Guerrero, David Emanuel Peralta, Alfredo Angulo,
Freddy Hernandez, Terrell Gausha & Steve Martinez
Final Press Conference Quotes
Premier Boxing Champions on Spike This Saturday, August 27
from Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. - 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. Ct
ANAHEIM, CALIF. (August 25, 2016) -
Former multiple division world champion Robert "The Ghost"
Guerrero and Argentine slugger David Emanuel "El Pirata"
Peralta went face-to-face Thursday at the final press conference
before they enter the ring Saturday night in the main event
of Premier Boxing Champions on Spike from Honda Center in
Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT and features
a pair of exciting contests as exciting puncher Alfredo Angulo
faces veteran Freddy Hernandez while unbeaten 2012 U.S. Olympian
Terrell Gausha battles the Bronx's Steve Martinez.
The Premier Boxing Champions fighters were joined by Bellator
MMA fighters participating in Friday night's Bellator fight
that is part of back-to-back nights of combat sport action
on Spike as at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
Tickets for the August 27 event, which is promoted by TGB
Promotions, are priced at $31, $58, $108 and $203, plus applicable
fees, and are on sale now. Tickets are available via ticketmaster.com,
Ticketmaster retail locations or by calling 800-745-3000.
Tickets are also available at the Honda Center Box Office.
Here is what the fighters had to say Thursday:
"I got a chance to size him up today. I saw how tall
he is. Picking my spots - seeing where I have to go. After
looking at him, I know he's coming to fight. I'm expecting
"Like all Argentine fighters, I know he's got that hunger
to prove he's worthy of this big opportunity and make the
most of it.
"The weigh-in is tomorrow and I'm just ready to fight.
I'm focused and the fans can expect to see me leave everything
in the ring like always.
"I've seen some tape on him. He's one of those guys that
is durable. A durable tall, lanky guy. His height is going
to help him.
"I am expecting a tough fight for sure. This is like
a world title shot for him. I don't know what he is going
to bring to the table and that is exciting for me."
DAVID EMANUEL PERALTA
"This is the biggest fight of my career. It is very important.
I have to go out there and put on a great show.
"I want to go down the same path as Marcos Maidana and
Lucas Matthysse. They were given great opportunities in their
careers and took advantage of them. I am going to take advantage
of this opportunity.
"This is an opportunity to learn. Every fight and fighter
is different. I have watched Guerrero fight, but every fighter
is different. I have a gameplan to beat him.
"I am well prepared. I came here to fight. I am prepared
to go the distance. I am going to throw a lot of punches,
move around and be ready to get the decision."
"I'm very excited to fight on Saturday night against
"With two Mexican warriors in the ring, the fans will
be the true winners.
"I was off for a while but with my new trainer, Romulo
Quirarte, I feel much stronger and will fight like 'El Perro'
of old with the same passion.
"The fans have always been great to me and I can't wait
to put on a performance for them.
"Right now I'm only focused on Freddy Hernandez then
we will see who I can fight next.
"I'm anticipating a really great fight. I'm prepared,
he's prepared. It's going to be a battle.
"Fans can expect someone that will step into the ring
with attitude and bravery. I'm a guy that doesn't hold back
and Angulo better be ready.
"What's my secret weapon? Chocolate cake.
"I'm just ready for this fight. I worked hard and any
time two Mexicans get into the ring, it's fireworks."
"I had a different experience with the Olympics. I missed
the trials. I was taking time off from boxing. I lost the
passion for it a little bit and I took some time off, but
I was able to fight for a spot on the team, and I wont every
fight I was in leading into the Olympics.
"I am excited for this fight. I trained really hard.
Sometimes you have to take chances. I am ready to be aggressive
and I am ready to change up my style in order to counter him.
"I know this is going to be a tough fight. It is going
to be my toughest fight to date. It is important for me to
take a step up and show the world what I can do.
"I appreciate my fans for sticking with me. Without fans,
there would be no boxing. I appreciate my fans and I want
to go out there on Saturday night and give them a great show.
"Our fight is going to steal the show. I think its really
competitive and exciting. We're hungry. We came here to execute
the game plan and win. It is going to be explosive.
"We trained hard. This is a big opportunity. This is
a change-up fight for me and my team. We are focused - its
tunnel vision until Saturday. On Spike you're going to see
that after our fight, he won't be undefeated anymore.
"This is definitely the biggest fight of my career. It
is going to open up big doors for me.
"My parents are big boxing fans. I watched boxing all
my life. The minute I walked into the boxing gym, I never
"I don't put any pressure on myself. We are going to
execute the gameplan, win and represent the Bronx."
ONE WBC RANKED SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT "RELENTLESS" ANTONIO
OROZCO RE-SIGNS A MULTI-YEAR PROMOTIONAL CONTRACT WITH GOLDEN
LOS ANGELES (July 11, 2016) - Having taken
the 140-pound division by storm, the WBC's number one-ranked
super lightweight "Relentless" Antonio Orozco (24-0,
16 KOs) will continue to pursue a world championship title as
a Golden Boy Promotions fighter, retaining the Los Angeles-based
company founded by Oscar De La Hoya as his promoter. Orozco's
multi-year agreement comes ahead of his July 30 fight where
he will headline the HBO Latino card against Abner "Jaeger"
Lopez (25-5, 19 KOs) at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio,
"Since I was a child I always dreamed to be part of Oscar
De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions," said Antonio Orozco.
"This is where I started my career and this is where I
would like to finish. I am at my prime, and re-signing with
Golden Boy represents the second chapter of my career of become
a world champion."
"Antonio Orozco is one of the best fighters in our stable
at Golden Boy Promotions, and with his natural talent, skill
and strong work ethic, he is poised to become a world champion
in this sport, without a doubt," said Oscar De La Hoya,
Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. "I'm proud Antonio
chose to stay with the Golden Boy family, and I'm excited to
see him conquer the division and rise to the top of the sport."
"I look for great things for Antonio Orozco, we started
with Golden Boy and this is where we want to finish," said
Frank "Derecho" Espinoza, manager of Antonio Orozco.
"We enjoy being part of the Golden Boy family and with
their help we know we will get to the next level and fight for
a world title."
Unbeaten as a professional, San Diego's Antonio Orozco has paid
his dues on the way to the top, and now his only intention is
to get the shot at a world championship that he's craved. Rated
as number one by the WBC, and rated in the top 10 by all sanctioning
bodies in the super lightweight division, Orozco is ready for
the next chapter of his career as a world champion. Winner of
the NABF junior super lightweight title in 2014, the 28-year-old
has since defeated former world champions Humberto "La
Zorrita" Soto and Steve "2Pound" Forbes, and
hot prospect Emmanuel "Tranzformer" Taylor. In his
most recent bout on March 25, 2015, Orozco made another statement
with a first round knockout of Miguel "Aguacerito"
Acosta that thrilled the fans at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino.
JAYSON VELEZ VS. RENE ALVARADO AS THE NEW MAIN EVENT ON ESTRELLA
TV'S BOXEO ESTELAR ON JULY 15
RASHIDI ELLIS TO CO-HEADLINE AGAINST LUIS HERNANDEZ LIVE FROM
FANTASTY SPRINGS RESORT CASINO
SUGAR RAY LEONARD TO HOST A FAN MEET & GREET
Tickets Still Available!
LOS ANGELES (July 7, 2015) - The exciting
10-round super featherweight bout between Jayson "La Maravilla"
Velez (23-2-1, 16 KOs) and Rene "Gemelo" Alvarado
(23-7, 16 KOs) has been upgraded to the main event on the Estrella
TV Boxeo Estelar, broadcast on July 15. The originally scheduled
fight between Alfonso Gomez vs. Pablo Cesar Cano has been cancelled
due to Gomez sustaining an elbow injury earlier this week.
Live from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, the event will feature
a new televised co-main event between undefeated prospect Rashidi
"Speedy" Ellis (15-0, 11 KOs) of Boston and Luis "La
Roca" Hernandez (12-1, 7 KOs) of Rio Pierdas, Puerto Rico
in a eight-round super welterweight fight. Decorated amateur,
Cesar Diaz of Palmdale, Calif. will make his professional debut
and open up the Estrella TV broadcast in a scheduled four-round
super bantamweight fight.
The event will feature former five-division boxing world champion
and International Boxing Hall of Famer Sugar Ray Leonard hosting
a meet and greet at the Fantasy Springs Special Events Center
ahead of the televised bouts from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Part of the non-televised undercard and streaming on RingTVLive.com,
Azat Hovanissyan (8-2, 7 KOs) of Glendale, Calif. will participate
in a six-round super bantamweight fight against Sacramento's
Mario Ayala (4-2-1, 1 KOs) and Indio, Calif.'s Marco Magdaleno
(3-0, 2 KOs) will face Hugo Padilla (3-6, 2 KOs) of Aguascalientes,
Mexico in a four-round lightweight bout. Opening the night Jhon
Leon of Los Angeles will also make his professional debut in
a four-round welterweight fight against Jose Huerta (0-0-1)
of Villahermosa, Mexico.
Tickets for the event are on sale and are priced at $45, $35,
and $25. They can be purchased at the Fantasy Springs Box Office,
by calling (800) 827-2946 or online at www.fantasyspringsresort.com.
Hailing from Juncos, Puerto Rico, 28-year-old Jayson "La
Maravilla" Velez has been a fine representative of the
Caribbean's fighting capital since turning professional in 2007.
Former owner of the WBC Interim Silver, WBC FECARBOX and USNBC
titles over the years, Velez has made his mark with victories
over the likes of Salvador "Sal II" Sanchez, Dat "Dat
Be Dat" Nguyen and Daniel "Huracan" Ramirez,
as well as a draw in an IBF title bout against Evgeny "El
Russo Mexicano" Gradovich. On Nov. 21, 2015 Velez opened
up the pay-per-view telecast of Miguel Cotto vs. Canelo Alvarez
against Ronny Rios and suffered his first professional defeat
via decision and took on Joseph "Jojo" Diaz Jr. in
March 2016 and suffered another loss via decision. Now, looking
for redemption, Velez will be hungry to get back in the winners
column and title race when he takes on one of the toughest fighters
coming out of Nicaragua in Rene Alvarado on July 15.
Managua, Nicaragua's Rene "Gemelo" Alvarado comes
into the ring with much experience under his belt, owning several
titles over the course of nearly eight years. "Gemelo"
has earned the respect from his peers and boxing fans all over
the world for his hard-nosed style and willingness to fight
all. The 27 year old's biggest win was the complete stoppage
at the ninth-round of current top featherweight contender Robinson
"Robin Hood" Castellanos in 2014 which earned him
the WBC Silver Featherweight Championship. Alvarado last faced
Manuel "Tino" Avila in April 2016, losing via decision
to the rising contender in Los Angeles. Ready for another shot
at championship gold, Alvarado will leave it all in the ring
taking on Jayson Velez on July 15.
Undefeated welterweight Rashidi "Speedy" Ellis may
have the nickname "Speedy," but it's his punching
power that has been leading him to victory as of late. Winner
of four straight fights by knockout, the 23-year-old most recently
dispatched Victor "Pambele" Gonzalez in four rounds
to win the vacant WBA Fedecentro and interim WBC Latino Welterweight
titles. On May 7, he made his Las Vegas debut on one of the
biggest sporting events of 2016, when he faced Marco Antonio
Lopez on the non-televised undercard of Canelo vs. Khan on May
7 at the new state-of-the-art T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Both
fighters brought their "A" game, with Ellis hungry
and on the prowl in the ring. Ellis dominated the fight, using
good movement and effectively landing his combination blows.
With a unanimous decision of 80-72 awarded by all three judges,
Rashidi Ellis was able to maintain his undefeated status.
Making his return to the U.S. after four-years, Luis "La
Roca" Hernandez will be looking to maintain his undefeated
streak of 2016 when he takes on top prospect Rashidi Ellis on
July 15. Hernandez, was last seen in the ring against Jose Miguel
Torres defeating the fight veteran via unanimous decision and
Jean Pablo Batista via technical knockout in the first round.
A professional since 2010 and back in the fight game after a
lone defeat against welterweight top contender Eddie "E-Boy"
Gomez in 2012, Hernandez is ready to begin his climb to the
top of the division.
Jayson Velez vs. Rene Alvarado is a 10-round super featherweight
fight presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza
Tecate, BORN BOLD. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and the first bell
rings at 5:30 p.m. The Boxeo Estelar broadcast will air live
on Estrella TV at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. The card will
also stream live on EstrellaTV.com and on YouTube via Fenomeno
Studios. The RingTVlive.com live stream will begin at approximately
5:00 p.m. PT through 7:00 p.m.
GARCIA RETURNS ON SATURDAY, JULY 30
FOR STACKED NIGHT OF BOXING ON SHOWTIME®
AND SHOWTIME EXTREME® FROM BARCLAYS CENTER PRESENTED BY
PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS
SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® – 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT
Leo Santa Cruz Defends WBA Featherweight Championship vs.
Two-Division Champ Mikey Garcia Returns Against Former Champion
Tony Harrison and Sergey Rabchenko Meet in IBF 154-Pound Eliminator
SHOWTIME BOXING ON SHOWTIME EXTREME® – 7 p.m. ET/PT
Brooklyn Welterweights Paulie Malignaggi and Gabriel Bracero
Ivan Redkach Faces Tevin Farmer in Lightweight Bout
Tickets On Sale Now
BROOKLYN (June 28, 2016)—Undefeated former two-division world
champion Mikey Garcia will return to the ring after a two-and-a-half-year
layoff on Saturday, July 30 on an exciting night of boxing
on SHOWTIME and SHOWTIME EXTREME that is one of the strongest
cards ever assembled at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Garcia, who won world titles at featherweight and super featherweight,
will fight former world champion Elio Rojas in a 10-round
bout in the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING co-feature of the
Leo Santa Cruz vs. Carl Frampton event presented by Premier
Boxing Champions (PBC).
In the opening bout of the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast
that begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, once-beaten 154-pound
contenders Tony Harrison and Sergey Rabchenko will meet in
a 12-round IBF Junior Middleweight Eliminator. Harrison and
Rabchenko will square off for the No. 2 mandatory challenger
spot to IBF titlist Jermall Charlo, who successfully defended
his crown on May 21, and undefeated contender Julian Williams,
who earned the No. 1 mandatory position on March 5, both on
SHOWTIME. Harrison vs. Rabchenko is the sixth matchup in 2016
between top 154-pound fighters, a lineup showcasing three
world title fights and three title elimination matches in
one of boxing’s deepest divisions.
The combined record of the six fighters on the SHOWTIME telecast
is an impressive 162-4-1 with 113 knockouts.
An all-Brooklyn showdown between welterweight technicians
Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi and Gabriel “Tito” Bracero highlights
the undercard action on SHOWTIME BOXING on SHOWTIME EXTREME.
The 10-round bout is a matchup between a former two-division
world champion, Malignaggi, and a fellow Brooklyn native,
Bracero, coming off the biggest win of his career when he
knocked out Danny O’Connor last October.
A 10-round clash between once-beaten lightweight Ivan Redkach
and streaking Tevin Farmer, a winner of 14 straight, will
open the SHOWTIME EXTREME telecast live at 7 p.m. ET/PT.
The July 30 event at Barclays Center comes on the heels of
last Saturday’s potential Fight of the Year thriller between
Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter, a back-and-forth slugfest
that generated the top grossing live gate and second-highest
attended boxing event in venue history.
“This is the strongest card from top to bottom that I have
promoted at Barclays Center,” said DiBella Entertainment President
Lou DiBella. “Every single fight is significant and competitive,
and this is a great follow up from the tremendous success
that boxing had with Thurman-Porter this past weekend.”
“This will be our 19th boxing event, but from top to bottom
it’s arguably our best card yet,” said Brooklyn Sports &
Entertainment CEO Brett Yormark. “We are excited to welcome
undefeated Santa Cruz and Frampton to Brooklyn for the first
time, a fight that could rival Barclays Center’s epic Thurman-Porter
bout for Fight of the Year. It’s also a pleasure to welcome
Brooklyn’s own Paulie Malignaggi back to Barclays Center for
the fifth time and to host the return of Mikey Garcia after
a two and a half year hiatus. July 30 is going to be another
big night for BROOKLYN BOXING.”
“We are excited to be part of Mikey Garcia’s return to the
ring. Before the layoff, he was a two-division world champion
and considered one of the top boxers in the world. We know
he is determined to reclaim his place among the elite,” said
Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President & General Manager,
SHOWTIME Sports. “SHOWTIME has distinguished itself by delivering
the most compelling matchups and the most important events
in boxing all year long. There is no other network as committed
to the sport, and the July 30 event, from top-to-bottom, is
a prime example.”
MIKEY GARCIA vs. ELIO ROJAS
“I expect to pick up right where I left off,” Garcia told
SHOWTIME Sports reporter Jim Gray last Saturday on CBS. “I
was a world champion, I was undefeated, and I still am. I
didn’t leave because I was injured. I think I’ll come back
even better. I’m hungrier now than I was before.
“I just have to get one fight in. This first fight with Elio
(Rojas) will be somewhere between 135 and 140 pounds, but
I want to fight at 135 and win a title there. I want to win
a title there and keep going after champion after champion.
Now that all that (uncertainty) is behind me I look forward
to the next stage of my career. This next stage of my career
will be what people remember me for.”
“Mikey Garcia is a great fighter,” Rojas said. “I want to
thank him for this opportunity. We are both former WBC World
Champions and I expect a great fight. However, all of the
talk surrounding this fight has been about Mikey's comeback
and his future plans. I am no tune-up. This is also about
me coming back and fighting again. He may be looking past
me, but I am fully focused on him and securing the victory.
I will do whatever I have to do to win, so I can move on and
regain my world championship.”
Garcia (34-0, 28 KOs), of Ventura, Calif., is 28-years-old
and in the prime of his career. Once considered one of the
top young boxers pound-for-pound in the world, he will make
his first ring appearance since he retained the WBO 130-pound
title with a 12-round unanimous decision over Juan Carlos
Burgos on Jan. 25, 2014. Garcia, the brother of renowned trainer
Robert Garcia, has been victorious by knockout in 10 of his
last 12 fights and holds impressive victories over Roman “Rocky”
Martinez, Juan Manuel Lopez, Orlando Salido and Bernabe Concepcion.
Rojas (24-2, 14 KOs), of San Francisco de Macoris, Dominican
Republic, won the WBC featherweight world championship in
2009 with a 12-round unanimous decision over defending titleholder
Takahiro Ao in Japan. The 33-year-old successfully defended
the title against Guty Espadas Jr. in 2010, before losing
the belt via unanimous decision to Jhonny Gonzalez in April
2012. Since the loss to Gonzalez, Rojas moved up to lightweight,
where he defeated Robert Osiobe in August 2014.
TONY HARRISON vs. SERGEY RABCHENKO:
“I'm thrilled to return to the ring on this big stage for
my first fight in Brooklyn, and I'm ready to put on a show,”
said Harrison. “Fighting for a world title is my dream and
I know that I have a challenge in front of me. I'm working
hard in camp to get another knockout and to make my mark on
“This is the start of realizing my dream,” Rabchenko said.
“America is the Mecca of boxing so it is a huge privilege
for me to be asked to fight there. American fans like to see
knockouts and I like to knock people out so I think they will
like what they see. I think I can build a fan base there.
I am hungrier than ever. I have not seen much of Harrison,
but I am ready for anyone. People say he is a very good fighter
with good power. I’m not worried. I have good power as well
and I think I will have too much for him.”
At just 25-years-old, Harrison (23-1, 19 KOs) has showed tremendous
promise. He manufactured a 10-fight knockout streak from 2013
to 2015 and proved he could recover from a loss when he dominated
Cecil McCalla for 10 rounds in October 2015 and stopped Fernando
Guerrero in impressive fashion in March.
Fighting out of Belaraus, Rabchenko (27-1, 20 KOs) is looking
to put himself squarely into world title contention when he
makes his U.S. debut on July 30. The 30-year-old is coming
off stoppage victories over Walter Calvo in May 2015 and Miguel
Aguilar in February.
PAULIE MALIGNAGGI vs. GABRIEL BRACERO:
“I feel truly blessed to have yet another opportunity to fight
in Brooklyn,” Malignaggi said. “I have known Tito a long time
and I know he always comes to fight. We will give the Brooklyn
fans a great appetizer before the terrific main event later
that night in Barclays Center.”
“I'm looking to make a statement by winning this fight,” said
Bracero. “Paulie and I have been friends since the amateurs
and I'm thankful to have this opportunity, but he's had his
run. Now it's time for me to have mine. This fight is going
to change my life.”
A former world champion at 140 and 147-pounds, the 35-year-old
Malignaggi (35-7, 7 KOs) will return to the ring to fight
at Barclays Center for the fifth time. He has faced a slew
of big names throughout his career and has been victorious
over the likes of Zab Judah, Vyacheslav Senchenko and Pablo
Cesar Cano. Born and raised in the Bensonhurst neighborhood
of Brooklyn, “The Magic Man” was victorious twice fighting
in his birth country of Italy last year after unsuccessfully
challenging unbeaten Danny Garcia in August.
Another Brooklyn-native, Bracero (24-2, 5 KOs) comes off of
a sensational one-punch knockout of rival Danny O’Connor in
their rematch last October. The 35-year-old owns victories
over Dmitry Salita and Pavel Miranda in addition to his first
triumph over the previously unbeaten O’Connor in 2011.
IVAN REDKACH vs. TEVIN FARMER:
“I am extremely happy to be back in the ring on a big show
in New York,” Redkach said. “There are so many Ukrainian fans
in New York and I am thrilled to have their support and will
put on a great show for them. I want to thank Leo Santa Cruz
and his team for having me in their camp as we both prepare
ourselves to put on tremendous performances come July 30.”
“I couldn't be more excited about this fight,” Farmer said.
“This is my Barclays Center debut and it is going to be a
spectacular performance. I have called out anyone and everyone
in the 130- pound division to no avail, so now I'm moving
up to 135 to take on Redkach, one of the most feared punchers
in the division. Redkach is an aggressive guy and I know he
is coming to fight, but there is no way I leave that ring
without my hand being raised. This is a fight where I can
and I will make a major statement. I'm willing to fight whoever
they put in front of me to inch closer to a world title opportunity
and July 30 is another step in that direction. I tip my hat
off to Redkach for giving me this fight, but this is my time
Born in Ukraine but fighting out of Los Angeles, Redkach (19-1-1,
15 KOs) began boxing at the age of six and has put together
an impressive career since turning pro in 2009. The 30-year-old
owns victories over Tony Luis, Sergey Gulyakevich and Yakubu
Amidu. Most recently, Redkach knocked out Erick Daniel Martinez
in October 2015 and fought to a draw with Luis Cruz in April.
Representing the fighting city of Philadelphia, Farmer (24-1-1,
5 KOs) has won 14 bouts in a row since losing to unbeaten
world champion Jose Pedraza in 2012. The 25-year-old has come
on strong in recent years, upsetting previously unbeaten fighters
such as Emmanuel Gonzalez, Angel Luna and Camilo Perez. Farmer
dominated veteran Gamaliel Diaz in March and will make his
Barclays Center debut on July 30.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment
in association with Cyclone Promotions, start at $38 and can
be purchased online by visiting www.ticketmaster.com, www.barclayscenter.com
or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at
the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group
discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.
THURMAN OUTPOINTS SHAWN PORTER IN FIGHT OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE
SATURDAY IN PRIMETIME ON CBS
Jarrett Hurd Knocks Out Oscar Molina In Opening Bout Of SHOWTIME
CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® on CBS, Presented by Premier Boxing
Champions, From Barclays Center In Brooklyn
BROOKLYN (June 26, 2016) – Prizefighting returned to CBS on
Saturday with a Fight of the Year candidate as undefeated
welterweight world champion Keith Thurman edged former world
champion Shawn Porter in a close but unanimous decision scored
115-113 by all three ringside judges.
The 12,718 fans in attendance at Barclays Center in Brooklyn
and the viewers across the U.S. watching the first primetime
boxing event on CBS since Muhammed Ali-Leon Spinks in 1978
were treated to a slugfest between two of the brightest stars
in boxing’s glamour division.
Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs) and Porter (26-2-1, 16 KOs) combined
to throw over 1200 punches in the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING
on CBS event, presented by Premier Boxing Champions. The marquee
showdown was a story of accuracy vs. activity, as Thurman
landed 50 percent of his power shots, compared to 38 percent
for Porter, and 44 percent of his total punches compared to
just 36 percent for the challenger. While Thurman landed at
a higher percentage, Porter was the busier fighter, throwing
over 100 more punches across 12 rounds.
“One Time” and “Showtime” delivered as advertised, with the
powerful sharpshooter buckling Porter multiple times, while
the swarming and smothering Porter barreled forward to bully
Thurman into the ropes. And while there were no knockdowns,
the back-and-forth blockbuster never lacked action and culminated
in a standing ovation in the second-highest attended boxing
event in Barclays Center history.
"I want to thank Shawn Porter for a tremendous fight.
He's a great warrior,” said Thurman. “Defense is the key to
victory. He smothers his punches a lot and makes it difficult
for the judges to score. I was able to rock him with clear,
effective blows and I believe that was the difference today.
“I would give him a rematch. It was great fight. He was a
great opponent. Everyone was saying would he be my toughest
opponent to date. I wasn’t able to drop him but I did buckle
him a few times.”
former world champion Porter, a perennial underdog but consummate
gentleman, didn’t complain about being on the losing end of
his second close decision in a title bout.
“We worked hard, Keith is a great champion,” Porter said.
“My dad says to keep your head up. I think I won the fight,
but I'm satisfied because the competitor came out tonight.
"We need that rematch. I know the fans want that rematch.
If he gives me another chance, I'm going to work hard in the
ring and leave with his title."
The opening bout of the CBS telecast featured a matchup of
undefeated super welterweights as Jarrett Hurd graduated from
prospect to legitimate contender in the stacked 154-pound
class with a dominating 10th round TKO over Oscar Molina.
Hurd (18-0, 12 KOs) got to work early, flooring Molina for
the first time in his career in the opening round with a powerful
counter right uppercut. The bigger and taller Hurd was the
more active fighter from the outset, dismantling the previously
unbeaten Mexican Olympian with a supremely effective inside
game. Hurd threw nearly 750 punches over 10 rounds, compared
to just 376 for Molina, connecting on 220 power shots at a
nearly 40 percent clip.
Hurd put a stamp on his performance in the final round, closing
the show by out landing Molina 33-7 in the final round. With
Molina taking a brutal beating and seemingly defenseless in
the final minute of the final round, Ricky Gonzalez stepped
in to halt the contest at 2:02.
"This is definitely a big win for my career,” Hurd said.
“He was taking a lot of shots, but he knew how to survive.
It was a big uppercut that knocked him down in round one.
People know from my last fight that I have a great right uppercut.
He was hurt a couple of times. I don't think it was a bad
stoppage. Molina is a very tough guy who just kept coming
"This fight here puts me up with the top contenders in
the division. I felt like I could have gone three or four
more rounds. I was getting stronger as the fight went on.
We're going right back to the gym so we can get in there again."
Molina (13-1-1, 10 KOs) protested, but barring a stunning
knockout he was just seconds away from suffering the first
loss of his career via a unanimous decision.
"I felt like Hurd was throwing a lot of punches in the
tenth round but they weren't really hurting me,” Molina said.
“He was staying busy but he was never really hurting me.
“I went low and I had my head down and he caught me with that
uppercut in the first round. He got me with a shot I wasn't
expecting but it was definitely a flash knockdown. I wasn't
"I was supposed to use my footwork a lot more but I ended
up smothering my shots. He had an awkward defense with a lot
of bending down and I couldn't get into a rhythm.
"This was a big opportunity for me and I felt like I
fought a good fight. I'm going to come back stronger. We're
going to work on a lot of things and get back in there."
SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS, presented by Premier
Boxing Champions, was promoted by DiBella Entertainment.
Earlier in the evening on SHOWTIME, undefeated heavyweight
sensation Anthony Joshua successfully defended his IBF Heavyweight
World Championship for the first time with a seventh round
knockout of previously unbeaten American Dominic Breazeale
at The O2 in London. VIDEO: http://s.sho.com/28VGgsa
Below are quotes from Joshua after Saturday’s win on SHOWTIME
Many thought that Dominic Breazeale wouldn’t be able to stand
up to your power and speed, but were you grateful for the
opportunity to work a little bit more of your boxing skills?
“Well, it’s hard because you can see they’re hurt with every
shot - well not every shot - but when you start catching them
flush, they can feel the shots with these ten ounce gloves
on. So, it’s just a matter of time, but in the process I didn’t
want to be receiving any haymakers on the way back.
“It’s been tough I had two weeks off after my last fight,
and got straight back in the gym so it was tough. I get a
nice little break for once and then I can come back with recharged
We know Deontay Wilder was watching the fight. Have you got
a message for him, the WBC Champion?
"Unbelievable inspirational person. He was patient, 30-odd
fights [and] got his hands on the WBC [belt]. I’m following
suit. I’m making my way into the U.S. with SHOWTIME backing
me as well. So, he watched that.
"He can pick up whatever he wants to pick up from that,
but it’s so different when you’re in the ring with each other.
So one day we’ll get to experience what each other’s about."
Who do you want to fight next?
"Well I think it’s gonna have to be the likes of [Joseph]
Parker. I was really looking at Fury… I hope he gets better
soon. He hurt his ankle unfortunately, which has postponed
it because I was hoping to get that some time in the winter
if everything went well July 9th like it did tonight, but
we’re gonna have to reschedule that and in the meantime, we
can look at other opponents like Parker, if he’s vacant, or
anyone else that the people want."
What do you think that you still need to work on?
“Rest. I need to rest. I’m tired, I’m working hard and as
I said, now i can get
“GGG” GOLOVKIN AND ROMAN “CHOCOLATITO” GONZALEZ TOP ESPY’S
‘BEST FIGHTER’ CATEGORY
Los Angeles, CA (June 28, 2016) Boxing Superstar and
Unified Middleweight World Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin,
(35-0, 32 KOs) and Consensus #1 Pound-for-Pound Fighter in
the World, WBC Flyweight World Champion Roman “Chocolatito”
Gonzalez, (45-0, 38 KOs) top the 2016 “Best Fighter” category
for this year's prestigious ESPY AWARDS.
Fans can vote for Golovkin or Gonzalez HERE. Presented by
ESPN, the 2016 ESPY’s will be telecast on July 13th, LIVE
on ABC (8pm ET, 5pm PT) from the Microsoft Theatre in Downtown
For Golovkin it is the second year in a row that he has been
nominated for this prestigious award.
“This is a great honor to be nominated for the second year
in a row, “said Golovkin, holder of the WBA, WBC, IBF and
IBO Middleweight World Titles. “Thank you to all my fans.”
Said Gonzalez, “This is a true blessing from God and I’m honored
to be nominated with ‘GGG’ and the other great fighters.”
“Having Gennady and Roman nominated for “Best Fighter” by
the ESPY’s shows their status as the two of the best fighters
in boxing and is a great testament from their worldwide fan
base,” said Tom Loeffler, Managing Director of K2 Promotions.
Sharing the same stage three times since May 2015, Golovkin
and Gonzalez have provided boxing fans with the highest levels
of excitement while selling out “The Mecca of Boxing”, Madison
Square Garden and The Fabulous Forum in Los Angeles.
On May 16, 2015 at The Fabulous Forum, Golovkin retained his
titles with a sixth round knockout of top contender Willie
Monroe. Co-featured on the card and opening the HBO telecast,
Gonzalez scored a second round stoppage over former world
champion Edgar Sosa.
Selling out Madison Square Garden on October 17, 2015, the
pair thrilled the 20,548 in attendance as Golovkin, making
his fourth appearance at the famed arena masterfully displayed
his skills in an eighth round knockout of David Lemieux, earning
the IBF Middleweight Title in the process.
Fighting for the first time in New York City, Gonzalez impressively
overwhelmed former world champion Brian Viloria with a ninth
Two months ago on April 23, 2016, the pair returned to Los
Angeles, selling out The Fabulous Forum with 16,353 present
to watch Golovkin’s second round destruction of undefeated
mandatory world title challenger Dominic Wade while Gonzalez
dominated top rated Puerto Rican challenger McWilliams Arroyo
towards a 12-round decision.
Golovkin has knocked out his last 22 opponents while defending
his world titles sixteen consecutive times. His knockout ratio
of 91.4% is the highest in the middleweight division history.
A three-division world champion, Gonzalez has made four defenses
of the WBC Flyweight World Title won in September 2014. Among
those listing him as the sport’s #1 Pound-for-Pound Fighter
are Yahoo, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, USA Today, Ring Magazine
and Bleacher Report.
BOXING ICON SUGAR RAY LEONARD TO HOST FAN MEET & GREET
DURING JULY 15 FIGHT NIGHT AT FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT CASINO
ACTION-PACKED CARD FEATURES PABLO CESAR CANO VS. KEANDRE GIBSON
LIVE ON ESTRELLA TV
Tickets Still Available!
LOS ANGELES (June 21, 2016) -
Former five-division boxing world champion and International
Boxing Hall of Famer Sugar Ray Leonard will be on hand for
an electric night of boxing at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
on July 15. Fans with tickets to the event will get a chance
to meet the former undisputed welterweight champion and former
Olympic gold medalist at the Special Events Center prior to
the televised fights from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Leonard will join viewers in the Coachella Valley for what
is sure to be an exciting card, as Mexican warrior Pablo Cesar
"El Demoledor" Cano (29-5- 1, 21 KOs) will square
off against top welterweight contender KeAndre "The Truth"
Gibson (15-0-1, 7 KOs) in an explosive 10-round main event
broadcast live on Estrella TV's Boxeo Estelar. In the televised
10-round co-feature of the night, former world title challenger
Jayson "La Maravilla" Velez (23-2- 1, 16 KOs) will
battle former WBC Silver Featherweight Champion Rene "Gemelo"
Alvarado (23-7, 16 KOs).
Tickets for the event are on sale and priced at $45, $35,
and $25. They can be purchased at the Fantasy Springs Box
Office, by calling (800) 827-2946 or online at www.fantasyspringsresort.com.
Sugar Ray Leonard is a boxing gold medalist and legendary
sports icon of the 20th century. He has a passion to help
fund research and awareness for type 1 & 2 diabetes and
obesity prevention. In 2009, Leonard and his wife Bernadette
started the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation and have been supporting
the life-changing programs at the Center for Endocrinology,
Diabetes, & Metabolism at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
Pablo Cesar Cano vs. KeAndre Gibson is a 10-round welterweight
fight presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by
Cerveza Tecate, BORN BOLD. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and the
first bout beings at 5:15 p.m. The Boxeo Estelar broadcast
will air live on Estrella TV at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT.
The card will also stream live on EstrellaTV.com and on YouTube
via Fenomeno Studios. The RingTVlive.com live stream will
begin at approximately 5:15 p.m. PT through 7:00 p.m.
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IBF World Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua,
Undefeated, World-Ranked Challenger Dominic Breazeale
International Media Conference Call Highlights
“That’s what the Americans love. They like knockouts and I won’t
let them down” – Anthony Joshua
“I can’t wait to get in the ring and shock the world” – Dominic
Breazeale Challenges Joshua This Saturday, June 25,
On SHOWTIME BOXING INTERNATIONAL Live on SHOWTIME®
From The O2 in London
NEW YORK (June 20, 2016) – Undefeated IBF Heavyweight
World Champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs) will make the first
defense of his title against fellow unbeaten Dominic Breazeale
(17-0, 15 KOs) of Upland, Calif., this Saturday, June 25 on
SHOWTIME BOXING INTERNATIONAL® from The O2 in London, live
on SHOWTIME® on at 5:15 p.m. ET/2:15 p.m. PT.
Just a few hours later in Primetime on CBS (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m.
PT), Keith “One Time” Thurman will defend his WBA Welterweight
World Title against former champ Shawn “Showtime” Porter in
a welterweight blockbuster that headlines SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP
BOXING on CBS, presented by Premier Boxing Champions.
Both Joshua and Breazeale participated in an international media
conference call on Monday. Also taking part were Stephen Espinoza,
Executive Vice President and General Manager of SHOWTIME Sports;
Eddie Hearn, Managing Director of Matchroom Sport and Brittany
Goossen of TGB Promotions introducing Breazeale.
Below are highlights of what the principals had to say on the
conference call. A full transcript will be available in the
Thoughts on his preparation for the fight:
“I feel great condition wise, and mentally I’m in a good place.
I’ve never felt so relaxed because I just know I’m capable of
doing it. I’ve trained weeks and years and it’s just about getting
it right on the night of the fight. My tactics and my mind have
not let me down so far, so that’s why I don’t want to change
“I’m not putting too much pressure on myself. I’m going to attack
the fight the same way I have my last 16 and put on an explosive
show. That’s what the Americans love. They like knockouts and
I won’t let them down.
“Every fight can be my last fight. As much as I would like to
tell you I’m confident and ‘I’m going to do this, I’m going
to do that’ I do understand I have to approach this as if it
could be my last fight.
“I know he can hang around, he doesn’t go down easy. He’s a
big guy, he can eat shots. The Dominic Breazeale I’m used to
watching on YouTube and I’m reading about is the enhanced Dominic
Breazeale – the Dominic Breazeale that is 50 percent better
because I think he knows he wants to come prove himself on a
global stage. And this is his chance come Saturday, so I need
to prepare for the best of Breazeale.”
On going from being the hunter as a challenger to being the
hunted as a champion:
“I’m not the cream of the crop in the gym. I’m around guys that
are achieving things on the same level so I’m still hunting.
I still have that mentality as if I’m a main killer in the jungle.
I haven’t lost that hunger.
On potential to fight in the US in the future:
“I just keep on hearing the United States is where it’s happening.
And if I come to the U.S., I’m going to shut it down.”
Thoughts on Breazeale’s performance against Amir Mansour:
“He’s a tough guy. He managed to go out there and break Mansour’s
jaw and capture a win, which has led him into where he is now.
Whichever angels were floating in the ring with him that day
have led him to this point, so I’ve got to put an end to his
On winning a piece of the heavyweight championship in just his
16th pro fight:
“It didn’t mean much. I still have another couple titles I need
to get my hands on. I’m still hunting. There’s still work to
be done. So it only ticked one of the boxes on my to-do list.”
“I’m out here very excited. I can’t wait to get in the ring
June 25 and shock the world, that’s for sure. I’ve been lucky
enough to prepare for the biggest fight of my life and I’m really
super excited about it.”
On why he thinks he was selected for this matchup:
“Honestly, the way I see it is that someone didn’t do their
research. They didn’t look deep enough. They didn’t find out
enough about me and maybe they’re looking at me as just another
football player that transitioned into boxing. And I’m hoping
they’re overlooking me. It definitely can be a situation where
they’re just watching one fight, especially my last fight. But
there’s been a lot of tough ones. If they’re looking at that
one situation, I’m glad because that’s to my liking.”
On his feelings about fighting overseas:
“The way I’m thinking about it is, June 25, I gain 20,000 fans.
I’m in a situation where I’m very confident going into this
fight and I know for sure I’m going to put on a great show,
come out victorious and go back to the U.S. with 20,000 UK fans.
“I definitely believe [Joshua] realizes; he understands that
he’s got a big test in front of him. He’s got a big fighter
in front of him. He’s got a guy that’s going to break him down,
test his will and see if he is a true champion.
“I am coming into this fight very confident and I’ve got some
things that I know are going to work for me, as well as some
things that I plan on exploiting out of Joshua.
“I’m blessed to have been picked for this fight and am thankful
for this opportunity. The way I look at it, and the way I look
at every fight that I go into, is that as long as I do everything
that I need to do in the gym as far as sparring, preparation
and training, running my miles, sleeping right and eating right
– I’ve crossed all of my T’s and dotted all of my I’s. I’ve
got nothing to worry about. I’ve got nothing to second-guess.
I’ve done everything I’m supposed to and I just can’t wait to
STEPHEN ESPINOZA, Executive Vice President and General Manager,
“Anthony quickly went from a diamond in the rough to really
one of the foremost stars in the UK and Europe, and we are happy
to be his partner as he establishes his presence in North America.
“We are particularly excited about this bout because we have,
pardon the phraseology, two behemoths. There are two skilled
boxers, really the epitome of what heavyweight boxing should
be - big, strong athletes skilled in their sport, with amateur
pedigree, meeting on the afternoon here in the US, evening in
the UK to determine who is the best fighter.”
EDDIE HEARN, President, Matchroom Sport
“Over here, the feeling is that it’s going to be quite a routine
defense, but Anthony hasn’t trained like that. He is not expecting
that. He knows the background and roots of Dominic Breazeale.
He knows his skill, and he knows how dangerous he can be and
he knows how hungry he is as well. I think you’re going to get
a different kind of fight than the Charles Martin fight. I think
you’re going to get a guy that’s not afraid to let his hands
go. He’s not going to wait and the sold out O2 Arena is going
to be an electric place to be.”
“SHOWTIME is a deal we are very excited about. To link up with
an American broadcaster for us was an obvious move, but it was
a move we had to choose carefully. And I think we chose very,
very well in SHOWTIME.”
BRITTANY GOOSSEN, TGB Promotions
“Over here in the U.S. we have gotten to see Dominic grow before
our eyes. We know he is definitely capable of challenging for
the world title. On Saturday we expect him to be victorious
and bring that back to America.”
SPORTS PRO BOXING PUTS CHAMPIONSHIPS ON THE LINE THIS MAY AT
PECHANGA RESORT & CASINO
Calif. – (June 21, 2016) – Live
boxing action returns to Pechanga Resort & Casino this
August with an action-packed night on Friday, August 5 at
7:00p.m. CBS Sports broadcasts the event which features seven
bouts and at least two fights broadcast live ono CBS Sports
television. Tickets are $50, $65 and $85 for ringside seats
and may be purchased by calling (877) 711-2946, visiting Pechanga.com
or in person at the Pechanga Box Office.
The night’s main event features what’s expected to be a hard-hitting
10-round middleweight fight between Robert Brant (20-0-0,
13 KOs) of St. Paul, Minnesota and Paul Valenzuela, Jr. (10-3-0,
6 KOs) of Santa Rosalia, Baja, MX. Brant’s record and fighting
style stands as a formidable hurdles for his competitors,
though Valenzuela, Jr. could present the challenge to notch
a loss on Brant’s scorecard.
eight-round lightweight co-main event lightweight bout features
Mason Menard (31-1-0, 23 KOs) from Rayne, Louisiana against
Diego Eligio (12-1-0, 4 KOs) from Monterrey, MX. The two veteran
fighters are training hard with their individual camps, getting
ready to give boxing fans an exciting show.
Fight fans can watch the fights in excitement filled arena
of the Pechanga Grand Ballroom. Seating nearly 2,000 people,
the bouts are often attended by well-known boxing names and
local celebrities and many times sell out.
CROLLA AND JORGE LINARES SET TO CLASH IN A WBA, WBC DIAMOND
AND RING MAGAZINE LIGHTWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP UNIFICATION
BLOCKBUSTER ON SEPTEMBER 24, 2016
FROM THE MANCHESTER ARENA AND LIVE ON SKY SPORTS
MANCHESTER (June 14, 2016) - Current
WBA Lightweight World Champion Anthony "Million Dollar"
Crolla (31-4-3, 13 KOs) will face WBC Lightweight World Champion
Jorge "El Niño de Oro" Linares (40-3, 27 KOs)
in a huge unification blockbuster for the WBA, WBC Diamond and
The Ring Magazine Lightweight World Championships at the Manchester
Arena on September 24, 2016, live on Sky Sports.
Crolla will make the second defence of his crown in his hometown
fortress following his brilliant knockout victory over Venezuelan
danger man Ismael Barroso in May, having ripped the title from
Darleys Perez with another body shot knockout in November.
The Manchester hero faces another huge test as he aims to unify
the division, with Venezuelan Linares putting the WBC Diamond
belt on the line for the third time. Linares became a three-division
world champion when he won the title back in December 2014 with
a fourth round knockout of Javier "El Implacable"
Prieto and travelled to London in his first defence against
Kevin "Mighty" Mitchell last May, climbing off the
canvas to stop Mitchell in the tenth round of an epic contest
that received acclaim as a 2015 Fight of the Year candidate.
The 30-year-old made it three wins inside the distance in a
row in October when he knocked out Ivan "Macanon"
Cano in four rounds in Caracas, Venezuela.
"Million Dollar" Crolla can become the first Englishman
to win The Ring Magazine Lightweight title and is relishing
the task against another elite level opponent, and the 29 year
old expects his fans to turn up the heat on the classy WBC king.
"I'm so excited to have the chance to unify the Lightweight
division," said Crolla. "Jorge is a fantastic fighter
and it's another mountain to climb, but these are the tests
that I thrive on and I've beaten two great fighters in Perez
and Barroso and I'm confident that I can beat Jorge too.
"I'm having to pinch myself after everything that's happened.
I'm fighting the number one fighter in the division for the
WBC, WBA and THE RING title; it doesn't get any better than
this. I'm very proud and privileged to be able to bring this
fight to Manchester.
"I've been a fan of Jorge Linares for years now and he's
technically brilliant at times but like any other fighter, he
has vulnerabilities. It's up to me to expose those vulnerabilities
and I truly believe that I can and I will. Linares is a great
champion but these are the fights you want to be in boxing for.
"He looked well against (Ivan) Cano last time out but he
hasn't been very active, whereas I'm coming off a career-best
performance over (Ismael) Barroso. I really believe I'm coming
into this fight in the form of my career and as I've shown in
the fights against (Darleys) Perez and Barroso, I'm capable
of improving my game when I have to.
"The last two nights in the Arena have been unbelievable
and I think that we'll take it to another level against Jorge.
He's boxed all over the world and taken on some of the best
- but fighting me in front of a packed Manchester crowd is not
something you can prepare for."
"This is my first unification fight and a great personal
challenge for me and my career," said Linares. "Last
year was an unbelievable year; I had the opportunity to fight
in England against Kevin Mitchell in front of a crowd of passionate
fight fans in one of the greatest fights of my career. This
unification fight for the WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine Lightweight
World Championships is another personal accomplishment for me
and a great opportunity for me to fight in England once more,
to be in front of a strong fight fan base.
"Crolla is a very strong contender and I know with both
our passions for the sport will deliver an exciting fight for
all the fans in Manchester. I know that Crolla is coming off
a victory against my fellow Venezuelan countryman, so I am coming
in with a lot of determination, pride and hunger for a victory.
"This unification fight is a great event in my career and
I want to thank my promoters Golden Boy Promotions and Teiken
Promotions for putting this fight together. I am ready for this
fight and began training in Las Vegas and now am back Japan
to complete my training camp at Akihiko Honda's Teiken Boxing
Gym. I am ready to prove I am the best in the lightweight division."
"I think boxing has a huge amount to do with momentum and
while Linares is clearly established as the number one Lightweight
in the world, I think this is the time to beat him," said
Crolla's promoter Eddie Hearn.
"When you look at the performances that Crolla has given
in Manchester, I would have him as favorite to beat Linares.
We had plenty of options but with the run Anthony is on, the
only thing on his mind is to be the number one in the division
and the linear champion."
"THE RING belt is so highly regarded within the trade and
when there was a possibility of the belt being up for grabs,
I can't tell you how excited Anthony Crolla and (trainer) Joe
Gallagher were, it was the icing on the cake"
"Jorge Linares is a fighter with tremendous talent, who
desires greatness and will pursue that by fighting the best
in the division," said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO
of Golden Boy Promotions. "Linares gave us a Fight of the
Year candidate against Kevin Mitchell last year, once again
demonstrating his skill and heart in the ring. I know he will
showcase this again in September and give us an exciting fight
against Anthony Crolla."
"Linares was placed as champion in recess by the WBC due
to a broken hand which prevented him from making his mandatory
defense," said WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman. "The
WBC has granted Linares to return to the ring to fight this
blockbuster unification for the prestigious Diamond belt and
the winner is committed to fight Dejan Zlaticanin. I am personally
proud of this fight as it continues with our goal to facilitate
the best matches to take place all over the world."
Tickets will go on sale to Matchroom Fight Pass members at midday
on Monday June 27 and on general sale at midday on Tuesday June
Anthony Crolla vs. Jorge Linares is a 12-round fight for the
WBA, WBC Diamond and the Ring Magazine Lightweight World Championships
presented by Matchroom Boxing and Golden Boy Promotions in association
with Akihiko Honda's Teiken Boxing Gym.
ENTERTAINMENT STATEMENT REGARDING CUELLAR VS. MARES
New York, NY (6/17/16) – Regrettably, due to a medical
issue that renders former three-division world champion Abner
Mares presently unable to fight in New York State, the Cuellar
vs. Mares fight has been cancelled and will be replaced on the
SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS, Presented by Premier Boxing
Champions, telecast next Saturday, June 25. Abner’s condition
is in no way life-threatening, nor was it revealed in a blood
or urine test; there was no use of any drugs, including PEDs
or other banned substances.
In honoring Abner’s right to medical confidentiality, no further
information will be released on this situation unless he chooses.
An announcement will be forthcoming with respect to the replacement
bout that will open the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS,
Presented by Premier Boxing Champions, broadcast.
TIKHONOV MAKING PROGRESS UP THE RATINGS LADDER
IS LUCKY NO. 13 IN WBA
NY (June 15, 2016)-- Russian
Vladimir Tikhonov, a super bantamweight contender, is the
latest signee to the Dmitriy Salita promotional slate. And
it looks like the timing is right for the Brooklyner Salita,
with word out that this Russian hitter is making his way up
the ratings ladder.
(14-0 with 8 KOs) has entered the WBA world rankings at No.
turned pro in 2008, has fought once outside Russia, and Salita
is looking to get him some more passport stamps.
left-hander, Tikhonov is methodical and busy. He is active
with his feet and can sting with both hands. Opponents need
to be wary of him slipping punches in from underneath. He
is ultra calm in the ring, gets in, gets off and gets out.
is a talented boxer who has lots of experience and potential
to compete with the best in the world," said the Brooklyn
based promoter, who is putting together an Aug. 19 show in
Rochester, NY to be headlined by Jarrell Miller. "Tikhonov
is world ranked now and I will be looking to land a significant
fight for him in the near future. He wants the toughest tests,
like Guillermo Rigondeaux (the WBA super bantam champion;
Moises Flores holds their interim title), Scott Quigg and
Nonito Donaire. He is yet another Russian warrior, with fighting
in his blood!"
Salita has climbed the mountain himself as a fighter, amassing
a 35-2-1 mark as a professional within the welterweight class.
He has kicked off successful fight series in NYC, and now
Detroit, and word is spreading that his efforts as an effective
promoter are informed by his having experienced what it's
like to campaign in the ring. Salita is planning the aforementioned
NY show, as well as a return to Detroit, for the third "Detroit
Promotions is poised to have a very strong second half of
2016, and our athletes such as Tikhonov will keep on being
featured on premium broadcast channels," Salita said.
"Our stable is strong, and growing all the time!"
Featherweight World Champion Leo Santa Cruz
Defends Against Undefeated Irish Star Carl Frampton on
Saturday, July 30 Live on SHOWTIME® in an Event Presented
by Premier Boxing Champions From Barclays Center in Brooklyn
SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®
Telecast Begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT
Tickets on Sale Tomorrow, June 15 at 10 a.m.!
BROOKLYN (June 14, 2016) – Undefeated
featherweight world champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz
(32-0-1, 18 KOs) and fellow unbeaten Irish star Carl “The
Jackal” Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs) will meet with a world title
and two perfect records at stake on Saturday, July 30 in the
main event of a Premier Boxing Champions event from Barclays
Center in Brooklyn. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®
telecast begins live on SHOWTIME® at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment
in association with Cyclone Promotions, start at $38 and go
on sale tomorrow, June 15 at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased
online by visiting www.ticketmaster.com, www.barclayscenter.com
or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at
the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group
discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.
Santa Cruz and Frampton collide in a battle of world champions
who mix dizzying speed with incredible output that produces
exciting fight after exciting fight. This fight will be the
fifth featherweight world title fight presented by SHOWTIME
in 2016. Frampton, a unified world champion at 122 pounds,
a weight class Santa Cruz previously held a title at, will
move up a notch in weight and challenge at 126 pounds.
"I've never been to New York before and I’m looking forward
to this big opportunity to put on a show for new fans in a
new city,” said Santa Cruz. “I always fight for the fans and
I'm excited to be able to do that somewhere I haven't been
before. Frampton is a good fighter. He has power and skills
and he moves when he has to, but he has a weak chin. When
he gets caught with a good punch, he goes down. He doesn't
like pressure and I have that. I'm looking forward to putting
on an exciting show at Barclays Center and I hope I leave
with lots of new fans."
“I am in terrific shape, I feel fantastic in the gym and I
am ready for the biggest fight of my career,” said Frampton.
“On July 30 I will become a two weight world champion. I respect
Leo Santa Cruz, he is a great fighter and person, but I am
preparing meticulously to overcome any challenge he brings
on July 30. I cannot wait to hear the crowd at Barclays Center.
It is my first time boxing in New York, where some of the
greatest fights have taken place. I know there will be a large
number of fans traveling from the UK and Ireland but there
is also a huge Irish-American audience and I am eager to show
them all what I can do. Get your tickets now, it’s going to
be a great fight!”
“Santa Cruz vs. Frampton is not only the best fight that can
be made in the featherweight division, it truly is one of
the most anticipated fights in all of boxing,” said Lou DiBella,
President of DiBella Entertainment. “Boxing fans can expect
nonstop action in this can’t-miss matchup of aggressive styles.
There's no better way for Santa Cruz and Frampton to make
their New York debuts than at Barclays Center, in Brooklyn,
against each other.”
“The competitive matchup of Santa Cruz vs. Frampton shines
an international spotlight on BROOKLYN BOXING at Barclays
Center,” said Brett Yormark, CEO of Brooklyn Sports &
Entertainment. “We’re especially excited to host two of the
best featherweight boxers in the sport today as they fight
in New York for the first time.”
The popular Mexican-American Santa Cruz fights out of Los
Angeles and won the 126-pound title in a “Fight of the Year”
candidate against former three-division champ Abner Mares
last August at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. It was just
the third fight in the featherweight division for Santa Cruz,
who has won belts at 118 and 122 pounds while earning a reputation
as one of boxing’s most active and exciting fighters. The
27-year-old also holds victories over Cristian Mijares and
Eric Morel. He has competed in world title bouts in 11 of
his last 13 fights since 2012. After stopping former world
champion Kiko Martinez in the fifth round last Feb. 27, Santa
Cruz makes his second world title defense in his East Coast
After defeating rival Scott Quigg in their 122-pound unification
bout last Feb. 27, Frampton will attempt to capture a world
title in a second weight class. Fighting out of Belfast, Northern
Ireland, the Irish national amateur champion in 2005 and 2009
expects to bring some of his rabid fans stateside come July
30. The 29-year-old became a world champion in 2014 when he
defeated Kiko Martinez to earn a super bantamweight title.
He made his U.S. debut in July 2015 when he defeated Alejandro
“Cobrita” Gonzalez Jr. in Texas before unifying the title
ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES SUMMER BOXING SERIES AT FOXWOODS
PREMIERE INSTALLMENT KICKS OFF JUNE 30TH
AND RETURNS ON JULY 21ST
New York, NY (6/6/16) – DiBella Entertainment
has promoted some of the biggest and most exciting boxing
events at Foxwoods® Resort Casino in the last decade and
now, the N.Y. based promotional company is proud to announce
that it has partnered with Foxwoods to stage a summer boxing
The series will kick off next month, on Thursday, June 30th,
with a special edition New England Broadway Boxing, headlined
by Connecticut’s own undefeated, world-rated super bantamweight
contender Luis Rosa (22-0, 10KO’s). The series will follow
up with its second installment on Thursday, July 21st. The
summer series will close out with its final edition sometime
in the second half of August.
“Foxwoods is one of the great venues for boxing on the East
Coast and our (DBE) home away from home in the New England
area. We are thrilled to have partnered with our great friends
at the Northeast’s premier resort destination to be doing
a summer series, featuring some of boxing’s best talent as
well as some of the most promising young fighters out of the
New England area,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella
“We are proud to continue to offer the most compelling, nationally-televised
boxing events featuring the best fighters in the world. For
nearly twenty five years, Foxwoods has been considered the
‘Fight Capital of the Northeast,’ and this Summer Boxing Series
will only build upon that fact,” stated Felix Rappaport, President
& CEO of Foxwoods Resort Casino. “In true Foxwoods fashion,
boxing fans can expect nonstop action and excitement from
the moment the bell rings.”
In addition to Rosa, DiBella Entertainment promotes some of
the New England area’s most promising up-and-coming prospects
and contenders, including top-rated, former world title challenger
Edwin Rodriguez, Ryan Kielczweski, undefeated female Shelly
Vincent, Danny Aquino, and recently signed amateur standouts
Mykquan Williams and Anthony Marsella.
A complete list of the upcoming June 30th card will be announced
Tickets for the June 30th card are on sale now and are priced
at $125, $75 and $45, not including applicable service charges
and taxes. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com and
www.foxwoods.com or by visiting the Foxwoods’ Box Office.
To charge by phone, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.
LOMACHENKO SETS THE RECORD BOOK
STRAIGHT ON ITS EAR WITH KO VICTORY
AND SECOND WORLD TITLE IN AS MANY DIVISIONS
vs. Gary Russell) photo: German Villasenor
YORK (June 13, 2016) -- He came, He saw, He annihilated.
Two-time Ukrainian Olympic gold medalist VASYL LOMACHENKO
is now a two-division world champion and just as he did with
his first professional world title, he won world title No.
2 in a record least amount of fights -- SEVEN! Lomachenko
(6-1, 4 KOs) captured his first world title -- the vacant
World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight title -- in
his third professional bout, winning a 12-round majority decision
over unbeaten Gary Russell in 2014 to tie the record for fewest
fights to win a world title. On Saturday, he broke the record
for winning world titles in two different weight divisions
in the least amount of fights by knocking out defending three-time
WBO junior lightweight world champion ROMAN "Rocky"
MARTINEZ (29--3-3, 17 KOs), of Puerto Rico, in the fifth round.
Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Puerto Rican
Best Boxing, Diamante Promotions and Madison Square Garden,
the fight took place at Madison Square Garden and was televised
live on HBO Boxing After Dark. HBO will replay the fight tonight
at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.
"I need more fights to get better. I want more fights
to make history," declared Lomachenko after he hoisted
up his new world championship belt. "Line up all the
top fighters and let's find out who is the best."
Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder Defends His Title
Against Two-Time World Title Challenger Chris Arreola in Premier
Boxing Champions on FOX & FOX Deportes Primetime Main
Saturday, July 16 From Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama
(8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT)
AL (June 13, 2016) -
Undefeated heavyweight world champion Deontay "The Bronze
Bomber" Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) will defend his title in
his home state when he battles two-time world title challenger
Chris "The Nightmare" Arreola (36-4-1, 31 KOs) in
the main event of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on FOX and
FOX Deportes Saturday, July 16 from Legacy Arena at the BJCC
in Birmingham, Alabama with televised coverage beginning at
8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
Tickets for the event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment
and TGB Promotions in association with Bruno Event Team, start
at only $20 and go on sale tomorrow. For tickets please visit
www.alabamatitlefight.com and www.ticketmaster.com.
Wilder returns to the ring after he was set to travel to Russia
and defend his title against Alexander Povetkin on May 21
before the challenger failed a drug test that caused a cancellation
of the fight. Now, Wilder will showcase his exceptional skills
in primetime on network television as he takes on Arreola.
It will be Wilder's fourth defense and third in his home state
"I'm always excited about coming home and being in front
of my people where I'm the most comfortable," said Wilder.
"I've been traveling a lot, going over to Sheffield,
England to train before I was supposed to fight Alexander
Povetkin in Moscow. But because of his decision to use a banned
substance, the fight didn't happen. I'm disappointed about
that, but it's not going to stop me from being an active heavyweight
world champion. It has also given me the opportunity to again
defend my title before my hometown fans. It's always good
to come home.
"This is the longest stretch that I've been out of the
ring and I'm anxious to get back in and continue my quest
to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world,"
continued Wilder. "This is another fight in that process.
I respect Chris Arreola for getting into the ring with me,
but we all know who the real champion is and I'm going to
prove it. I've been training long and hard for a fight and
now I'm going to take it out on Arreola on July 16."
"I'm thankful to Deontay for this opportunity, he has
proven a great deal by winning the heavyweight title and by
defending it three times," said Arreola. "I'm very
excited to step into the ring with him, put on a great show,
be victorious and make history by becoming the first Mexican
heavyweight world champion."
"We are thrilled that Deontay will be back in the ring
quickly, in primetime on FOX, and at home in Alabama. Chris
Arreola knows that this is his last opportunity for heavyweight
glory and will likely come out throwing bombs from the opening
bell. I expect an explosive, fan friendly fight for as long
as it lasts," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella
Entertainment. "In the wake of Povetkin's positive PED
test and the cancellation of that fight, we are happy that
Deontay's next heavyweight title defense will be contested
on July 16th and on such a great platform."
"Chris knows what this fight means, and having been in
the position to be the first Mexican heavyweight world champion
before, he's not going to let that chance slip by him again,
" said Tom Brown of TGB Promotions.
"We are excited to work with DiBella Entertainment and
TGB Promotions to bring the third heavyweight boxing championship
in a little over a year to the state of Alabama," said
Gene Hallman, president and CEO of Bruno Event Team. "We
expect tickets for this fight to sell quickly and we encourage
Alabama boxing fans to show their support for Deontay."
"FOX and FOX Deportes are thrilled to be broadcasting
the much anticipated heavyweight championship of the world
between Deontay Wilder vs. Chris Arreola as part of our partnership
with Premier Boxing Champions," said David Nathanson,
FOX Sports Head of Business Operations. "It's been just
over 20 years since FOX presented its last heavyweight headliner,
Mike Tyson vs. Buster Mathis. We're sure this title fight
will deliver another amazing PBC show on our networks."
The heavyweight champion from Tuscaloosa is itching to get
back in the ring after defending his title with stoppages
of Eric Molina, Johann Duhaupas and most recently a one-punch
knockout of Artur Szpilka in January. Before turning pro in
November 2008, Wilder won the bronze medal at heavyweight
for the U.S. at the 2008 Olympic Games. He is the last American
male boxer to medal in the Olympics. The 30-year-old won the
belt with a dominant decision over Bermane Stiverne in January
2015. The six-month layoff will be the longest of Wilder's
career. This fight will mark the eighth time Wilder fights
in his home state of Alabama as a professional.
Always in exciting fights, the Los Angeles-born Arreola will
look to entertain the primetime audience as he takes his third
crack at a heavyweight world championship. With victories
over Eric Molina, Seth Mitchell, Joey Abell and Jameel McCline
plus championship losses to Vitali Klitschko and Bermane Stiverne,
he will be one of the most battle-tested opponents of Wilder's
There will be two more hours of boxing on FS1 and FOX Deportes
at 10 p.m. ET, immediately following the Wilder vs. Arreola
fight on FOX. Further details will be announced shortly.
"EL BANDIDO" VARGAS RETAINS WBC SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT
WORLD TITLE WITH MAJORITY DRAW IN WAR AGAINST ORLANDO "SIRI"
LIVE FROM STUBHUB CENTER IN CARSON AND TELEVISED LIVE ON HBO®
BOXING AFTER DARK
Photo: German Villasenor
ANGELES (June 4, 2016) -WBC Super Featherweight World
Champion Francisco "El Bandido" Vargas (23-0-2,
17 KOs) retained his title against former three-time world
champion Orlando "Siri" Salido (42-13-4, 30 KOs,
1 NC) after going the distance in a 12-round blood bath before
a nearly sold-out, raucous crowd of 7,378 at the StubHub Center
in Carson, Calif. and televised live on HBO® Boxing AfterDark.
Salido and Vargas exchanged heavy blows in the first round,
with Salido getting the better of Vargas in a flurry of punches
late in the round. Round four saw Vargas injured, with blood
pouring from a cut on his eye obtained by a head butt. The
war continued on and brought the crowd to their feet in round
six, where Vargas held Salido against the ropes several times
with a flurry of punches. The warriors didn't stop and kept
the pressure on each other until round 12, which saw Vargas
and Salido laying into one another relentlessly until the
"I feel really good about this decision," said Vargas.
"I knew coming in that I was going to be facing a very
tough opponent; however I didn't expect for him to head butt
me and give me so many cuts to the face. I used powerful jabs
and countered with ruthlessness. Takashi Miura was a much
more powerful puncher, but my respects to Salido. He is a
very tough fighter and has a very strong chin. Overall, I'm
happy I was able to face this skilled warrior."
"It was a complicated fight like I expected, a very difficult
fight from beginning to end with a lot of action," said
Salido. "It was a great spectacle for all the fans. They
got what they wanted; they wanted to see blood and they saw
blood. I would welcome another fight with him. I believe that
I won by a slight margin, but I would welcome a rematch. I
would also accept the fight from Takashi Miura or from Lomachenko.
I'll fight anyone."
Before the man event began, attendees were encouraged to light
up their cell phones across the audience and to chants from
the crowd of "Ali." Ring announcer Michael Buffer
told the assembled crowd the story of Ali and described his
life as a boxer and activist, and his impact in the world
beyond just sports. He followed with what has become standard
for fallen boxers - ten bells rung to give the final count-out
to the legend.
"We'll love you forever champ - rest in peace Muhammad
Ali," said Buffer in closing the solemn occasion.
Notable guests at tonight's event included Oscar De La Hoya;
Gabriel Soto, Mexican actor and model; Metta World Peace;
singer Frankie J; rapper Baby Bash; dancer Olivia "Chachi"
Gonzales; and YouTube stars Josh Leyva, Jorge Munoz, and Joshua
Santos. Joining them were Golden Boy fighters Mauricio "El
Maestro" Herrera, Ronny Rios, Edgar "Kid Neza"
Valerio, Jason "El Animal" Quigley, Zachary "Zungry"
Ochoa, Andrew "El Chango" Cancio, Gilberto "El
Flaco" Gonzalez, Joseph "Jojo" Diaz Jr., Oscar
"El Jaguar" Negrete, Jesus Soto Karass, Jorge "El
Niño de Oro" Linares, Carlos "The Solution"
Morales, Roberto "Massa" Ortiz and Joshua "The
Professor" Franco. Fighters Takashi Miura, Viktor "Ice
Man" Postol, and Vasyl Lomachenko were also in attendance.
In the co-main event, Abraham "Chamaco" Lopez (21-0-1,
15 KOs) of La Puente, Calif. made his HBO debut and gave Julian
"El Camaron" Ramirez (16-1, 8 KOs) of East Los Angeles
his first professional loss to claim the vacant NABA Featherweight
Title. Throughout the early rounds, Ramirez and Lopez traded
massive blows that left the crowd in gasps and cheers. Mid-way
through the fourth round, Ramirez managed to catch Lopez with
a few solid shots across the jaw. Lopez kept trying to chip
away at the guard of Ramirez, but had difficulty landing clean
punches through the early rounds of the fight. That changed,
though, when in the sixth round Lopez opened up a deep gash
across the right brow of Ramirez. In a bit of payback, Ramirez's
continual blows caused swelling over Lopez's right eye by
the end of the seventh round. By the final bell, both fighters
left whatever strength they had on the mat. In a unanimous
decision, the judges awarded the victory - and the NABA belt
- to Lopez.
"It was a close fight, my respects for Julian he definitely
is a hard puncher," said Lopez. "But I'm not hurt,
I was able to counter the punches he came at me with. This
victory opens doors for me; it moves me up to the next level
in my career and gives me the opportunities to fight for a
world title. I'm glad I listened to my corner, that's what
ultimately helped get the victory tonight."
"This was a really tough fight," said Ramirez. "I
knew he would be a tough opponent, and that's what I trained
hard for. I know that he won some rounds, but I thought that
I did very well out there. And I thought that I had a very
good shot at winning this. I feel that the decision should
have been much closer. But it is what it is, and that's boxing."
"King" Gabriel Rosado (23-9, 13 KOs) of Philadelphia
and Tijuana's Antonio "Tony" Gutierrez (20-2-1,
9 KOs) faced off for a 10-round middleweight bout that turned
into a narrow final decision. In the early rounds, Gutierrez
focused on working Rosado's body with repeated left jabs and
combos to his midsection. Rosado countered with a number of
strong shots to Gutierrez's head over the top of his guard
and uppercuts. Gutierrez caught Rosado late in the second
round with a strong right cross that seemed to momentarily
daze his opponent. In the fourth round, Gutierrez caught Rosado
with a shot that toppled him to the mat before Rosado surged
back with a number of strong punches. Over the next few rounds,
both fighters periodically traded heavy blows in a game of
back-and-forth for control of the fight. In scoring that indicated
how close the fight was (95-94, 96-93, 95-94), Rosado emerged
with the hard-earned unanimous decision.
"I was hoping this fight would go a little differently,"
said Rosado. "I wasn't expecting to get knocked down.
I know that I was making some mistakes in my rounds, and he
was coming at me really hard. I know that I have a lot of
support out here. This was a learning experience for me -
despite my flaws, I was able to get back up and take this
"I had studied Rosado before this fight, and knew he
was a fighter with great ability and punching power,"
said Gutierrez. "This has been the most difficult fight
of my career thus far, but I feel that I was very impressive
and dominated many of the rounds tonight. When I dropped him
in the fourth round, I was surprised because I was just doing
what my corner advised. And it worked. I don't agree with
the decision. I feel I gave the better fight tonight, and
the crowd agrees with me."
Christian "Chimpa" Gonzalez (14-0, 12 KOs) of Buena
Park, Calif. squared off against Jhon Gemino (12-7-1, 5 KOs)
of Batangas, Philippines an eight-round lightweight bout.
Going the distance, Gonzalez won via unanimous decision and
scored 80-72, 80-72, 79-73 across the three judges. Gonzalez
repeatedly walked Gemino into the ropes, where he then let
loose with a flurry of combinations and visibly draining his
opponent. Gemino fought back gamely, landing a few solid punches
to Gonzalez's head and upper body during the fourth round
- though Gonzalez came back the next round with several solid
uppercuts through Gemino's guard. Through the final rounds,
Gemino played defensive, making several strong upper body
blows to Gonzalez - while Gonzalez continued to dominate the
center of the ring and control the tempo of the fight.
"My opponent was really tough and was able to take lots
of punches which was challenging," said Gonzalez. "Every
fight is a learning experience for me, and I am extremely
happy I was able to get tonight's victory against this tough
guy because this is what I came to accomplish."
Nick "La Calavera" Arce (8-0, 6 KOs) of Los Angeles
battled Francisco "Panchito" Dominguez (8-10, 2
KOs) of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico in a six-round super featherweight
bout, delivering victory by unanimous decision and winning
all rounds for the three judges, 60-54. Arce controlled the
fight from the start, chasing Dominguez around the ring and
scoring a number of strong shots to his head.
"I'm very happy I got the victory," said Arce. "I
trained for everything to go as planned, as it did. My opponent
is a tough guy who can take lots of punches and I feel good
about this fight. This is what I came out here to do."
Jonathan "Thunder" Navarro (6-0, 5 KOs) of East
Los Angeles fought a scheduled six-round super lightweight
bout against Marc Torres (4-2, 1 KO) of McAllen, Texas, winning
by knockout 1:21 into the second round after devastating Torres
with body blows. Late into the first round, Navarro leveled
Torres with a body blow that sent him to the mat, getting
up just in time for the bell.
"I could tell in the first round that his body was open,"
said Navarro. "When I got him down in the first, I knew
then, for me, that this fight was all about body shots. I
could see he was wobbling in the second round. And that's
when I was able to take him down with a body shot. Like I
said at the weigh-in, anybody can talk - but we will see if
they can back it up. I was able to back it up."
Alexis Rocha (3-0, 2 KOs) of Santa Ana, Calif. won a four-round
super welterweight bout against Anthony Woods (0-5) of Las
Vegas by scoring 40-36 across the three judges for his first
unanimous decision of his young career. While Woods was aggressive
with his punching, he couldn't land many on the quicker Rocha
who bobbed and weaved throughout the fight.
"I come out to win and I was expecting to knock my opponent
out, but he was giving me a ton of trouble in the ring,"
said Rocha. "If I ever lose a fight, my opponent is going
to have to knock me out to take me down. Every fight for me
is a learning experience, and I know now what I'm going to
have to do to improve - including working on my combinations
and staying collected during the fight."
Genaro "El Conde" Gamez (2-0, 2 KOs) of San Diego
won his fight in a four-round lightweight bout against Juan
Bryand (1-4) of Laredo, Texas with a knockout 1:36 into the
first round, falling after a series of strong body shots.
"It feels really great to be out here and to put on a
show for my fans," said Gamez. "I went in ready,
training very hard and ready to get the job done. This is
my first fight at the StubHub Center and my second professional
fight, and everyone can expect a lot more to come from me."
Opening up the card, Oscar Duarte (5-0, 2 KOs) of Parral,
Mexico won a unanimous decision in his four-round lightweight
bout against Luis "Lichito" Lizarraga Jr. (5-9-1,
2 KOs) of Merida, Mexico, with all three judges scoring the
"So this is my second time fighting in a venue this size,"
said Duarte. "This motivates me to keep going and to
give me momentum. I'm very happy with this victory, and I
know it's because of me that my team's able to work hard and
develop a tactic to attack."
Francisco Vargas vs. Orlando Salido was a 12-round battle
for the WBC Super Featherweight Championship presented by
Golden Boy Promotions in association with Zanfer Promotions
and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, BORN BOLD, Casa Mexico Tequila
and HANDS OF STONE: The True Story of Roberto Duran, in theaters
this August. The HBO Boxing After Dark telecast began live
at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. The RingTvLive.com live stream began
at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT.
JARRELL “BIG BABY” MILLER PASSES TEST AS FRED KASSI QUITS AFTER
THREE ON SHOBOX: THE NEW GENERATION FROM RHINOS STADIUM IN ROCHESTER,
Mason Menard KOs Bahomir Mamadjonov, Antonio Nieves and Alejandro
Santiago Fight To A Split Draw & Bakhtiyar Eyubov Wins By
Split Decision Against Karim Mayfield
Catch The Replay On Monday, Aug. 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (Aug. 20, 2016) – Undefeated
heavyweight prospect Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller won by third-round
TKO over veteran Fred Kassi in the ShoBox: The New Generation
main event, Friday, live on SHOWTIME from Rhinos Stadium in Rochester,
Following a cagey first round that favored Kassi (18-5-1, 10 KOs),
Brooklynite Miller (18-0-1, 16 KOs), turned up the body work and
pressure in rounds two and three. After landing 36-of-57 power
shots in the third and racking up 30 connects to the body, Kassi
retired on the stool between rounds, citing a hand injury. Miller
landed an impressive 57 percent of his power shots for the fight
and limited Kassi to 22 percent of his hooks, crosses and uppercuts.
Kassi said after the fight that his right hand was injured in
the second and pushed through the pain for one more round before
The 6-foot-4, Miller viciously attacked the body and delivered
some big rights and combinations. Kassi had some moments where
he out-boxed his opponent, but Miller’s power and size—a possible
50+-pound advantage—was the deciding factor. With this victory,
“Big Baby” ups his winning streak to 14 straight.
“I knew it would take some time to get going tonight. I was thinking
maybe three or four rounds to warm up and get going. But in the
second round, I got my wind and I knew I hurt him,” said Miller,
who is ranked among the top 10 heavyweights in three of the four
sanctioning bodies. “My legs came alive and I touched his body
and his head. I knew I was going to get the stoppage.
“I think he could have continued, though. He just didn’t want
to. That’s why I take my hat off to Deontay Wilder. I still want
to break his jaw, but he finished his fight with a broken hand.
That’s what champions do. Kassi didn’t want to continue.
“Let’s talk about all these heavyweights. Tyson Fury, he doesn’t
want this work. He’s always complaining. He’s always sick or something.
I don’t know what’s wrong with him. Wilder, every five minutes
he breaks another finger. Look, it’s just a matter of time before
these guys are going to have to put up or shut up. Anthony Joshua,
that’s going to be a mega fight. I am just begging for him to
call my name.”
Kassi said, “I must have hurt my hand in the first round because
in the second, every time I hit him I felt a shock. I wanted to
keep going but he’s a big guy and I couldn’t use my hand. When
you fight a guy that is 50 pounds heavier than you are, you need
all the weapons.”
“The size difference and the strength difference was so enormous,”
said SHOWTIME Boxing’s veteran analyst Steve Farhood. “Once Miller
started rolling, it was clear that Kassi had no answers. Kassi
had been nimble and he slid off the ropes a few times in round
one. That was gone in round 2. So, perhaps in some people’s eyes,
this win is cheapened by the injury, but to me it was clear that
Big Baby was on his way to doing what more advanced heavyweights
like Dominic Breazeale and Chris Arreola couldn’t do, and that’s
stop Fred Kassi.
“Bottom line, Jarrell Miller’s stock went up tonight. He faced
his toughest test and he passed it.”
In the co-main event, promising Louisiana lightweight “Rock Hard
Mighty” Mason Menard scored a brutal knockout at 2:26 of the ninth-round
over battled-tested Bahodir Mamadjonov, winning the WBO NABO Lightweight
belt. VIDEO HIGHLIGHT: http://s.sho.com/2b6MNPF
Both Menard and Mamadjonov were facing their most dangerous foe
to date. Mamadjonov (18-3, 11 KOs), showed great ring generalship
successfully keeping Menard's output down for the first six rounds,
but Menard (32-1, 24 KOs) dramatically turned the fight around
with body shots that produced two knockdowns in the seventh. A
slow eighth-round followed but the ninth brought another series
of power shots leading to the third and final knockdown, prompting
referee Steve Smoger to intervene and halt the contest.
At the time of the stoppage Menard, who out-landed Mamadjonov
10-0 in the bout's final 26 seconds, was ahead by two points on
two scorecards and four points on the third.
“I feel great, but it was a B-level performance from me,” said
Menard who is coming from a knockout-of-the-year candidate, “I
could have done better. My opponent was an awkward fighter and
we got him with two weeks’ notice.
“I knew if I kept putting the pressure, slowly he would fade and
I would take him out in the later rounds and that’s exactly how
it happened. He was hurting to the body. I knew after the first
couple rounds he was breathing really heavy, so the game plan
was to start touching him to the body. It was affecting him greatly.
“I’m definitely excited to get my second SHOWTIME knockout and
I got some rounds under my belt. It’s been years since I went
that many rounds, so it was good to know I can go that long and
still finish strong.”
“I don’t really know what went wrong,” said Mamadjonov, who is
known for his high boxing IQ. “It was short notice and I think
I lost too much weight.
“I didn’t feel his punches, but he caught me with some good body
shots. I was fighting evenly with him until the weight loss caught
up to me and I got tired.
“I feel ok now. I’m good. I am disappointed but I’m fine. I’ll
NABO Bantamweight Champion Antonio Nieves, of Cleveland, Ohio
and Tijuana’s Alejandro Santiago battled to a 10-round split draw
(96-94 Nieves, 96-94 Santiago and 95-95) in the second fight of
the ShoBox quadrupleheader.
Nieves, (16-0-2, 8 KOs), remains undefeated, but Santiago’s (11-2-2,
3 KOs) boxing ability clearly caught him off guard. The first
five rounds featured brisk long-range boxing that was incredibly
even. Santiago, a late-sub for Nikolay Potapov, appeared to pull
away in rounds 6-10 as he out-landed Nieves 129-86 overall and
100-61 in power punches.
Winning the late rounds was not enough for Santiago, who was stepping
up in weight and opposition. Judge Don Ackerman had Nieves ahead
96-94 while Eric Marlinski had it 96-94 for Santiago. Pasquale
Procopio's 95-95 card proved pivotal. Given Santiago's second-half
surge, the Mexican visitor was unlucky not to get the win.
“I thought it was close, but I think I pulled it out,” said Nieves.
“I should have gotten the victory by maybe one or two points.
But the judges see what they saw, you know?
“I do not feel I put on the impressive performance I was hoping
to. I wasn’t at my best. He (Santiago) was a little awkward and
my right hand was hurting a little bit, but I really don’t know
why I wasn’t letting my hands go like I usually do.
“I learned I have to stick to my game plan and keep using my jab.
I didn’t use it like I usually do. I need to just do what I do
and not worry about what my opponent is doing.
“I don’t think nerves had anything to do with it, even though
it was the biggest fight of my career. I was just letting him
get off first. I should have followed my game plan, rather than
react to what he was doing. I give myself a C for my performance
Santiago, who came as a late replacement and was clearly the underdog,
also felt he won the fight.
“It was close, but I think I won the fight. I was always sure
I’d beat him and I did. I landed more punches,” said Santiago.
“I thought Nieves would be stronger than he was in there.
“I usually fight at super flyweight. I was coming up in weight
to do this. It was an opportunity to open more doors for me and
I took it. And I think that’s what I did tonight.”
In the opening bout of the telecast, undefeated welterweight Bakhtiyar
Eyubov of Brooklyn, N.Y., by way of Kazakhstan won a close 10-round
split decision—that could have gone either way—against veteran
Karim Mayfield of San Francisco, Calif. (95-94 twice for Eyubov
and 95-94 for Mayfield).
Eyubov (11-0, 10 KOs), who had never been past the third round,
was taken to uncharted waters by the more experienced Mayfield
(19-4-1, 11 KOs). Mayfield extended Eyubov far longer than any
other opponent and despite out-landing the adoptive Brooklynite
in each of the final four rounds (110-80 overall and 87-66 power)
Eyubov escaped with a split decision. It was a learning victory
for Eyubov and a disheartening loss for Mayfield, who averaged
69 punches per round to Eyubov's 52.
“I felt it was close, but I did everything I wanted to do and
I feel I won nearly every round,” said Eyubov. “I was surprised
by Mayfield, especially how hard his head is. He is a real man.
“My lip is a little swollen but that’s because of headbutts. Mayfield
fought dirty in there. But I’m happy with the decision. I learned
that I can go 10 rounds if I have to. I could go 12. I was still
strong at the end of the fight.
Mayfield, who was clearly disappointed with the result, felt he
won the fight.
“It was a good fight and he’s a tough fighter for sure, but I
landed the harder shots and kept active. He was a tough guy, don’t
get me wrong, but I certainly won that fight,” said Mayfield.
“I feel I performed well. There’s alwayromotions.s more work you
can do, but for the most part I feel I did good. People thought
for some odd reason the fight wouldn’t even go the distance, which
is ludicrous. I won the fight though.
“It was part of my game plan to frustrate him and I feel I did
that. I executed my plan well. Of course, there was more I could
have done. I could have thrown more punches, but I did well.
“They made it seem like he punched like hell, but I guess all
punches feel hard to me, so if you’re a hard puncher or a light
puncher, it’s still a punch and I don’t want to get punched. I
got hit but I was never stunned or anything like that.
“I would love a rematch.”
Eyubov responded, “I don’t know if I would fight him again. I
will think about it.”
ShoBox: The New Generation will re-air on Monday, Aug. 22 at 10
p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME and will be available on SHOWTIME
ANYTIME beginning Saturday, Aug. 20.
Barry Tompkins called the ShoBox action from ringside with Steve
Farhood and former world champion Raul Marquez serving as expert
analysts. The executive producer was Gordon Hall with Rich Gaughan
producing and Rick Phillips directing.
The event was promoted by Salita Promotions in association with
Greg Cohen Promotions.
STELLAR NIGHT OF KNOCK OUT FIGHTS AT A SOLD OUT LA FIGHT CLUB
SHABRANSKYY DAZZLES CROWD WITH AN IMPRESSIVE TAKE DOWN OF OSCAR
LOS ANGELES (Aug. 19, 2016) - It was a night of knock outsat
a sold out Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles as a series
of jaw-dropping matches kept the crowd at the edge of their seats.
The spectacle had special guests, including Chairman and CEO of
Golden Boy Promotions Oscar De La Hoya, NABA Super Featherweight
Champion Carlos "The Solution" Morales, Ronny Rios,
Jason "El Animal" Quigley, Antonio "La Joya"
Gutierrez, Christian "Chimpa" Gonzalez, Oscar "Jaguar"
"Pitbull" Tapia, EmilioSanchez, Vergil Ortiz, Jr. and
Niko "Baby Face" Valdes.
main event, airinglive nationally on Estrella TV's Boxeo Estelar
and live streamed by the Ring TV, featured Vyacheslav "Lion
Heart-Chigonsky" Shabranskyy (17-0, 14 KOs) taking on Laredo,
Texas fighter Oscar "El Monstruo" Riojas (10-6-1, 3
KOs) for a scheduled eight-round light heavyweight bout. In the
first round, Shabranskyy was clearly feeling out his opponent,
entering the ring calm and steady as he threw a couple of jabs,
with Riojas responding. At the one minute and 43 second mark in
the third round, Shabranskyy landed a straight right punch to
the chin that made Riojas fall to the boxing mat. As Riojas got
back up to continue the fight, "Chingonsky" released
power punches that Riojas could not handle, making the referee
stop the fight. Shabranskyy's ultimately retained his undefeated
status with a technical knockout victory.
"In the first round, I wanted to feel him out, find out what
he had as a fighter," said Shabranskyy. "By the second
round I started to expose his weaknesses and knew that I could
finish the fight early, and that was what my corner was telling
me to do. I try to make sure I listen to my corner as they can
see things that I can't. Luckily we were able to finish the fight
early, and I am looking forward to the next fight."
"I feel really disappointed, this fight was not how I expected
it to go," said Riojas. "The knockout caught me by surprise
and there was nothing I could do. I feel really disappointed about
how this ended but everyone can definitely expect me back in the
ring soon again."
In the co-main feature also broadcast live on Estrella TV's Boxeo
Estellar, undefeated super featherweight prospect Ivan "Striker"
Delgado (10-0-1, 3 KOs) took on Alejandro Ochoa (7-12-2, 1 KO)
in an eight-round event. The first rounds featured equally matched
fighters, both landing impressive power punches. The heated exchanges
of packed punches featured the warriors' heated exchanges that
wore down Ochoa. It was in the seventh round where the "Striker"
saw his opportunity at the one minute and 46 second mark, where
he landed three left hooks in a row that sent Ochoa straight to
mat. The knock out gave yet another victory to the undefeated
"I kept going really hard throughout all the rounds, and
I knew I would eventually get the knockout because I hurt him
early on by knocking him down," said Delgado. "I never
got frustrated because I knew I had to keep my cool and land my
punches so I didn't get sloppy-that's how I was able to successfully
capture the knockout."
Opening up the televised portion of the night, Alexis Rocha (4-0,
3 KOs) of Santa Ana, Calif. faced Israel "Isra" Villela
(4-3, 1 KO) in a four-round welterweight bout. Rocha entered the
ring taking clear control of the fight, releasing his flurry of
punches onto Villela. Rocha landed massive combination of blows
to the body, with a left hook to the face that sent Villela straight
to the mat. Villela valiantly rose up again, only to be given
another heavy dose of combination punches to the face, leading
the referee to stop the fight, and giving Rocha the technical
knock out victory to maintain his undefeated record.
"I always prepare for every fight with the same intensity
and this fight was not the exception," said Rocha. "I
thought he was going to rush me in the first round so I made sure
to stay focused and aggressive. Once I had him down I knew I had
to apply smart pressure to win this fight. I am glad I was able
to finish it early and secure another victory."
In a scheduled six-round lightweight fight, Oscar Duarte (6-0-1,
3 KOs) of Parral, Mexico faced Omar Garcia (5-4, 1 KO) of Monterrey,
Mexico. It only took 58 seconds into the first round for Duarte
to dominate Garcia, knocking him down to the canvas via a devastating
left hook, winning the fight via knockout.
"I feel so blessed to have another victory under my belt,"
said Duarte. "My game plan was to enter the ring calmly,
and relaxed. I knew I could get the knock out when I felt like
I hurt him with my body punch. I am going to keep up the discipline
that I have, and turn that into more results like this."
off the RingTVLive.com, live stream portion of the night, David
Mijares (3-0, 2 KO) of Santa Monica, California took on Jorrell
Sparenberg (0-2) from Houston, Texas in a scheduled four-round
super lightweight bout. Mijares dominated the first round, cornering
Sparenburg various times throughout the round landing various
combinations to the body. It was during the second round that
Mijares took advantage of Sparenberg's inability to keep his hands
up, landing various blows to the head and prompting the referee
to wave off the fight on the 1:36 mark. Mijares was awarded his
third victory and second technical knockout to add to his record.
feels so great to have a dramatic victory in front of my hometown
crowd," said Mijares. "I feel like I put on a great
show for all the fans supporting me tonight. There are still some
things I need to work on, particularly taking my time and exercising
my patience in the ring, but I am just very excited about my victory
tonight. I am ready for the next fight."
Vyacheslav Shabranskyy vs. Oscar Riojas was presented by Golden
Boy Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, BORN BOLD, Casa
Mexico Tequila and Carmelita Chorizo. Doors opened at 5:00 p.m.
and the first bout began at 5:30 p.m. The Estrella TV Boxeo Estelar
broadcast aired live on Friday, Aug. 19 at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00
p.m. PT and streamed live simultaneously on estrellaTV.com and
on YouTube via LBI Media's Fenomeno Studios: youtube.com/FenomenoStudios.
The Ring TV live stream began at 5:30 p.m. PT through 7:00 p.m.
Tickets for LA FIGHT CLUB starting at only $20 with Flex Passes
for multiple fight packages, Group Tickets and Knockout Experience
upgrade are available for purchase now at www.goldenboypromotions.com,
the Golden Boy Promotions Facebook page, by calling 213-233-2957
or by emailing LAFightClub@goldenboypromotions.com. Mark your
calendars and purchase tickets in advance before they sell out
for the remaining summer dates taking place September 2 and October
Roman Makes Weight; Defends NABA 122-pound Title Friday Night
Calif. (Aug. 25, 2016) -
NABA Champion Danny Roman (19-2-1, 7 KOs) weighed in at 122 lbs.,
while challenger Enrique Quevedo (16-7-1, 10 KOs) measured 121.4
lbs. at Thursday's "New Blood" weigh in.
expecting a tough and rugged fight," said Roman, who is defending
his title for the fourth time. "Quevedo is going to bring
it, and so am I."
vs. Quevedo is the 10-round main event that originates Friday
night from the Omega Products Events Center in Corona, Calif.
the co-feature, heavyweight LaRon Mitchell (13-0, 13 KOs) meets
Mario Heredia (14-4, 12 KOs) in a fight scheduled for 8-rounds.
Mitchell weighed in at 244.8 lbs., and Heredia tipped the scales
at 274.2 lbs.
Roman, 122 vs. Enrique Quevedo, 121.4 (10-rounds)
LaRon Mitchell, 244.8 vs. Mario Heredia, 274.2 (8-rounds)
Robert Arriaza, 147.8 vs. Benjamin Whitaker, 146.4 (8-rounds)
Scott Alexander, 231.8 vs. Sergio Ramirez, 199 (6-rounds)
Michael Norato, 130.8 vs. Eder Amaro, 131.8 (4-rounds)
Rudy Garcia, 116.5 vs. Jorge Perez, 117.4 (4-rounds)
Tickets for "New Blood" are available for purchase on
the day of the event starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Omega Products
Events Center will call booth.
open at 6:30 p.m. local time with the first bell at approximately
7:45 p.m. The Omega Products Events Center is located at 1681
California Ave., Corona, CA 92881 and can be reached at 951-737-7447.
Blood" is presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions and sponsored
by Lucas Oil, in association with Everlast.
For more information, please visit ThompsonBoxing.com. To follow
the conversation on social media, please use #NewBlood and #ThompsonBoxing.
ALVAREZ CONFERENCE CALL TRANSCRIPT
AND MP3 RECORDING FROM AUGUST 24, 2015
OSCAR DE LA HOYA, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions:
Thank you very much. Thank you to all the media. [SPEAKING IN SPANISH].
We are here for the Canelo Alvarez-Liam Smith conference call.
of all, we want to thank you and welcome the two-time world champion
Canelo Alvarez who has a record of 47-1, and won with 33 knockouts.
September 17th over Mexican Independence weekend, Canelo Alvarez
will make his long-anticipated return to Texas to fight Liam Smith
who has a record of 23-0 with 13 knockouts, and that will be for
the WBO Junior Middleweight Junior championship title at the famed
AT&T Stadium, home of America's team, the Dallas Cowboys.
has been a natural choice for us, and for all Texas fans who love
Canelo Alvarez, and the fan base are some of the most loyal for
every fight. The fans have shown up in huge crowds wearing red
and green, cheering Canelo and chanting his name.
is Canelo's home away from home, and Canelo versus Smith will
be a homecoming celebration for Canelo. We have witnessed some
of Canelo's most epic fights in Texas, from his match with Austin
Trout at the Alamo Dome where he filled up 45,000 seats, and obviously
when he fought James Kirkland, which was named Knockout Of The
Year, at the Minute Maid Park in front of 31,000 screaming fans.
Cowboys Stadium is a stadium created for larger-than-life fighters,
just like Canelo. And the two other fights that have been fought
there were headlined by legendary Manny Pacquiao.
excited to announce that ticket sales are going extremely, extremely
well. It's outpacing Manny Pacquiao's last two fights, which we're
extremely excited about knowing that we will have a full house
at the Cowboys Stadium. Tickets are still available, priced from
$750 all the way down to $40.
would like to thank our sponsors, Tecate Cerveza Born Bold and
Casa Mexico Tequila. Thank you for your continued support.
obviously if you can't be with us live in Dallas, this fight will
be televised live on HBO Pay-Per-View, which is our exclusive
and proud partner for this event.
extremely proud and excited to have Canelo Alvarez headline Mexican
Independence Day weekend, and this is only the beginning for Canelo
Alvarez headlining special weekends for many years to come. So
it's a perfect fit that we stage this fight in Texas to be shown
across the globe.
this time, I would like to introduce to you one of the team members
who makes everything happen, who gets Canelo in shape, who has
the strategy, who has been doing a wonderful job with his premier.
I would like to introduce to you a man they call "Chepo,"
and that is Jose "Chepo" Reynoso. Chepo?
"CHEPO" REYNOSO, Manager and Trainer to Canelo Alvarez
very excited. We're very relaxed right now, but we're very excited
in anticipating with a lot of enthusiasm September 17 so that
all the fans can celebrate and say "viva Mexico," "viva
DE LA HOYA: Thank you. And next I would like to introduce to you
the man who trains him, the man who gets on the mitts with him,
strategizes. If you look at Canelo's last fights, he's been growing,
he's been improving. He's only getting better. And Canelo is a
fighter who wants to be the very best, and he will stop at nothing
to get to that goal of his.
next up I would like to introduce to you the trainer, Eddy Reynoso.
REYNOSO, Head Trainer to Canelo Alvarez (Via Translator):
afternoon, everybody, and what can I say? We're three weeks out
from the fight. We're very happy. Canelo's been working very,
very hard. He's looking great, and we can't wait for September
DE LA HOYA: Without further ado, I'd like to now introduce to
you the former two-time world champion. Since the age of 15, when
he turned pro, he's accumulated a record that is bar none, like
no other in boxing today.
the tender age of 26, he's already fought the very best fighters
out there there is to fight, and the best is yet to come. Fighters
like "Sugar" Shane Mosley, Floyd Mayweather, fighters
like Alfredo Angulo, Miguel Cotto, fighters like Erislandy Lara,
fighters like Austin Trout.
believe there is no fighter today at the age of 26 who has fought
so many ex-world champions and current world champions.
he hails out of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, with a record of
47-1 and 33 knockouts. It's my pleasure to you to introduce Saul
ALVAREZ, Former Two-Division World Champion (Via Translator):
afternoon, everybody. Thank you, all, for being on the call. Thank
you for the support for this fight, for supporting me. This is
going to be a great event, and you don't want to miss it. Thank
you all for participating on this call.
Canelo, I just wanted to ask you how much have you studied Liam
Smith? And from your perspective, why is this the right fight
for you at this time?
ALVAREZ: Yes, I have looked at him, and the style more than anything
is what we like. He's a good fighter, he's a champion. He's very
strong. He's got a Mexican style, you know, a guy that stands
there and likes to exchange punches, so that's one of the things
that attracted us to the fight.
you know, part of the reason for choosing him is he's a world
champion. I want to win another world title in my weight class,
154. Then after that we'll see what's available.
When you look at him, he does seem like he's very aggressive.
Do you think that aggression will exist knowing that he's fighting
ALVAREZ (Via Translator): No, I don't think he's going to change
his style. I think he's going to do what he does best -- be aggressive,
throw combination, keep coming forward. That's what he does best.
But, obviously, for me, I'm always ready for any style. I prepare
myself for any style and I'll be ready for anything.
It's been a long time since a Mexican fighter has been the A side
of the equation promoting a promotion on Mexican Independence.
How do you feel, and was that your goal? And now that you've reached
your goal, are you happy?
ALVAREZ (Via Translator): His answer was yes, I'm very excited.
Very excited. I'm happy. It's an honor for me to represent my
country. This is what I wanted. These are the dates that are important
for our country, for Mexicans, and I'm here and I'm going to take
every advantage of it.
First of all, did you see the Olympics, and what do you think
about the critics? There are a lot of critics in Mexico that criticized
a lot of the athletes for their performances. Do you think it's
something that's right or do you think it's changed?
ALVAREZ (Via Translator): Yes, it's unfortunate, but that happens
a lot in Mexico. They criticize the athletes. The athletes are
the ones that pretty much put Mexico on the map internationally,
and it's a shame that some things they get criticized so harshly.
It's something that should change, and I think if we were all
supporting each other, we'd be in a better place.
Canelo, I wonder what your thoughts are about fighting in Texas
ALVAREZ (Via Translator): I feel very happy. For me, I've always
been treated very, very well, a warm reception each time I fight
in Texas. For me, the most important thing is to give them a good
fight and that's what I want to do. I want to give them a good
fight. They've always treated me well in Texas, and I love being
Have you seen AT&T Stadium yet? What are your impressions
ALVAREZ (Via Translator): It's very impressive, very, very impressive
how big it is. And the big screen, and it's very, very beautiful.
It's impressive and it motivates me. It motivates me just imagining
how it's going to be on September 17th. It's something that gets
me really excited, and I can't wait. I can't wait to get out there
Eric, you were just talking about the fans. Basically they're
tough on their own people over there in Mexico. So that's kind
of what I've always thought. Can you ask him when the decision
was made for him to not fight Golovkin until September of next
year, can you ask if he was concerned about how his fans might
react, and has he received any negative feedback for not fighting
ALVAREZ (Via Translator): Yeah, you know, there's always going
to be critics. They're always there, and it's something that's
part of it. It's part of the business. Obviously there's good
critics sometimes and there's bad critics. But the most important
thing is it doesn't faze me. It doesn't faze me. That's fine,
I'm used to it now, and I've got to do what's best for my career.
Oscar, I think most people will figure that the decision to wait
until next year for Golovkin was probably yours. How tough was
it to make that decision knowing that -- because we all know how
people are, whether it's fair or it's not, with social media today,
right away you're going to have people saying, oh, he's ducking
Golovkin, blah, blah, blah. How tough was it to make the decision
to wait another year?
DE LA HOYA: Well, it's basically the team's decision, you know?
I mean, Canelo knows his body. His trainers know his body, and
the bottom line is Canelo is a 154-pound fighter. The fact that
he fought at 155, people expect him to go up and fight at middleweight,
and that's not the case. He's a 54-pounder, and he's going to
go up to 160 when his body feels ready.
will always talk and will always want the very best when you are
on top of the world, and that's what Canelo is right now. He's
on top. He is the star fighter in boxing, and people want him
to fight the very best. And he has always fought the very best.
And fighting a Golovkin is going to be no exception. He's going
to fight him, but when he's ready to move up to 160.
This is Liam Smith's first fight abroad. Does it give you an advantage
that you're used to fighting in front of the big crowds in America?
ALVAREZ (Via Translator): I really don't think about that. It's
something that really doesn't cross my mind. I'm preparing for
the best possible Liam Smith there is. I don't think about the
crowd. I don't think about people cheering. I just go up there,
and my focus is to get the job done.
Do you think that for Liam Smith it benefits him to stand toe
to toe and fight you toe to toe, knowing that you're a very big
puncher yourself, very powerful? Do you think it's something that
will be an advantage, or do you think he should maybe change his
ALVAREZ (Via Translator): No, that's his style. That's what he's
going to do. He's a guy that's very strong as well. He's a strong
puncher and throws combination and he's aggressive. So I'm preparing
for the best possible Liam Smith there is. I'm going to go with
my game plan. He can go with his game plan, and may the better
What do you think about the story about the bronze medalist out
of Mexico? He won the bronze medal in boxing. He told a story
about having to raise money for himself to go to Brazil and there
wasn't really too much support from the government.
ALVAREZ (Via Translator): It's very sad, it's very sad, but it's
common in Mexico. The support for boxing itself is not very good,
and boxing has given Mexico many world champions. It's got a great
history, but it's sad. It's unfortunate. It happened to me when
I was an amateur. That's part of the reason I became a pro because
the support wasn't really there. So it's very, very sad and hopefully
it can change.
There's always a tendency to criticize your opponents. It doesn't
matter who you fight. They're always criticizing, whether the
guy's too big, he's too small, he's not at your level. They're
always criticizing him. Do you get tired of that?
ALVAREZ (Via Translator): No, look, it's always going to be there.
I'm used to it. All I can do is worry about winning the fight
and studying my opponent so there are no surprises, and that's
what I worry about.
Obviously you're fighting this fight with Liam Smith, if you win
the fight, are you planning on defending the title or will you
start making your move to 160 and start preparing for Golovkin?
ALVAREZ (Via Translator): I can't keep fighting this fight thinking
about Golovkin. I'm preparing for Liam Smith. That's what's important
to me. My train of thought is not to see what's down the line.
I've got to get ready for the fight. This is a real fight. I'm
not the one that has to prepare for Golovkin. He better prepare
DE LA HOYA: Yes, that's correct. This is a tough fight with Liam
Smith. It's not a walk-over fight. It's a tough fight. And first
things first, we've got to get past him and then we'll deal with
future fights. But as of right now, everything is geared to fighting
against Liam Smith and being successful.
Oscar, if you could clarify what the building is scaled for, what
AT&T Stadium is scaled for? Is it going to be full capacity?
Is it scaled back a little bit? Do you know the exact number?
DE LA HOYA: I don't know the exact number. I do know that the
building can be scaled for as many as over 80,000 people. So,
like I said, ticket sales are going incredibly well. We're outpacing
the last two Manny Pacquiao fights that were held at AT&T
Stadium. So Jerry Jones is extremely happy. The fans are happy.
We're happy. And I'm sure that Canelo and Liam Smith are going
to be really happy when they see the turnout at the arena.
Oscar, if you do a number better than the Pacquiao fights, which
would be a very big number, how encouraging would that be for
you to go back maybe immediately to Cowboys Stadium for the next
DE LA HOYA: Well, I mean, look, it would be very impressive. But
at this point nothing surprises me with Canelo. Like I said, he's
only getting better. He has a tremendous fan base, and ticket
sales show it. He has millions and millions of fans around the
world, and ticket sales are proving that.
I believe that it's not if he outsells the Pacquiao fights at
the AT&T arena. I think the question is going to be when he
outsells the Pacquiao ticket sales at the arena. I strongly believe
that at the age of 26 years old, Canelo is a bigger star and a
better fighter compared to any fighter out there today.
Oscar, would you say if Canelo sells out AT&T, would that
be kind of a passing of the torch basically from you to him as
the certified Mexican star?
DE LA HOYA: Well, the passing of the torch has already taken place.
With Mayweather being retired and Pacquiao being retired, Canelo
is the face of boxing now. He's proven it with ticket sales. He's
proven it with Pay-Per-Views, and he's going to prove it once
again by outselling Manny Pacquiao at the AT&T arena.
I believe this is just the beginning for Canelo, and he has a
long future ahead for himself. We can't wait to be part of it.
What is it about Texas that does good business for y'all? Because
I've been going to fights since the Trout one before he even fought
Mayweather, and he sold that out. So I'm looking for the 85,000.
What is that connection? Can you talk about the connection that
Canelo has with the Texas people?
DE LA HOYA: Well, Texas loves Canelo. Texas loves boxing. I mean,
just like any other part of the world, people love Canelo and
they want to see Canelo because he brings excitement to the sport.
He brings exciting fights.
this fight here with Liam Smith is going to be a toe-to-toe, "right
in the center of the ring" type of action fight. That's why
people love Canelo. He works hard, he's a serious fighter, and
he brings a lot of action to the table.
Canelo, do you feel super comfortable when you fight in Texas?
Because it seems like your best performances, couple of your best
performances I've been here, with the Trout fight and the Kirkland
fight, and it seems you don't mind getting into the toe-to-toe
war and giving us what we want, a spectacular knockout. Is that
your mindset heading into this fight with Smith September 17th?
ALVAREZ (Via Translator): I feel happy. I feel very happy and
comfortable fighting there. Yes, I've had some very good performances.
September 17th is not going to be an exception. I'm looking for
another great performance. I just feel very happy with the reception
I get in Texas. It feels very good being there.
Oscar, I know that there have been some recent Pay-Per-Views that
have struggled, talking about Crawford-Postol, and even going
back to Mayweather-Berto, didn't really do that well. What do
you expect for this show in terms of Pay-Per-View numbers? Do
you think it will exceed Canelo's fight against Amir Khan, which
did about I think like 600,000 Pay-Per-Views?
DE LA HOYA: Well, we can't really tell how many.
GOMEZ, Senior Vice President of Golden Boy Promotions: Well, first
of all, that number's wrong, Mitchy. It wasn't that much for the
Kahn fight. But go ahead, Oscar.
DE LA HOYA: We really can't say how many Pay-Per-Views he's going
to sell, but we're expecting a big number as always. We strongly
feel that Canelo's star power is only growing. And as we get closer
to the fights, we'll have a better indication.
we always gauge our numbers by how many tickets we're selling
in the arena. And as you know, we're outpacing Manny Pacquiao
in ticket sales at the AT&T Arena. So we expect a really strong
number come September 17.
Liam Smith, a lot of people stateside don't know him or haven't
heard of him, so he doesn't really have a big name, though we
know he's a champion and undefeated. Are you preparing differently
for this fight knowing that you're fighting a guy like that?
ALVAREZ (Via Translator): Look, whether people consider if he
has a name or not, he's still a very good fighter. He's a champion
and he's undefeated for the right reasons. So I'm preparing like
I always do, 100%. I'm getting ready for this fight. I'll be prepared
for everything. I just don't want any surprises, but this is going
to be a tough fight.
What are the plans right now, if there are any, involving Billy
DE LA HOYA: Well, there are no plans right now. The only plan
that we have is to stage an exciting event September 17th. Like
I said before, if everything goes well, then September 18th we'll
start getting to work once again to see what's next for Canelo.
I understand that the focus is always on the fight right in front
of you. But Gomez had said that the hope was still to go forward
with Billy Joe Saunders for a future fight. So, again, I ask you,
is that still the plan after this fight, to go forward with Billy
Joe Saunders as the next fight?
DE LA HOYA: There is a possibility, but right now the focus 100%
is on Liam Smith.
Okay. What in your mind is the difference between Canelo, who
you said is a 154-pounder right now, and being physically ready
to fight Billy Joe Saunders next, and not Gennady Golovkin?
DE LA HOYA: Well, like I said, our focus and Canelo's focus is
fighting at 154, and after this fight his team and ourselves will
sit down and discuss future opponents.
Oscar, we talked a little bit about the Pay-Per-View, and Golden
Boy always has this standard for great undercards with their shows.
With a lot of the struggles with Luis Ortiz and Billy Joe Saunders,
do you guys feel this undercard will give the fans more than they
can expect with fights like Gabriel Rosado and Willie Monroe being
put together? Do you feel this undercard will be able to hold
up to the standard of regular Golden Boy undercards?
DE LA HOYA: Absolutely. We at Golden Boy pride ourselves in giving
the fans the most exciting and the best fights possible, and that's
exactly what we've put together. See, the fight fans in Dallas,
Texas, or across the globe want to see action, and that's what
Canelo brings to the table. Canelo brings action, excitement,
and our undercards are obviously no exception. Our undercards
are always full of excitement and great fights.
Canelo, fighting in Texas has been a lot of great Mexican fighters,
Oscar himself, Julio Cesar Chavez, Juan Manuel Marquez. You yourself
are the next great Mexican fighter up. Is there any added pressure
for you, not just fighting in Texas, but living up to the Mexican
tradition and performing well and delivering a great fight in
ALVAREZ (Via Translator): I don't feel any pressure whatsoever.
The only pressure I have for any of my fights is just to prepare
100%. That's it. That's been my mindset, to be ready and prepare
100%. That's where I get my confidence. But none of that stuff
really pressures me. I want to do my best and give a great performance.
far as being the next great from Mexico, no, I don't really think
about that. It's no pressure whatsoever, as long as I'm doing
MODERATOR: We are ready for closing comments.
ALVAREZ (Via Translator): I just want to thank everybody for participating
on this call. Thank you for the support as always, and I'll see
you guys September 17th. We'll see each other really soon.
DE LA HOYA: Thank you very much. We will see you all the week
of September 17th, and we're looking forward to an exciting event.
Like I said, tickets are still available. They are going fast,
and, again, outpacing the Manny Pacquiao fights. And Jerry Jones
is excited, I'm excited, and we can't wait. Thank you.
Transcript by ASAP Sports
Canelo vs. Smith, a 12-round fight for the WBO Junior Middleweight
World Championship, is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association
with Frank Warren and Canelo Promotions. Gabriel Rosado vs. Willie
Monroe, Jr. is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association
with Banner Promotions and Diego De La Hoya vs. Luis Orlando Del
Valle is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with
Roc Nation Sports. The event is sponsored by "Tecate, BORN
BOLD," O'Reilly's Auto Parts, Adriana's Insurance and Casa
Mexico Tequila and will take place on Saturday, September 17 at
AT&T Stadium, doors open at 2:30 p.m. CT. and will be produced
and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m.
ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
Tickets are priced at $750, $500, $300, $200, $100, $85, $50 and
$40, not including applicable service charges with a total ticket
limit of 8 per person. To charge by phone with a major credit
card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also will be
available for purchase online at www.ticketmaster.com. Additionally,
walk up purchases are available at the AT&T Stadium Box Office
(Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. CT to 5:00 p.m. CT).
card set for LGM Promotions back with "Night of the Rising
Stars" THIS Saturday, August 27 at the BCB Pavilion in Bayonne,
Perez takes on Juan Rodriguez for the IBU World Welterweight title
undefeated Tyrell Wright, Darren Goodall, Magdiel Cotto, Caleb
Hernandez, Leon Johnson, John Bauza and Luis Perozo to see action
on the undercard
New Jersey (August 25, 2016)-A
full nine-bout card is set for LGM Promotions exciting show this
Saturday night at the BCB Pavillion in Bayonne, New Jersey
the main event, it will be a battle of New Jersey based welterweights
as Alex Perez (18-2, 10 KOs) will take on Juan "The Beast"
Rodriguez (12-4, 5 KOs) in a bout scheduled for eight rounds and
will be contested for the IBU World Welterweight title.
will be Newark native Perez' return to the ring after an eighteen-month
34 years-old turned professional in 2004 and won his first 16
bouts. He has solid wins over Edy Chavez (1-0), Josh Sosa (10-1)
and Francisco Figueroa (20-3). On March 14, 2009 Perez captured
the WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation Welterweight title with a
unanimous decision over Laureano Laracuente at the Coliseo Luis
Aymat in San Sebastian, Puerto Rico.
was last seen in the ring, losing to Brandon Adams in the acclaimed
Boxcino tournament on February 13, 2015 at the Mohegan Sun Casino
in Uncasville, Connecticut.
29 year-old Rodriguez, hailing from Union City, New Jersey turned
professional in 2009 and won his first 11 bouts.
four of Rodriguez' defeats have come to undefeated fighters.
his last bout, he was stopped by Ivan Golub on January 16 at Barclays
Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Wright (8-0-1, 6 KOs) of Jersey City, NJ will rematch Nicholas
Thompson (5-1, 5 KOs) of Burlington, NC in a heavyweight bout.
Goodall (3-0, 2 KO's) of New Milford, NJ battles Jhaquis Davis
(0-3) of Missouri City, Texas in a middleweight fight
Cotto (4-0, 4 KO's) of Comerio, Puerto Rico fights pro debuting
Jermaine Corley of Concord, NC in a middleweight affair.
Plevako (2-2, 1 KO) of Kharkik, Ukraine will take on Kenny Cruz
(0-1-1) of Bayamon, Puerto Rico in a heavyweight fight.
Hernandez (2-0, 1 KO) of Paterson, New Jersey battles Lamont White
(0-2) of Washington, DC in a welterweight bout.
Johnson (1-0, 1 KO) of Newark, New Jersey will fight Alando Pugh
(1-8-1) in a heavyweight tussle.
Bauza (2-0, 2 KO's) of North Bergen, New Jersey will square off
with Jose Carmona (1-5, 1 KO) of Puerto Rico in a lightweight
Perozo (2-0, 1 KO) will fight Alexander Foster (0-1) of Alexandria,
VA in a lightweight bout.
Special guests in attendance will be for two-time cruiserweight
world champion Steve " USS" Cunningham, Chuck Wepner,
Bryant "By By" Jennings, current WBA Super Featherweight
world champion Jason Sosa and other boxing personalities
prices are $125 for VIP Table; $65 for Ringside; $55 for General
ringside and $40 for General Admission and can be purchased by
open at 6 PM ET, with the first being starting at 6:30 PM.
BCB Pavillion is located at 301 Chosin Few Way in Bayonne, New
STRIPPING ALI OF THE TITLE SAVE THE HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION ?
the powers that be took away Muhammad Ali’s title for refusing
to enter the Armed Services it robbed Ali of three years of his
boxing prime. Regardless of anyone’s feelings on Ali’s decision,
everyone knew he was the BEST heavyweight in the world in 1967.
The hastily put together eight man elimination tournament set
up to decide Ali’s successor was not going to change that.
elimination tourney was scoffed at then and even today it is still
scrutinized. What if the Vietnam War would not have wanted or
needed Ali ? What if Ali who had already “cleaned up” the division
had remained active ? Remember Ali defeated Patterson, Chuvalo,
Terrell and Mildenberger before he was forced to abdicate. He
then won two out of three against Frazier and two over Quarry.
He beat Patterson and Chuvalo again. He also whipped Bonevena
and Ellis after a three year hiatus. Let’s say Ali remained active
might have met Frazier as early as 1969. Joe would have been facing
a lean, active and sharp Ali not the slower and somewhat rusty
version he met in their 1971 epic. Also remember Joe would have
had two years less experience then what he carried in 1971.
1969, Frazier was not yet the polished fighting machine he was
to become. In my opinion the Frazier of March 8, 1971, would have
given any heavyweight in history a life and death struggle including
a prime Ali. The Frazier of 1969 was not yet ready for Ali.
would not have too much trouble beating the rest of the contenders.
From 1964 to 1967, Ali made seven successful defenses. If he stayed
on that pace from 1967 to 1970 he would accumulate seven more.
So Ali successfully defends against Quarry and Bonevena maybe
Spencer too. Now there is an interesting parallel as Sonny Liston
has once again emerged as a contender with a victory over Henry
Clark. While planning for a possible Ali-Liston III, Muhammad
eliminates Frazier and then defeats the light heavyweight king
Bob Foster. Meanwhile Leotis Martin upsets Liston and Ali has
to fight the only other boxer to knock out Sonny.
Ali then defeats unbeaten but over rated Mac Foster to rack up
his fourteenth defense. Ken Norton’s KO loss to Jose Luis Garcia
would have taken him out of the title picture and Foreman was
nowhere near ready yet.
Gregorio Peralta showed us that. Outside of a possible jaunt to
England to take on a young Joe Bugner or set up Ali-Henry Cooper
III, there’s not many new worlds for Ali to conquer.
an easy payday in Spain against Jose Urtain. Bored, Ali eventually
retires without ever a reason to come back since he whipped everybody.
We the fans would never get to see “The Fight” of 1971 or his
1973 “Jaw Breaker” loss to Kenny Norton. We would miss the “Rumble
In The Jungle” of 1974 and the “Thrilla In Manilla” of 1975. Ali-Wepner
would have never happened, so Sly Stallone would have never been
inspired to write “Rocky.”
As unfair as it was to Ali to have three and a half years stolen
from his career, it might have saved the heavyweight division.
MOLINA OUTPOINTS RUSLAN PROVODNIKOV; DEMETRIUS ANDRADE DELIVERS
STATEMENT KO VICTORY AND DEJAN ZLATICANIN WINS 135-POUND TITLE
SATURDAY ON SHOWTIME®
N.Y. (June 11, 2016)
- John Molina outpunched Ruslan Provodnikov in an all-action fight
by revealing a new weapon in his arsenal, a sharp and steady jab.
Molina captured a surprising unanimous decision in a 12-round
junior welterweight bout that featured fierce exchanges throughout
Saturday on SHOWTIME from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona,
the co-feature on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, Demetrius Andrade
delivered a statement, knockout victory over Willie Nelson, staking
his claim as one of the world's best in the stacked 154-pound
division. In the opening bout, Dejan Zlaticanin knocked out Franklin
Mamani to earn the vacant 135-pound world title and make history
as the first native of Montenegro to win a world championship.
and Provodnikov promised a war, and they delivered. But what surprised
many was the volume of punches and effective jabbing from Molina
(29-6, 23 KOs), a veteran more known for engaging in brawls than
his boxing prowess. Molina threw nearly 1,110 total punches, including
643 jabs compared to just 265 for Provodnikov, who failed to close
the range on his naturally bigger opponent.
knew we had to outwork Provodnikov," said the 33-year-old
Covina, Calif., native. "It was a fight that we needed. Ruslan
Provodnikov is a very notable name. He's a tough, tough guy. He
kept moving forward.
don't realize I had my amateur career in the pros, and now it's
my time to step out and shine. I have a new trainer. Shadeed (Suluki)
showed me how to throw punches and use my power."
vs. Provodnikov was scored 116-112, 117-111, 115-113.
think it (the scorecard) was self-explanatory. A fighter knows
when they won a fight. I won that fight and it was going to be
hard to take it away from me."
judges agreed on nine of the 12 rounds, a relatively high percentage
according to SHOWTIME analyst Steve Farhood.
the decision was the right one," Provnikov said. "Molina
won the fight - he was better tonight. Everything was scored the
way it should have been.
expected that he was going to box, he was going to move. We expected
him to do that. It wasn't my night. Maybe I don't have the same
hungriness as before. I'm not going to make excuses, but it was
hard for me to find my groove tonight.
don't think it's that (the layoff). There are no excuses. I lost
the fight tonight. I couldn't find the hungriness. I have to sit
down and think of why that happened.
sorry if I disappointed."
former world champion Demetrius Andrade put on a masterful performance
against top-10 ranked Willie Nelson, flooring the former world
title challenger four times including once in the opening round
and emphatically in the final round to close the show (TKO 12,
the win, Nelson, who landed a staggering 57 percent of his power
punches in just his second fight in two years, moved one step
closer to earning another shot at a title fight. Andrade, who
never lost his belt in the ring, is now the second mandatory challenger
for the WBC Super Welterweight World Title, currently held by
coming to get those belts," said the 28-year-old Andrade.
"People can't run no more. The best have to fight the best.
I'm coming for them.
came back, I'm stronger. Me and my team worked hard. We figured
out what we need to do to take it to the next level. I'm ready
for the Charlo brothers. I want them."
was on his way to pitching a shutout, delivering a statement performance
after months of frustration from "boxing politics."
The former WBO 154-pound champion targeted the head and the body
of Nelson, relying on a steady diet of combos to floor the 6-foot-3
Nelson in the first, 11th and twice in the 12th.
young enough and my reaction time is still going," Andrade
said. "Willie Nelson is a true champion. He pushed me to
the limit where I had to figure out what punches to throw. But
I put the pieces of the puzzle together and got the knockout,
of Cleveland, dropped to 25-3-1 with 15 KOs.
was tough," Nelson said. "I was forcing my shots too
much. I felt like I was getting back into the fight, but he was
crafty and mobile.
am ready for whatever is next and, despite what happened tonight,
I am here to stay. My career won't end like this."
the opening bout of the SHOWTIME telecast, Zlaticanin blasted
late-replacement Mamani with a third round TKO (:54) to win the
vacant WBC Lightweight World Championship.
32-year-old Zlaticanin (18-0, 10 KOs) became the first native
of the Southeastern European country of Montenegro to capture
a world championship.
very proud. I made Montenegro proud," Zlaticanin said. "I
want to thank my fans that came to support me. I think I made
my country proud. I think they will be delighted. I don't think
they know what this means, but in a few days they will know."
southpaw Zlaticanin pounced with a powerful straight left that
had Mamani in trouble just seconds into the fight. The Bolivian,
who was also aiming to become the first native of his homeland
to win a title, survived the round but he was in trouble again
in the third. Zlaticanin staggered with an overhand left and followed
with a series of unanswered blows that forced referee Charlie
Fitch to halt the contest with Mamani (21-3-1, 12 KOs) defenseless
against the ropes.
knew that I would knock him out. He stood too close to me.
the fight, Zlaticanin called out Jorge Linares, the WBC Lightweight
"Champion in Recess", who pulled out of a tentatively
scheduled match with Zlaticanin due to an injury.
want Linares next. He can't run from me anymore.
undercard action on SHO EXTREME, Willie Monroe Jr. (20-2, 6 KOs)
won a unanimous decision (96-92, 95-93, 99-89) over John Thompson
(17-2, 6 KOs) in a 10-round middleweight matchup of former world
title challengers. Monroe scored two knockdowns, one in the second
and another with a straight right jab in the fifth.
the opening bout on SHOWTIME BOXING on SHO EXTREME, Russian heavyweight
Andrey Fedosov (29-3, 24 KOs) scored four knockdowns en route
to a sixth round TKO (1:33) of Mario Heredia (11-2, 9 KOs, 1-2
event from Turning Stone Resort Casino was promoted by Banner
Promotions and DiBella Entertainment.
SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING tripleheader replays Monday, June
13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME. The SHOWTIME BOXING on
SHO EXTREME telecast replays Tuesday, June 14 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
on SHO EXTREME.
Elegele Scores Hard Fought Unanimous Decision Victory Over Phil
Lo Greco In Main Event Of Premier Boxing Champions: The Next Round
On Bounce From The Lakeland Center in Lakeland, FL
Yeleussinov and Devaun Lee Fight To Split Decision Draw
Baker Stops Steve Lovett In Final Seconds Of Eighth Round
FL. (June 13, 2016) - Exciting super welterweight Joseph
Elegele (16-2 11 KOs) showed his strength and power Sunday night
in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions: The Next Round
on Bounce TV as he went toe-to-toe with Phil Lo Greco (27-3, 15
KOs) for 10 hard-fought rounds from The Lakeland Center in Lakeland,
FL. Both combatants left it all in the ring, exchanging punches
throughout the bout with close rounds that left the audience wanting
of nearby Winter Haven, FL started the bout coming forward, slightly
stunning Toronto's Lo Greco with several flurries of punches that
set the tone for a hard fought back and forth battle. The action
picked up in round two as Lo Greco came in on the attack early
in the round, pinning Elegele against the ropes and continuing
to pepper him with punches to the body and the head.
being taken aback by the attack, Elegele came roaring back in
the final seconds of round two and out of the corner to kick off
round three. Lo Greco remained in the pocket, not afraid to continue
to throw wide left hooks as the fighters traded punches back and
the fight continued, Lo Greco backed Elegele up against the ropes,
smothering him with punches despite Elegele's four-inch height
advantage. But round six was completely controlled by Elegele
as he threw a combination of bruising punches that very well could
have sent Lo Greco to the canvas. However Lo Greco remained in
the pocket. In the 10th and final round, Lo Greco came out strong,
outworking Elegele, but with less than 20 seconds to go in the
bout, Elegele stunned Lo Greco with a barrage of punches up against
the ropes. Judges scored the bout 97-95 and 96-94 twice, all for
Elegele, the winner by unanimous decision.
second televised bout saw two former amateur standouts Dauren
Yeleussinov (5-0-1, 4 KOs) of Kazakhstan, who now fights out of
Brooklyn, and Devaun Lee (7-2-1, 3 KOs) of Queens, NY in an eight-round
middleweight bout that ended in a split draw. Yeleussinov wasted
no time in the first round as he kicked off the fight by throwing
multiple left hands, one to the body and two to the head of Lee.
escaped the round unscathed and despite spending the majority
of the second round against the ropes, he was able to let his
hands go and catch Yeleussinov with multiple shots. The 30-year-old
Yeleussinov went on the attack in the sixth round, pinning Lee
against the ropes, once again with a barrage of punches. Judges
scored the bout at 79-73 for Yeleussinov, 78-74 for Lee and 76-76,
ending the bout in a split draw.
the opening televised bout, Australian prospect Steve Lovett (15-1,
12 KOs) battled Craig Baker (17-1, 13 KOs) in a 10-round light
heavyweight showdown that ended with an explosive knockout. Baker
of Baytown, TX was sent to the canvas in round four following
a big left hook thrown by Lovett, but Baker was the more active
fighter throughout the fight as he was up on all three of the
judge's scorecards going into the eighth and final round. With
only three seconds to go in the bout, Baker sent Lovett to the
canvas with a hard right hand that ended the bout.
is what the participants had to say about their respective performances
"I wasn't surprised because he's a tough fighter, he's a
Canadian and Canadian fighters are tough. He came to fight. It
was a good fight.
hard for anyone to find an answer for a straight left, but I was
surprised he kept walking through it.
hope this win puts me on the next level. I'm ready for the top
fighters. I know there are some things I can work on, but I am
ready for the top fighters.
not sure what's up with my left hand. It hurt me when I was throwing
it, but I'm a warrior. I've been through too much in life to let
a little left hand hurt me. It could be falling off and I'm still
going to throw it."
"It was his hometown. The score could have gone either way.
I hurt him in the second round. He was out and the ref could have
stopped the fight. That is no excuse. I will fight anyone, anywhere.
felt I was pushing the fight. I am disappointed in the decision.
up to the fans if they want to see me again. People see that I
will fight anywhere and anyplace. I enjoyed tonight."
"I don't agree with the draw, I think I won the fight. I
would have been comfortable with a split decision. He worked,
but I landed clean shots and I landed heavier punches. I feel
like I won the fight. He has power, but he wasn't powerful enough
to stop me.
I'm ready for whatever they put in front of me. I would do it
"Lovett is a strong guy and he's a hell of a competitor.
He came to work and he tested me, so it is what it is, man.
is awesome, man. This is what I sweat and kill myself in the gym
for. This win means the world to me.
never hurt me tonight. We stayed patient I do what we do. This
is the biggest win of my career, but I won't rest until I get
fight whoever next. I'll be back in the gym soon and getting ready
for whoever the put in front of me next.
on a Premier Boxing Champions card is amazing. I'm grateful to
get the opportunity and I hope to be back on PBC fighting again."
fight card was promoted by King's Promotions and sponsored by
Corona Extra: La Cerveza Mas Fina.
FROM OSCAR DE LA HOYA ON THE PASSING OF MUHAMMAD ALI
LOS ANGELES (June 3, 2016) – Golden Boy
Promotions Chairman and CEO Oscar De La Hoya has issued the following
statement with regard to the passing of “The Greatest” Muhammad
“It is with great sadness today that we mourn the loss of the
Greatest of All Time – Muhammad Ali. I send my deepest condolences
to his family, and pray for strength and peace for them during
this difficult time.
“Muhammad Ali is a legend and one of the world’s most celebrated
athletes, the fighter who ushered in the golden era of boxing
and put the sport on the map. He paved the way for professional
fighters, including myself, elevating boxing to become a sport
watched in millions of households around the world.
“Ali’s talent was undeniable – he was an Olympic Gold Medalist,
three-time lineal world heavyweight champion, and the only one
to accomplish that to this day, and reached the pinnacle of our
sport as the undisputed heavyweight champion in 1964.
his incredible talent, he also made boxing interesting. Ali was
fearless in the ring, and took on the toughest, most challenging
opponents. Ali exemplified courage—he never took the easy route,
something to be admired in and outside of the ring.
“As he grew older, he didn’t let his physical condition become
an excuse to stop working; he continued to work hard, focusing
on giving back to the community. Today, as we reflect on his life,
let us remember a man who pursued greatness in everything he did
and be inspired to hold ourselves to that same standard. Rest
in peace, my friend.”
HALTS ESQUIVIAS IN TWO
ANGELES (June 3, 2016) Once defeated, Santa Ana's own Ronny
Rios came out with the intent of making a statement on Friday
night's / Golden Boy Promotions main event at the Belasco Theater
in downtown L.A., and that he did, as the usually more technical
Rios, came out like a bat-out-of hell, going hard after the ususally
very tough and durable Efrain Esquivias from the opening bell,
with Estrella TV / RINGONLINE-Televising.
Hard body shots and sweeping head shots never let Esquivias into
the fight, with a series of pressuring shots sending Esquivias
down late into the first round.
Rios did not let up in the second round, as Esquivias tried, but
could not contain the savage and hard charges coming at him from
against the ropes, unable to fire back left the referee Raul Caiz
Jr. to step in and call it a night with 37 seconds left into the
scheduled ten round Featherweight bout.
now (25-1, 10 KOs), the WBC Silver Featherweight champion said
after the fight- "I knew Esquivias from my amateur days,
and I remember him being a tough fighter," said Rios after
the bout. "I know that I trained harder, and prepared
for this fight as if I would have prepared for a champion fight.
This is just another step in the ladder to get my shot at a world
PUTS GONZALEZ TO SLEEP IN SEVEN
the co-featured bout, Zachary "Zungry" Ochoa (15-0,
7 KOs) survived some rocky moments in his bout against Puerto
Rico's Luis Joel Gonzalez (11-4-1, 6 KOs) early in their
scheduled eight-round super lightweight fight.
The stronger -looking Gonzalez came back with a very good shot
in the first round after a fast start by Ochoa in the first, which
seemed to make Ochoa a bit hesitant. Things took a turn for the
worse as Gonzalez nearly sent Ochoa down in the third frame.
The fight seemed to lose steam as it went into the seventh round,
before Ochoa exploded with a monster shot to the chin, which left
Gonzalez out cold on the canvas.
Time of the immediate stoppage by the referee was :41 seconds
into the round.
this fight, I proved that I could make it all eight rounds, while
maintaining all my power," said Ochoa. "The endurance
in my legs kept me steady throughout the fight. I saw the opportunity,
and in the moment that I threw my right overhand punch, I knew
he wasn't going to get back up. This victory is just another win
to get me closer to my dreams."
In other results, Seniesa Estrada got up from a knockdown in the
third round against a very tough Cristina Fuentes en route to
winning via 59-54 and one judge 58-54 all for Estrada
THURMAN TO DEFEND WELTERWEIGHT TITLE
AGAINST SHAWN PORTER ON SATURDAY, JUNE 25
AT BARCLAYS CENTER IN BROOKLYN
FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPION JESUS CUELLAR BATTLES
FORMER THREE-DIVISION WORLD CHAMPION ABNER MARES IN CO-MAIN EVENT
SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS
Presented By Premier Boxing Champions Live At 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m.
Tickets On Sale Thursday, April 21 at 10 a.m.!
BROOKLYN (April 16, 2016) – An action-packed
primetime doubleheader of world title fights, headlined by the
explosive, eagerly-awaited clash between welterweight champion
Keith “One Time” Thurman and former champion “Showtime” Shawn
Porter, will come to Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Saturday,
The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS presented by Premier Boxing
Champions (PBC) broadcast will begin with a co-main event featherweight
battle between current champion Jesus Cuellar and former three-division
world champion Abner Mares.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment,
start at $25, not including applicable fees, and are on sale Thursday,
April 21 at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting
www.ticketmaster.com, www.barclayscenter.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.
Tickets are also available at the American Express Box Office
at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.
Thurman (26-0, 22 KOs), of Clearwater, Fla., and Porter (26-1-1,
16 KOs), of Las Vegas by way of Akron, Ohio, are both coming off
superb 2015 campaigns that solidified the fresh faces among the
elite of arguably boxing’s most exciting division. With perennial
pound-for-pound champion Floyd Mayweather now retired, the 27-year-old
Thurman and the 28-year-old Porter are hungry to stake their claim
as the future of boxing.
Cuellar (28-1, 21 KOs), of Buenos Aires, Argentina, will make
the second defense of his WBA 126-pound title against Mares (29-2-1,
15 KOs), a popular brawler from Southern California who has compiled
a staggering resume over the past five years while earning titles
at 118, 122 and 126 pounds. Cuellar vs. Mares joins a stacked
lineup of featherweight bouts that showcases many of the world’s
best 126-pounders aiming to unifying one of boxing’s deepest divisions.
"Keith Thurman against Shawn Porter is one of the best matchups
that can be made in the welterweight division right now,"
said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "Fans
in attendance at Barclays Center and those watching on CBS will
witness a passing of the torch as the hard-punching world titleholder
Thurman and the highly skilled former champion Porter vie to prove
who will be the next heir to the throne in the post-Mayweather
era of the 147-pound division. The explosive co-main event between
Jesus Cuellar and Abner Mares will give fans a fight to remember."
“Barclays Center has featured many memorable welterweight fights
and the long-awaited Thurman vs. Porter matchup promises to become
the best one yet,” said Brett Yormark, CEO of Brooklyn Sports
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