) in the main event and Jesus Rojas (25-1-2, 18 KOs) claiming the WBA-NABA featherweight title from Abraham "El Chamaco" Lopez (22-1-1, 15 KOs) in the co-main.
In the main event scheduled for 10 rounds, Gamboa - a former Olympic medalist and two-time world champion - tasted the canvas in the second and fourth rounds before declining to come out of his corner for the eighth round, giving Castellanos the TKO victory.
"I am super happy and excited to get such a big win," Castellanos said. "I won against a revered Olympian, and this win puts my career back on track after my last fight. This win is the opportunity that I needed, and it's because of the incredible team around me."

"I felt super dizzy, and felt like I couldn't go on," said Gamboa. "We trained hard."
In the co-main event, Rojas from Caguas, Puerto Rico wrested the WBA-NABA featherweight title from Lopez of La Puente, CA. Rojas dropped Lopez three times over the course of the fight before the referee stopped the fight in the eighth round, giving Rojas the TKO victory.
"It's almost three years since I've fought in the U.S.; this win is the opportunity to be on the global stage, and take on world champions," Rojas said. "I promised my father that I would become a world champion, and even though he is not with me any more, I carry on our dream. I hope that by the end of the year, I am competing for an interim title or even a world championship."
"It's tough to swallow, I'm still processing it, but it happens," Lopez said. "After this, I know I'm going to go back to the drawing board and start training hard again."
Making his television debut, white-hot lightweight prospect Vergil Ortiz, Jr. (5-0, 5 KOs) out of Dallas, Texas went past the first round for the first time, but put Durango, Mexico's Angel "Pescado" Sarinana (7-6-2, 3 KOs) down in the third round with a savage right uppercut, and the referee ruled that Sarinana could no longer continue.
"I saw him get hurt in the first round when hit him in the body with a hook," Ortiz said. "Since that moment, I was just looking for the opportunity to get the knock out, but he was a tough guy and was able to make it through. In the third round, I saw him lose he guard, and I landed my uppercut that sent him to the floor. I think after this, I'm ready to increase my rounds. I think I am ready to take on some tougher opponents."

Opening up the televised fights on ESPN Deportes and ESPN2 in a battle of undefeated middleweights, Sao Paulo, Brazil's Yamaguchi Falcão (13-0, 6 KOs) utilized solid footwork and a barrage of left hands to saddle Morgan "Big Chief" Fitch (18-1-1, 8 KOs) of Pittsburgh, PA with his first defeat. All three judges scored the bout 100-90, giving Falcao a unanimous decision.
"It's been five months since I've been in the ring since my last fight," Falcao said. "I had a lot of trouble adjusting and finding my rhythm. It's a journey, and I'm glad I got the win but if I want to reach my goal of fighting the big time fighters I have to improve everywhere."

"I don't know what happened in there," Fitch said. "I just know that I could have done better and been more serious in there. I'm at a loss of words."

Tlaquepaque, Mexico's Alexis Salazar (9-3, 3 KOs) was the victor of this evening's Cinco de Mayo bout against Even Torres (6-3, 5 KOs) of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico by way of unanimous decision. During the rounds, the two fighters tested one another out, however it was clear Salazar outpaced his opponent in this super middleweight match lasting eight rounds.

Carlos "The Solution" Morales (16-1-3, 6 KOs) of Los Angeles, CA and Phoenix, AZ's Cesar Valenzuela (14-5-1, 5 KOs) labored through eight rounds of their lightweight bout. The evenly matched fighters boxed around one another and exchanged punches throughout their bout, only for Morales to knockout down Valenzuela on the mat at the tail end of round eight. Ultimately, the judges awarded Morales a split decision victory.

With famed trainer Jose "Chepo" Reynoso in his corner, Horacio "Violento" Garcia (31-2-1, 21 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico punished fellow Mexican fighter Fernando Vargas (32-14-3, 24 KOs) of Tijuana with thunderous punches in this featherweight fight. In the fourth round, Vargas was sent down on a knee by way of a body shot. For the rest of the fight, it was clear Garcia held the upper hand and was awarded the unanimous decision at the end.

In the final bout of the evening, Oscar "El Jaguar" Negrete (16-0, 6 KOs) of Los Angeles maintained undefeated status against Guadalajara's Victor "Pelon" Ruiz (21-7, 14 KOs) in a tough super bantamweight fight going the distance. Negrete brought his signature speed and nimble style to defeat Ruiz for all eight rounds.

Gamboa vs. Castellanos was a 10-round lightweight fight presented by Golden Boy Promotions. The event was sponsored by Tecate "Born BOLD."


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Magdaleno Stops Dos Santos in Two.

April 23rd, 2017- Carson , CA- In the Top Rank PPV card's openener, WBO Super Bantamweight champion Jesse Magdaleno (25-0, 18 KOs) brutalized and stopped Adelison Dos Santos (18-3, 14 KO) in the second round.

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