Santa Cruz Defends Title Against Chris Avalos;
Abner Mares Takes On Andres Gutierrez in Title Match as
Pair of Featherweight Showdowns Set the Stage for
Santa Cruz vs. Mares Rematch
Presented by Premier Boxing Champions Live On FOX &
FOX Deportes from StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., On
Saturday, October 14
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CARSON, CALIF. (August 30, 2017) -
Sensational three-division champion Leo "El Terremoto"
Santa Cruz will defend his featherweight world title against
Chris Avalos, while four-time world champion Abner Mares defends
his 126-pound championship against once-beaten Andres Gutierrez
at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. on a show presented by
Premier Boxing Champions live on FOX and FOX Deportes on Saturday,
October 14. Televised coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30
If Santa Cruz and Mares win their respective matches, they
have both agreed to terms to meet in a highly anticipated
rematch for the WBA featherweight title in early 2018. Santa
Cruz won a hard-fought, narrow decision against Mares in a
2015 Fight of the Year candidate that saw the two men go toe-to-toe
for 12 fast-paced rounds and combine for over 2,000 punches
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Ringstar
Promotions and TGB Promotions, are priced at $30, $50, $75,
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"Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares are two of the best featherweight
champions in boxing and to have them both fighting on the
same card is a treat for boxing fans,'' said Tom Brown, President
of TGB Promotions. "Against Avalos, Santa Cruz will have
the opportunity to demonstrate why he's considered one of
the most skilled and durable fighters in the division and
in his first defense since winning the title Mares can expect
a rugged challenge from Gutierrez, who has only lost once
in his career and by a close decision.''
"This is going to be a jam-packed afternoon of can't-miss
action for boxing fans in Southern California," said
Richard Schaefer, Chairman & CEO of Ringstar Sports. "StubHub
Center brings out the best in fighters and I expect that to
continue when Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares defend their
titles against two hungry challengers in Chris Avalos and
Andres Gutierrez. Ringstar Sports, along with TGB Promotions,
are looking forward to putting together an exciting card full
of future stars and compelling bouts for the great fans at
StubHub Center and watching on FOX and FOX Deportes."
Santa Cruz (33-1-1, 18 KOs) established himself as one of
the top featherweights in the world in matches against Mares
and Carl Frampton. Cruz lost a close decision to Frampton
in 2016 and avenged the loss with a decision victory on Jan.
28 in Las Vegas. The 29-year-old was unbeaten in his first
33 pro fights on his way to world titles at 118, 122 and 126-pounds.
With a victory over Avalos, Santa Cruz, who fights out of
Los Angeles, will cement his hold on featherweight supremacy
and stay on the path to that showdown with Mares.
"I'm excited to get back in the ring," said Santa
Cruz. "I've been working hard in camp and it's great
to be back in the gym. Chris Avalos is a tough contender who's
fought the best in the division. I love my fans and I'm planning
on giving them a great show. I never overlook any opponent,
but my plan is to put on a great performance, and then give
fans more exciting fights against Abner Mares and Carl Frampton.
I'm ready to prove I'm the best featherweight in the world."
Fighting out of Lancaster, California, Avalos (27-5, 20 KOs)
will be vying for a featherweight title for the first time.
He came up short in his other world championship bout, losing
the 122-pound world championship Carl Frampton via knockout
in 2015. In his most recent bout, Avalos scored a TKO victory
over Miguel Flores when the fight was stopped on cuts in the
fifth round on July 18 in the main event on FS1 and FOX Deportes.
"I grew up with Leo Santa Cruz, so I know how to fight
him," said Avalos. "We did a lot of sparring wearing
headgear as amateurs, and I put a hurting on him back in the
day. I'm not scared. I'm ready to fight. I know in the back
of his mind, he'll be thinking about that. I know I'm the
underdog, but I'm not scared. I have a game plan and I know
I'm going to win. I've fought two champions and lost to Carl
Frampton and Oscar Valdez, but I'm a much better fighter and
I'm more focused now than I was for those fights. I've got
the opportunity I've been waiting for and I'm going to take
full advantage of it."
Mares (30-2-1, 15 KOs) has fought some of the best competition
between the 118-126 pound divisions and has claimed world
titles in three different weight classes during his pro career.
The 31-year-old climbed back into the championship ranks in
December of 2016 by dropping featherweight Jesus Cuellar in
a hard-fought, narrow decision victory. Born in Guadalajara,
Jalisco, Mexico and fighting out of Robert Garcia's gym in
Riverside, Calif., Mares has taken down former champions Daniel
Ponce De Leon, Joseph Agbeko and Anselmo Moreno in a career
that dates back to his time representing Mexico at the 2004
"I'm excited to be getting back in the ring on October
14 at StubHub in Los Angeles on FOX and FOX Deportes,'' Mares
said. "My fans will once again see the boxing style and
strength that won me my WBA Featherweight title in December.
I'm stronger, faster and committed to keeping that title and
taking the others. My opponent is a strong challenger and
we will bring an action filled fight for boxing fans. I am
the people's warrior and a boxer they can believe in. You
don't want to miss this fight."
The 24-year-old Gutierrez (35-1-1, 25 KOs) suffered the first
loss of his career when he dropped a narrow decision to tough
veteran Cristian Mijares last year. That interrupted a 16-fight
win streak that included nine knockouts and began after he
fought to a draw with Jesus Ruiz in 2011. Gutierrez, of Guadalajara,
Jalisco, Mexico, was set to fight Carl Frampton in a title
eliminator in July, but the fight was called off when Gutierrez
fell in his bathroom in Belfast, Ireland and broke his nose,
lost two teeth and cut his chin.
"I am coming to destroy Abner Mares," said Gutierrez.
"I am in great shape and I'm very hungry to get in the
ring and prove I'm one of the best in the world. I will be
world champion and reach my dreams on October 14."
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"EL NIÑO DE ORO" LINARES RETAINS WBA, WBC
DIAMOND AND RING MAGAZINE LIGHTWEIGHT TITLES WITH SPLIT DECISION
VICTORY AGAINST "COOL HAND" LUKE CAMPBELL AT LOS
ANGELES' "FABULOUS" FORUM
BEST PROSPECTS AND CONTENDERS SHINE ON NON-TELEVISED UNDERCARD
ANGELES (Sept. 23, 2017) Jorge
"El Niño de Oro" Linares (43-3, 27 KOs) successfully
defended his WBA, WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine Lightweight
Titles with a split decision victory against the English southpaw
"Cool Hand" Luke Campbell
(17-2, 14 KOs) at Los Angeles' "Fabulous" Forum.
Linares dropped Campbell in the second round with a hard right
hand and engaged in explosive exchanges in each round to win
with scores of 115-112 and 114-113, while one judge scored
the fight 115-113 for Campbell.
fought very well," said Jorge Linares. "I'm happy
with the fight. At the fifth round, we had some trouble but
we came out on top. Trust me, I have a great connection with
my team and with my trainer, so we worked hard and kept at
it. I knew I had to let the dogs out. We want Mikey Garcia
one can ever doubt my hard work," said Luke Campbell.
"Yes, I got off to a rocky start. He [Linares] caught
me in the eye. A nice shot that put me on the mat. But I had
to fight. I had to get focused. I didn't think he was landing
any shots whatsoever in the second half."
the international broadcast, Filipino knockout artist Romero
Duno (15-1, 13 KOs) scored an eight-round unanimous decision
victory against Tabasco, Mexico's Juan Sanchez (29-13, 14
KOs) in a lightweight fight. Duno punished Sanchez to the
body and head in each and every round, which earned him the
victory with three scores of 78-74.
satisfied with my performance," said Romero Duno. "Sanchez
was a tough competitor, he fights clean and I respect him.
I've learned a lot from this fight and am going to take the
lessons I've learned onto the next."
"Crazy A" Hovhannisyan (13-2, 10 KOs), the exciting
Armenian super bantamweight contender with a spectacular style,
earned the vacant WBC Continental Americas Super Bantamweight
Title with a unanimous decision victory against Guadalajara,
Mexico's Sergio Frias (19-8-2, 10 KOs). Although the resident
of Los Angeles was cut above the left eye in the middle of
the fight, Hovhannisyan won with two scores of 100-90 and
one score of 98-92.
very happy to get this big belt," said Azat Hovhannisyan.
"This has been years in the making and I fought in the
ring with basically one hand as I fractured my right hand.
The swelling reappeared during the fight. Frias was a tough
opponent, but we put in the work to get the win."
"Chamaco" Lopez (23-1-1, 16 KOs) of La Puente, California
scored a fifth-round technical knockout victory against Isao
Carranza (15-10-1, 9 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico in a scheduled
eight-round super featherweight fight.
fight went well," said Abraham Lopez. "I wish I
would've finished him earlier, but he was a true warrior.
It was a good fight. This fight was something I wanted to
do, something I was waiting for. What's next? Whatever the
company has in mind. I'll be working on everything; win or
lose you always learn something. It doesn't stop. We're not
perfect. I know I made mistakes, but we're going to keep working."
the first fight of the evening, super bantamweight prospect
Rafael "El Alikin" Gramajo (9-1-1, 2 KOs) of Los
Angeles scored a tough six-round unanimous victory against
Pedro Melo (17-16-2, 8 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico.
feel good," said Rafael Gramajo. "I feel we started
off well. I'm proud of myself. I had not fought in a year,
and we fought the fight that we wanted to. In boxing, there
is always a punch that could catch you and hurt you, but thank
God it didn't hurt. I kept boxing and it was a good fight."
vs. Campbell was a 12-round fight for the WBA, WBC Diamond
Ring Magazine Lightweight World Championships, held on Saturday,
September 23 at the 'Fabulous' Forum in Inglewood, California.
The championship event was presented by Golden Boy Promotions
and Matchroom Boxing, in association with Teiken Promotions.
The event was sponsored by Tecate, BORN BOLD, Casa Mexico
Tequila, Thor: Ragnarok and Fred Loya Insurance and was televised
live on HBO World Championship Boxing® at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
ALVAREZ AND GENNADY "GGG" GOLOVKIN BATTLE TO DRAW
IN BACK-AND-FORTH WAR BEFORE SOLD-OUT CROWD AT
T-MOBILE ARENA IN LAS VEGAS
LIVE BY HBO PAY-PER-VIEW
VEGAS (Sept. 16, 2017)
Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion Canelo
Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) and WBC/WBA/IBF/IBO Middleweight
World Champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin (37-0-1, 33
KOs) retained their respective titles in a back-in-forth war
that was ruled a draw on Mexican Independence Day in front
of a sold-out crowd of 22,358 raucous fans at T-Mobile Arena
in Las Vegas presented live by HBO Pay-Per-View and before
17,931 Closed Circuit attendees.
action-packed fight featured everything a boxing fan would
hope for in a battle that not only featured the two best middleweights
in the world, but the two of the best pound-for-pound fighters.
Canelo took an early lead, outboxing Golovkin from the outside
with lateral movement, a quick jab and hard counterpunches
to the body. As the rounds progressed, Golovkin returned fire,
tapping through the middle of Canelo's guard before ripping
left and right hands around it. The action reached its peak
in the championship rounds, where both men went back and forth,
exchanging bomb after bomb in an explosive attempt to avoid
scorecards. Adalaide Byrd scored the fight 118-110 for Canelo.
Dave Moretti scored the fight 115-113 for Golovkin, and Don
Trella scored the fight a 114-114 draw.
in attendance for this sold-out event included LL Cool J,
George Lopez, Randy Orton, Chris Brown, Mario Lopez, Micheal
Strahan, Jamie Foxx, Dave Chapelle, Chris Walhberg, Victor
Espinoza, and former world champions Oscar De La Hoya, Bernard
Hopkins and Miguel Cotto.
thought I won the fight," said Canelo Alvarez. "I
think I was superior inside the ring. I won at least seven
or eight rounds. I was able to counterpunch, and even make
Gennady wobble a couple times. It's up to the people if we
fight again. I feel frustrated over this draw." When
asked if he felt Golovkin's power, Canelo said, "No,
truthfully, not really. There wasn't any power that surprised
me. In the first rounds, I came out to see what he had. Then
I was building from there. Yes, of course I want the rematch.
Obviously, if the people want it, then yes."
a big drama show," said Gennady Golovkin. "I want
to thank all my fans. I want to thank all my Kazakhstan fans
for supporting me, for coming out. Of course I want a rematch.
This was a real fight. Look, I still have all the belts. I'm
still the champion."
'JoJo' Diaz, Jr. (25-0, 13 KOs) scored a dominant 12-round
unanimous decision victory against Rafael "Big Bang"
Rivera (25-1-2, 16 KOs) to earn a shot at the WBC Featherweight
title. Diaz, a native of South El Monte, California, boxed
comfortably from his southpaw stance throughout the fight,
pawing with his right hand before unleashing powerful right
hooks and straight left hands on Rivera, a native of Tijuana,
Mexico. Diaz won with two scores of 119-109 and one score
feel like I had a good performance overall," said Joseph
Diaz. "I was able to put pressure and dictate the pace
of the fight, and be able to enter into a lot of exchanges.
Rivera is strong, has good body shots, and had good speed.
I think we gave them a good show tonight."
"I feel that trying to make weight in time for the fight
really drained me," said Rafael Rivera. "I wasn't
able to perform at my tiptop best. Other than that, I believe
we did good despite the circumstances."
De La Hoya (20-0, 9 KOs) outclassed Randy "El Matador"
Caballero (24-1, 14 KOs) over 10 rounds to win the NABF and
NABO Super Bantamweight titles by unanimous decision. De La
Hoya, of Mexicali, Mexico, started off explosively by landing
a fusillade of punches that caused Caballero's left eye to
swell by the third round. Caballero, who fights out of Coachella,
California, was the aggressor for much of the fight, but De
La Hoya's speed and size advantage nullified Caballero's offense.
De La Hoya won with scores of 90-100, 92-98, and 92-98.
"Blue Chip" Martin (20-0, 11 KOs) opened the HBO
Pay-Per-View telecast with a 10-round split decision victory
against Francisco Rojo (19-3, 12 KOs) to unify his WBC Continental
Americas and the vacant WBA Intercontinental Lightweight titles.
Martin, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, used his footwork and high-guard
defense to box from the outside, while Rojo cut off the ring
to land hooks to the body and head of the Mexico, City, Mexico
native. As the rounds progressed, Martin and Rojo exchanged
more and more explosively, though Martin was deducted a point
in the ninth round for excessive low-blows. By the end of
the fight, Rojo was coming on stronger, though it was not
enough to win on all the judge scorecards. Martin won with
scores of 95-94 and 96-93, while one judge scored it 98-91
didn't feel 100% tonight, even though I got the split decision,"
said Ryan "Blue Chip" Martin. "I know I fought
a good fight despite the adversity in the ring. I know the
judge that scored in favor of Rojo recognized good boxing
in him. I'm glad I have this new belt and it's on to the next."
Bohachuk (5-0, 5 KOs), the rising Ukrainian super welterweight
prospect trained by Abel Sanchez, defeated Joan Valenzuela
(5-9-1, 5 KOs) via second-round technical knockout in a fight
scheduled for four rounds. Bohachuk overwhelmed Valenzuela
with hard shots to the body and head before stopping him at
1:58 of the second round.
was a good opponent, I'm happy I won," said Serhii Bohachuk.
It was a tough fight, but I kept working at it and came out
lightweight prospect Vergil Ortiz, Jr. (7-0, 7 KOs) of Dallas,
Texas scored an impressive second-round technical knockout
victory against Cesar Valenzuela (7-2, 2 KOs) in a scheduled
six-round fight. Ortiz unleashed a vicious body attack on
the body of Valenzuela, forcing the Mexican-born resident
of Phoenix, Arizona to drop to his knees twice before the
referee called the fight at 1:22 of the second round.
just do what my coaches tell me to do," said Vergil Ortiz
Jr. "They knew how this fight was going to end, and kept
reminding me to go towards the body. I'm super happy to get
the win, and this is just another fight on the way."
the first bout of the evening, Marlen Esparza (3-0), the 2012
Olympic Bronze Medalist of Houston, Texas, scored a six-round
unanimous decision victory against Aracely Palacios (8-8,
1 KO) in the flyweight division. Esparza showed the influence
of her world-renowned trainer, Virgil Hunter, as she intelligently
used her left hand to jab and gauge distance before landing
combinations from the outside on Palacios, a native of Durango,
Mexico. Esparza cruised to her win with three scores of 60-54.
vs. Golovkin was a 12-round fight for the middleweight championship
of the world presented by Golden Boy Promotions and GGG Promotions
and sponsored by Tecate, BORN BOLD; Hennessy, Never Stop,
Never Settle; O'Reilly Auto Parts. Better Parts, Better Prices...everyday!;
Fred Loya Insurance; Interjet; Thor: Ragnarok; Fathom Events;
Tsesnabank; and Capital Holdings. Diaz, Jr. vs. Rivera was
a 12-round WBC Featherweight Title Eliminator bout presented
by Golden Boy Promotions. Caballero vs. De La Hoya was a 10-round
fight for the NABF and vacant NABO Super Bantamweight Championship
presented by Golden Boy Promotions. Martin vs. Rojo was a
10-round lightweight fight for the WBC Continental Americas
and vacant WBA Intercontinental Championships presented by
Golden Boy Promotions and GGG Promotions in association with
Cancun Boxing. The event took place Saturday, Sept. 16 at
T-Mobile Arena and was produced and distributed live by HBO
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Tickets go on sale Tuesday, September 19 at noon for the upcoming
showdown between former Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion
Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (30-2-1, 26 KOs) and Vyacheslav
"Lion-Heart Chingonskyy" Shabranskyy (19-1, 16 KOs)
which takes place on Saturday, November 25 at The Theater
at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for this exciting event
are priced between $50 and $350 and are available at ticketmaster.com
and the Madison Square Garden box office. From Monday, September
18 at noon until Tuesday, September 19 at 11:00 am select
fans can purchase tickets in advance using the exclusive presale
Kovalev vs. Shabranskyy will be promoted by Main Events and
Krusher Promotions in association with Golden Boy Promotions,
and televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 10:00
p.m. ET/PT. Kovalev is a former three-belt light heavyweight
world champion and Shabranskyy is currently ranked #3 by the
WBC and #2 by the WBA at light heavyweight. With both fighters
having greater than an 80% knockout-to-win ratio expect this
fight to be filled with fireworks!
About Kovalev-Shabranskyy: The Saturday, November 25 bout
between Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev and Vyacheslav
Shabranskyy is a 10-round light heavyweight match-up at the
Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The event
is promoted by Main Events and Krusher Promotions in association
with Golden Boy Promotions and will be televised live on HBO
Boxing After Dark beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Tickets go
on sale September 19, 2017 and are available at ticketmaster.com
and the Madison Square Garden Box Office.
STOPS MARRIAGA IN SEVEN, BELTRAN EDGES VASQUEZ
Angeles, CA (August 5th, 2017) -Wunderkind
Vasyl Lomachenko put up a stellar performance on Saturday
night to retain his WBO Superfeatherweight belt with a stoppage
over uber-tough Miguel Marriaga on the Top Rank promoted /
ESPN / ESPN Deportes televised main event at the Microsoft
Theater in Los Angeles, California.
Marriaga, tough REST
"EL MAESTRO" HERRERA OUTPOINTS JESUS "RENUENTE"
SOTO KARASS IN CROSSROADS WAR WITH JAWDROPPING TENTH-ROUND
CONTENDER FOR ROUND OF THE YEAR
VYACHESLAV "LION-HEART CHINGONSKYY" SHABRANSKYY
TAKES BACK USNBC LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE WITH SEVENTH-ROUND
KNOCKOUT PERFORMANCE AGAINST TODD "2GUNZ" UNTHANK-MAY
Calif. (Aug. 4, 2017) Keeping true to its promise of an all-out
crossroads war as the main event on Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN
at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino,
Mexican welterweight warriors Mauricio "El Maestro"
Herrera (24-7, 7 KOs) of Riverside, Calif. and Jesus "Renuente"
Soto Karass (28-12-4, 18 KOs) of Los Mochis, Mexico sacrificed
their souls in a fight where the closing tenth-round will
make for a strong "Round of the Year" contender.
Herrera, taking control of the fight early on while utilizing
his jab and was able to go toe-to-toe with Soto Karass in
the later rounds. Ultimately, it was Herrera who was awarded
the majority decision win, with judges' scores of 96-94, 96-94,
"Give me two months, and I'll be back," said Mauricio
Herrera. "I felt like I started out strong, landing my
jab, and was controlling the fight smart. By the end of the
fight, I was standing a bit more and landing more of the obvious
Herrera continued, "I will give him the later rounds,
because I do feel that he came in strong; however I feel like
overall my team played a strong clean, fight. I knew he was
coming off a long lay-off, so I knew he was going to come
in at 110 percent and just as good as he was before he took
a year off. I can't wait to get back in the ring."
"I feel like an injustice was just committed," said
Jesus Soto Karass. "So much hard work that went into
this. I had to drop 40 pounds to be able to take this fight,
and my team and I feel like all the runs up Mt. Baldy, diet
restrictions, and the work that we displayed in the ring tonight
should have merited the win."
Soto Karass continued, "At the end of the day, as I have
said before, the people who won today was the public who enjoyed
and supported us. At this height of my career, I have to go
back to my family, and we are going to have to make some tough
decisions. Above all though I am content and am happy that
I took this fight."
Special guests of the night at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
for the Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN card included former three-time
WBC World Super Bantamweight Champion Israel "Magnifico"
Vazquez, Golden Boy Promotions Partner and Future Hall of
Famer Bernard Hopkins, Brazilian UFC World Champion Jose Aldo
Junior, and fighters Oscar Duarte, NABF bantamweight champion
Oscar "Jaguar" Negrete, Randy "El Matador"
Caballero, and Roberto "Massa" Ortiz.
Opening up the ESPN and ESPN Deportes telecast, the newly
crowned again WBC USNBC Light Heavyweight Champion Vyacheslav
"Lionheart-Chingonskyy" Shabranskyy (19-1, 16 KOs)
of Los Angeles took back his belt in a seventh round knockout
of Philadelphia's Todd "2 Gunz" Unthank-May (10-1-1,
4 KOs). "Chingonskyy" solidified his comeback performance,
clearing the water with Unthank-May, landing 45 percent of
his power punches and 14 jabs per round. "2Gunz"
received a cut over his left eye in the brunt of their exchanges
during the second round, and was almost knocked down during
the seventh round. Before the eighth round could commence,
Unthank-May's corner waved the towel, awarding the seventh
round knockout victory and light heavyweight title to Shabranskyy.
"I'm happy to have my belt back," said Vyacheslav
Shabranskyy. "I learned a lot from my fight against Barrera,
and I've been working on moving my head and body a lot more.
He was a tough guy. I have 20 fights in my career, and I am
ready to start taking on bigger fights again."
Also making time for the televised card on ESPN and ESPN Deportes,
Niko "Baby Face" Valdes (6-0, 5 KOs) maintained
his undefeated status against Jaime "Zarco" Solorio
(7-4-2, 5 KOs) of San Quintin, Mexico in a six-round super
middleweight bout that went the distance. The judges scored
the fight unanimously in favor of Valdes as 60-54, 59-55,
"At the end of the day, I have to do what I have to do
to win and sometimes that won't look very pretty or impress
the crowd," said Niko Valdes. "His face looks a
lot worse than mine, the only reason he looked like he was
winning was because he was applying more pressure than me.
I still won."
the crowd to their feet in an action-packed six-round super
flyweight affair, Riverside, Calif.'s Ricardo "El Niño"
Sandoval (8-1, 7 KOs) conquered Durango, Mexico's Antonio
"Tony" Rodriguez (8-18-1, 5 KOs). The flyweights
did not hit pause in the six-rounds, with "El Niño"
demonstrating his ability to connect his punches and easily
switch between conventional and southpaw stances, as well
as initiating most of the heavy exchanges. The judges scored
the bout unanimously in favor of Sandoval, with scores of
60-54, 60-54, and 59-55.
"I'm in the middle of developing my own unique fighting
style," said Ricardo Sandoval. "This was my first
fight on a Golden Boy card, and I hope that with this performance
I get invited to fight on their card again. There was a point
that I did feel I could have knocked him out. I got him with
a body punch and he bent over in pain, but he held on."
Kicking off the ESPN 3 coverage, East LA's Jonathan "Thunder"
Navarro (11-0, 6 KOs) participated in his first full eight-round
super lightweight fight against Durango, Mexico's Angel Sarinana
(7-7-2, 3 KOs). Navarro set the pace of the bout, scoring
a knockdown in the first round. The bout featured heavy exchanges
between the lightweights, with "Thunder" showing
off his developing power and ability to box from the outside.
Navarro scored the unanimous decision victory with judges'
scores of 80-71, 79-72, and 79-72.
"This was my first, eight-rounder, so I feel accomplished
in being able to not gas out and be able to perform throughout
the rounds," said Jonathon Navarro. "I was careful
with my distance, and I was a lot more thoughtful when I was
throwing punches. Upping the rounds was definitely a career
achievement, and I hope that I can go up to ten rounds soon."
Opening the fight night activities with a six-round super
welterweight bout, LA's Marvin Cabrera (5-0, 4 KOs) participated
in a competitive combat against Esau Herrera (19-9-1, 10 KOs)
of Tlaquepaque, Mexico. Cabrera was able to prove he was the
more polished fighter, effectively countering Herrera's attempts
to push forward. The judges scored the unanimous decision
win with scores of 60-54, 59-55, and 59-55 in favor of Cabrera.
"I went up against a guy with a lot of experience, and
the key to winning was fighting from a distance and using
a lot of counter punches," said Marvin Cabrera. "I
had never faced an opponent like him before, and I was able
to see what areas I need to improve to take on even bigger
challenges. Overall, I am satisfied with this win."
Herrera vs. Soto Karass was a 10-round welterweight fight
presented by Golden Boy Promotions. The event was sponsored
by Tecate, Born BOLD and Hennessy "Never Stop, Never
FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONS MIGUEL BERCHELT AND JEZREEL CORRALES
KEEP THEIR BELTS IN HARD-FOUGHT, ACTION-PACKED DECISION VICTORIES
SULLIVAN BARRERA GETS OFF THE DECK TO TAKE HOME WBC INTERCONTINENTAL
LIGHT HEAVYWIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
5,864 ROCKING FANS FILL LOS ANGELES' FABULOUS FORUM TO SEE
A SENSATIONAL NIGHT OF FIGHTS
ANGELES (July 15, 2017):
Making the first defense of his WBC Super Featherweight Championship,
Miguel "El Alacran" Berchelt (32-1, 28 KOs) knocked
down Takashi Miura (31-4-2, 24 KOs) in the first round before
rolling to a clear-cut unanimous decision victory in the 12-round
main event of HBO Boxing After Dark live from Los Angeles'
VIPs for the night included Chairman and CEO Oscar De La Hoya,
World Champion and Future Boxing Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins,
Boxing Hall of Famer Roberto Duran, Real Madrid and Spanish
National Team soccer player Sergio Ramos, Tampa Bay Rays baseball
player JP Arencibia, Former three division world champion
Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez, NABA super featherweight
champion Carlos "The Solution" Morales, NABO Super
Featherweight Champion Alberto Machado, 2008 & 2012 Brazilian
Olympian Everton Lopes, Jesus Soto Karass, 2016 Mexican Olympian
Raul Curiel, Ronny Rios, Rene Alvarado, Charles Huerta, Azat
Hovanissyan, Cesar Diaz, and Roger Gutierrez.
"I knew this fight was going to be won with intelligence,"
Berchelt said. "Miura is a warrior, and fought till the
end. Miura has the toughest left hand in the division. He
kept coming forward, and when he connected his punches, they
did hurt. I knew I was going to fight an ex-world champion,
so I prepared myself well. I have proven that I am the best
by taking on the two toughest champions in the division with
Vargas and Miura. I am ready to fight anyone."
"Berchelt was a smart fighter," Miura said. "He
did not allow me to get my distance."
In the co-main event, Jezreel "El Invisible" Corrales
(22-1, 8 KOs) survived two knockdowns to maintain his WBA
Super Featherweight title with a majority decision win over
Robinson Castellanos (22-12, 14 KOs). Castellanos dropped
Corrales twice in a wild fourth round, with Corrales barely
beating the count after the second knockdown. But the Panamanian
champion regained his footing in the fifth and sixth and sent
Castellanos down with a left hook in the seventh. After a
nasty clash of heads in the 10th that busted Castellanos'
left cheek wide open, the fight was stopped and went to the
scorecards. The judges awarded scores of 94-94, 94-93, 96-92,
giving Corrales the majority decision.
"I knew this would be an interesting fight, I am so happy
about the victory," Corrales said. "This is probably
the best fight that I've had in my career so far. I'm looking
at tonight's main event as one of my future opponents."
"I am honestly so sad," Castellanos said. "That
head butt should have disqualified him; it could have been
fatal. I knew coming in that I was in enemy territory, however
I felt that I was ahead in the cards. I feel terrible."
Newly crowned WBC Intercontinental Light Heavyweight Champion
Sullivan Barrera (20-1, 14 KOs) gave a career-making performance,
getting off the deck in the first round to take a 10-round
unanimous decision victory over Joe Smith, Jr. (23-2, 19 KOs).
The judges scored the fight 96-93 and 97-92 twice.
"I feel very happy about this win. Joe Smith, Jr. is
a great champion, and I respect him very much," Barrera
said. "This title wouldn't have been possible with my
amazing team, and my father here tonight was also amazing.
When Smith, Jr. knocked me down in the second round, I got
back up cause that's who I am. In my fight with Shabranskyy
the same thing happened. I shoot back up to get the victory."
"Sullivan Barrera fought a good fight and I congratulate
him," said Joe Smith, Jr.
In the night's quickest, jaw-dropping knockout victory, highly
touted Ryan "Kingry" Garcia (10-0, 9 KOs) needed
only 1:14 of a scheduled four-round fight to knock out experienced
Mario Macias (27-22-1, 14 KOs).
"It felt like a blur. Like a dream that just happened
quickly. Although I wouldn't rate this as my best performance
since I think my last fight against Tyrone Luckey was the
best. I want to be on the Canelo-GGG card, and continue to
step up the level of opponents I face. Maybe when I turn 20
years old I will start to call out world champions."
Mercito "No Mercy" Gesta (31-1-2, 16 KOs) demonstrated
he is back in full force with an eighth-round technical knockout
win over ring veteran Martin Honorio (33-11-1, 16 KOs). The
one-sided fight showed off Gesta's superior accuracy, strength,
and footwork. The referee waved the fight off as Gesta was
unleashing a flurry of power shots on Honorio.
"It feels great to be back, I am almost at 100% to where
I want to be after my surgery," said Mercito Gesta. "With
all the rehabilitation and training under Freddie Roach, I
am on track to fight for a title very soon. Right now, I just
want to keep improving, and keep focused."
In the upset of the night, Diuhl Olguin (11-7-2, 9 KOs) outpointed
Guadalajara, Mexico's Horacio "Violento" Garcia
(32-3-1, 22 KOs). The action-packed eight-round featherweight
fight went the distance, with Garcia going down twice. The
judges awarded the fight to Olguin with scores of 73-77, 73-77,
"I feel very happy about my first win outside of Mexico.
I just can't believe what just happened," said Olguin.
"I wasn't the favorite, and I had to move up a couple
of weight classes to take this fight. I want to start to take
on tougher contenders in the sport in my weight class."
Opening up the Ring TV livestreamed portion of the evening,
Manny "Chato" Robles, Jr. (13-0, 5 KOs) broke Christian
Esquivel (29-12, 22 KOs) down to land the technical knockout
victory in the fifth round of a scheduled eight-round featherweight
fight. The fighters were in a heavy exchange when Esquivel's
corner waved the towel to stop the fight.
"It was a strange ending, but he was getting a lot of
punishment from me. The referees were actually going to call
it after the fifth round finished," said Manny Robles,
Jr. "I think my preparation allowed me to win each round,
and I am glad I got to do that in front of all my friends
and family who were cheering me on here at the Forum."
Kick-starting the evening Samar Philippines; Recky Dulay (10-2,
7 KOs) stopped Curundu, Panama's Jaime "Jaimito"
Arboleda (10-1, 8 KOs) in the third round in a super lightweight
bout that was scheduled for eight-rounds. With a right hand
cross to the head that left Arboledo unsteady, Dulay handed
Arboleda his first loss.
"This was my first fight in California, so it means a
lot as I continue to develop my career," said Recky Dulay.
"I've been training here in the U.S for about 2-3 months,
so I am ready to fight more here now."
Berchelt vs. Miura, was a 12-round fight for the WBC Super
Featherweight World Championship, was presented by Golden
Boy Promotions in association with Zanfer Promotions and Teiken
Promotions. Corrales vs. Castellanos was presented by Golden
Boy Promotions. Smith vs. Barerra was presented by Star Boxing
in association with Main Events. The event was sponsored by
Tecate, BORN BOLD and Casa Mexico Tequila.
Events Inks Deal with Brooklyn Native
Frank "Notorious" Galarza
Ready to Take Over
Events continues to add to their roster with the signing of
Brooklyn super welterweight Frank "Notorious" Galarza
(17-2-2, 11 KOs). Galarza, 31, made his professional debut
in 2010 as a highly-prized prospect. He built up a fan base
in the New York area with his all-action style, while remaining
undefeated for six years. He suffered two losses following
some inactivity and promotional issues. Now, with a new promoter
and a new manager, Galarza is ready to resume his climb to
the top of the hot 154 lb. division.
nearly a year-long lay off, Galarza can't wait to re-enter
the ring and is excited to be fighting under the Main Events'
banner. He said, "I am just one of those fighters who
will never turn down anyone. I will fight anyone. I wanted
to work with Main Events because I have seen what they have
done in the past. I like the way they move their fighters.
I have seen what they have done with Curtis Stevens and, for
me, I just felt that it was a perfect fit. After speaking
with Kathy [Duva] and Jolene [Mizzone], I just knew it was
added, "My goal right now is to get back into the ring
and start taking over. I am just grateful that Main Events
has given me this opportunity right now. I promise that I
am going to give my all and give everything that I have left
to give to this sport. I am going to dedicate myself and put
my heart into this. I guarantee you that my story hasn't ended.
You are going to hear a champion's story told about me and
it is going to be a story worth talking about. We are going
for the movie!"
Daughter Joy Looks on as Frank Signs his Main Events' Promotional
carries the same passion that he feels for his boxing career
into his personal life. He believes it is imperative that
he give back to his community. In addition to his rigorous
schedule training, his day job as a personal trainer and parenting
his first child, seven-month old daughter, Joy, he is also
heavily involved in a youth program he founded in 2014 called
Youth Fighting Forward that currently operates in Brooklyn
and Danbury, CT. "We focus on the kids. We try to offer
free boxing classes for the kids as well as mentoring and
tutoring," explained Galarza. For more information regarding
Frank's passion project, Youth Fighting Forward, visit: frankgalarza.com/youthfightingforward.
is managed by Adrian Clark who also manages Main Events stablemate
Cassius Chaney. When asked about Galarza's signing with Main
Events he said, "Extremely happy to have Frank with such
a prestigious company as Main Events. After meeting with Frank
and learning what he wanted for the remainder of his career,
it was a no brainer for me to reach out to Kathy & Jolene
to make this happen. I told Frank, all he has to do is deliver,
they will make you a star."
Galarza is one of the fighters that I've always felt we could
promote well," said Main Events CEO Kathy Duva. "He
has a fan-friendly style and fans in the New York and Connecticut
area, so he's really a perfect fit for Main Events. Now it's
time to get to work!"
LOMACHENKO TO DEFEND WBO JR. LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE
(Left) landing against Gary Russell Jr. in his World Title
(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
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.
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.
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"
"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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
16 FIGHT, 'SUPREMACY' IS PRESENTED LIVE
BY HBO PAY-PER-VIEW®
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.
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.
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."
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
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."
BRONER & MIKEY GARCIA SIT DOWN WITH BRIAN CUSTER TO DISCUSS
JULY 29 BLOCKBUSTER MATCHUP IN SHOWTIME SPORTS® VIDEO
“I just can’t wait to prove everybody wrong.” – Adrien
“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
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
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.
# # #
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
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
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"
"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
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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.
SPENCE JR. DETHRONES KELL BROOK BEFORE 27,000 FANS WITH 11TH
George Groves Wins WBA Super Middleweight Championship With
Sixth Round TKO
An Encore Presentation of Saturday’s SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®
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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.
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
“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
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“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
“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. "
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Now on Sale for Stacked July 15 HBO Boxing After Dark Tripleheader
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WBC Super Featherweight World Champion Miguel Berchelt to Make
First Title Defense Against Former Champion Takashi Miura in
New Video Released Showing Devastating Power of Combatants
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).
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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
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
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
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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.
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
Alvarez and Gennady "GGG" Golovkin face off at post-press
conference after September 16 showdown announcement.
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
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.
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.
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.
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."
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).
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
"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."
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
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."
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.
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."
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.
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
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."
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.
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
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).
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
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®
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
“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
“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.”