GARCIA KNOCKS OUT BRANDON RIOS IN WELTERWEIGHT TITLE ELIMINATOR
SATURDAY ON SHOWTIME® FROM MANDALAY BAY EVENTS CENTER
Benavidez Remains Boxing’s Youngest World Champion With Unanimous
Decision Over Ronald Gavril In SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®
The Replay Monday, Feb. 19 At 10 p.m. ET/PT On SHOWTIME EXTREME®
VEGAS (Feb. 17, 2018) –
Former two-division world champion Danny Garcia returned with
a vengeance, knocking out Brandon Rios in a WBC Welterweight
Title Eliminator in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP
BOXING Saturday on SHOWTIME from Mandalay Bay Events Center
in Las Vegas.
for the first time since dropping a close split-decision to
Keith Thurman in a welterweight world championship unification
fight in March of 2017, Garcia reminded fans of his position
amongst boxing’s elite at 147 pounds with an early candidate
for 2018 Knockout of
the Year. VIDEO:
(34-1, 20 KOs) did his best work in the center of the ring,
where he was able to box at a distance and fend off Rios’
furious pace. Rios, who returned in 2017 from a brief retirement,
was most effective against the ropes where he gave Garcia
trouble with his constant pressure and his favorite weapon
– a wide overhand right.
the ninth round with the fight where Garcia wanted it – in
the center of the ring – the Philadelphia native landed a
huge counter right to the chin that sent Rios flat on his
back. Rios beat the count, but was clearly wobbly on his feet,
forcing referee Kenny Bayless to halt the contest at 2:25
of the ninth.
felt the ring rust a little bit in the beginning,” said Garcia,
who recorded the 20th knockout of his career. “He’s a good
inside fighter and he was giving me some good uppercuts. I
felt good, it was a good nine rounds. He came to fight. I
came to box, I did that. I came to bang, and I gave the fans
what they wanted – a knockout.
just noticed when I was getting my punches off he was standing
right in front of me and I just let it go. As soon as I got
the fight in the middle of the ring where I wanted I landed
good shots. I was just letting my hands go and the punch landed.”
the fight, SHOWTIME Sports reporter Jim Gray asked Garcia
how the loss to Thurman affected him.
loss was tough. I have the mindset of a winner,” Garcia said.
“I hate losing. I took it like a true champion and I bounced
back like a true champion.
would love the rematch with Keith Thurman. It’s on him. Whenever
he’s ready we’ll fight.”
and WBC Champion Thurman isn’t the only potential blockbuster
on the horizon for Garcia. Former welterweight champion and
the WBC’s No. 1 ranked contender Shawn Porter looms for what
would be a massive showdown between the former champions.
the fight, Rios (34-4-1, 24 KOs) was frustrated with the stoppage
and promised to return.
mad. I don’t like going out like that,” Rios said. “I’m a
warrior, I got back up and I wanted to continue. I guess they
stopped it but I’m mad. I’m mad because I got up.
was doing good. I got lazy with the jab and he came over with
the right hand and he caught me. I’m a warrior. I’m still
in the game. I didn’t think he did much to hurt me. I think
it was closer than what he thought it was. He just caught
me with a lucky punch. I was ready to continue.”
youngest world champion, David Benavidez, left no questions
in a rematch with Ronald Gavril, defending his WBC Super Middleweight
World Championship with a dominating 12-round unanimous decision
in Saturday’s co-feature on SHOWTIME.
21-year-old Benavidez and Gavril had fought to a close split-decision
in one of 2017’s best fights that saw Benavidez drop to the
canvas in the final minute of the 12th and final round. The
Phoenix native had no trouble in the immediate rematch, utilizing
a stiff jab and a steady diet of combo shots to win a near-shutout
over the game Gavril.
(20-0, 17 KOs) wore down Gavril with an intelligent body attack,
pounding the midsection to open up power shots and jabs to
the head. Benavidez had his best round in the fourth, connecting
on a huge right uppercut that nearly floored Gavril – who
appeared to be saved by the ropes – and then pounced with
a series of damaging combo shots.
appeared to hurt his right hand in the second half of the
fight and stepped off the gas in the 10th, 11th and 12th.
But Benavidez, who connected on 41 percent of his power shots,
still landed the harder shots and utilized a stiff left jab
to keep Gavril largely at bay.
knew he was going to come aggressive. He’s a one-trick opponent,”
Benavidez said. “I knew I could jab and box him all day. When
I saw the opening I took it. I didn’t knock him out though
– he’s a tough son of a gun.
my hands hurt but I have that warrior’s mentality so I kept
want to be the best in division. So whoever they put in front
of me that’s what I want to do.”
(18-3, 14 KOs) didn’t make any excuses for dropping what was
an action-packed affair that was scored 119-109 and 120-108
tried to box me on the outside,” Gavril said. “It was good
fight. He was the better man tonight. What can I say? I want
to go back in the gym and come back stronger.”
the opening bout of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, Yordenis
Ugas scored the biggest win of his career, knocking out Ray
Robinson in the seventh round of an IBF Welterweight Eliminator.
(21-3, 10 KOs) now holds the IBF’s No. 2 position to undefeated
champion Errol Spence Jr.
a former amateur standout who is now 6-0 since moving up to
the 147-pound class, set the tone with a knockdown in the
closing minute of the opening round. Robinson (24-3, 12 KOs)
survived and was later deducted a point for hitting after
the bell as the fourth round came to a close. The illegal
punch floored an unexpected Ugas, who rebounded and continued
to dominate the subsequent rounds.
the opening minute of the seventh, the 31-year-old Ugas landed
a massive right that floored Robinson, who beat the count
but was clearly hurt. Ugas unleashed an onslaught with a series
of combos, forcing referee Robert Byrd to step in to halt
the contest at 1:05 with Robinson defenseless against the
landed 51 percent of his power shots and was comfortably ahead
on all three judges at the time of the stoppage.
felt like I was the stronger fighter by far and he didn’t
hurt me. He lost a point for hitting me after the bell sounded,
and knocked me down, but even that didn’t hurt me. He was
very awkward and his style threw off my timing.
I was able to land body shots that I knew were hurting him.
I was able to dictate the pace and we never in trouble.
want Errol Spence next. Everyone wants Errol.”
Ramirez Stops Habib Ahmed in the 6th
(37-0, 25 KOs), from Mazatlan, Mexico, successfully defended
his World Boxing Organization (WBO) super middleweight title
for the third time against Top-Five world-rated contender
Habib “Wild Hurricane” Ahmed (22-1, 17 KOs) from Accra, Ghana.
Ahmed’s corner threw in the towel in the 6th roun
'SUPER BAD' ESTRADA TO HEADLINE MARCH 16 RETURN OF LA FIGHT
CLUB AGAINST SONIA OSORIO ON ESTRELLATV'S BOXEO ESTELAR
LIGHTWEIGHT PROSPECT OSCAR DUARTE TO RETURN
IN CO-MAIN EVENT
JOUSCE 'TITO' GONZALEZ TO OPEN TELECAST IN SIX-ROUND FIGHT
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LOS ANGELES (Feb. 14, 2018): Building on the momentum
of women's boxing in the current era of pugilism, the exciting
Seniesa "Super Bad" Estrada (11-0, 2 KOs) will headline
the highly anticipated March 16 return of LA FIGHT CLUB in
an eight-round flyweight fight against Sonia Osorio (8-5-1,
1 KO) at the Belasco Theater in Downtown Los Angeles, Calif.
and televised live on EstrellaTV's Boxeo Estelar.
Estrada is a flyweight prospect who signed with Golden Boy
Promotions in January of this year. The native of East Los
Angeles, Calif. earned multiple titles as an amateur boxer
before turning professional in 2011. Since then, the 24-year-old
has developed into one of the biggest names in women's boxing,
fighting on important cards in the Los Angeles area, including
an edition of LA FIGHT CLUB in 2016.
"I am very excited and ready to make my Golden Boy Promotions
debut in my hometown," said Estrada. "I've been
working harder than ever to put on a great performance for
my fans and for those who have not seen me fight. I hope to
entertain and gain many more fans throughout my career with
Golden Boy Promotions, and I can't wait to kick off 2018 with
a great victory."
Osorio, a student of the Mexican school of boxing, has only
been in tough fights in her career. The 25-year-old is coming
off a unanimous decision victory win longtime veteran Noemi
Bosques, and she is fearless in her attempt to ruin Estrada's
coming out party in her own territory.
"I'm excited to headline this fight against Seniesa Estrada,"
said Osorio. "More than anything else, I'm excited to
fight in California for the first time. I know that Estrada
is an important name in women's boxing in the United States,
but I'll demonstrate that Mexican fighters are not scared
of fighting outside their home country and on enemy turf."
Oscar Duarte (12-0-1, 8 KOs), the lightweight prospect of
Parral, Mexico, will return in the co-main event in a six-round
fight. Duarte will return after a spectacular fourth-round
stoppage victory against Juan Jose Montes in October of last
Jousce "Tito" Gonzalez (6-0, 6 KOs) will open the
Boxeo Estelar telecast in a six-round fight in the 130-pound
division. Gonzalez is a hard-hitting puncher who will look
to retain his 100% knockout ratio in his first fight as an
official member of the Golden Boy Promotions stable.
Super Lightweight contender Antonio "Relentless"
Orozco (26-0, 17 KOs) of San Diego, Calif. will make his highly
anticipated return in an eight-round super lightweight fight.
Newly-signed prospect Blair Cobbs (7-0, 5 KOs) of Las Vegas,
Nevada will open the night of action in a six-round bout in
the welterweight division.
Opponents for this exciting card will be announced shortly.
Estrada vs. Osorio is an eight-round flyweight fight presented
by Golden Boy Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate
"THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING" and Casa Mexico Tequila.
The Boxeo Estelar broadcast will air live on EstrellaTV at
10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. The card will also stream live
on EstrellaTV.com and on YouTube via LBI Media, Inc.'s Fenomeno
Studios. Mark your calendars and buy your tickets for the
upcoming shows on April 6, June 1, July 6, Aug. 10, and Oct.
Tickets for LA FIGHT CLUB start at the fan-friendly price
of $25 and are available for purchase now at www.goldenboytickets.com,
the Golden Boy Promotions Facebook page, or by calling 213-233-2957.
Defends His WBC Title Against Fellow-Unbeaten Luis Ortiz Saturday,
March 3 Live on SHOWTIME
heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder will work out for
the Los Angeles media tonight/Thursday as he prepares to defend
his WBC Heavyweight World Championship against fellow-undefeated
challenger Luis Ortiz Saturday, March 3 live on SHOWTIME.
is in Los Angeles for the birth of his child with “WAGS Atlanta”
star Telli Swift.
32-year-old Wilder owns a perfect record of 39 wins, zero
losses and 38 knockouts. The Tuscaloosa, Ala., native was
a 2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist and is the only reigning American
heavyweight world champion. The 6-foot-7 Wilder faces the
toughest opponent of his career in Ortiz, a 6-foot-4 Cuban
who owns a professional record of 28-0 with 24 knockouts.
Loses WBO 154 LB. Strap in Final Bout Against Ali
legend and future Hall of Famer Miguel Cotto(41-6,33ko's),
a long time resident of Caguas Puerto Rico, put his WBO Junior
Middleweight Championship on the line in one last fight at
his home away from home, Madison Square Garden in New York.
His opponent Sadam "World Kid" Ali (26-1,14ko's)
a former 2008 U.S. Olympian from Brooklyn New York, proved
to be a more than formidable last opponent. Ali stunned Cotto
in the first round and in the next four or five rounds used
a good defense to hold Cotto at bay.
In the second half of the fight Cotto tried to keep away from
engaging too much. He looked like something was wrong physically.
It was confirmed later he had an injured left bicep that was
later treated. Like the warrior he is, Cotto never complained
and congratulated Ali on his victory. The scores were 115-113
twice and 116-113.
Over 12,000 thousand Cotto fans gave loud applause to the
six time, four division world champion His appearances at
the Garden many times the night before La Parada in New York
celebrating the Puerto Rican heritage were a highlight in
New York City each year.
Cotto later said he felt good about the performance and wants
to make up for lost time with his family. He thanked the crowd
for their loyal support over the years.
In the co-main event Rey Vargas of Mexico City, Mexico (31-0,22
ko's) defended his WBC SuperBantamweight world title and defeated
a game Oscar "El Jaguar" Negrete of Los Angeles
CA (17-1,7ko's). Vargas was bleeding profusely around both
eyes from head-butt gashes and his corner did a very good
job of controlling it enough to let the fight not be stopped.
In a WBO Juniorwelterweight Title fight Angel "Tito"
Acosta of San Juan Puerto Rico (17-1-17 ko's) scored a knockout
over Juan "Pinky" Alejo from Nuevo Leon, Mexico
(25-4-1(15ko's) at 1:33 of round 10. The knockout came with
a quick vicious left hook.
In a six round Super lightweight bout Zachery Ochoa of Brooklyn
(17-1,8ko's won a Unanimous decision over Erick Martinez of
Tijuana Mexico 14-10-1(8 ko's).
All in all a great night put on by Golden Boy Promotions and
Roman Defends WBA Super Bantamweight Title Against Ryo Matsumoto
Calif. (Dec. 18, 2017) -
Danny Roman, the reigning WBA super bantamweight champion,
makes the first defense of his recently acquired title against
the No. 13 rated challenger in Ryo Matsumoto on Feb. 28, from
Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.
The 12-round world championship fight, dubbed "The Challenge,"
is promoted by Thompson Boxing Promotions in association with
Roman (23-2-1, 9 KOs), who is based in Los Angeles, became
the new WBA belt holder in September after dismantling Shun
Kubo by ninth round stoppage in the latter's home country
To watch Roman's KO win that earned him the WBA championship,
please click here.
That Roman is traveling back to the island nation for his
first world title defense - the site of his most impressive
win to date - is of little concern for the aptly nick-named
"Baby Face Assassin."
"If you put in the work and the sacrifice like I do then
it makes no difference where I fight," said Roman. "I
have a great team behind me. My preparation for Matsumoto
is already underway. I know he's going to bring everything
he has and I'm going to be ready for it."
"Danny will be making his case as the best in his class
when he faces Matsumoto," said Ken Thompson, president
of Thompson Boxing Promotions. "We've watched Danny mature
into a top flight world champion and now the world gets to
see his special talent. We're excited for him and have no
doubt that he will retain his WBA championship in February."
(21-1, 19 KOs) heads into his first world title fight with
a four fight knockout win streak. His 19 knockout wins against
21 total victories is certainly impressive and is among the
reasons for his world ranking.
saw Danny Roman's title-winning fight over Shun Kubo and he
looked formidable," said Matsumoto. "I know I'll
be an underdog, but I'll try to do my best to win his belt."
"It's our great pleasure to welcome such a great champion
as Danny Roman," said Hideyuki Ohashi, president of Ohashi
Promotions and former WBA and WBC minimumweight world champion.
"Danny is strong and sharp, and his defense with Matsumoto
will be a very good fight without doubt."
WILDER RETAINS WBC HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE WITH DEVASTATING FIRST-ROUND
KNOCKOUT OF BERMANE STIVERNE SATURDAY NIGHT ON SHOWTIME®
FROM BARCLAYS CENTER
Wilder (left) seen here taking out Licovich in Indio, CA)
Photo: German Villasenor
Porter Scores Unanimous Decision Win Over Adrian Granados
in SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® Co-Feature
BROOKLYN (Nov. 5, 2017) – Undefeated heavyweight world
champion Deontay Wilder retained his WBC title in his sixth
defense with a dominant first-round knockout of mandatory
challenger Bermane Stiverne in the main event of SHOWTIME
CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Saturday night on SHOWTIME from Barclays
Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING®.
Wilder (39-0, 38 KO’s) knocked Stiverne (25-3-1, 21 KOs) to
the ground three times before referee Arthur Mercante halted
the bout at 2:59 of the opening round. After Stiverne took
Wilder the distance in their January 2015 title bout, Wilder
has now knocked out every single opponent that he has faced
in his career. Watch Wilder knocking out Stiverne HERE.
“So much frustration, it just seemed like my career, it’s
been crazy. So many guys using PED’s”, said Wilder, the only
American heavyweight world champion. “I just want to prove
that I am the best. I know I am the best but I want to prove
I am the best.”
Wilder first knocked Stiverne to the ground with a devastating
one-two combination that caught the Haitian challenger on
the nose. Seconds after Stiverne got back to his feet, Wilder
landed another clean combination with a big left and an overhand
right that sent a stunned Stiverne back to the canvas. The
final blow came in the waning moments of the opening round
as Wilder landed four clean punches to the face of a wobbly
“You have to give props to Stiverne for getting in the ring,”
said Wilder. “It takes a lot of courage and it takes a lot
of pride to step in the ring with someone like me. We do what
we have to do in the ring and at least he stepped up. He was
a clean fighter.”
After the brutal knockout, an emotional Wilder was asked by
SHOWTIME Sports® reporter Jim Gray about a possible fight
with unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.
“I’ve been waiting on that fight for a long time now,” said
Wilder. “I declare war upon you. Do you accept my challenge?
I’ve been waiting for a long time. I know I’m the champion.
I know I’m the best. Are you up for the test?
“A king doesn’t chase the peasants. A king takes kings. I
want Joshua. If he doesn’t give me the fight we have other
plans. The world wants Joshua, the world wants Wilder, I want
Joshua. Joshua come and see me baby. No more dodging, no more
excuses. Make the date, don’t wait.”
welterweight world champion Shawn Porter (28-2-1, 17 KOs)
defeated Adrian Granados (18-6-2, 11 KOs) via unanimous decision
(scored 117-111 by all three judges) in an exciting fight
between two all-action competitors that served as the co-featured
event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. The victory makes Porter
the mandatory title challenger for unified welterweight champion
Keith Thurman’s WBC belt.
Porter, who injured his left hand in the sixth round, landed
the sharper and more accurate punches throughout the fight,
including 40 percent of his power punches. Both fighters came
out aggressive in the early rounds and exchanged several powerful
"He gave me a little trouble here and there,” said Porter.
“I hurt my left hand in the sixth round, but I kept using
it. I had to use my jab. It took a toll on me and by the 10th
round I just couldn't throw it anymore.
"The strategy was to keep working the jab. I knew he'd
come at me periodically. I was prepared and dug deep to get
Granados, of Cicero, Ill., fought valiantly and withstood
multiple barrages from the powerful Porter and countered with
several quick combinations of his own. Granados, who landed
just 24 percent of his total punches, disagreed with the judges’
"I thought that I was controlling the fight and keeping
up with him the whole time,” Granados told Jim Gray. “He was
just trying to use his normal tricks. I rocked him multiple
times and he never had me in any trouble.
"He's a brute. I thought the referee [Gary Rosato] did
a good job breaking up the fight at the right times. It was
rough but I definitely thought I did better than the scorecards
In the opening bout of the telecast, unbeaten top contender
Sergey Lipinets (13-0, 10 KOs) earned the vacant IBF Junior
Welterweight World Championship with a unanimous decision
victory over Japanese veteran Akihiro Kondo (29-7-1, 16 KOs).
The judges scored the fight 118-110, 117-111 and 117-111.
The back-and-forth 12-round world championship fight saw Lipinets
control the early rounds with a diversified, creative attack
targeting Kondo’s body. An accidental clash of heads in the
sixth round, which opened up a deep cut on the forehead of
Lipinets, altered the momentum of the fight as Kondo gained
confidence and was able to land some powerful punches to the
head and body of Lipinets. The 28-year old Lipinets, who earned
the title in just his 13th professional fight, was able to
regain control in the later rounds to earn the unanimous win.
"I think the scorecards were accurate but it was a good
fight,” said Lipinets. “The head-butt really impaired my vision
and it led to me walking into some stupid shots.
"I'm happy with my performance. I'm just going to keep
getting better from here. I'm ready to take any on challenge
thrown my way."
Kondo, who was fighting for the first time in the United States,
proved a worthy opponent on the night. "It was a fair
decision,” said Kondo, through a translater. “He hit me with
a lot of hard punches and I felt like I needed at least a
knockdown in the last round.
"I made up my mind that I wasn't going to show any pain
or fear from his punches. I was determined to keep fighting
Saturday’s telecast will replay on, Sunday, November 5 at
9 a.m. ET/PT and Monday, November 6 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME
EXTREME and will be available on SHOWTIME ON DEMAND® and
This event was sponsored by Corona Extra, La Cerveza Mas Fina
and promoted by DiBella Entertainment and TGB Promotions.
"EL NIÑO DE ORO" LINARES RETAINS WBA, WBC
DIAMOND AND RING MAGAZINE LIGHTWEIGHT TITLES WITH SPLIT DECISION
VICTORY AGAINST "COOL HAND" LUKE CAMPBELL AT LOS
ANGELES' "FABULOUS" FORUM
BEST PROSPECTS AND CONTENDERS SHINE ON NON-TELEVISED UNDERCARD
ANGELES (Sept. 23, 2017) Jorge
"El Niño de Oro" Linares (43-3, 27 KOs) successfully
defended his WBA, WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine Lightweight
Titles with a split decision victory against the English southpaw
"Cool Hand" Luke Campbell
(17-2, 14 KOs) at Los Angeles' "Fabulous" Forum.
Linares dropped Campbell in the second round with a hard right
hand and engaged in explosive exchanges in each round to win
with scores of 115-112 and 114-113, while one judge scored
the fight 115-113 for Campbell.
fought very well," said Jorge Linares. "I'm happy
with the fight. At the fifth round, we had some trouble but
we came out on top. Trust me, I have a great connection with
my team and with my trainer, so we worked hard and kept at
it. I knew I had to let the dogs out. We want Mikey Garcia
one can ever doubt my hard work," said Luke Campbell.
"Yes, I got off to a rocky start. He [Linares] caught
me in the eye. A nice shot that put me on the mat. But I had
to fight. I had to get focused. I didn't think he was landing
any shots whatsoever in the second half."
the international broadcast, Filipino knockout artist Romero
Duno (15-1, 13 KOs) scored an eight-round unanimous decision
victory against Tabasco, Mexico's Juan Sanchez (29-13, 14
KOs) in a lightweight fight. Duno punished Sanchez to the
body and head in each and every round, which earned him the
victory with three scores of 78-74.
satisfied with my performance," said Romero Duno. "Sanchez
was a tough competitor, he fights clean and I respect him.
I've learned a lot from this fight and am going to take the
lessons I've learned onto the next."
"Crazy A" Hovhannisyan (13-2, 10 KOs), the exciting
Armenian super bantamweight contender with a spectacular style,
earned the vacant WBC Continental Americas Super Bantamweight
Title with a unanimous decision victory against Guadalajara,
Mexico's Sergio Frias (19-8-2, 10 KOs). Although the resident
of Los Angeles was cut above the left eye in the middle of
the fight, Hovhannisyan won with two scores of 100-90 and
one score of 98-92.
very happy to get this big belt," said Azat Hovhannisyan.
"This has been years in the making and I fought in the
ring with basically one hand as I fractured my right hand.
The swelling reappeared during the fight. Frias was a tough
opponent, but we put in the work to get the win."
"Chamaco" Lopez (23-1-1, 16 KOs) of La Puente, California
scored a fifth-round technical knockout victory against Isao
Carranza (15-10-1, 9 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico in a scheduled
eight-round super featherweight fight.
fight went well," said Abraham Lopez. "I wish I
would've finished him earlier, but he was a true warrior.
It was a good fight. This fight was something I wanted to
do, something I was waiting for. What's next? Whatever the
company has in mind. I'll be working on everything; win or
lose you always learn something. It doesn't stop. We're not
perfect. I know I made mistakes, but we're going to keep working."
the first fight of the evening, super bantamweight prospect
Rafael "El Alikin" Gramajo (9-1-1, 2 KOs) of Los
Angeles scored a tough six-round unanimous victory against
Pedro Melo (17-16-2, 8 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico.
feel good," said Rafael Gramajo. "I feel we started
off well. I'm proud of myself. I had not fought in a year,
and we fought the fight that we wanted to. In boxing, there
is always a punch that could catch you and hurt you, but thank
God it didn't hurt. I kept boxing and it was a good fight."
vs. Campbell was a 12-round fight for the WBA, WBC Diamond
Ring Magazine Lightweight World Championships, held on Saturday,
September 23 at the 'Fabulous' Forum in Inglewood, California.
The championship event was presented by Golden Boy Promotions
and Matchroom Boxing, in association with Teiken Promotions.
The event was sponsored by Tecate, BORN BOLD, Casa Mexico
Tequila, Thor: Ragnarok and Fred Loya Insurance and was televised
live on HBO World Championship Boxing® at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
ALVAREZ AND GENNADY "GGG" GOLOVKIN BATTLE TO DRAW
IN BACK-AND-FORTH WAR BEFORE SOLD-OUT CROWD AT
T-MOBILE ARENA IN LAS VEGAS
LIVE BY HBO PAY-PER-VIEW
VEGAS (Sept. 16, 2017)
Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion Canelo
Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) and WBC/WBA/IBF/IBO Middleweight
World Champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin (37-0-1, 33
KOs) retained their respective titles in a back-in-forth war
that was ruled a draw on Mexican Independence Day in front
of a sold-out crowd of 22,358 raucous fans at T-Mobile Arena
in Las Vegas presented live by HBO Pay-Per-View and before
17,931 Closed Circuit attendees.
action-packed fight featured everything a boxing fan would
hope for in a battle that not only featured the two best middleweights
in the world, but the two of the best pound-for-pound fighters.
Canelo took an early lead, outboxing Golovkin from the outside
with lateral movement, a quick jab and hard counterpunches
to the body. As the rounds progressed, Golovkin returned fire,
tapping through the middle of Canelo's guard before ripping
left and right hands around it. The action reached its peak
in the championship rounds, where both men went back and forth,
exchanging bomb after bomb in an explosive attempt to avoid
scorecards. Adalaide Byrd scored the fight 118-110 for Canelo.
Dave Moretti scored the fight 115-113 for Golovkin, and Don
Trella scored the fight a 114-114 draw.
in attendance for this sold-out event included LL Cool J,
George Lopez, Randy Orton, Chris Brown, Mario Lopez, Micheal
Strahan, Jamie Foxx, Dave Chapelle, Chris Walhberg, Victor
Espinoza, and former world champions Oscar De La Hoya, Bernard
Hopkins and Miguel Cotto.
thought I won the fight," said Canelo Alvarez. "I
think I was superior inside the ring. I won at least seven
or eight rounds. I was able to counterpunch, and even make
Gennady wobble a couple times. It's up to the people if we
fight again. I feel frustrated over this draw." When
asked if he felt Golovkin's power, Canelo said, "No,
truthfully, not really. There wasn't any power that surprised
me. In the first rounds, I came out to see what he had. Then
I was building from there. Yes, of course I want the rematch.
Obviously, if the people want it, then yes."
a big drama show," said Gennady Golovkin. "I want
to thank all my fans. I want to thank all my Kazakhstan fans
for supporting me, for coming out. Of course I want a rematch.
This was a real fight. Look, I still have all the belts. I'm
still the champion."
'JoJo' Diaz, Jr. (25-0, 13 KOs) scored a dominant 12-round
unanimous decision victory against Rafael "Big Bang"
Rivera (25-1-2, 16 KOs) to earn a shot at the WBC Featherweight
title. Diaz, a native of South El Monte, California, boxed
comfortably from his southpaw stance throughout the fight,
pawing with his right hand before unleashing powerful right
hooks and straight left hands on Rivera, a native of Tijuana,
Mexico. Diaz won with two scores of 119-109 and one score
feel like I had a good performance overall," said Joseph
Diaz. "I was able to put pressure and dictate the pace
of the fight, and be able to enter into a lot of exchanges.
Rivera is strong, has good body shots, and had good speed.
I think we gave them a good show tonight."
"I feel that trying to make weight in time for the fight
really drained me," said Rafael Rivera. "I wasn't
able to perform at my tiptop best. Other than that, I believe
we did good despite the circumstances."
De La Hoya (20-0, 9 KOs) outclassed Randy "El Matador"
Caballero (24-1, 14 KOs) over 10 rounds to win the NABF and
NABO Super Bantamweight titles by unanimous decision. De La
Hoya, of Mexicali, Mexico, started off explosively by landing
a fusillade of punches that caused Caballero's left eye to
swell by the third round. Caballero, who fights out of Coachella,
California, was the aggressor for much of the fight, but De
La Hoya's speed and size advantage nullified Caballero's offense.
De La Hoya won with scores of 90-100, 92-98, and 92-98.
"Blue Chip" Martin (20-0, 11 KOs) opened the HBO
Pay-Per-View telecast with a 10-round split decision victory
against Francisco Rojo (19-3, 12 KOs) to unify his WBC Continental
Americas and the vacant WBA Intercontinental Lightweight titles.
Martin, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, used his footwork and high-guard
defense to box from the outside, while Rojo cut off the ring
to land hooks to the body and head of the Mexico, City, Mexico
native. As the rounds progressed, Martin and Rojo exchanged
more and more explosively, though Martin was deducted a point
in the ninth round for excessive low-blows. By the end of
the fight, Rojo was coming on stronger, though it was not
enough to win on all the judge scorecards. Martin won with
scores of 95-94 and 96-93, while one judge scored it 98-91
didn't feel 100% tonight, even though I got the split decision,"
said Ryan "Blue Chip" Martin. "I know I fought
a good fight despite the adversity in the ring. I know the
judge that scored in favor of Rojo recognized good boxing
in him. I'm glad I have this new belt and it's on to the next."
Bohachuk (5-0, 5 KOs), the rising Ukrainian super welterweight
prospect trained by Abel Sanchez, defeated Joan Valenzuela
(5-9-1, 5 KOs) via second-round technical knockout in a fight
scheduled for four rounds. Bohachuk overwhelmed Valenzuela
with hard shots to the body and head before stopping him at
1:58 of the second round.
was a good opponent, I'm happy I won," said Serhii Bohachuk.
It was a tough fight, but I kept working at it and came out
lightweight prospect Vergil Ortiz, Jr. (7-0, 7 KOs) of Dallas,
Texas scored an impressive second-round technical knockout
victory against Cesar Valenzuela (7-2, 2 KOs) in a scheduled
six-round fight. Ortiz unleashed a vicious body attack on
the body of Valenzuela, forcing the Mexican-born resident
of Phoenix, Arizona to drop to his knees twice before the
referee called the fight at 1:22 of the second round.
just do what my coaches tell me to do," said Vergil Ortiz
Jr. "They knew how this fight was going to end, and kept
reminding me to go towards the body. I'm super happy to get
the win, and this is just another fight on the way."
the first bout of the evening, Marlen Esparza (3-0), the 2012
Olympic Bronze Medalist of Houston, Texas, scored a six-round
unanimous decision victory against Aracely Palacios (8-8,
1 KO) in the flyweight division. Esparza showed the influence
of her world-renowned trainer, Virgil Hunter, as she intelligently
used her left hand to jab and gauge distance before landing
combinations from the outside on Palacios, a native of Durango,
Mexico. Esparza cruised to her win with three scores of 60-54.
vs. Golovkin was a 12-round fight for the middleweight championship
of the world presented by Golden Boy Promotions and GGG Promotions
and sponsored by Tecate, BORN BOLD; Hennessy, Never Stop,
Never Settle; O'Reilly Auto Parts. Better Parts, Better Prices...everyday!;
Fred Loya Insurance; Interjet; Thor: Ragnarok; Fathom Events;
Tsesnabank; and Capital Holdings. Diaz, Jr. vs. Rivera was
a 12-round WBC Featherweight Title Eliminator bout presented
by Golden Boy Promotions. Caballero vs. De La Hoya was a 10-round
fight for the NABF and vacant NABO Super Bantamweight Championship
presented by Golden Boy Promotions. Martin vs. Rojo was a
10-round lightweight fight for the WBC Continental Americas
and vacant WBA Intercontinental Championships presented by
Golden Boy Promotions and GGG Promotions in association with
Cancun Boxing. The event took place Saturday, Sept. 16 at
T-Mobile Arena and was produced and distributed live by HBO
Tickets on Sale NOW!
Tickets go on sale Tuesday, September 19 at noon for the upcoming
showdown between former Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion
Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (30-2-1, 26 KOs) and Vyacheslav
"Lion-Heart Chingonskyy" Shabranskyy (19-1, 16 KOs)
which takes place on Saturday, November 25 at The Theater
at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for this exciting event
are priced between $50 and $350 and are available at ticketmaster.com
and the Madison Square Garden box office. From Monday, September
18 at noon until Tuesday, September 19 at 11:00 am select
fans can purchase tickets in advance using the exclusive presale
Kovalev vs. Shabranskyy will be promoted by Main Events and
Krusher Promotions in association with Golden Boy Promotions,
and televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 10:00
p.m. ET/PT. Kovalev is a former three-belt light heavyweight
world champion and Shabranskyy is currently ranked #3 by the
WBC and #2 by the WBA at light heavyweight. With both fighters
having greater than an 80% knockout-to-win ratio expect this
fight to be filled with fireworks!
About Kovalev-Shabranskyy: The Saturday, November 25 bout
between Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev and Vyacheslav
Shabranskyy is a 10-round light heavyweight match-up at the
Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The event
is promoted by Main Events and Krusher Promotions in association
with Golden Boy Promotions and will be televised live on HBO
Boxing After Dark beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Tickets go
on sale September 19, 2017 and are available at ticketmaster.com
and the Madison Square Garden Box Office.
STOPS MARRIAGA IN SEVEN, BELTRAN EDGES VASQUEZ
Angeles, CA (August 5th, 2017) -Wunderkind
Vasyl Lomachenko put up a stellar performance on Saturday
night to retain his WBO Superfeatherweight belt with a stoppage
over uber-tough Miguel Marriaga on the Top Rank promoted /
ESPN / ESPN Deportes televised main event at the Microsoft
Theater in Los Angeles, California.
Marriaga, tough REST
"EL MAESTRO" HERRERA OUTPOINTS JESUS "RENUENTE"
SOTO KARASS IN CROSSROADS WAR WITH JAWDROPPING TENTH-ROUND
CONTENDER FOR ROUND OF THE YEAR
VYACHESLAV "LION-HEART CHINGONSKYY" SHABRANSKYY
TAKES BACK USNBC LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE WITH SEVENTH-ROUND
KNOCKOUT PERFORMANCE AGAINST TODD "2GUNZ" UNTHANK-MAY
Calif. (Aug. 4, 2017) Keeping true to its promise of an all-out
crossroads war as the main event on Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN
at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino,
Mexican welterweight warriors Mauricio "El Maestro"
Herrera (24-7, 7 KOs) of Riverside, Calif. and Jesus "Renuente"
Soto Karass (28-12-4, 18 KOs) of Los Mochis, Mexico sacrificed
their souls in a fight where the closing tenth-round will
make for a strong "Round of the Year" contender.
Herrera, taking control of the fight early on while utilizing
his jab and was able to go toe-to-toe with Soto Karass in
the later rounds. Ultimately, it was Herrera who was awarded
the majority decision win, with judges' scores of 96-94, 96-94,
"Give me two months, and I'll be back," said Mauricio
Herrera. "I felt like I started out strong, landing my
jab, and was controlling the fight smart. By the end of the
fight, I was standing a bit more and landing more of the obvious
Herrera continued, "I will give him the later rounds,
because I do feel that he came in strong; however I feel like
overall my team played a strong clean, fight. I knew he was
coming off a long lay-off, so I knew he was going to come
in at 110 percent and just as good as he was before he took
a year off. I can't wait to get back in the ring."
"I feel like an injustice was just committed," said
Jesus Soto Karass. "So much hard work that went into
this. I had to drop 40 pounds to be able to take this fight,
and my team and I feel like all the runs up Mt. Baldy, diet
restrictions, and the work that we displayed in the ring tonight
should have merited the win."
Soto Karass continued, "At the end of the day, as I have
said before, the people who won today was the public who enjoyed
and supported us. At this height of my career, I have to go
back to my family, and we are going to have to make some tough
decisions. Above all though I am content and am happy that
I took this fight."
Special guests of the night at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
for the Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN card included former three-time
WBC World Super Bantamweight Champion Israel "Magnifico"
Vazquez, Golden Boy Promotions Partner and Future Hall of
Famer Bernard Hopkins, Brazilian UFC World Champion Jose Aldo
Junior, and fighters Oscar Duarte, NABF bantamweight champion
Oscar "Jaguar" Negrete, Randy "El Matador"
Caballero, and Roberto "Massa" Ortiz.
Opening up the ESPN and ESPN Deportes telecast, the newly
crowned again WBC USNBC Light Heavyweight Champion Vyacheslav
"Lionheart-Chingonskyy" Shabranskyy (19-1, 16 KOs)
of Los Angeles took back his belt in a seventh round knockout
of Philadelphia's Todd "2 Gunz" Unthank-May (10-1-1,
4 KOs). "Chingonskyy" solidified his comeback performance,
clearing the water with Unthank-May, landing 45 percent of
his power punches and 14 jabs per round. "2Gunz"
received a cut over his left eye in the brunt of their exchanges
during the second round, and was almost knocked down during
the seventh round. Before the eighth round could commence,
Unthank-May's corner waved the towel, awarding the seventh
round knockout victory and light heavyweight title to Shabranskyy.
"I'm happy to have my belt back," said Vyacheslav
Shabranskyy. "I learned a lot from my fight against Barrera,
and I've been working on moving my head and body a lot more.
He was a tough guy. I have 20 fights in my career, and I am
ready to start taking on bigger fights again."
Also making time for the televised card on ESPN and ESPN Deportes,
Niko "Baby Face" Valdes (6-0, 5 KOs) maintained
his undefeated status against Jaime "Zarco" Solorio
(7-4-2, 5 KOs) of San Quintin, Mexico in a six-round super
middleweight bout that went the distance. The judges scored
the fight unanimously in favor of Valdes as 60-54, 59-55,
"At the end of the day, I have to do what I have to do
to win and sometimes that won't look very pretty or impress
the crowd," said Niko Valdes. "His face looks a
lot worse than mine, the only reason he looked like he was
winning was because he was applying more pressure than me.
I still won."
the crowd to their feet in an action-packed six-round super
flyweight affair, Riverside, Calif.'s Ricardo "El Niño"
Sandoval (8-1, 7 KOs) conquered Durango, Mexico's Antonio
"Tony" Rodriguez (8-18-1, 5 KOs). The flyweights
did not hit pause in the six-rounds, with "El Niño"
demonstrating his ability to connect his punches and easily
switch between conventional and southpaw stances, as well
as initiating most of the heavy exchanges. The judges scored
the bout unanimously in favor of Sandoval, with scores of
60-54, 60-54, and 59-55.
"I'm in the middle of developing my own unique fighting
style," said Ricardo Sandoval. "This was my first
fight on a Golden Boy card, and I hope that with this performance
I get invited to fight on their card again. There was a point
that I did feel I could have knocked him out. I got him with
a body punch and he bent over in pain, but he held on."
Kicking off the ESPN 3 coverage, East LA's Jonathan "Thunder"
Navarro (11-0, 6 KOs) participated in his first full eight-round
super lightweight fight against Durango, Mexico's Angel Sarinana
(7-7-2, 3 KOs). Navarro set the pace of the bout, scoring
a knockdown in the first round. The bout featured heavy exchanges
between the lightweights, with "Thunder" showing
off his developing power and ability to box from the outside.
Navarro scored the unanimous decision victory with judges'
scores of 80-71, 79-72, and 79-72.
"This was my first, eight-rounder, so I feel accomplished
in being able to not gas out and be able to perform throughout
the rounds," said Jonathon Navarro. "I was careful
with my distance, and I was a lot more thoughtful when I was
throwing punches. Upping the rounds was definitely a career
achievement, and I hope that I can go up to ten rounds soon."
Opening the fight night activities with a six-round super
welterweight bout, LA's Marvin Cabrera (5-0, 4 KOs) participated
in a competitive combat against Esau Herrera (19-9-1, 10 KOs)
of Tlaquepaque, Mexico. Cabrera was able to prove he was the
more polished fighter, effectively countering Herrera's attempts
to push forward. The judges scored the unanimous decision
win with scores of 60-54, 59-55, and 59-55 in favor of Cabrera.
"I went up against a guy with a lot of experience, and
the key to winning was fighting from a distance and using
a lot of counter punches," said Marvin Cabrera. "I
had never faced an opponent like him before, and I was able
to see what areas I need to improve to take on even bigger
challenges. Overall, I am satisfied with this win."
Herrera vs. Soto Karass was a 10-round welterweight fight
presented by Golden Boy Promotions. The event was sponsored
by Tecate, Born BOLD and Hennessy "Never Stop, Never
FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONS MIGUEL BERCHELT AND JEZREEL CORRALES
KEEP THEIR BELTS IN HARD-FOUGHT, ACTION-PACKED DECISION VICTORIES
SULLIVAN BARRERA GETS OFF THE DECK TO TAKE HOME WBC INTERCONTINENTAL
LIGHT HEAVYWIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
5,864 ROCKING FANS FILL LOS ANGELES' FABULOUS FORUM TO SEE
A SENSATIONAL NIGHT OF FIGHTS
ANGELES (July 15, 2017):
Making the first defense of his WBC Super Featherweight Championship,
Miguel "El Alacran" Berchelt (32-1, 28 KOs) knocked
down Takashi Miura (31-4-2, 24 KOs) in the first round before
rolling to a clear-cut unanimous decision victory in the 12-round
main event of HBO Boxing After Dark live from Los Angeles'
VIPs for the night included Chairman and CEO Oscar De La Hoya,
World Champion and Future Boxing Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins,
Boxing Hall of Famer Roberto Duran, Real Madrid and Spanish
National Team soccer player Sergio Ramos, Tampa Bay Rays baseball
player JP Arencibia, Former three division world champion
Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez, NABA super featherweight
champion Carlos "The Solution" Morales, NABO Super
Featherweight Champion Alberto Machado, 2008 & 2012 Brazilian
Olympian Everton Lopes, Jesus Soto Karass, 2016 Mexican Olympian
Raul Curiel, Ronny Rios, Rene Alvarado, Charles Huerta, Azat
Hovanissyan, Cesar Diaz, and Roger Gutierrez.
"I knew this fight was going to be won with intelligence,"
Berchelt said. "Miura is a warrior, and fought till the
end. Miura has the toughest left hand in the division. He
kept coming forward, and when he connected his punches, they
did hurt. I knew I was going to fight an ex-world champion,
so I prepared myself well. I have proven that I am the best
by taking on the two toughest champions in the division with
Vargas and Miura. I am ready to fight anyone."
"Berchelt was a smart fighter," Miura said. "He
did not allow me to get my distance."
In the co-main event, Jezreel "El Invisible" Corrales
(22-1, 8 KOs) survived two knockdowns to maintain his WBA
Super Featherweight title with a majority decision win over
Robinson Castellanos (22-12, 14 KOs). Castellanos dropped
Corrales twice in a wild fourth round, with Corrales barely
beating the count after the second knockdown. But the Panamanian
champion regained his footing in the fifth and sixth and sent
Castellanos down with a left hook in the seventh. After a
nasty clash of heads in the 10th that busted Castellanos'
left cheek wide open, the fight was stopped and went to the
scorecards. The judges awarded scores of 94-94, 94-93, 96-92,
giving Corrales the majority decision.
"I knew this would be an interesting fight, I am so happy
about the victory," Corrales said. "This is probably
the best fight that I've had in my career so far. I'm looking
at tonight's main event as one of my future opponents."
"I am honestly so sad," Castellanos said. "That
head butt should have disqualified him; it could have been
fatal. I knew coming in that I was in enemy territory, however
I felt that I was ahead in the cards. I feel terrible."
Newly crowned WBC Intercontinental Light Heavyweight Champion
Sullivan Barrera (20-1, 14 KOs) gave a career-making performance,
getting off the deck in the first round to take a 10-round
unanimous decision victory over Joe Smith, Jr. (23-2, 19 KOs).
The judges scored the fight 96-93 and 97-92 twice.
"I feel very happy about this win. Joe Smith, Jr. is
a great champion, and I respect him very much," Barrera
said. "This title wouldn't have been possible with my
amazing team, and my father here tonight was also amazing.
When Smith, Jr. knocked me down in the second round, I got
back up cause that's who I am. In my fight with Shabranskyy
the same thing happened. I shoot back up to get the victory."
"Sullivan Barrera fought a good fight and I congratulate
him," said Joe Smith, Jr.
In the night's quickest, jaw-dropping knockout victory, highly
touted Ryan "Kingry" Garcia (10-0, 9 KOs) needed
only 1:14 of a scheduled four-round fight to knock out experienced
Mario Macias (27-22-1, 14 KOs).
"It felt like a blur. Like a dream that just happened
quickly. Although I wouldn't rate this as my best performance
since I think my last fight against Tyrone Luckey was the
best. I want to be on the Canelo-GGG card, and continue to
step up the level of opponents I face. Maybe when I turn 20
years old I will start to call out world champions."
Mercito "No Mercy" Gesta (31-1-2, 16 KOs) demonstrated
he is back in full force with an eighth-round technical knockout
win over ring veteran Martin Honorio (33-11-1, 16 KOs). The
one-sided fight showed off Gesta's superior accuracy, strength,
and footwork. The referee waved the fight off as Gesta was
unleashing a flurry of power shots on Honorio.
"It feels great to be back, I am almost at 100% to where
I want to be after my surgery," said Mercito Gesta. "With
all the rehabilitation and training under Freddie Roach, I
am on track to fight for a title very soon. Right now, I just
want to keep improving, and keep focused."
In the upset of the night, Diuhl Olguin (11-7-2, 9 KOs) outpointed
Guadalajara, Mexico's Horacio "Violento" Garcia
(32-3-1, 22 KOs). The action-packed eight-round featherweight
fight went the distance, with Garcia going down twice. The
judges awarded the fight to Olguin with scores of 73-77, 73-77,
"I feel very happy about my first win outside of Mexico.
I just can't believe what just happened," said Olguin.
"I wasn't the favorite, and I had to move up a couple
of weight classes to take this fight. I want to start to take
on tougher contenders in the sport in my weight class."
Opening up the Ring TV livestreamed portion of the evening,
Manny "Chato" Robles, Jr. (13-0, 5 KOs) broke Christian
Esquivel (29-12, 22 KOs) down to land the technical knockout
victory in the fifth round of a scheduled eight-round featherweight
fight. The fighters were in a heavy exchange when Esquivel's
corner waved the towel to stop the fight.
"It was a strange ending, but he was getting a lot of
punishment from me. The referees were actually going to call
it after the fifth round finished," said Manny Robles,
Jr. "I think my preparation allowed me to win each round,
and I am glad I got to do that in front of all my friends
and family who were cheering me on here at the Forum."
Kick-starting the evening Samar Philippines; Recky Dulay (10-2,
7 KOs) stopped Curundu, Panama's Jaime "Jaimito"
Arboleda (10-1, 8 KOs) in the third round in a super lightweight
bout that was scheduled for eight-rounds. With a right hand
cross to the head that left Arboledo unsteady, Dulay handed
Arboleda his first loss.
"This was my first fight in California, so it means a
lot as I continue to develop my career," said Recky Dulay.
"I've been training here in the U.S for about 2-3 months,
so I am ready to fight more here now."
Berchelt vs. Miura, was a 12-round fight for the WBC Super
Featherweight World Championship, was presented by Golden
Boy Promotions in association with Zanfer Promotions and Teiken
Promotions. Corrales vs. Castellanos was presented by Golden
Boy Promotions. Smith vs. Barerra was presented by Star Boxing
in association with Main Events. The event was sponsored by
Tecate, BORN BOLD and Casa Mexico Tequila.
Events Inks Deal with Brooklyn Native
Frank "Notorious" Galarza
Ready to Take Over
Events continues to add to their roster with the signing of
Brooklyn super welterweight Frank "Notorious" Galarza
(17-2-2, 11 KOs). Galarza, 31, made his professional debut
in 2010 as a highly-prized prospect. He built up a fan base
in the New York area with his all-action style, while remaining
undefeated for six years. He suffered two losses following
some inactivity and promotional issues. Now, with a new promoter
and a new manager, Galarza is ready to resume his climb to
the top of the hot 154 lb. division.
nearly a year-long lay off, Galarza can't wait to re-enter
the ring and is excited to be fighting under the Main Events'
banner. He said, "I am just one of those fighters who
will never turn down anyone. I will fight anyone. I wanted
to work with Main Events because I have seen what they have
done in the past. I like the way they move their fighters.
I have seen what they have done with Curtis Stevens and, for
me, I just felt that it was a perfect fit. After speaking
with Kathy [Duva] and Jolene [Mizzone], I just knew it was
added, "My goal right now is to get back into the ring
and start taking over. I am just grateful that Main Events
has given me this opportunity right now. I promise that I
am going to give my all and give everything that I have left
to give to this sport. I am going to dedicate myself and put
my heart into this. I guarantee you that my story hasn't ended.
You are going to hear a champion's story told about me and
it is going to be a story worth talking about. We are going
for the movie!"
Daughter Joy Looks on as Frank Signs his Main Events' Promotional
carries the same passion that he feels for his boxing career
into his personal life. He believes it is imperative that
he give back to his community. In addition to his rigorous
schedule training, his day job as a personal trainer and parenting
his first child, seven-month old daughter, Joy, he is also
heavily involved in a youth program he founded in 2014 called
Youth Fighting Forward that currently operates in Brooklyn
and Danbury, CT. "We focus on the kids. We try to offer
free boxing classes for the kids as well as mentoring and
tutoring," explained Galarza. For more information regarding
Frank's passion project, Youth Fighting Forward, visit: frankgalarza.com/youthfightingforward.
is managed by Adrian Clark who also manages Main Events stablemate
Cassius Chaney. When asked about Galarza's signing with Main
Events he said, "Extremely happy to have Frank with such
a prestigious company as Main Events. After meeting with Frank
and learning what he wanted for the remainder of his career,
it was a no brainer for me to reach out to Kathy & Jolene
to make this happen. I told Frank, all he has to do is deliver,
they will make you a star."
Galarza is one of the fighters that I've always felt we could
promote well," said Main Events CEO Kathy Duva. "He
has a fan-friendly style and fans in the New York and Connecticut
area, so he's really a perfect fit for Main Events. Now it's
time to get to work!"
Ray Beltran conquered the WBO lightweight title by defeating Paulus
Moses by unanimous decision.
Williams / Toprank
have no words. I gave everything I had. I really had to push myself.
He is a very experienced and tough fighter. He surprised me with
a couple of good punches, but right away I thought about my family
and everything I have been throughout my career. I gave it my
all. I made my career the tough way, and now I'm a champion"
Undefeated welterweight contender Egidijus ‘The Mean Machine’
Kavaliuskas successfully defended his NABF welterweight title
by knocking out David Avanesyan at 1:55 of the sixth round.
"I'm very happy right now. All I want to do is smile. I wanted
to win with all my heart because I knew he was a very tough opponent.
I want to face the best. Hopefully, my next fight is a world title.
Crawford is fighting Horn for the world title. I want to face
Former US Olympic silver medalist, Shakur Stevenson dominated
Juan Tapia via unanimous decision
QUOTE: “I felt good. I‘m going to keep doing what I’m doing. I
felt like I looked like I was supposed to in my first eight round
fight. I’m a perfectionist. I’m going to pick it up from here
and keep getting better and better”
• Former Brazilian Gold Medalist, Robson Conceicao got a unanimous
decision victory against Ignacio Holguin.
QUOTE: “I trained very hard for five months in Brazil and it showed
during the fight. I felt very good in this fight. I will keep
working hard to keep improving more and more with each fight that
• Heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings beat Akhor Muralimov by
technical knockout at 1:12 of the 3rd round.
“I want the big fights. We just have goals. I have a team that’s
very committed. We’re ready to take on the best. I just keep getting
more comfortable. With each fight, I’m getting more and more comfortable"
• Unbeaten welterweight prospect Alexander Besputin defeated Wesley
Tucker by technical knockout at the end of the 5th round.
QUOTE: “I’m growing up and improving more with every bout. According
to my good friend Vasiliy Lomachenko, the most difficult opponent
is the one who is not working in the ring.”
Ricardo Lucio-Galvan defeated Keneth Guzman by technical knockout
in the third round.
Sagadat Rakhmankul stopped Noel Esqueda at 1:51 of the 5th high.
Roman Arrives in Japan for WBA World Title Defense
Calif. (Feb. 16, 2018) - Los Angeles native and WBA Super Bantamweight
Champion Danny Roman (23-2-1, 9 KOs) arrived in Tokyo on Thursday
and held a media workout the next day in advance of his first
world title defense.
defends against No. 11 rated challenger Ryo Matsumoto (21-1, 19
KOs) of Japan on Wednesday, Feb. 28.
The 12-round world championship fight, dubbed "The Challenge,"
is promoted by Thompson Boxing Promotions in association with
Ohashi Promotions and will take place from Korakuen Hall in Tokyo,
Thursday, Roman was greeted by the Japanese media upon arriving
at Tokyo International Airport. The following day, Roman took
part in a media workout for the local press.
ready and well prepared to defend my title," Roman said.
"Matsumoto presents a tough challenge, but that's nothing
new for me. I'm going to fight my fight and not let him get comfortable."
"Baby Faced Assassin" decided to arrive approximately
two weeks prior to his title defense to acclimate to the weather
and time change.
came in early last time I was here in September so we decided
to follow the same script," said Roman, who is trained and
managed by Eddie Gonzalez. "It makes sense to get used to
the new time zone and develop a routine and comfort zone before
my big fight against Matsumoto."
traveled to the island nation in September and knocked out former
champion Shun Kubo in the ninth round.
27, dominated the fight from start to finish. He won every round
on every scorecard with the exception of the first round on one
score sheet. He battered Kubo on multiple occasions, dropping
him in the seventh and eighth rounds before finishing him off
in the ninth.
DEFENDS TITLE AT STUBHUB MARCH 10th
March 10 at StubHub Center, Live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes.
Go On Sale This Wednesday! January 17 at 1 p.m. ET.
CALIF. (January 16, 2018) —
Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight world
champion ÓSCAR VALDEZ, the man who swims with a fully-grown
pet alligator, will begin the third year of his championship reign
by defending his title against former World Boxing Association
(WBA) super bantamweight world champion and current No. 2 world-rated
featherweight contender SCOTT QUIGG. For Valdez (23-0, 19 KOs),
of Nogales, Mexico, this will be his fourth title defense since
winning it in 2016. Quigg (34-1-2, 25 KOs), of Lancashire, England,
will be making his U.S. debut. The Valdez vs. Quigg world championship
fight will take place Saturday, March 10, under the stars at StubHub
Center in Carson, Calif. It will be televised live and exclusively
at 10:30 p.m. EST on ESPN and ESPN Deportes and stream live on
the ESPN App. Additional fights on the live telecast will be announced
by Top Rank®, in association with Matchroom Boxing, tickets
go on sale Tomorrow! Wednesday, January 17, at 1 p.m. ET / 10
a.m. PT. Priced at $206, $104, $53 and 27.50, including facility
fees, they can be purchased online at AXS.com, by phone at (888)
9AXS-TIX, or by visiting the StubHub Center box office.
all-action undercard will feature undefeated WBC Continental Americas
super featherweight champion Andy Vences (20-0, 12 KOs), of San
Jose, Calif; top-three world-rated junior welterweight contender
Alex Saucedo (26-0, 16 KOs), of Oklahoma City; 2016 U.S. Olympian
and three-time U.S. Amateur Champion Mikaela Mayer (3-0, 2 KOs),
of Los Angeles; and 2012 Olympic silver medalist and middleweight
contender Esquiva Falcäo (19-0, 13 KOs), of Vitoria, Brasil.
know that my March 10 world title defense against Scott Quigg
will be a fun one for all the boxing fans because our styles combine
perfectly to make a real war,” said Valdez. “As usual, on March
10, I will leave it all in the ring at StubHub Center, to show
everyone that I’m one of the best featherweights in the world”.
“This is a fight that I’m really looking forward to. It’s a great
fight,” said Quigg. “I have a lot of respect for Oscar and his
team. We’ve been in the gym together in the past, helping each
other prepare for a fight. They are good people. I’ve been in
training for four weeks already and now I’ve just linked up with
Freddie Roach to begin the last eight weeks of camp. This is a
great opportunity for me — making my U.S. debut on a great platform
on ESPN — and I’m confident on March 10 I’ll become World champion
“Oscar Valdez has passed every in-ring test with flying colors,
but the biggest test of his professional career will take place
on March 10 against Scott Quigg, who like Oscar, rarely leaves
a fight in the hands of the judges. The fans watching at StubHub
and live across ESPN’s platforms are in for an exciting night
and a sensational card, which will be announced shortly,” said
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum,.
delighted to get this fight made – I feel it’s one of the best
fights in the division right now,” said Quigg’s promoter Eddie
Hearn. “Both guys like to come forward and throw aggressive combinations
and I do not believe we will hear the final bell. What I do believe
is that on March 10 Scott Quigg will become a two-weight World
Champion in a fight of the year contender, live on ESPN”
very excited for the fight against Quigg. This fight will further
showcase Oscar’s skills and will demonstrate that he is a star,”
said Frank Espinoza, manager of Valdez. “Oscar is one of the best
in the world and against Quigg he’ll prove it once again.”
who represented México in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, was
the first Mexican fighter to qualify for two Olympic games. He
is considered one of the bright lights of the featherweight division
and a new face for boxing’s next generation. He will be making
the fourth defense of the world title he won on July 23, 2016
via a second-round knockout of undefeated No. 2 rated Matías
Rueda. Rueda entered that fight having won his previous 10 bouts
by stoppage. In his first defense, which took place, on November
5, 2016, Valdez blasted out No. 1 contender Hiroshige Osawa via
a seventh-round TKO. On April 22, in his 2017 debut, his first
pay-per-view event that featured him in the main event, Valdez
went toe-to toe for 12 rounds with No. 1 contender Miguel Marriaga,
winning a unanimous decision. Marriaga, a three-time world title
challenger, went into that fight having won 15 of his previous
19 bouts by way of knockout. In his most recent fight, on September
22, he again went mano a mano in a 12-rounder that had the fans
on their feet throughout the fight. This time Valdez won a unanimous
decision over Genesis Servania, the No. 4 world-rated contender.
who has fought all but once in his native England, is trained
by Hall of Famer Freddie Roach. After capturing the WBA interim
super bantamweight world title in 2012 and making one successful
title defense that same year, he was elevated to WBA super bantamweight
world champion in 2013. Quigg successfully defended that world
title six times, four of them by way of knockout during his three-year
reign. He lost the title via a split decision to International
Boxing Federation (IBF) champion Carl Frampton in a 2016 title
unification bout. Since that fight, Quigg has moved up to the
featherweight division and won his past three fights, including
a 12-round featherweight title elimination bout against Simion
Viorel. Quigg is currently world-rated No. 2 by the IBF and No.
4 by the WBA.
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'JOJO' DIAZ, JR. TO DEFEND NABO FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE AGAINST FORMER
WORLD CHAMPION VICTOR 'VIKINGO' TERRAZAS
IN MAIN EVENT OF GOLDEN BOY BOXING ON ESPN AT
FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT CASINO
SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT PROSPECT VERGIL ORTIZ, JR. TO CONTINUE KNOCKOUT
STREAK IN TELEVISED CO-MAIN EVENT
EXPLOSIVE UNDERCARD TO BE STACKED WITH GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS'
BEST AND BRIGHTEST PROSPECTS
Tickets on Sale Today at 10:00 a.m. PT!
LOS ANGELES (Jan. 12, 2018): Golden
Boy Promotions will continue its partnership with ESPN for this
exciting new year with an explosive main event featuring 126-pound
contender Joseph "JoJo" Diaz, Jr. (25-0, 13 KOs) defending
his NABO Featherweight Title against former world champion Victor
"Vikingo" Terrazas (38-4-2, 21 KOs) on the Feb. 22 edition
of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
inIndio, Calif.Doors to the Special Events Center open at 5:00
p.m. PT, and the first non-televised bout starts at 5:30 p.m.
PT. ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes will transmit the fights beginning
at 11:30 p.m. ET/8:30 p.m. PT, and the ESPN3 transmission will
begin at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT.
Diaz Jr., a 25-year-old prodigy of South El Monte, Calif., was
an exceptional amateur prospect who was part of the 2012 United
States Olympic Team. After making his debut with Golden Boy Promotions
in December 2012 at the now-defunct LA Sports Arena, Diaz, Jr.
climbed the 126-pound rankings defeating one tough opponent after
another. Diaz, Jr. had a great 2017 as he participated in two
Pay-Per-View events. In the HBO-televised undercard of Canelo
vs. Chavez, Jr., Diaz, Jr. cruised to a 10-round unanimous decision
victory against the previously undefeated Manuel "Tino"
Avila. Diaz, Jr. then defeated Rafael "Bing Bang" Rivera
via dominant 12-round decision in the co-main event of the historic
Canelo vs. Golovkin HBO pay-per-view event. Diaz, Jr. will look
to continue his path to a world title with a win on Feb. 22.
"I look forward to making my 2018 debut," said Diaz,
Jr. "And what better way than by facing a tough former world
champion in Victor Terrazas! I will remind everyone why I deserve
a world title shot by headlining this card exciting fashion."
Terrazas, a 34-year-old native of Jalisco, Mexico, is a former
world champion who defeated Cristian "El Diamante" Mijares
to capture the WBC Super Bantamweight Title. Terrazas, a student
of the traditional Mexican school of boxing, has fought fighters
at a world championship level from different parts of the world,
and will bring years of fighting experience into his fight against
"I have faced great fighters in my career," said Terrazas.
"And this fight against Joseph Diaz, Jr. will not be an exception.
I think that my experience will be very important, and I have
no doubts that I will leave with my hand raised."
Vergil Ortiz, Jr. (8-0, 8 KOs), a super lightweight prospect who
has delighted fans with his tremendous knockout power, will return
in the eight-round co-main event. After debuting as a professional
in 2016, Ortiz, Jr. has never heard the final bell of a bout,
and he's anxious to retain his 100% knockout rate in the year
2018. One must definitely not lose sight of this sensational Mexican
American who has his roots in Michoacan, Mexico.
The explosive undercard will be stacked with the best and brightest
prospects of the exclusive Golden Boy Promotions stable. Lightweight
knockout artist Christian "Chimpa" Gonzalez (18-1, 15
KOs) will make his highly anticipated ring return over a scheduled
eight rounds of action in his Fantasy Springs Resort Casino debut.
Gonzalez is a hard-hitting prospect who is coming off two spectacular
wins, the last of which was against Gamaliel "El Platano"
Manny "Chato" Robles III (14-0, 6 KOs), after making
his headlining debut in Sept. of 2017, will square off in an eight-round
featherweight fight. Power punching prospect Edgar "Kid Neza"
Valerio (10-0, 7 KOs) of Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl by way of South
Central, Los Angeles, California will start the year off with
a bang in an eight-round battle in the 126-pound division.
Hector "El Finito" Tanajara, Jr.(11-0, 4 KOs) of San
Antonio, Texas will open the evening of very exciting combats
in an eight-round super featherweight fight. In the night's swing
bout, Genaro "El Conde" Gamez (6-0, 4 KOs) will participate
in a six-round lightweight fight.
Opponents for these exciting, rising prospects will be announced
Tickets for the event go on sale Friday, January 12 at 10:00 a.m.
PT, and start at $25. Tickets will be available at the Fantasy
Springs Resort Casino box office, by calling 1-800-827-2946, or
by purchasing online at www.fantasyspringsresort.com.
LOCAL PROSPECTS FEATURED ON FIRST REAL DEAL BOXING EVENT AT KINGS
THEATRE IN BROOKLYN ON SATURDAY, MARCH 10
Now On Sale!!
York City (February 16, 2018) Top local prospects will be featured
at the debut event presented by Evander Holyfield’s Real Deal
Sports & Entertainment at the historic Kings Theatre on Saturday,
March 10, 2018.
tickets for ‘Real Deal, Showcase Series II’, presented in association
with World of Boxing, priced at $150, $125, $75 and $50 are now
on sale online through the Kings Theatre website, www.KingsTheatre.com.
the fighters featured on the card is undefeated middleweight knockout
artist, Edgar ‘The Chosen One’ Berlanga, (7-0-0, 7 KO’s) of Brooklyn.
Only 20-years-old, Berlanga has stopped all seven of his foes
as a professional in the first round. Most recently he stopped
Jaime Barboza on January 26 in the first round in Philadelphia,
PA. Barboza had previously gone the distance in his previous five
fights against top contenders and prospects including Gary O’Sullivan,
Esquiva Falcao, Nick Brinson, Kyrone Davis and Russell Lamour.
will face-off against battle tested veteran Elie Augustama, (6-7-0,
3 KO’s), of Haiti in a scheduled six round bout. Augustama has
clashed with a number of top prospects, most recently going the
distance with undefeated Nicklaus Flaz on October 28, 2017.
Mexican/American, Brooklyn native Julian Sosa, (10-0-1, 3 KO’s),
will look to kick-off his 2018 campaign in style facing Dominican
Wilmer Rodriguez, (9-1-0, 7 KO’s) in an eight-round junior welterweight
22-year-old Sosa closed 2017 with a unanimous decision over Erick
Daniel Martinez on October 14. Rodriguez will look to stay in
the win column following a fourth-round knockout of Oscar Leon
on January 26 in Santo Domingo.
New York Golden Gloves Champion, ‘The Brooklyn Torch’ Justin Biggs,
(2-0, 2 KO’s), will also look to stay undefeated in his third
professional bout. The junior middleweight followed up his knockout
victory in his professional debut with a third-round stoppage
of Simon Sayes on November 18, 2017.
junior flyweight prospect Natalie Gonzalez, (3-0-0, 1 KO), of
New Rochelle, New York will look to jump-start her career with
her first bout in fifteen months. Gonzalez will face battled test
Hungarian veteran Judit Hachbold, (4-3-0), in a scheduled six
heavyweight prospect Iegor Plevako, (5-0-0, 3 KO’s), will also
be making the first start of his 2018 campaign at Kings Theatre
on March 10. With three victories in 2017, Plevako returns to
action following a unanimous decision victory over Sherman Artis
Jr. on November 18.
his highly anticipated United States debut will be undefeated
junior welterweight prospect Batyr Ahmedov, (2-0-0, 2 KO’s) of
Crimea, Russia. Ahmedov was a quarterfinalist representing Turkey
in the 2016 Olympics held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and finished
with an amateur record of 88-8.
featured in separate bouts on the Real Deal Boxing event at Kings
Theatre is undefeated cruiserweight prospect Joe Jones, (9-0-0,
7 KO’s), of Jersey City, New Jersey and welterweight newcomer
Cesar Francis, (3-0-0, 2 KO’s) of Brooklyn, New York along with
Ridgewood, New York welterweight Mathew Gonzalez, (3-0-0, 2 KO’s),
and undefeated super bantamweight Khalid Twaiti, (2-0-0, 1 KO)
out the card, Bronx native, junior welterweight Josue ‘The Prodigy’
Vargas, (9-1-0, 5 KO’s), will battle in a scheduled six rounder.
details on these bouts will be announced shortly.
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REMATCH IS ON!
CANELO ALVAREZ TO BATTLE GENNADY 'GGG' GOLOVKIN
IN HISTORIC REMATCH FOR THE MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE WORLD
ON CINCO DE MAYO
SATURDAY, MAY 5
PRESENTED LIVE BY HBO PAY-PER-VIEW®
ANGELES (Jan. 29, 2018): A
sequel to the most anticipated boxing event in years will arrive
on Cinco De Mayo as Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World
Champion Canelo Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) and WBC/WBA/IBF/IBO Middleweight
World Champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs)
will clash in a historic and highly anticipated 12-round rematch
Saturday, May 5. The event will be produced and distributed live
by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.
regarding venue and tickets will be announced shortly.
September of 2017, Canelo and GGG met in a battle of the world's
two top middleweights, battling toe-to-toe over 12 rounds of high
drama that ended in a split draw. The fight drew a record crowd
for an indoor boxing event in Las Vegas, selling out the T-Mobile
Arena in less than two weeks and bringing legions of fans from
Mexico to Kazakhstan and everywhere in between.
the 27-year-old native of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, is the
veritable face of boxing. After capturing two world titles and
the lineal championship in the super welterweight division, Alvarez
moved up to middleweight to capture the WBC, Lineal and Ring Magazine
World Titles with a Nov. 2015 victory against Miguel Cotto. Alvarez
has maintained his status as the lineal champion ever since, and
in a historic Sept. 16 showdown last year, Alvarez fought to a
12-round split draw against Golovkin. Alvarez is eager to erase
all doubts regarding his status as the best middleweight in the
world on May 5.
delighted to once again participate in one of the most important
boxing events in history," said Canelo Alvarez. "This
second fight is for the benefit and pleasure of all fans who desire
to see the best fight the best. This time, [Gennady] Golovkin
won't have any excuses regarding the judges because I'm coming
to knock him out."
the 35-year-old wrecking ball of Karaganda, Kazakhstan, was a
dominant amateur standout and Olympic Silver Medalist before turning
professional in 2006. Since then, Golovkin has been on an historic
trajectory, knocking out one opponent after another to unify the
WBC, WBA, IBF and IBO World Middleweight Titles. During this run,
Golovkin maintained an unblemished record that included a 23-fight
knockout streak, which ended with a unanimous decision victory
against Danny Jacobs in March 2017. In September of the same year,
Golovkin went the distance in a historic split draw against Alvarez,
which has merited a much-desired rematch in the eyes of boxing
am ready to battle Canelo again and am happy he took this fight
again," said Gennady "GGG" Golovkin. "This
is the fight the world wants. This is the fight boxing deserves.
I didn't agree with some of the judges' decisions in the first
fight. This time there will be no doubt. I am leaving the ring
as THE middleweight champion of the world."
vs. Golovkin 2 will be boxing's biggest and best event of 2018
as these two elite fighters once again go head-to-head to determine
who is the best middleweight in the world," said Oscar De
La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. "I expect
we will see even more fireworks in the rematch as both fighters
know there more is at stake now than before."
is the fight boxing fans have been waiting for since the controversial
outcome of last September, and the ONLY fight Gennady has wanted
since that decision," said Tom Loeffler, Promoter of Gennady
"GGG" Golovkin. "Gennady is ready for this historic
record-tying 20th title defense where he will demonstrate his
superiority over Canelo. Gennady is on a mission to prove he is
still the best middleweight in the world today and one of the
best fighters of his era."
a special moment for the sport when two of boxing's most accomplished
competitors-both in their prime- agree to meet again in the ring
to settle who is the man in the middleweight division," said
Peter Nelson, Executive Vice President, HBO Sports. "Canelo
vs. GGG 2 is the boxing event of the first half of 2018 and we
are pleased to present it live on HBO Pay-Per-View."
Canelo vs. Golovkin 2 is a 12-round fight for the middleweight
championship of the world presented by Golden Boy Promotions and
GGG Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate,"THE OFFICIAL
BEER OF BOXING," Hennessy, "Never Stop, Never Settle,"
Fred Loyal Insurance, Tsesnabank and Capital Holdings. The event
will take place Saturday, May 5 and will be produced and distributed
live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.
CUADRAS VS. MCWILLIAMS ARROYO
ADDED TO SENSATIONAL SUPERFLY 2 EVENT
Saturday, February 24, 2018 From the Forum in Los Angeles,
Televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark®
Tickets Now On Sale!
Angeles, CA (December 12, 2017) Following the outstanding response
to SUPERFLY 2 being announced last week, a sensational ten-round
super flyweight clash has been added with former WBC Super Flyweight
World Champion, CARLOS “Principe” CUADRAS, (36-2-1, 27 KO’s),
of Mexico City, MX facing hard-hitting, two-time world title challenger
MC WILLIAMS ARROYO, (16-3, 14 KO’s), of Fajardo, Puerto Rico,
on Saturday, February 24 from the Forum in Los Angeles, CA, televised
live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.
Tickets for SUPERFLY 2, priced at $250, $150, $100, $60 and $30
are now on sale and can be purchased through Ticketmaster (Ticketmaster.com,
1-800-745-3000) and the Forum Box Office. The Forum is located
at 3900 W. Manchester Blvd, Inglewood CA 90305.
2 is headlined by WBC Super Flyweight World Champion SRISAKET
SOR RUNGVISAI, (43-4-1, 39 KO’s), of Si Sa Ket, Thailand, defending
his title over 12-rounds for the second time against former world
champion and #1 ranked mandatory challenger JUAN FRANCISCO “El
Gallo” ESTRADA, (36-2, 25 KO’s), of Sonora, Mexico. “We’re very
excited to add this classic matchup of Mexico vs. Puerto Rico
to the SUPERFLY 2 HBO triple header in what will be one of the
most entertaining boxing events of 2018,” said TOM LOEFFLER of
Cuadras has proved to be one of the most exciting and most popular
fighters in boxing over the last couple of years with his action-packed
fights being telecast on HBO. His close fight
with Roman Gonzalez last year at the Forum was a ‘Fight of the
Year’ candidate as was his war with Juan Francisco Estrada at
the first SUPERFLY event on September 9.”
April 2016, McWilliams Arroyo had a spectacular fight with then
#1 Pound-for-Pound Fighter and Flyweight World Champion Roman
‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez and we expect another thrilling
fight against Carlos Cuadras on February 24.”
“With previous fights against “Chocolatito”, Cuadras and Williams
both know what it takes to face the best in the world and will
be very highly motivated for victory on February 24.”
Stated Cuadras, “This is exactly what I want, to fight the best
fighters in the division on the biggest stages
I love fighting in Los Angeles and for this fight I’m planning
on training in Big Bear Lake, California with Abel Sanchez. If
I win this fight I’ll be one step closer to getting my title back.
I can’t be stopped in 2018 and will be a world champion once again.”
“My fight with “Chocolatito” was a great experience,” said Arroyo.
“I loved fighting at the Forum with its loud and passionate fans
and history of great fights particularly in the lower weight classes.
I can’t wait to get to Los Angeles to face Cuadras.” Defending
his WBC Super Flyweight World Title, Cuadras made his HBO and
Los Angeles area debut on September 10, 2016 at the Forum in a
memorable 12-round war with then threedivision world champion
Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez.
boxing fans on their feet throughout the battle waving Mexican
and Nicaraguan flags, Cuadras and Gonzalez would clash in an epic
12-round battle that echoed the historic fights
that have been held at the iconic venue over the last 43 years.
Coming up just short on the scorecards, Cuadras has vowed to regain
his belt in 2018.
29-year-old Cuadras successfully bounced back into the win column
on March 18, 2017 at Madison Square Garden with a 10-round unanimous
decision over David Carmona on the HBO
Pay-Per-View undercard of the World Middleweight Championship
between Gennady “GGG Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs.
recently, Cuadras and fellow Mexican warrior and former flyweight
world champion Juan Francisco Estrada had the packed house on
their feet at the StubHub Center on September 9 during their extraordinary
12-round battle won by Estrada at the initial SUPERFLY event.
first challenged for the world title traveling to Thailand in
2014 where he lost a highly controversial split decision to Amnat
Ruenroeng for the IBF World Flyweight Title.
to Puerto Rico, Arroyo would stop Victor Ruiz in the third round
on April 11, 2015 in San Juan. Back in the win column, Arroyo
challenged ‘Chocolatito’ for the WBC Flyweight World Title on
April 23, 2016 at the Forum losing to the then #1 Pound-for-Pound
SUPERFLY 2 is presented by Tom Loeffler’s 360 Promotions in association
with Nakornluong Promotions and Zanfer Promotions. Cuadras vs.
Arroyo is presented in association with Promociones del Pueblo
and PR Best Boxing.
Additional information on this tremendous night of world class
professional boxing will
'MICKEY' ROMAN DEFEATS ORLANDO 'SIRI' SALIDO IN FIGHT OF THE YEAR
CANDIDATE AND MAIN EVENT OF HBO BOXING AFTER DARK AT MANDALAY
BAY RESORT AND CASINO IN LAS VEGAS
FRANCISCO 'EL BANDIDO' VARGAS EARNS TECHNICAL UNANIMOUS DECISION
WIN AGAINST STEPHEN 'SWIFTY' SMITH IN CO-MAIN EVENT AFTER BLOODY
LACERATION ON SMITH'S EAR FORCES STOPPAGE
RENE 'EL GEMELO' ALVARADO AND AARON 'SILENCER' MCKENNA SCORE SPECTACULAR
VICTORIES ON UNDERCARD
VEGAS (Dec. 9, 2017):
Miguel "Mickey" Roman (58-13, 45 KOs) brought new life
to his career with a spectacular and dominant ninth-round technical
knockout victory against four-time, two division world champion
Orlando "Siri" Salido (44-14, 31 KOs) in a Fight of
the Year Candidate and main event of HBO Boxing After Dark at
Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Roman, a native of
Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, scored knockdowns in rounds four and eight
before the fight was finally stopped at 1:43 of the ninth round
after a fight-finishing flurry sent Salido to the canvas for the
last time in his career.
"It's my moment, and I want to fight against any champion,"
said Roman. "I was doing everything well, even though everything
is always against me. But things will change from now on. That's
why I want any champion at featherweight or super featherweight,
but on HBO. The new camp, the good work we did, the good training--those
changes made the difference and we are all able to see that tonight.
Nobody knew, but if I lost, I would have retired. It was very
important to fight against a great champion like Orlando Salido
"I've beaten young fighters before, but this time it was
a matter of age," said Salido. "Time takes its toll,
and obviously I just couldn't do it. This was my last fight. Thank
you to all, to those who will remember me for all the great fights
that I had, and to the people who have followed me."
Francisco "El Bandido" Vargas (24-2, 17 KOs) scored
a ninth-round technical unanimous decision victory against Stephen
"Swifty" Smith (25-4, 15 KOs) of Liverpool, United Kingdom
in a scheduled 10-round super featherweight bout. Vargas, a native
of Mexico City, Mexico, tried the new boxing skills that he has
learned under his new trainer Joel Diaz. However, the fight was
cut a bit short in the ninth round after a severe laceration on
Smith's left ear called a halt to the fight. Vargas was victorious
with scores of 89-82, 88-83 and 88-83.
was a great win for me, and I'm happy I ended the year on a good
note," said Vargas. With my new team, I know I'll be back
soon and in big fights. I want to be world champion again, and
I'll be back very soon."
"El Gemelo" Alvarado (28-8, 19 KOs) of Managua, Nicaragua
headlined the HBO Latino Boxing double-header with an upset split
decision victory against Denis Shafikov (38-4, 20 KOs) in a ten-round
super featherweight fight. Alvarado defeated the native of Miass,
Russia with scores of 96-93, 96-94 and 94-95.
Ireland's Aaron "Silencer" McKenna (1-0), the welterweight
prospect who has recently signed with Golden Boy Promotions, made
a successful professional debut with a four-round unanimous decision
victory against Travis Conley (1-1, 1 KO) in the super welterweight
division. McKenna won with three scores of 40-36.
Salido vs. Roman was a 10-round lightweight fight presented by
Zanfer Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions, Promociones del Pueblo
and Tom Loeffler. Vargas vs. Smith was a 10-round super featherweight
presented by Zanfer Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions, Tom Leoffler,
in association with Matchroom Boxing. The event took place on
Dec. 9, 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Nery stops Arthur Villanueva in six
Stadium, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico –
In a fight card which could have easily been called ”The Night
of the Southpaws” due to all four featured TV fighters competing
out of the southpaw stance, the main eventer, reigning WBC bantamweight
champion, Tijuana’s own Luis “Panterita” Nery faced Arthur “El
Matador” Villanueva in a non-title bout.
is proving a strong gate draw, as a very sizable and loud 7,000-plus
crowd watched him score a TKO against a very game Villanueva at
the end of six in the TV Azteca/beIN Sports Espanol/Zanfer Promotions
smaller, slicker Nery used angles, a sneaky jab and hooks to keep
Villanueva at bay in the first few rounds.
heated up in the fourth frame, with Villanueva getting on the
inside and forcing a heated exchange toward the end of the round,
dropping Nery to a knee in a flash knockdown. Nery, unhurt, quickly
bounced back to beat the bell.
came out charging, to make up up for the knockdown in the fifth,
letting his hands go. Villanueva would try his best to counter
Nery’s attack and stem his offense, going into the sixth frame.
pressured effectively in the sixth, forcing the referee to step
in and call the fight off at 1:19 into the round, as the Filipino
was unable to defend himself, while being battered against the
the win, Nery moved to 25-0 (19), while Villanueva dropped to
in attendance were buzzing with the notion that they would see
the WBC-mandated rematch between Nery and former champion Shinsuke
Yamanaka early next year at the same venue.
southpaw, current WBO International junior welterweight titleholder
and former WBO world lightweight title challenger Jose “Chon”
Zepeda, 28-1 (23), used precise combination punching to stop a
tough but limited Abner “Jaeger” Lopez at 1:17 into the sixth
round of a scheduled ten.
suffered a bloody cut around his left eye in the second round
due to an accidental headbutt.
lightweight Elvis “Rockanrolero” Torres remained undefeated at
18-0 (11) by winning a rather lopsided unanimous decision, via
equally unanimous scores of 78-74, in eight, against Adrian “Chinito”
Young, 23-4 (18), in a much closer bout.
southpaw Torres threw wide, looping shots all night, looking for
a one-punch KO, which never came, while utilizing a useless pawing
jab, which allowed the more seasoned Young to gain range and seemingly
control the pace with a stiff, hard jab and lateral movement.
would not matter, as the fight went to the cards, with Young suffering
an accidental cut alongside his right eye, by the end of the final
the televised opener, Tijuana’s Sandra “La Perla Negra” Robles,
kept her WBA women’s No. 1 ranking by defeating a very tough,
plucky Linda Contreras in an eight-round junior flyweight bout.
per usual in most women’s fights, both ladies threw down for the
majority of the time, with neither going down and warming up the
crowd for the fights that followed.
moved to 19-2 (9), while Contreras saw her record dip to 1-2 (1).
STOPS SHABRANSKYY IN TWO
Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev regained his WBO Light Heavyweight
World Title in classic Krusher fashion with a second round stoppage
of Vyacheslav Shabranskyy at the Theater at Madison Square Garden
and live on HBO World Championship Boxing. Kovalev came out of
the gates swinging, knocking down Shabranskyy twice in the first
round. The second round continued with more hard shots from The
Krusher and a third knockdown. Finally, at 2:36 of the second
round, the referee called a halt to the action and Kovalev was
named the new WBO champ.
punch stats clearly favor Kovalev, who connected for 50 of 113
punch attempts (44%) compared to 16 of 71 for Shabranskyy (23%).
The Krusher also landed 62% of his power punches (36 of 58), compared
to 30% (8 of 27) for Shabranskyy. Finally, for jabs Sergey landed
25% (14 of 55) and Shabranskyy landed 18% (8 of 44).
the fight Kovalev said, "I did it and worked very hard to
get to champion status. My brain, mentally, my conditioning, my
body - I'm back. It's my goal to be the best in this division.
I am here, I love boxing, I love to make great fights. This makes
boxing interesting. We can make good fights for boxing fans, and
make boxing history. Let's find out who is the best. Chickenson
is on my list.This is very good for boxing. Let's do it."
Barrera and Valera
Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/Main Events
The co-feature of the evening started off with a bang as both
Sullivan Barrera (21-1, 14 KOs) of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Felix
Valera (162, 13 KOs) of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic scored
knockdowns in the first round.
the second round, Valera began to taunt Sullivan with his antics
but Barrera countered with hard shots that put a quick end to
the showboating. However, Barrera suffered a cut over his left
eye that started to swell in the second round. Shortly after the
bell rang to start the third round, Valera hit Barrera with a
low blow that cost him a point on the judges' scorecards.
fighters continued to trade hard shots over the next few rounds.
In the sixth, the action continued to intensify and referee Mike
Ortega deducted another point from Valera for hitting Sullivan
with the second low-blow of the night. The low blows continued
in the eighth and the referee took another point away from Valera.
However, at the start of the ninth round, it was Barrera who lost
a point for a low blow. This exciting grudge match continued into
the tenth and final round with both competitors trading big shots.
At the end of ten exciting rounds, the judges all scored the bout
in favor of Barrera (98-88, 97-90 and 97-89).
was a tough, awkward fight," explained Barrera. "I have
beaten two of the three light heavyweights shown on HBO. I'm just
waiting to finally get the opportunity I deserve."
live HBO telecast began with a controversial decision between
Yuriorkis Gamboa (28-2, 17 KOs) of Miami, Florida and Jason Sosa
(20-3-4, 15 KOs) of Camden, New Jersey. Despite a deducted point
for holding in the tenth, Gamboa was declared the winner by majority
decision after ten hard-fought rounds. The scorecards varied widely
for this bout. One referee scored the contest 94-94. The other
two judges scored the fight for Gamboa 95-93 and 96-92.
the ring following the fight the two fighters had this exchange:
"I'm sorry I didn't give you a better match. I only had 3
weeks to prepare."
Sosa: "That's boxing"
Gamboa: "You gave a great fight. You have a great heart."
Sosa: "I was a fun fight. I took some breaks but I thought
I did enough to win. I know I did enough to win the fight. I didn't
get hurt at all during the fight. I spar with middleweights so
that was nothing."
Gamboa: "It was a good fight. I didn't have enough time to
train. I only had three weeks. I didn't have time to get ready.
I needed 2 or 3 more weeks to lose the weight correctly. Of course
the decision was good. I think I won every round. Except for the
knockdown and the point deduction."
Grozny, Russia native Bakhram Murtazaliev (11-0, 9 KOs) kept his
stoppage streak alive with his seventh straight knockout over
Carlos Galvan (16-6-1, 15 KOs) of Antioquia, Colombia at 1:31
of round five.
the fight Murtazaliev said, "The fight went as it went. I
didn't think my opponent would be in the ring that long. He has
a big heart. All respect to him."
asked about fighting at Madison Square Garden he added, "It
looked like what I dreamed all my life. I'm not that famous a
boxer, but I want to say thank you to all my fans. I promise more
exciting fights in the future."
After a 14-month layoff Brooklyn's own Frank "Notorious"
Galarza (18-2-2, 11 KOs) made his triumphant return to the ring
with a lopsided unanimous decision victory over Jaime Herrera
(15-5-1, 8 KOs) of Chicago, Illinois. Herrera suffered a cut over
his left eye in the fifth round but managed to finish the fight.
The judges scored the fight 78-74, 80-72 and 79-73 all in favor
of the hometown hero.
comeback kid was ecstatic after the fight. He said, "I feel
good after a 14-month layoff, shaking off some ring rust. I'm
so grateful for Main Events to put me on their card. Hopefully
I'll be back in the Garden soon. It felt great, it was where I
belong. It felt right. Not many places you can call home but this
is one for me. I'm grateful for my supporters, for people who
waited it out for me. As a Brooklyn native, a person from New
York who's been around, they support me and that's the best thing."
Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/Main Events
prospect Meiirim "The Sultan" Nursultanov (5-0, 4 KOs)
of Astana, Kazakhstan needed less than two rounds to stop the
previously undefeated Eric Moon (7-1, 6 KOs) of Atlanta, Georgia.
The referee stopped the contest at 1:54 of the second round.
prepared to fight more rounds," explained Nursultanov. "I
think I showed a very professional fight. Many people thanked
me, I win more fans every fight. I'm looking forward to having
more success. I want to be a unified world champion someday. I
sparred with [Sergey] Kovalev, we helped each other. Tonight's
fight was so far because of this very good experience. Thank you
Rodriguez Knockdown of Duarte
Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/Main Events
New York native "Lightning" LeShawn Rodriguez (8-0,
7 KOs) stopped Alex Duarte (7-3, 5 KOs) of Sao Paulo, Brazil at
1:48 of the third round. Rodriguez recently returned to the ring
last month after an 11-month injury layoff. His performance against
Duarte tonight proves the 24-year is back!
feels good always to win, but to win by knockout is better, sensational,
spectacular," said Rodriguez. "I felt at home. A lot
of people came out to see me. This is the first time I've fought
in New York since I turned pro."
Former kickboxer Enriko Gogokhia (7-0, 3 KOs) of Zugdidi, Georgia
improved his undefeated record with a unanimous decision victory
over Jose Abreu (13-3, 8 KOs) of the Dominican Republic. Two judges
had the score 59-54 and the third judge scored the bout 60-53,
all in favor of Gogokhia.
asked about the fight Gogokhia replied, "It was a good fight,
good opponent with a good record. it was harder because the opponent
was ready and he also wanted to win. I was just getting started
by the last round. Still, a victory is a victory."
In the first bout of the evening Bronx native Ismael Villarreal
(1-0) made his professional debut with an impressive shutout unanimous
decision over Race Sawyer (0-5) of Salt Lake City, Utah. One judge
scored the bout 40-35 while the other two scored the contest 40-36
in favor of Villarreal.
the fight Villarreal said, "It totally felt different than
the amateurs. There were so many more people looking at me. I
was trying to look good, I was focused on the knockout because
it was my very first professional fight. I learned I have to work
harder and be careful not to get hit."
HEAVYWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION ANTHONY JOSHUA STOPS MANDATORY CHALLENGER
CARLOS TAKAM IN 10TH
WALES (Oct. 28, 2017) –
Undefeated and Unified Heavyweight World Champion Anthony Joshua
stopped IBF mandatory challenger Carlos Takam in the 10th round
on Saturday night at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, where
the British sensation improved to 20 wins, all by knockout, and
retained both his IBF and WBA world title belts.
Joshua vs. Takam was contested before a record 78,000 fans, the
largest ever for an indoor boxing event and was the first of back-to-back
heavyweight world title fights airing live on SHOWTIME. Next Saturday,
Nov. 4, WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder headlines
a three-fight telecast when he faces former world champion Bermane
Stiverne at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
Creative combinations and some inside fighting rarely seen from
the rangy Joshua opened up a cut over Takam’s right eye and floored
the challenger in the 4th. Later, Joshua opened another gash over
the left eye but a bloody and battered Takam continued to press
forward. Takam was able to land some significant punches in the
middle rounds but not enough to take Joshua off his game.
In the 10th, after Joshua landed several big punches including
a left-right combination that rocked the courageous challenger,
referee Phil Edwards stepped in and stopped the fight at 1:34.
“I kept my composure,” said Joshua when asked about a head butt
in the second round that may have broken the champion’s nose.
“We will get my nose cracked back into place and then we can get
back to training.”
When SKY Sports’ ringside reporter Andy Scott asked the beloved
champion about a unification bout with fellow undefeated champion
Wilder, Joshua said, “It has to happen. It has to happen for sure.
When it comes down to it, the IBF, IBO and WBA have mandatory
challengers. I can’t just fight any Joe Blow I want. I have to
fight the obligations as champion and once I fulfill those, my
door is open to fight anyone, be it Wilder or anyone else.
“Everyone saw how hard it took to get the belts,” he continued.
“I am not giving them up for anyone.”
When asked about fighting overseas in America or elsewhere, Joshua
replied to the delight of the U.K. fans, “As I said, it’s not
my decision what happens outside the ring… but look at what boxing
is doing. We are getting people coming in from all around the
U.K. and from different countries. I think we should keep on boxing
right here in the U.K.”
UPSET ON GOLDEN BOY BOXING ON ESPN - ROBINSON CASTELLANOS AND
JESUS ROJAS EARN KNOCKOUT VICTORIES ON CINCO DE MAYO CARD AT MGM
GRAND GARDEN ARENA IN LAS VEGAS
Credit: Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions
VEGAS (May 5, 2017) -
Continuing to honor its pledge to make competitive fights, Golden
Boy Boxing on ESPN delivered two significant upsets in the main
and co-main events on Cinco De Mayo, with lightweight Robinson
"Robin Hood" Castellanos (22-11, 14 KOs) taking out
Yuriorkis "El Ciclon de Guantánamo" Gamboa (26-2,
17 KOs) in the main event and Jesus Rojas (25-1-2, 18 KOs) claiming
the WBA-NABA featherweight title from Abraham "El Chamaco"
Lopez (22-1-1, 15 KOs) in the co-main.
In the main event scheduled for 10 rounds, Gamboa - a former Olympic
medalist and two-time world champion - tasted the canvas in the
second and fourth rounds before declining to come out of his corner
for the eighth round, giving Castellanos the TKO victory.
"I am super happy and excited to get such a big win,"
Castellanos said. "I won against a revered Olympian, and
this win puts my career back on track after my last fight. This
win is the opportunity that I needed, and it's because of the
incredible team around me."
"I felt super dizzy, and felt like I couldn't go on,"
said Gamboa. "We trained hard."
In the co-main event, Rojas from Caguas, Puerto Rico wrested the
WBA-NABA featherweight title from Lopez of La Puente, CA. Rojas
dropped Lopez three times over the course of the fight before
the referee stopped the fight in the eighth round, giving Rojas
the TKO victory.
"It's almost three years since I've fought in the U.S.; this
win is the opportunity to be on the global stage, and take on
world champions," Rojas said. "I promised my father
that I would become a world champion, and even though he is not
with me any more, I carry on our dream. I hope that by the end
of the year, I am competing for an interim title or even a world
"It's tough to swallow, I'm still processing it, but it happens,"
Lopez said. "After this, I know I'm going to go back to the
drawing board and start training hard again."
Making his television debut, white-hot lightweight prospect Vergil
Ortiz, Jr. (5-0, 5 KOs) out of Dallas, Texas went past the first
round for the first time, but put Durango, Mexico's Angel "Pescado"
Sarinana (7-6-2, 3 KOs) down in the third round with a savage
right uppercut, and the referee ruled that Sarinana could no longer
"I saw him get hurt in the first round when hit him in the
body with a hook," Ortiz said. "Since that moment, I
was just looking for the opportunity to get the knock out, but
he was a tough guy and was able to make it through. In the third
round, I saw him lose he guard, and I landed my uppercut that
sent him to the floor. I think after this, I'm ready to increase
my rounds. I think I am ready to take on some tougher opponents."
up the televised fights on ESPN Deportes and ESPN2 in a battle
of undefeated middleweights, Sao Paulo, Brazil's Yamaguchi Falcão
(13-0, 6 KOs) utilized solid footwork and a barrage of left hands
to saddle Morgan "Big Chief" Fitch (18-1-1, 8 KOs) of
Pittsburgh, PA with his first defeat. All three judges scored
the bout 100-90, giving Falcao a unanimous decision.
"It's been five months since I've been in the ring since
my last fight," Falcao said. "I had a lot of trouble
adjusting and finding my rhythm. It's a journey, and I'm glad
I got the win but if I want to reach my goal of fighting the big
time fighters I have to improve everywhere."
"I don't know what happened in there," Fitch said. "I
just know that I could have done better and been more serious
in there. I'm at a loss of words."
Tlaquepaque, Mexico's Alexis Salazar (9-3, 3 KOs) was the victor
of this evening's Cinco de Mayo bout against Even Torres (6-3,
5 KOs) of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico by way of unanimous decision.
During the rounds, the two fighters tested one another out, however
it was clear Salazar outpaced his opponent in this super middleweight
match lasting eight rounds.
Carlos "The Solution" Morales (16-1-3, 6 KOs) of Los
Angeles, CA and Phoenix, AZ's Cesar Valenzuela (14-5-1, 5 KOs)
labored through eight rounds of their lightweight bout. The evenly
matched fighters boxed around one another and exchanged punches
throughout their bout, only for Morales to knockout down Valenzuela
on the mat at the tail end of round eight. Ultimately, the judges
awarded Morales a split decision victory.
With famed trainer Jose "Chepo" Reynoso in his corner,
Horacio "Violento" Garcia (31-2-1, 21 KOs) of Guadalajara,
Mexico punished fellow Mexican fighter Fernando Vargas (32-14-3,
24 KOs) of Tijuana with thunderous punches in this featherweight
fight. In the fourth round, Vargas was sent down on a knee by
way of a body shot. For the rest of the fight, it was clear Garcia
held the upper hand and was awarded the unanimous decision at
In the final bout of the evening, Oscar "El Jaguar"
Negrete (16-0, 6 KOs) of Los Angeles maintained undefeated status
against Guadalajara's Victor "Pelon" Ruiz (21-7, 14
KOs) in a tough super bantamweight fight going the distance. Negrete
brought his signature speed and nimble style to defeat Ruiz for
all eight rounds.
Gamboa vs. Castellanos was a 10-round lightweight fight presented
by Golden Boy Promotions. The event was sponsored by Tecate "Born
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In the Top Rank PPV card's openener, WBO Super Bantamweight champion
Jesse Magdaleno (25-0, 18 KOs) brutalized and stopped Adelison
Dos Santos (18-3, 14 KO) in
the second round.
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