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Philippines vs. Mexico - Donnie ‘Ahas’ Nietes vs. Edgar Sosa this Saturday at the StubHub Center.

ALA Promotions, ABS-CBN and TFC’s Philippines vs Mexico will feature one of Philippines’ top fighters, the Longest-reigning Filipino World Champion and WBO Jr. Flyweight Super champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes as he makes his debut fight in the 112-lb. division against Former WBC World Flyweight champion and WBC #4 Edgar Sosa of Mexico.

Fighting as the co-main event is the undefeated WBO International Featherweight prospect Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo alongside the eagerly awaited rematch between “King” Arthur Villanueva and Juan “El Piñeta” Jimenez for the WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight title.

The event will take place on September 24, Saturday, at Stubhub Center, Carson California and will be aired internationally through TFC (The Filipino Channel) and in the Philippines via ABS-CBN Channel 2.

Ticket prices start at U$103 for the ringside, U$77.50 for Gold, U$52 for the Yellow section, U$31.60 for Orange, and U$26.50 for Blue.

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WBO JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION CANELO ÁLVAREZ DIAGNOSED WITH A FRACTURE ON HIS RIGHT HAND

LOS ANGELES (September 19, 2016) - Today Canelo Alvarez visited specialist Dr. Pedro Jaime Lomeli, after injuring his right hand during his ninth round knockout victory over Liam "Beefy" Smith to win the WBO Junior Middleweight World Championship on September 17, 2016.

After taking x-rays and conducting a CT scan, the doctor found an avulsion fracture of the right thumb. Canelo does not need surgery and the prognosis is excellent.

Canelo's hand will be immobilized for the next six weeks, and he will be unable to fight again in 2016.

This does nothing to Canelo's plans to move up and take on the best in the middleweight division next year.


CANELO ALVAREZ TAKES HOME WBO JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE WITH BIG TEXAS KNOCKOUT ON MEXICAN
INDEPENDENCE DAY WEEKEND

CANELO VS. SMITH SETS AT&T STADIUM RECORD FOR BOXING WITH 51,240 FANS IN ATTENDANCE

PRESENTED BY HBO LIVE ON PAY-PER-VIEW

ARLINGTON, TX (September 17, 2016) - On Mexican Independence Weekend, Canelo Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) was crowned the new WBO Junior Middleweight World Champion in front of a record breaking crowd of 51,240 roaring fans at the home of the Dallas Cowboys, AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Canelo established himself as a ticket seller king breaking AT&T Stadium's previous record of 50,994 for a boxing event established by Manny Pacquioa vs. Joshua Clottey in 2010.

The show started off with a bang as pyrotechnic displays were incorporated into the fighters' ring walks in celebration of the festive Mexican holiday. At the start of the fight, both Canelo Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico and Liam "Beefy" Smith (23-1-1, 13 KOs) of Liverpool, England came out aggressively at each other in an exciting battle of power and wits. As the fight progressed, both fighters went back and forth exchanging combinations of face and body shots. In the beginning of the seventh round, Canelo dropped Smith with an overhand right to the head first time in the Brit's career. In the eighth round, Liam was knocked down again by a body shot and finally, at 2:28 in the ninth round, Canelo secured himself another world title as he landed straight power hit to Smith's liver, immobilizing the fighter.

"First of all, I want to say I told you I was going to give a great fight and get the championship and here it is," said Canelo Alvarez. "I started going after him, but in the second round I hurt my hand. I hurt my right hand and had to use the left more often. There was some disparity but that's what happened. I felt he was very strong in the beginning so I had to put the body work and felt he would dwindle, that's how I did my job. I give big punches with my body shots, and I enjoyed it very much. I fear no man. I am the best fighter in this sport. About a month ago, we offered "GGG" three times as much to make the fight and we're ready for him, but he doesn't want to accept. As I said, we are a team and I fear no one. I fight the best and I want to fight the best, I am the best at this sport and Viva Mexico!"

"Liam Smith was a resilient fighter, he was tough, has a lot of heart," continued Canelo Alvarez. "He thinks before he attacks, I could tell in the way he blocked in the way he approached me. The body shot, was what I focused on, making sure I worked his body down, and that is what secured the victory today."

"If I would have waited a little longer and gotten more experience I would have been able to fight a guy like [Canelo] better," said Liam Smith. "I am very disappointed. Canelo was too good today, I needed better timing, my timing was off tonight. I was smaller and had no time to make him even think twice. We caught him with body shots well, and he handled his own."

As the co-main event Philly's "King" Gabriel Rosado (23-10, 13 KOs) battled Willie "El Mongoose" Monroe, Jr. (21-2, 6 KOs), of Rochester, NY in a 12-round match for the vacant WBO Intercontinental Middleweight. Starting out, the fighters tested each other as they kept their distance by using jabs and counterpunches. As the rounds progressed, the fighter's aggression grew, with Rosado pushing Monroe after the bell for the ninth round. In the eleventh round, Rosado landed a body shot to Monroe while also suffering an accidental headbutt. In the end, the judges determined "El Mongoose" the champion of this fight by unanimous decision with scores of 112-116, 110-118, 111-117.

"I have no problem with Rosado, I have no personal problems with anyone, it's business," said Willie Monroe, Jr. "I just want to thank God for this twenty first victory. I want to thank HBO for the opportunity, hopefully I performed and they want to bring me back. I also want to thank Banner Promotions, my team and my grandfather who passed away in 2013. He raised me and this has been a dream in the making for 29 years and it's still going."

"I thought I was going to be strong tonight, but I felt tight," said Gabriel Rosado. "It was a tough fight, I think I should have used my jab more. I mean, he was a decent fighter."

Fan favorite and former Olympian Joseph "Jojo" Diaz, Jr. (22-0, 13 KOs)of South El Monte, Calif. put his NABF Featherweight Title on the line as he faced Blythe, Calif.'s Andrew "El Chango" Cancio (17-4-2, 13 KOs)in an entertaining scheduled 10-round scrap. In the first rounds, both fighters tested one another, as each exchanged blocks and blows in hopes of winning the fight. By round five, Diaz, Jr. continued to do work defending himself and landing devastating punches to Cancio. By 2:27 of the ninth round, Cancio's corner stopped the fight, giving Diaz, Jr. a technical knockout victory to retain his title.

"This is a great victory, it will open up so many doors for me moving forward," said Joseph Diaz, Jr. "I felt very comfortable today, I was the better puncher, I was faster and was able to cut the ring more efficiently. I knew that Cancio was going to be a strong guy, I knew he was going to be tough and try to push me around, so I had to be the better fighter tonight. I was able to display my defense and my power."

Mexicali's Diego De La Hoya (16-0, 9 KOs) came out in full force in his WBC Youth Super Bantamweight title defense against Luis "Orlandito" Orlando Del Valle (22-3, 16 KOs) of Baymon, Puerto Rico as the HBO Pay-Per-View telecast opener on Mexican Independence Day weekend. As a classic Mexico vs. Puerto Rico boxing match rivalry, there wasn't a single dull moment in the De La Hoya vs. Del Valle matchup as both fighters were relentless in the ring. In round six, after deflecting punches, Del Valle stumbled back in the ring with De La Hoya continuing to go after him. In the end, De La Hoya's aggression made all the difference as the judges announced a unanimous decision victory for Diego De La Hoya.

"We knew this fight was going to be difficult we knew we were going up against an opponent who had a flood of experience," said Diego De La Hoya. "There were moments where the fight was complicated, but I was able to hurt him consistently with shots to the head. My most effective shot was the uppercut, and once I found that out, I consistently used it. I'm glad for the victory to bring this fight for all the Mexican fans tonight in front of such a venue has been a dream come true for me."

"I know how I performed in the ring. I trained hard, brought my skills to the ring, and left it all there," said Orlando Del Valle. "He was the better fighter, and that's that. There are no excuses on my part. I wish Diego the best."

The pride of Brooklyn, NY, Sadam "World Kid" Ali (23-1, 13 KOs) put his boxing talents on full display when he faced Mexican fighter Saul Corral (21-8, 12 KOs) of Agua Prieta, Sonora for a welterweight war. In round four, Ali effectively knocked down Saul Corral showing off his strong ability to throw effect combinations. By round eight, both fighters began to brawl in going the distance with the judges scoring the fight 99-98, 99-91, 99-90 in favor of Ali.

"The plan was to get the knock out, but that didn't happen with this victory," said Sadam Ali. "My opponent definitely had a Mexican style to him, and I was not expecting the reach he had with his arms. I knew I hurt him in the exchange of blows in the fourth round, and other times throughout the fight. This is still the win I needed and worked hard for, and I know the next fight I am in will demonstrate my will power."

Golden Boy Promotions fighter, Vergil Ortiz (2-0, 2 KOs) scored a crushing knockout over opponent Ernesto Hernandez (1-4, 1 KO) of El Paso, TX. From the moment Ortiz stepped on the mat, he asserted his dominance in the fight by quickly landing a double jab and straight right punch to successfully gain the first-round knockout.

"I feel motivated with this win. Never in my dreams did I expect to be on such a stage so early in my career," said Ortiz. "In the ring, I knew my opponent was hungry for redemption early because he kept trying to throw some overhand punches. But I kept tight and when I landed my double jab and straight right punch combination, I had a feeling that he wasn't going to get back up. I am glad I have such a solid start to my career, and I'm looking forward to more massive fights."

Representing San Antonio, TX, Hector "El Finito" Tanajara, Jr. (7-0, 5 KOs) fought Roy Garcia (3-20-1, 2 KOs) of Alice, TX in a lightweight fight going all four rounds. Tanajara showed his strength and skill in the ring with his ability to demonstrate great stamina and speed. As the fight went to the score cards, all three judges awarded "El Finito" the unanimous decision victory with a score of 40-36.

"It's an amazing feeling being able to fight in my home state - I could hear my family members cheering from the stands, and it's a blessing that they were able to come out to my first Texas performance," said Hector Tanajara, Jr. "I honestly thought I was going to be able to get the knock out, but my opponent wanted to brawl and he had a resistance in the ring that I didn't expect. In the end, I got my victory, and back to the gym we go to begin training for the next one."

Another Texas native, Joshua "El Profesor" Franco (7-0, 4 KOs) of San Antonio, schooled Brian Bazan of Mexico City (9-3, 6 KOs) in a scheduled six-round bantamweight bout. Starting from the first round, Bazan put the pressure on Franco with shots to Franco's head. By the second and third rounds, Franco began to come on strong with savage uppercuts. He used that punch to knock Bazan down twice in the third round and to floor Bazan a final time in the fourth round and secure the victory via knockout.

"I feel amazing getting the knock out in front of all my fans," said Joshua Franco. "This was only a taste of the things to come - my promoter wanted me to get into the ring with a fighter that would give me a tough time, and I think my performance tonight showed that I can take on any opponent. I knew the first time he fell that it would only take a couple of shots until I could get the victory via knockout."

Proud Brooklyn, New York native Zachary "Zungry" Ochoa (16-0, 7 KOs) defeated Daniel "Danny" Montoya (11-5, 8 KOs)by way of unanimous decision in an eight-round super lightweight fight. Known for his swiftness in the ring, Ochoa successfully fended off Montoya's flurries while also landing multiple body shots to his opponent. Both fighters fought resiliently until the very end, but ultimately "Zungry's" power punches and speed provided the difference.

"It felt good to go all eight-rounds." said Zachary Ochoa. "It's a good experience for me, to make sure that all my training is working. He was a tough guy, resilient, but I was in control the whole time. I knew my body shots were hurting him and I continued doing that to break him down. I knew going in it was going to be a tough fight, but we trained exactly for this, and we are ready to take on the next talented fighter."

Hailing from Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, Mexico and trained by famed trainers Jose "Chepo" Reynoso and Eddy Reynoso, Alexis Salazar (8-3, 3 KOs) earned a unanimous decision in the second bout of the evening over Dallas' Texas Larry Smith (10-29-1, 6 KOs). Salazar started aggressively, focusing on hard shots to the body, then following up to the head. Smith, however, demonstrated his experience, surviving Salazar's assault and utilizing crafty veteran techniques to make it to the end of the scheduled six-round super welterweight fight.

"I felt good throughout the fight. I feel it was my technique that won this fight for me," Alexis Salazar said. "My opponent was a tricky guy to fight and I thought it would be an easier night for me because of his loss streak on his record, but he made me work and I think it was a good experience."

Kicking off the mega card, in the first bout London, England's Anthony Yarde (8-0, 7 KOs) got straight down to business by taking out opponent Rayford Johnson (11-22, 5 KOs) of Longview, TX in the first round by way of technical knockout in this cruiserweight fight. Using a right hook, Yarde showed off his power and strength in the ring.

"Obviously I'm happy to get the win, but I was trying to carry him a bit. I wanted more time in the ring, I wanted to get some rounds in and take in more of this experience in this stadium. That is why I didn't follow up after I hit him with my left. But overall I got the win so I'm content with that."

HBO will repay the fight Saturday, September 24th at 10:05 p.m (ET/PT)

Canelo vs. Smith, a 12-round fight for the WBO Junior Middleweight World Championship, was promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Frank Warren and Canelo Promotions. Gabriel Rosado vs. Willie Monroe, Jr. was presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Banner Promotions and Diego De La Hoya vs. Luis Orlando Del Valle was presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Roc Nation Sports. The event was sponsored by "Tecate, BORN BOLD," O'Reilly Auto Parts, "Hennessy. Never Stop. Never Settle," "Adriana's Insurance, El seguro que necesitas Al precio que quieres pagar," "AT&T, mobilizing your world," and Casa Mexico Tequila and took place on Saturday, September 17 at AT&T Stadium.


CROLLA VS. LINARES TO BROADCAST ON AWE NETWORK IN THE U.S.

FIGHT SET TO AIR LIVE AT 2:20 PM ET/11:00 AM PST

FIGHT ALSO AVAILABLE ONLINE VIA KLOWDTV.COM


LOS ANGELES (September 22, 2016) - Fans in the United States will be able to view the highly anticipated unification battle between WBA Lightweight World Champion, Anthony "Million Dollar" Crolla (31-4-3, 13 KOs) and WBC Lightweight World Champion, Jorge "El Nino de Oro" Linares (40-3, 27 KOs) live on AWE Network on Saturday, September 24 from the Manchester Arena. AWE is featured on over a hundred cable providers, including AT&T U-Verse, CH 147 and 1147 in HD and Verizon FiOS TV CH169 and 669 in HD. For more information and for additional listings, please visit www.awetv.com. Plus, as a special bonus for fight fans who don't yet receive the AWE channel, the 12-round championship bout will be available for free viewing at www.klowdtv.com.

The WBA, WBC Diamond and vacant Ring Magazine Lightweight World Champions will air starting at 2:30pm ET / 11:30am PT and will also feature a 12-round light heavyweight fight between Hosea Burton (17-0, 8 KOs) and Fernando Castaneda (24-10, 15 KOs) and the WBA International Middleweight Title match between John Ryder (23-2, 12 KOs) and Jack Arfield (20-2, 5 KOs).

Tickets are on sale now priced at £40, £60, £80, £100 and £150 and available from the Manchester Arena at www.manchester-arena.com or by calling 0844 847 8000. VIPs tickets are exclusively available through www.matchroomboxing.com, priced at £250.

Face value tickets for September 24 will also be available from http://www.stubhub.co.uk/matchroom-boxing-tickets/.

Anthony Crolla vs. Jorge Linares is a 12-round fight for the WBA, WBC Diamond and the vacant Ring Magazine Lightweight World Championships presented by Matchroom Boxing and Golden Boy Promotions in association with Akihiko Honda's Teiken Boxing Gym.


GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN STOPS KELL BROOK
IN THE FIFTH ROUND!
KNOCKOUT STREAK REACHES 23!!

London, England (September 10, 2016) Fighting in front of a sold-out crowd of over 19,000 at The O2 in London, England, Boxing Superstar and Unified Middleweight World Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, (36-0, 33 KO’s) stopped Undefeated British Boxing Star and Welterweight World Champion “The Special One” Kell Brook, (36-1, 25KO’s) in the fifth round of an action packed clash from the opening bell.

The stoppage was Golokvin’s 23rd straight knockout and his 17th consecutive world title defense.

Battering Brook in the first round, Golovkin started very strong against the valiant Brook. The second and third rounds saw excellent two-way action which had the partisan crowd on their feet for the native of Sheffield, England.

Fighting with a badly damaged right eye from Golovkin’s range finding jabs, Brook absorbed a wealth of punishment in the fourth round.

Starting fast in the fifth round, Golovkin battered Brook around the ring, displaying his full arsenal with power shots to the head and body. On very shaky legs, Brook’s head trainer Dominic Ingle jumped on the ring apron to throw in the towel and stop the carnage.

“I wanted a ‘Big Drama Show’, this was more like street fight, I knew I was stronger than him.” said Golokvin. “He couldn’t handle my power; I knew I was hurting him.”

“I want to fight Billy Jo Saunders next, he has the WBO belt and I want a unification fight to get all the middleweight titles.”

Stated a dejected Brook, “My trainer was looking out for me, he’s known me a very long time. I think the eye injury may be bad, but if I lose I want to lose by getting knocked out.”

“I’m not sure what I will do next, what weight I’ll fight at. I need a little time to make a decision.”

Golovkin vs. Brook was presented by Matchroom Boxing and K2 Promotions. The replay will air this evening on HBO World Championship Boxing (10pm ET/PT) immediately following the World Super Flyweight Championship between Consensus #1 Pound-For-Pound Fighter in the World, Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (45-0, 38 KO’s) and Undefeated Champion Carlos “El Principe” Cuadras, (35-0-1, 27KO’s) from The Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, California.

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Golovkin is known as “The Most Exciting, Hardest-Hitting, Most Feared Fighter in the World.” From recently selling out arenas in New York City (Madison Square Garden), Los Angeles (The Fabulous Forum), Carson, California (StubHub Center) and now The O2 (London) to his sponsorships with the JORDAN Brand, Apple, Samsung, and Bijan, Tsesnabank, BI Group and EXPO 2017, Golovkin is one of the most marketable athletes in the world.

Golovkin’s record includes 23 straight knockouts in addition to 17 consecutive world title defenses. His 91.6% knockout ratio is the highest in boxing’s middleweight division history. Britain’s pound-for-pound number one fighter, Kell Brook, is out to shock the world when he steps up two weight divisions to take on the fearsome Gennady Golovkin.

The unbeaten Sheffield star achieved his childhood dream in August 2014 when he travelled to California to rip the IBF World Welterweight title from Ohio’s highly-rated and then-unbeaten Shawn Porter. He has since defended the title on three occasions, defeating Jo Jo Dan, Frankie Gavin and Kevin Bizier, all by stoppage.


STATEMENT FROM OSCAR DE LA HOYA ON THE PASSING OF BOBBY CHACON

LOS ANGELES (Sept. 7, 2016) - "I'm sad to hear of the passing today of legendary boxer Bobby 'Schoolboy' Chacon. Bobby was one of the best fighters to emerge on the scene in boxing the 1970s. Hailing from Southern California, Bobby was someone I looked up to as a young fighter growing up in East Los Angeles. Bobby had the natural talent, good looks, personality and power to be a memorable fighter in the ring that attracted crowds.

"Bobby fought during the glory days of boxing at the Olympic Auditorium, LA Sports Arena, and The Forum in Los Angeles. This was the Golden Era of boxing on the West Coast, and those were times I remember well, having gone with my father to watch fights at these venues just a short distance from our family home.

"Bobby fought the best of the best in those days, including Ruben 'El Púas' Olivares, Rafael 'Bazooka' Limon and more. I always admired him for this a professional fighter myself. Legendary West Coast boxing promoter Don Chargin helped develop Bobby into a world champion fighter though it was Bobby's will to win, courage and big heart that brought him the victory in difficult battles.

"After a long and storied career, Bobby was rightfully inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2005. I'm pleased to share that honor as a fellow Hall of Famer alongside him.

"Bobby's life was not one without struggle and tragedy, but I pray he has now found peace in eternal rest. He accomplished much for the sport of boxing and will be dearly missed."


GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN AND ROMAN “CHOCOLATITO” GONZALEZ TOP ESPY’S
‘BEST FIGHTER’ CATEGORY

Los Angeles, CA (June 28, 2016) Boxing Superstar and Unified Middleweight World Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, (35-0, 32 KOs) and Consensus #1 Pound-for-Pound Fighter in the World, WBC Flyweight World Champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, (45-0, 38 KOs) top the 2016 “Best Fighter” category for this year's prestigious ESPY AWARDS.

Fans can vote for Golovkin or Gonzalez HERE. Presented by ESPN, the 2016 ESPY’s will be telecast on July 13th, LIVE on ABC (8pm ET, 5pm PT) from the Microsoft Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles.

For Golovkin it is the second year in a row that he has been nominated for this prestigious award.

“This is a great honor to be nominated for the second year in a row, “said Golovkin, holder of the WBA, WBC, IBF and IBO Middleweight World Titles. “Thank you to all my fans.”

Said Gonzalez, “This is a true blessing from God and I’m honored to be nominated with ‘GGG’ and the other great fighters.”

“Having Gennady and Roman nominated for “Best Fighter” by the ESPY’s shows their status as the two of the best fighters in boxing and is a great testament from their worldwide fan base,” said Tom Loeffler, Managing Director of K2 Promotions.

Sharing the same stage three times since May 2015, Golovkin and Gonzalez have provided boxing fans with the highest levels of excitement while selling out “The Mecca of Boxing”, Madison Square Garden and The Fabulous Forum in Los Angeles.

On May 16, 2015 at The Fabulous Forum, Golovkin retained his titles with a sixth round knockout of top contender Willie Monroe. Co-featured on the card and opening the HBO telecast, Gonzalez scored a second round stoppage over former world champion Edgar Sosa.

Selling out Madison Square Garden on October 17, 2015, the pair thrilled the 20,548 in attendance as Golovkin, making his fourth appearance at the famed arena masterfully displayed his skills in an eighth round knockout of David Lemieux, earning the IBF Middleweight Title in the process.

Fighting for the first time in New York City, Gonzalez impressively overwhelmed former world champion Brian Viloria with a ninth round stoppage.

Two months ago on April 23, 2016, the pair returned to Los Angeles, selling out The Fabulous Forum with 16,353 present to watch Golovkin’s second round destruction of undefeated mandatory world title challenger Dominic Wade while Gonzalez dominated top rated Puerto Rican challenger McWilliams Arroyo towards a 12-round decision.

Golovkin has knocked out his last 22 opponents while defending his world titles sixteen consecutive times. His knockout ratio of 91.4% is the highest in the middleweight division history.

A three-division world champion, Gonzalez has made four defenses of the WBC Flyweight World Title won in September 2014. Among those listing him as the sport’s #1 Pound-for-Pound Fighter are Yahoo, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, USA Today, Ring Magazine and Bleacher Report.


BOXING ICON SUGAR RAY LEONARD TO HOST FAN MEET & GREET DURING JULY 15 FIGHT NIGHT AT FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT CASINO
ACTION-PACKED CARD FEATURES PABLO CESAR CANO VS. KEANDRE GIBSON LIVE ON ESTRELLA TV
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LOS ANGELES (June 21, 2016) - Former five-division boxing world champion and International Boxing Hall of Famer Sugar Ray Leonard will be on hand for an electric night of boxing at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino on July 15. Fans with tickets to the event will get a chance to meet the former undisputed welterweight champion and former Olympic gold medalist at the Special Events Center prior to the televised fights from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Leonard will join viewers in the Coachella Valley for what is sure to be an exciting card, as Mexican warrior Pablo Cesar "El Demoledor" Cano (29-5- 1, 21 KOs) will square off against top welterweight contender KeAndre "The Truth" Gibson (15-0-1, 7 KOs) in an explosive 10-round main event broadcast live on Estrella TV's Boxeo Estelar. In the televised 10-round co-feature of the night, former world title challenger Jayson "La Maravilla" Velez (23-2- 1, 16 KOs) will battle former WBC Silver Featherweight Champion Rene "Gemelo" Alvarado (23-7, 16 KOs).
Tickets for the event are on sale and priced at $45, $35, and $25. They can be purchased at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, by calling (800) 827-2946 or online at www.fantasyspringsresort.com.
Sugar Ray Leonard is a boxing gold medalist and legendary sports icon of the 20th century. He has a passion to help fund research and awareness for type 1 & 2 diabetes and obesity prevention. In 2009, Leonard and his wife Bernadette started the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation and have been supporting the life-changing programs at the Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
Pablo Cesar Cano vs. KeAndre Gibson is a 10-round welterweight fight presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, BORN BOLD. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and the first bout beings at 5:15 p.m. The Boxeo Estelar broadcast will air live on Estrella TV at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. The card will also stream live on EstrellaTV.com and on YouTube via Fenomeno Studios. The RingTVlive.com live stream will begin at approximately 5:15 p.m. PT through 7:00 p.m.
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Unbeaten IBF World Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua,
Undefeated, World-Ranked Challenger Dominic Breazeale
International Media Conference Call Highlights

“That’s what the Americans love. They like knockouts and I won’t let them down” – Anthony Joshua

“I can’t wait to get in the ring and shock the world” – Dominic Breazeale

Breazeale Challenges Joshua This Saturday, June 25,
On SHOWTIME BOXING INTERNATIONAL Live on SHOWTIME®
From The O2 in London

NEW YORK (June 20, 2016) – Undefeated IBF Heavyweight World Champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs) will make the first defense of his title against fellow unbeaten Dominic Breazeale (17-0, 15 KOs) of Upland, Calif., this Saturday, June 25 on SHOWTIME BOXING INTERNATIONAL® from The O2 in London, live on SHOWTIME® on at 5:15 p.m. ET/2:15 p.m. PT.

Just a few hours later in Primetime on CBS (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT), Keith “One Time” Thurman will defend his WBA Welterweight World Title against former champ Shawn “Showtime” Porter in a welterweight blockbuster that headlines SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS, presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

Both Joshua and Breazeale participated in an international media conference call on Monday. Also taking part were Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager of SHOWTIME Sports; Eddie Hearn, Managing Director of Matchroom Sport and Brittany Goossen of TGB Promotions introducing Breazeale.

Below are highlights of what the principals had to say on the conference call. A full transcript will be available in the coming days.

ANTHONY JOSHUA
Thoughts on his preparation for the fight:
“I feel great condition wise, and mentally I’m in a good place. I’ve never felt so relaxed because I just know I’m capable of doing it. I’ve trained weeks and years and it’s just about getting it right on the night of the fight. My tactics and my mind have not let me down so far, so that’s why I don’t want to change anything.

“I’m not putting too much pressure on myself. I’m going to attack the fight the same way I have my last 16 and put on an explosive show. That’s what the Americans love. They like knockouts and I won’t let them down.

“Every fight can be my last fight. As much as I would like to tell you I’m confident and ‘I’m going to do this, I’m going to do that’ I do understand I have to approach this as if it could be my last fight.

“I know he can hang around, he doesn’t go down easy. He’s a big guy, he can eat shots. The Dominic Breazeale I’m used to watching on YouTube and I’m reading about is the enhanced Dominic Breazeale – the Dominic Breazeale that is 50 percent better because I think he knows he wants to come prove himself on a global stage. And this is his chance come Saturday, so I need to prepare for the best of Breazeale.”

On going from being the hunter as a challenger to being the hunted as a champion:
“I’m not the cream of the crop in the gym. I’m around guys that are achieving things on the same level so I’m still hunting. I still have that mentality as if I’m a main killer in the jungle. I haven’t lost that hunger.

On potential to fight in the US in the future:
“I just keep on hearing the United States is where it’s happening. And if I come to the U.S., I’m going to shut it down.”

Thoughts on Breazeale’s performance against Amir Mansour:
“He’s a tough guy. He managed to go out there and break Mansour’s jaw and capture a win, which has led him into where he is now. Whichever angels were floating in the ring with him that day have led him to this point, so I’ve got to put an end to his dream.”

On winning a piece of the heavyweight championship in just his 16th pro fight:
“It didn’t mean much. I still have another couple titles I need to get my hands on. I’m still hunting. There’s still work to be done. So it only ticked one of the boxes on my to-do list.”

DOMINIC BREAZEALE
“I’m out here very excited. I can’t wait to get in the ring June 25 and shock the world, that’s for sure. I’ve been lucky enough to prepare for the biggest fight of my life and I’m really super excited about it.”

On why he thinks he was selected for this matchup:
“Honestly, the way I see it is that someone didn’t do their research. They didn’t look deep enough. They didn’t find out enough about me and maybe they’re looking at me as just another football player that transitioned into boxing. And I’m hoping they’re overlooking me. It definitely can be a situation where they’re just watching one fight, especially my last fight. But there’s been a lot of tough ones. If they’re looking at that one situation, I’m glad because that’s to my liking.”

On his feelings about fighting overseas:
“The way I’m thinking about it is, June 25, I gain 20,000 fans. I’m in a situation where I’m very confident going into this fight and I know for sure I’m going to put on a great show, come out victorious and go back to the U.S. with 20,000 UK fans.

“I definitely believe [Joshua] realizes; he understands that he’s got a big test in front of him. He’s got a big fighter in front of him. He’s got a guy that’s going to break him down, test his will and see if he is a true champion.

“I am coming into this fight very confident and I’ve got some things that I know are going to work for me, as well as some things that I plan on exploiting out of Joshua.

“I’m blessed to have been picked for this fight and am thankful for this opportunity. The way I look at it, and the way I look at every fight that I go into, is that as long as I do everything that I need to do in the gym as far as sparring, preparation and training, running my miles, sleeping right and eating right – I’ve crossed all of my T’s and dotted all of my I’s. I’ve got nothing to worry about. I’ve got nothing to second-guess. I’ve done everything I’m supposed to and I just can’t wait to shine.”

STEPHEN ESPINOZA, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports

“Anthony quickly went from a diamond in the rough to really one of the foremost stars in the UK and Europe, and we are happy to be his partner as he establishes his presence in North America.

“We are particularly excited about this bout because we have, pardon the phraseology, two behemoths. There are two skilled boxers, really the epitome of what heavyweight boxing should be - big, strong athletes skilled in their sport, with amateur pedigree, meeting on the afternoon here in the US, evening in the UK to determine who is the best fighter.”

EDDIE HEARN, President, Matchroom Sport

“Over here, the feeling is that it’s going to be quite a routine defense, but Anthony hasn’t trained like that. He is not expecting that. He knows the background and roots of Dominic Breazeale. He knows his skill, and he knows how dangerous he can be and he knows how hungry he is as well. I think you’re going to get a different kind of fight than the Charles Martin fight. I think you’re going to get a guy that’s not afraid to let his hands go. He’s not going to wait and the sold out O2 Arena is going to be an electric place to be.”

“SHOWTIME is a deal we are very excited about. To link up with an American broadcaster for us was an obvious move, but it was a move we had to choose carefully. And I think we chose very, very well in SHOWTIME.”

BRITTANY GOOSSEN, TGB Promotions

“Over here in the U.S. we have gotten to see Dominic grow before our eyes. We know he is definitely capable of challenging for the world title. On Saturday we expect him to be victorious and bring that back to America.”

CBS SPORTS PRO BOXING PUTS CHAMPIONSHIPS ON THE LINE THIS MAY AT PECHANGA RESORT & CASINO

TEMECULA, Calif. – (June 21, 2016) – Live boxing action returns to Pechanga Resort & Casino this August with an action-packed night on Friday, August 5 at 7:00p.m. CBS Sports broadcasts the event which features seven bouts and at least two fights broadcast live ono CBS Sports television. Tickets are $50, $65 and $85 for ringside seats and may be purchased by calling (877) 711-2946, visiting Pechanga.com or in person at the Pechanga Box Office.

The night’s main event features what’s expected to be a hard-hitting 10-round middleweight fight between Robert Brant (20-0-0, 13 KOs) of St. Paul, Minnesota and Paul Valenzuela, Jr. (10-3-0, 6 KOs) of Santa Rosalia, Baja, MX. Brant’s record and fighting style stands as a formidable hurdles for his competitors, though Valenzuela, Jr. could present the challenge to notch a loss on Brant’s scorecard.

The eight-round lightweight co-main event lightweight bout features Mason Menard (31-1-0, 23 KOs) from Rayne, Louisiana against Diego Eligio (12-1-0, 4 KOs) from Monterrey, MX. The two veteran fighters are training hard with their individual camps, getting ready to give boxing fans an exciting show.

Fight fans can watch the fights in excitement filled arena of the Pechanga Grand Ballroom. Seating nearly 2,000 people, the bouts are often attended by well-known boxing names and local celebrities and many times sell out.


ANTHONY CROLLA AND JORGE LINARES SET TO CLASH IN A WBA, WBC DIAMOND AND RING MAGAZINE LIGHTWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP UNIFICATION BLOCKBUSTER ON SEPTEMBER 24, 2016

FROM THE MANCHESTER ARENA AND LIVE ON SKY SPORTS

MANCHESTER (June 14, 2016) - Current WBA Lightweight World Champion Anthony "Million Dollar" Crolla (31-4-3, 13 KOs) will face WBC Lightweight World Champion Jorge "El Niño de Oro" Linares (40-3, 27 KOs) in a huge unification blockbuster for the WBA, WBC Diamond and The Ring Magazine Lightweight World Championships at the Manchester Arena on September 24, 2016, live on Sky Sports.

Crolla will make the second defence of his crown in his hometown fortress following his brilliant knockout victory over Venezuelan danger man Ismael Barroso in May, having ripped the title from Darleys Perez with another body shot knockout in November.

The Manchester hero faces another huge test as he aims to unify the division, with Venezuelan Linares putting the WBC Diamond belt on the line for the third time. Linares became a three-division world champion when he won the title back in December 2014 with a fourth round knockout of Javier "El Implacable" Prieto and travelled to London in his first defence against Kevin "Mighty" Mitchell last May, climbing off the canvas to stop Mitchell in the tenth round of an epic contest that received acclaim as a 2015 Fight of the Year candidate. The 30-year-old made it three wins inside the distance in a row in October when he knocked out Ivan "Macanon" Cano in four rounds in Caracas, Venezuela.

"Million Dollar" Crolla can become the first Englishman to win The Ring Magazine Lightweight title and is relishing the task against another elite level opponent, and the 29 year old expects his fans to turn up the heat on the classy WBC king.

"I'm so excited to have the chance to unify the Lightweight division," said Crolla. "Jorge is a fantastic fighter and it's another mountain to climb, but these are the tests that I thrive on and I've beaten two great fighters in Perez and Barroso and I'm confident that I can beat Jorge too.

"I'm having to pinch myself after everything that's happened. I'm fighting the number one fighter in the division for the WBC, WBA and THE RING title; it doesn't get any better than this. I'm very proud and privileged to be able to bring this fight to Manchester.

"I've been a fan of Jorge Linares for years now and he's technically brilliant at times but like any other fighter, he has vulnerabilities. It's up to me to expose those vulnerabilities and I truly believe that I can and I will. Linares is a great champion but these are the fights you want to be in boxing for.

"He looked well against (Ivan) Cano last time out but he hasn't been very active, whereas I'm coming off a career-best performance over (Ismael) Barroso. I really believe I'm coming into this fight in the form of my career and as I've shown in the fights against (Darleys) Perez and Barroso, I'm capable of improving my game when I have to.

"The last two nights in the Arena have been unbelievable and I think that we'll take it to another level against Jorge. He's boxed all over the world and taken on some of the best - but fighting me in front of a packed Manchester crowd is not something you can prepare for."

"This is my first unification fight and a great personal challenge for me and my career," said Linares. "Last year was an unbelievable year; I had the opportunity to fight in England against Kevin Mitchell in front of a crowd of passionate fight fans in one of the greatest fights of my career. This unification fight for the WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine Lightweight World Championships is another personal accomplishment for me and a great opportunity for me to fight in England once more, to be in front of a strong fight fan base.

"Crolla is a very strong contender and I know with both our passions for the sport will deliver an exciting fight for all the fans in Manchester. I know that Crolla is coming off a victory against my fellow Venezuelan countryman, so I am coming in with a lot of determination, pride and hunger for a victory.

"This unification fight is a great event in my career and I want to thank my promoters Golden Boy Promotions and Teiken Promotions for putting this fight together. I am ready for this fight and began training in Las Vegas and now am back Japan to complete my training camp at Akihiko Honda's Teiken Boxing Gym. I am ready to prove I am the best in the lightweight division."

"I think boxing has a huge amount to do with momentum and while Linares is clearly established as the number one Lightweight in the world, I think this is the time to beat him," said Crolla's promoter Eddie Hearn.

"When you look at the performances that Crolla has given in Manchester, I would have him as favorite to beat Linares. We had plenty of options but with the run Anthony is on, the only thing on his mind is to be the number one in the division and the linear champion."

"THE RING belt is so highly regarded within the trade and when there was a possibility of the belt being up for grabs, I can't tell you how excited Anthony Crolla and (trainer) Joe Gallagher were, it was the icing on the cake"

"Jorge Linares is a fighter with tremendous talent, who desires greatness and will pursue that by fighting the best in the division," said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. "Linares gave us a Fight of the Year candidate against Kevin Mitchell last year, once again demonstrating his skill and heart in the ring. I know he will showcase this again in September and give us an exciting fight against Anthony Crolla."

"Linares was placed as champion in recess by the WBC due to a broken hand which prevented him from making his mandatory defense," said WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman. "The WBC has granted Linares to return to the ring to fight this blockbuster unification for the prestigious Diamond belt and the winner is committed to fight Dejan Zlaticanin. I am personally proud of this fight as it continues with our goal to facilitate the best matches to take place all over the world."

Tickets will go on sale to Matchroom Fight Pass members at midday on Monday June 27 and on general sale at midday on Tuesday June 28.

Anthony Crolla vs. Jorge Linares is a 12-round fight for the WBA, WBC Diamond and the Ring Magazine Lightweight World Championships presented by Matchroom Boxing and Golden Boy Promotions in association with Akihiko Honda's Teiken Boxing Gym.

DIBELLA ENTERTAINMENT STATEMENT REGARDING CUELLAR VS. MARES

New York, NY (6/17/16) –
Regrettably, due to a medical issue that renders former three-division world champion Abner Mares presently unable to fight in New York State, the Cuellar vs. Mares fight has been cancelled and will be replaced on the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS, Presented by Premier Boxing Champions, telecast next Saturday, June 25. Abner’s condition is in no way life-threatening, nor was it revealed in a blood or urine test; there was no use of any drugs, including PEDs or other banned substances.

In honoring Abner’s right to medical confidentiality, no further information will be released on this situation unless he chooses.

An announcement will be forthcoming with respect to the replacement bout that will open the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS, Presented by Premier Boxing Champions, broadcast.

VLADIMIR TIKHONOV MAKING PROGRESS UP THE RATINGS LADDER

RUSSIAN IS LUCKY NO. 13 IN WBA

Brooklyn, NY (June 15, 2016)-- Russian Vladimir Tikhonov, a super bantamweight contender, is the latest signee to the Dmitriy Salita promotional slate. And it looks like the timing is right for the Brooklyner Salita, with word out that this Russian hitter is making his way up the ratings ladder.

Tikhonov (14-0 with 8 KOs) has entered the WBA world rankings at No. 13.

He turned pro in 2008, has fought once outside Russia, and Salita is looking to get him some more passport stamps.

A left-hander, Tikhonov is methodical and busy. He is active with his feet and can sting with both hands. Opponents need to be wary of him slipping punches in from underneath. He is ultra calm in the ring, gets in, gets off and gets out.

"Vladimir is a talented boxer who has lots of experience and potential to compete with the best in the world," said the Brooklyn based promoter, who is putting together an Aug. 19 show in Rochester, NY to be headlined by Jarrell Miller. "Tikhonov is world ranked now and I will be looking to land a significant fight for him in the near future. He wants the toughest tests, like Guillermo Rigondeaux (the WBA super bantam champion; Moises Flores holds their interim title), Scott Quigg and Nonito Donaire. He is yet another Russian warrior, with fighting in his blood!"

Promoter Salita has climbed the mountain himself as a fighter, amassing a 35-2-1 mark as a professional within the welterweight class. He has kicked off successful fight series in NYC, and now Detroit, and word is spreading that his efforts as an effective promoter are informed by his having experienced what it's like to campaign in the ring. Salita is planning the aforementioned NY show, as well as a return to Detroit, for the third "Detroit Brawl."

"Salita Promotions is poised to have a very strong second half of 2016, and our athletes such as Tikhonov will keep on being featured on premium broadcast channels," Salita said. "Our stable is strong, and growing all the time!"


Undefeated Featherweight World Champion Leo Santa Cruz
Defends Against Undefeated Irish Star Carl Frampton on
Saturday, July 30 Live on SHOWTIME® in an Event Presented by Premier Boxing Champions From Barclays Center in Brooklyn

SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®
Telecast Begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT

Tickets on Sale Tomorrow, June 15 at 10 a.m.!

BROOKLYN (June 14, 2016) – Undefeated featherweight world champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs) and fellow unbeaten Irish star Carl “The Jackal” Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs) will meet with a world title and two perfect records at stake on Saturday, July 30 in the main event of a Premier Boxing Champions event from Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast begins live on SHOWTIME® at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Cyclone Promotions, start at $38 and go on sale tomorrow, June 15 at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.ticketmaster.com, www.barclayscenter.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.

Santa Cruz and Frampton collide in a battle of world champions who mix dizzying speed with incredible output that produces exciting fight after exciting fight. This fight will be the fifth featherweight world title fight presented by SHOWTIME in 2016. Frampton, a unified world champion at 122 pounds, a weight class Santa Cruz previously held a title at, will move up a notch in weight and challenge at 126 pounds.

"I've never been to New York before and I’m looking forward to this big opportunity to put on a show for new fans in a new city,” said Santa Cruz. “I always fight for the fans and I'm excited to be able to do that somewhere I haven't been before. Frampton is a good fighter. He has power and skills and he moves when he has to, but he has a weak chin. When he gets caught with a good punch, he goes down. He doesn't like pressure and I have that. I'm looking forward to putting on an exciting show at Barclays Center and I hope I leave with lots of new fans."

“I am in terrific shape, I feel fantastic in the gym and I am ready for the biggest fight of my career,” said Frampton. “On July 30 I will become a two weight world champion. I respect Leo Santa Cruz, he is a great fighter and person, but I am preparing meticulously to overcome any challenge he brings on July 30. I cannot wait to hear the crowd at Barclays Center. It is my first time boxing in New York, where some of the greatest fights have taken place. I know there will be a large number of fans traveling from the UK and Ireland but there is also a huge Irish-American audience and I am eager to show them all what I can do. Get your tickets now, it’s going to be a great fight!”

“Santa Cruz vs. Frampton is not only the best fight that can be made in the featherweight division, it truly is one of the most anticipated fights in all of boxing,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “Boxing fans can expect nonstop action in this can’t-miss matchup of aggressive styles. There's no better way for Santa Cruz and Frampton to make their New York debuts than at Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, against each other.”

“The competitive matchup of Santa Cruz vs. Frampton shines an international spotlight on BROOKLYN BOXING at Barclays Center,” said Brett Yormark, CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment. “We’re especially excited to host two of the best featherweight boxers in the sport today as they fight in New York for the first time.”

The popular Mexican-American Santa Cruz fights out of Los Angeles and won the 126-pound title in a “Fight of the Year” candidate against former three-division champ Abner Mares last August at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. It was just the third fight in the featherweight division for Santa Cruz, who has won belts at 118 and 122 pounds while earning a reputation as one of boxing’s most active and exciting fighters. The 27-year-old also holds victories over Cristian Mijares and Eric Morel. He has competed in world title bouts in 11 of his last 13 fights since 2012. After stopping former world champion Kiko Martinez in the fifth round last Feb. 27, Santa Cruz makes his second world title defense in his East Coast debut.

After defeating rival Scott Quigg in their 122-pound unification bout last Feb. 27, Frampton will attempt to capture a world title in a second weight class. Fighting out of Belfast, Northern Ireland, the Irish national amateur champion in 2005 and 2009 expects to bring some of his rabid fans stateside come July 30. The 29-year-old became a world champion in 2014 when he defeated Kiko Martinez to earn a super bantamweight title. He made his U.S. debut in July 2015 when he defeated Alejandro “Cobrita” Gonzalez Jr. in Texas before unifying the title against Quigg.


DIBELLA ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES SUMMER BOXING SERIES AT FOXWOODS
PREMIERE INSTALLMENT KICKS OFF JUNE 30TH
AND RETURNS ON JULY 21ST

New York, NY (6/6/16) – DiBella Entertainment has promoted some of the biggest and most exciting boxing events at Foxwoods® Resort Casino in the last decade and now, the N.Y. based promotional company is proud to announce that it has partnered with Foxwoods to stage a summer boxing series.
The series will kick off next month, on Thursday, June 30th, with a special edition New England Broadway Boxing, headlined by Connecticut’s own undefeated, world-rated super bantamweight contender Luis Rosa (22-0, 10KO’s). The series will follow up with its second installment on Thursday, July 21st. The summer series will close out with its final edition sometime in the second half of August.
“Foxwoods is one of the great venues for boxing on the East Coast and our (DBE) home away from home in the New England area. We are thrilled to have partnered with our great friends at the Northeast’s premier resort destination to be doing a summer series, featuring some of boxing’s best talent as well as some of the most promising young fighters out of the New England area,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment.
“We are proud to continue to offer the most compelling, nationally-televised boxing events featuring the best fighters in the world. For nearly twenty five years, Foxwoods has been considered the ‘Fight Capital of the Northeast,’ and this Summer Boxing Series will only build upon that fact,” stated Felix Rappaport, President & CEO of Foxwoods Resort Casino. “In true Foxwoods fashion, boxing fans can expect nonstop action and excitement from the moment the bell rings.”
In addition to Rosa, DiBella Entertainment promotes some of the New England area’s most promising up-and-coming prospects and contenders, including top-rated, former world title challenger Edwin Rodriguez, Ryan Kielczweski, undefeated female Shelly Vincent, Danny Aquino, and recently signed amateur standouts Mykquan Williams and Anthony Marsella.
A complete list of the upcoming June 30th card will be announced shortly.
Tickets for the June 30th card are on sale now and are priced at $125, $75 and $45, not including applicable service charges and taxes. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com and www.foxwoods.com or by visiting the Foxwoods’ Box Office. To charge by phone, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.


VASYL LOMACHENKO SETS THE RECORD BOOK
STRAIGHT ON ITS EAR WITH KO VICTORY
AND SECOND WORLD TITLE IN AS MANY DIVISIONS


Lomachenko (
Left vs. Gary Russell) photo: German Villasenor

NEW YORK (June 13, 2016) -- He came, He saw, He annihilated. Two-time Ukrainian Olympic gold medalist VASYL LOMACHENKO is now a two-division world champion and just as he did with his first professional world title, he won world title No. 2 in a record least amount of fights -- SEVEN! Lomachenko (6-1, 4 KOs) captured his first world title -- the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight title -- in his third professional bout, winning a 12-round majority decision over unbeaten Gary Russell in 2014 to tie the record for fewest fights to win a world title. On Saturday, he broke the record for winning world titles in two different weight divisions in the least amount of fights by knocking out defending three-time WBO junior lightweight world champion ROMAN "Rocky" MARTINEZ (29--3-3, 17 KOs), of Puerto Rico, in the fifth round. Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Puerto Rican Best Boxing, Diamante Promotions and Madison Square Garden, the fight took place at Madison Square Garden and was televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark. HBO will replay the fight tonight at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.

"I need more fights to get better. I want more fights to make history," declared Lomachenko after he hoisted up his new world championship belt. "Line up all the top fighters and let's find out who is the best."


Undefeated Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder Defends His Title Against Two-Time World Title Challenger Chris Arreola in Premier Boxing Champions on FOX & FOX Deportes Primetime Main Event
Saturday, July 16 From Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama
(8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT)

BIRMINGHAM, AL (June 13, 2016) - Undefeated heavyweight world champion Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) will defend his title in his home state when he battles two-time world title challenger Chris "The Nightmare" Arreola (36-4-1, 31 KOs) in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on FOX and FOX Deportes Saturday, July 16 from Legacy Arena at the BJCC in Birmingham, Alabama with televised coverage beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

Tickets for the event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and TGB Promotions in association with Bruno Event Team, start at only $20 and go on sale tomorrow. For tickets please visit www.alabamatitlefight.com and www.ticketmaster.com.

Wilder returns to the ring after he was set to travel to Russia and defend his title against Alexander Povetkin on May 21 before the challenger failed a drug test that caused a cancellation of the fight. Now, Wilder will showcase his exceptional skills in primetime on network television as he takes on Arreola. It will be Wilder's fourth defense and third in his home state of Alabama.

"I'm always excited about coming home and being in front of my people where I'm the most comfortable," said Wilder. "I've been traveling a lot, going over to Sheffield, England to train before I was supposed to fight Alexander Povetkin in Moscow. But because of his decision to use a banned substance, the fight didn't happen. I'm disappointed about that, but it's not going to stop me from being an active heavyweight world champion. It has also given me the opportunity to again defend my title before my hometown fans. It's always good to come home.

"This is the longest stretch that I've been out of the ring and I'm anxious to get back in and continue my quest to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world," continued Wilder. "This is another fight in that process. I respect Chris Arreola for getting into the ring with me, but we all know who the real champion is and I'm going to prove it. I've been training long and hard for a fight and now I'm going to take it out on Arreola on July 16."

"I'm thankful to Deontay for this opportunity, he has proven a great deal by winning the heavyweight title and by defending it three times," said Arreola. "I'm very excited to step into the ring with him, put on a great show, be victorious and make history by becoming the first Mexican heavyweight world champion."

"We are thrilled that Deontay will be back in the ring quickly, in primetime on FOX, and at home in Alabama. Chris Arreola knows that this is his last opportunity for heavyweight glory and will likely come out throwing bombs from the opening bell. I expect an explosive, fan friendly fight for as long as it lasts," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "In the wake of Povetkin's positive PED test and the cancellation of that fight, we are happy that Deontay's next heavyweight title defense will be contested on July 16th and on such a great platform."

"Chris knows what this fight means, and having been in the position to be the first Mexican heavyweight world champion before, he's not going to let that chance slip by him again, " said Tom Brown of TGB Promotions.

"We are excited to work with DiBella Entertainment and TGB Promotions to bring the third heavyweight boxing championship in a little over a year to the state of Alabama," said Gene Hallman, president and CEO of Bruno Event Team. "We expect tickets for this fight to sell quickly and we encourage Alabama boxing fans to show their support for Deontay."

"FOX and FOX Deportes are thrilled to be broadcasting the much anticipated heavyweight championship of the world between Deontay Wilder vs. Chris Arreola as part of our partnership with Premier Boxing Champions," said David Nathanson, FOX Sports Head of Business Operations. "It's been just over 20 years since FOX presented its last heavyweight headliner, Mike Tyson vs. Buster Mathis. We're sure this title fight will deliver another amazing PBC show on our networks."

The heavyweight champion from Tuscaloosa is itching to get back in the ring after defending his title with stoppages of Eric Molina, Johann Duhaupas and most recently a one-punch knockout of Artur Szpilka in January. Before turning pro in November 2008, Wilder won the bronze medal at heavyweight for the U.S. at the 2008 Olympic Games. He is the last American male boxer to medal in the Olympics. The 30-year-old won the belt with a dominant decision over Bermane Stiverne in January 2015. The six-month layoff will be the longest of Wilder's career. This fight will mark the eighth time Wilder fights in his home state of Alabama as a professional.

Always in exciting fights, the Los Angeles-born Arreola will look to entertain the primetime audience as he takes his third crack at a heavyweight world championship. With victories over Eric Molina, Seth Mitchell, Joey Abell and Jameel McCline plus championship losses to Vitali Klitschko and Bermane Stiverne, he will be one of the most battle-tested opponents of Wilder's career.

There will be two more hours of boxing on FS1 and FOX Deportes at 10 p.m. ET, immediately following the Wilder vs. Arreola fight on FOX. Further details will be announced shortly.


FRANCISCO "EL BANDIDO" VARGAS RETAINS WBC SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT WORLD TITLE WITH MAJORITY DRAW IN WAR AGAINST ORLANDO "SIRI" SALIDO

LIVE FROM STUBHUB CENTER IN CARSON AND TELEVISED LIVE ON HBO® BOXING AFTER DARK



Photo: German Villasenor

LOS ANGELES (June 4, 2016) -WBC Super Featherweight World Champion Francisco "El Bandido" Vargas (23-0-2, 17 KOs) retained his title against former three-time world champion Orlando "Siri" Salido (42-13-4, 30 KOs, 1 NC) after going the distance in a 12-round blood bath before a nearly sold-out, raucous crowd of 7,378 at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. and televised live on HBO® Boxing AfterDark.

Salido and Vargas exchanged heavy blows in the first round, with Salido getting the better of Vargas in a flurry of punches late in the round. Round four saw Vargas injured, with blood pouring from a cut on his eye obtained by a head butt. The war continued on and brought the crowd to their feet in round six, where Vargas held Salido against the ropes several times with a flurry of punches. The warriors didn't stop and kept the pressure on each other until round 12, which saw Vargas and Salido laying into one another relentlessly until the bell.

"I feel really good about this decision," said Vargas. "I knew coming in that I was going to be facing a very tough opponent; however I didn't expect for him to head butt me and give me so many cuts to the face. I used powerful jabs and countered with ruthlessness. Takashi Miura was a much more powerful puncher, but my respects to Salido. He is a very tough fighter and has a very strong chin. Overall, I'm happy I was able to face this skilled warrior."

"It was a complicated fight like I expected, a very difficult fight from beginning to end with a lot of action," said Salido. "It was a great spectacle for all the fans. They got what they wanted; they wanted to see blood and they saw blood. I would welcome another fight with him. I believe that I won by a slight margin, but I would welcome a rematch. I would also accept the fight from Takashi Miura or from Lomachenko. I'll fight anyone."

Before the man event began, attendees were encouraged to light up their cell phones across the audience and to chants from the crowd of "Ali." Ring announcer Michael Buffer told the assembled crowd the story of Ali and described his life as a boxer and activist, and his impact in the world beyond just sports. He followed with what has become standard for fallen boxers - ten bells rung to give the final count-out to the legend.

"We'll love you forever champ - rest in peace Muhammad Ali," said Buffer in closing the solemn occasion.

Notable guests at tonight's event included Oscar De La Hoya; Gabriel Soto, Mexican actor and model; Metta World Peace; singer Frankie J; rapper Baby Bash; dancer Olivia "Chachi" Gonzales; and YouTube stars Josh Leyva, Jorge Munoz, and Joshua Santos. Joining them were Golden Boy fighters Mauricio "El Maestro" Herrera, Ronny Rios, Edgar "Kid Neza" Valerio, Jason "El Animal" Quigley, Zachary "Zungry" Ochoa, Andrew "El Chango" Cancio, Gilberto "El Flaco" Gonzalez, Joseph "Jojo" Diaz Jr., Oscar "El Jaguar" Negrete, Jesus Soto Karass, Jorge "El Niño de Oro" Linares, Carlos "The Solution" Morales, Roberto "Massa" Ortiz and Joshua "The Professor" Franco. Fighters Takashi Miura, Viktor "Ice Man" Postol, and Vasyl Lomachenko were also in attendance.

In the co-main event, Abraham "Chamaco" Lopez (21-0-1, 15 KOs) of La Puente, Calif. made his HBO debut and gave Julian "El Camaron" Ramirez (16-1, 8 KOs) of East Los Angeles his first professional loss to claim the vacant NABA Featherweight Title. Throughout the early rounds, Ramirez and Lopez traded massive blows that left the crowd in gasps and cheers. Mid-way through the fourth round, Ramirez managed to catch Lopez with a few solid shots across the jaw. Lopez kept trying to chip away at the guard of Ramirez, but had difficulty landing clean punches through the early rounds of the fight. That changed, though, when in the sixth round Lopez opened up a deep gash across the right brow of Ramirez. In a bit of payback, Ramirez's continual blows caused swelling over Lopez's right eye by the end of the seventh round. By the final bell, both fighters left whatever strength they had on the mat. In a unanimous decision, the judges awarded the victory - and the NABA belt - to Lopez.

"It was a close fight, my respects for Julian he definitely is a hard puncher," said Lopez. "But I'm not hurt, I was able to counter the punches he came at me with. This victory opens doors for me; it moves me up to the next level in my career and gives me the opportunities to fight for a world title. I'm glad I listened to my corner, that's what ultimately helped get the victory tonight."

"This was a really tough fight," said Ramirez. "I knew he would be a tough opponent, and that's what I trained hard for. I know that he won some rounds, but I thought that I did very well out there. And I thought that I had a very good shot at winning this. I feel that the decision should have been much closer. But it is what it is, and that's boxing."

"King" Gabriel Rosado (23-9, 13 KOs) of Philadelphia and Tijuana's Antonio "Tony" Gutierrez (20-2-1, 9 KOs) faced off for a 10-round middleweight bout that turned into a narrow final decision. In the early rounds, Gutierrez focused on working Rosado's body with repeated left jabs and combos to his midsection. Rosado countered with a number of strong shots to Gutierrez's head over the top of his guard and uppercuts. Gutierrez caught Rosado late in the second round with a strong right cross that seemed to momentarily daze his opponent. In the fourth round, Gutierrez caught Rosado with a shot that toppled him to the mat before Rosado surged back with a number of strong punches. Over the next few rounds, both fighters periodically traded heavy blows in a game of back-and-forth for control of the fight. In scoring that indicated how close the fight was (95-94, 96-93, 95-94), Rosado emerged with the hard-earned unanimous decision.

"I was hoping this fight would go a little differently," said Rosado. "I wasn't expecting to get knocked down. I know that I was making some mistakes in my rounds, and he was coming at me really hard. I know that I have a lot of support out here. This was a learning experience for me - despite my flaws, I was able to get back up and take this victory."

"I had studied Rosado before this fight, and knew he was a fighter with great ability and punching power," said Gutierrez. "This has been the most difficult fight of my career thus far, but I feel that I was very impressive and dominated many of the rounds tonight. When I dropped him in the fourth round, I was surprised because I was just doing what my corner advised. And it worked. I don't agree with the decision. I feel I gave the better fight tonight, and the crowd agrees with me."

Christian "Chimpa" Gonzalez (14-0, 12 KOs) of Buena Park, Calif. squared off against Jhon Gemino (12-7-1, 5 KOs) of Batangas, Philippines an eight-round lightweight bout. Going the distance, Gonzalez won via unanimous decision and scored 80-72, 80-72, 79-73 across the three judges. Gonzalez repeatedly walked Gemino into the ropes, where he then let loose with a flurry of combinations and visibly draining his opponent. Gemino fought back gamely, landing a few solid punches to Gonzalez's head and upper body during the fourth round - though Gonzalez came back the next round with several solid uppercuts through Gemino's guard. Through the final rounds, Gemino played defensive, making several strong upper body blows to Gonzalez - while Gonzalez continued to dominate the center of the ring and control the tempo of the fight.

"My opponent was really tough and was able to take lots of punches which was challenging," said Gonzalez. "Every fight is a learning experience for me, and I am extremely happy I was able to get tonight's victory against this tough guy because this is what I came to accomplish."

Nick "La Calavera" Arce (8-0, 6 KOs) of Los Angeles battled Francisco "Panchito" Dominguez (8-10, 2 KOs) of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico in a six-round super featherweight bout, delivering victory by unanimous decision and winning all rounds for the three judges, 60-54. Arce controlled the fight from the start, chasing Dominguez around the ring and scoring a number of strong shots to his head.

"I'm very happy I got the victory," said Arce. "I trained for everything to go as planned, as it did. My opponent is a tough guy who can take lots of punches and I feel good about this fight. This is what I came out here to do."

Jonathan "Thunder" Navarro (6-0, 5 KOs) of East Los Angeles fought a scheduled six-round super lightweight bout against Marc Torres (4-2, 1 KO) of McAllen, Texas, winning by knockout 1:21 into the second round after devastating Torres with body blows. Late into the first round, Navarro leveled Torres with a body blow that sent him to the mat, getting up just in time for the bell.

"I could tell in the first round that his body was open," said Navarro. "When I got him down in the first, I knew then, for me, that this fight was all about body shots. I could see he was wobbling in the second round. And that's when I was able to take him down with a body shot. Like I said at the weigh-in, anybody can talk - but we will see if they can back it up. I was able to back it up."

Alexis Rocha (3-0, 2 KOs) of Santa Ana, Calif. won a four-round super welterweight bout against Anthony Woods (0-5) of Las Vegas by scoring 40-36 across the three judges for his first unanimous decision of his young career. While Woods was aggressive with his punching, he couldn't land many on the quicker Rocha who bobbed and weaved throughout the fight.

"I come out to win and I was expecting to knock my opponent out, but he was giving me a ton of trouble in the ring," said Rocha. "If I ever lose a fight, my opponent is going to have to knock me out to take me down. Every fight for me is a learning experience, and I know now what I'm going to have to do to improve - including working on my combinations and staying collected during the fight."

Genaro "El Conde" Gamez (2-0, 2 KOs) of San Diego won his fight in a four-round lightweight bout against Juan Bryand (1-4) of Laredo, Texas with a knockout 1:36 into the first round, falling after a series of strong body shots.

"It feels really great to be out here and to put on a show for my fans," said Gamez. "I went in ready, training very hard and ready to get the job done. This is my first fight at the StubHub Center and my second professional fight, and everyone can expect a lot more to come from me."

Opening up the card, Oscar Duarte (5-0, 2 KOs) of Parral, Mexico won a unanimous decision in his four-round lightweight bout against Luis "Lichito" Lizarraga Jr. (5-9-1, 2 KOs) of Merida, Mexico, with all three judges scoring the fight 40-35.

"So this is my second time fighting in a venue this size," said Duarte. "This motivates me to keep going and to give me momentum. I'm very happy with this victory, and I know it's because of me that my team's able to work hard and develop a tactic to attack."

Francisco Vargas vs. Orlando Salido was a 12-round battle for the WBC Super Featherweight Championship presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Zanfer Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, BORN BOLD, Casa Mexico Tequila and HANDS OF STONE: The True Story of Roberto Duran, in theaters this August. The HBO Boxing After Dark telecast began live at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. The RingTvLive.com live stream began at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT.


 

 

 

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Isaac Chilemba Returns to the Ring
to Face Oleksandr Gvozdyk on Kovalev vs. Ward "Pound for Pound" Undercard

Saturday, November 19 from the T-Mobile Arena
Presented Live by HBO Pay-Per-View®


Las Vegas, Nevada: Isaac "Golden Boy" Chilemba (24-4-2, 10 KOs) will return to the United States on Saturday, Nov. 19 to face dangerous light heavyweight prospect and NABF Light Heavyweight Champion Oleksandr "The Nail" Gvozdyk (11-0, 9 KOs) in a ten round bout as part of the Kovalev vs. Ward "Pound for Pound" pay-per-view telecast live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. The bout will be presented by Main Events in association with Top Rank. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

Chilemba, 29, a native of Blantyre, Malawi fighting out of Johannesburg, South Africa, is coming off a hard-fought loss against WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev. Isaac holds the impressive distinction as only the second fighter in Kovalev's career to go the full 12 rounds. The only is future Hall-of-Famer Bernard "The Alien" Hopkins. In doing so, Chilemba managed to raise more than a few eyebrows among boxing fans and media.

In this redemption fight, Chilemba will have a tough challenge against Oleksandr Gvozdyk, 29, of Kharkov, Ukraine. Despite having only 11 professional bouts, Gvozdyk is a top-ten ranked light heavyweight in the WBC, WBO and IBF. Since making his professional debut in 2014, Oleksandr has defeated the first 11 opponents he has faced, stopping nine of them for an impressive 82% knockout-to-win ratio. In his last bout Gvozdyk secured his fifth straight stoppage and made his first successful defense of his NABF Light Heavyweight Title against Tommy Karpency in Las Vegas in July.

When asked about this match-up Chilemba responded, "Firstly, I thank Main Events for standing by me and for this opportunity. I thank my manager, Jodi Solomon, for always standing by my side and believing in me. I thank HBO, my fans, and all boxing followers around the globe. Oleksandr Gvozdyk, with a good amateur back ground, who is a highly as a rated and undefeated as a pro. I'm going to work with my idol, the person I look up to most, Roy Jones Jr. This is a huge opportunity for me to train with him, learn from him, and have him in my corner. Not only is he the greatest, but he cares and has love for the game. I'm looking forward to getting back in the ring, and completing what I should have done in my fight against Kovalev, but 10 times better than ever!"

This fight will be the first time Isaac will be working with his new trainer and legendary fighter, Roy Jones, Jr. who said, "Isaac is a very exciting fighter with a lot of upside. I am very excited to be training him and be part of his team now. I look forward to seeing much bigger and better things from him in the future. He is fighting a very good opponent so we look forward to this challenge. I can't wait to start to work with him."

Chilemba's manager, Jodi Solomon, added, "I am very grateful and happy that Main Events gave Isaac the opportunity to be on this card. I have no doubt he will come into the ring with as much determination and heart as he did against Kovalev and prove that he has what it takes. Also having Roy Jones Jr. in his corner I believe will only bring out an even better Isaac."

Gvozdyk said, "I am really happy to have this opportunity to fight on such a big card like Kovalev-Ward. Thanks to Top Rank, Main Events and to my manager Egis Klimas to make my goals come true! Chilemba is a tough opponent and I am expecting a tough fight. It's a good test for me and I will pass it!"

Oleksandr's trainer, Robert Garcia, added, "Oleksandr Gvozdyk is an Olympic medalist with a lot of amateur experience, great skills and tremendous power. Chilemba is a very good fighter who lost a decision to Kovalev. I think Chilemba will bring the best out of Gvozdyk. Gvozdyk is very dedicated and came to the USA to become a world champion and this fight gets him closer to that dream."

Gvozdyk is managed by Egis Klimas who also manages Sergey Kovalev. Klimas said, "I want to thank our promoter and Chilemba's promoter, Main Events, for giving us this great opportunity. A special thanks to Isaac for taking this fight right after his severe fight against 'The Krusher.' Isaac look good in his last fight and we hope he can bring the same kind of performance or even better to the ring on November 19. We are very excited as bouts like this one will make this great show better and better. See you in Las Vegas on November 19 or on HBO Pay-Per-View."

According to Main Events' CEO, Kathy Duva, "Isaac was a warrior against Sergey Kovalev. That was a tough battle for both fighters. Many fighters would have preferred a tune-up fight after facing Sergey Kovalev for 12 rounds but Isaac has the heart of a champion. He wasted no time getting back in the ring and demanded the toughest opposition we could find for him. This should be a great match-up on November 19 in Las Vegas."

"This is a huge opportunity and a step up fight for Oleksandr especially fighting on this card. We believe he's ready but there's only one way to find out and we'll all have the answer on November 19," said Carl Moretti, VP, Top Rank.

Kovalev vs. Ward will take place Saturday, Nov. 19 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. "Pound for Pound" is presented by Main Events, Roc Nation Sports, Krusher Promotions and Andre Ward Promotions and sponsored by MGM Grand Hotel & Casino.


Tickets to Pacquiao vs. Vargas
Go On Sale NOW!



LOS ANGELES (Sept. 7, 2016) - Pacquiao Nation Assemble!

Boxing superhero and reigning Fighter of the Decade, Senator MANNY "Pacman" PACQUIAO, arrived in the U.S. Wednesday, September 7 at LAX.

Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs), boxing's only eight-division world champion and a former two-term congressman, was elected to a Philippine Senate seat in May, garnering over 16 million votes. He is in the U.S. for only a short time to attend a Los Angeles news conference announcing his title challenge of World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight world champion JESSIE VARGAS (27-1, 10 KOs), of Las Vegas, Nev. Pacquiao will return to Manila over the weekend in order to attend Monday's Senate session. The majority of Pacquiao's training camp will take place in Manila, while the Senate is in session.

Pacquiao vs. Vargas will take place Saturday, November 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Pacquiao vs. Vargas and its co-main event fights will be produced and distributed live by Top Rank® Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT, and will be available on all conventional platforms, including all major cable and satellite systems, as well as Top Rank's digital distribution via www.TopRank.tv and mobile devices.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions and Wynn Las Vegas, tickets to the Pacquiao vs. Vargas world championship event go on sale today! Thursday, September 8, at 3:00 p.m. ET / Noon PT. Priced at $1,000, $700, $500, $300, $100 and $50, not including applicable service fees, tickets may be purchased at the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office, online at http://www.unlvtickets.com/, at UNLVtickets Outlet Town Square Las Vegas and La Bonita Supermarkets. To charge by phone call 702-739-FANS (3267) or 866-388-FANS (3267).


TOP RANK’S “SOLO BOXEO” BEGINS NEW SERIES SEPTEMBER 16TH ON UNIVISION DEPORTES

Series Premiere on September 16th on UDN and UniMás to Feature Two Classic Fights From the Top Rank Vault


LAS VEGAS, NV (September 6, 2016) – Top Rank®, and Univision Deportes (UDN), the multimedia sports division of Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) that includes UDN, the No. 1 Spanish-language cable sports network, announce the highly awaited series premiere of “Solo Boxeo” in its new time slot, on Friday, September 16th at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT with a simulcast on UDN and UniMás Network. The series opener will include classic matches from the Top Rank Vault featuring beloved Mexican fighters in honor of Mexico’s Independence Day.

Boxing fans can continue to expect even more of the exciting action-packed fights they have been enjoying since the series’ inception in 2000. World-rated contenders and outstanding prospects will continue to be featured in outstanding matchups.

“Our programming is always evolving and starting on September 16, we will continue with that tradition," said Todd duBoef, President of Top Rank. "With the move of “Solo Boxeo” to a new day of the week on UniMás, we will expand the reach and visibility of our content. We will reach an even broader audience and “Solo Boxeo” will be primed to continue its historic run as the top Spanish language boxing series.”

“We are pleased to bring our audience this new series of 'Solo Boxeo' with even more of the fights they love,” said Juan Carlos Rodriguez, President of Univision Deportes. “Univision Deportes will transform Friday nights on UniMás into the go-to blockbuster night for boxing fanaticos.”

“Solo Boxeo” will make its series premiere with a special Mexican Independence Day program featuring two classic world championship fights from the Top Rank vaults, starring four legendary Mexican champions -- the rematch between Oscar De La Hoya and Julio Cesar Chavez and the battle between future Hall of Famers Erik ‘El Terrible’ Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera.

Live boxing will return to “Solo Boxeo” on Friday, September 23. The live simulcast, from Kissimmee, Fla., will feature undefeated super lightweight contender Julian "Hammer Hands" Rodriguez (13-0, 10 KOs) of Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, against Brazilian buzz saw Claudionel Lacerda (17-15-1, 12 KOs) and undefeated featherweight contender Christopher ‘Pitufo’ Diaz (17-0, 11 KOs), from Barranquitas, Puerto Rico against Raul Hirales (22-5-1, 11 KOs) of La Paz, Mexico.

Top Rank's “Solo Boxeo” series has been a staple for Hispanic boxing fans for 16 years, televising 800 events and over 1,600 fights in cities throughout North America. “Solo Boxeo” has featured fights from the biggest names of the past, including Julio César Chávez Sr., Juan Manuel Márquez and Miguel Cotto, as well as future superstars, including Óscar Valdez, Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez, Félix ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo, Christopher ‘Pitufo’ Diaz, José Carlos Ramirez, Jessie Magdaleno and Andy Ruiz.


SERGEY KOVALEV VS. ANDRE WARD
"POUND FOR POUND"
TICKETS GO ON SALE TODAY



EXCLUSIVE PRESALE ENDS TODAY AT 1 PM ET

MEGA SHOWDOWN SET FOR SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19 AT T-MOBILE ARENA IN LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
PRESENTED LIVE BY HBO PAY-PER-VIEW®

LAS VEGAS, NV (September 2, 2016) - Tickets for the most anticipated fight of the year go on sale to the public on Friday, Sept. 2 at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT. From 2:00 p.m. ET on Sept. 1 through 1:00 p.m. ET on Sept. 2, select fans can purchase tickets in advance using the exclusive presale code "KRUSHER" after following this link:
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Kovalev vs. Ward will take place Saturday, Nov. 19 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. "Pound for Pound" is presented by Main Events, Roc Nation Sports, Krusher Promotions and Andre Ward Promotions and sponsored by MGM Grand Hotel & Casino.

Kovalev and Ward are currently ranked the No. 2 and No. 4 pound-for-pound boxers in the world, respectively, by The Ring Magazine, making their hotly anticipated fight only the third bout in the history of The Ring Magazine pound-for-pound list to pit two undefeated Top 5-ranked pound-for-pound fighters against each other. Oddsmakers and pundits have this fight evenly matched at 50-50 and it is poised to be a sure-fire 2016 Fight of the Year candidate. History will be made on Nov. 19th!

*According to The Ring Magazine


World Ranked Bantamweight Carlos Carlson Fights for NABF Title

ORANGE, Calif. (Sept. 12, 2016) - Top bantamweight contender Carlos Carlson (21-1, 12 KOs) and veteran Alex Rangel (17-5-2, 11 KOs) will fight for the vacant NABF Title on Friday, Sept 23, from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.

Carlson vs. Rangel comprises the 10-round "Locked n' Loaded" main event.

Carlson, an elite bantamweight with world ranking credentials (WBC no. 11), is determined to add another title to his impressive resume.

"Fighting for titles is what this sport is about," said Carlson, who has previously held the WBC Latino championship. "I'm coming into this bout well prepared. Rangel is going to get a tough fight."

In the 8-round co-feature, undefeated junior welterweight Giovani Santillan (19-0, 10 KOs) meets Brian Jones (13-6, 7 KOs). Both fighters represent different parts of Southern California, with Santillan hailing from San Diego and Jones calling Los Angeles home.

"I guess you can say bragging rights are on the line," said Santillan, a southpaw. "I don't really think about it. I'm just focused on delivering an excellent performance."

"From top to bottom, it's a talent rich card," said Ken Thompson, president of Thompson Boxing Promotions. "Carlson is making noise in the bantamweight division, and Santillan is looking better with each fight."

On the undercard, featherweight prospect Erick Ituarte (14-1, 2 KOs) of Santa Ana, Calif. faces Alberto Mora (5-4, 1 KO) of Cabo San Lucas, Mex. (8-rounds).

The hard-hitting lightweight Manuel Mendez (11-1, 7 KOs) of Indio, Calif. battles Erick Martinez (12-5-1, 6 KOs) of Tijuana, Mex. in a bout set for 8-rounds.

Featherweight Ruben Villa (1-0, 1 KO) of Salinas, Calif., who turned professional in July after a stellar career in the U.S. amateurs, fights Jose Mora (0-0, 1 NC) of Tijuana, Mex. (4-rounds). Villa is co-promoted by Thompson Boxing and Banner Promotions.

Opening the "Locked n' Loaded" event are bantamweights Danny Andujo (1-0, 1 KO) and Cesar Guzman (pro debut). Both fighters are from Temecula, Calif. The fight is scheduled for 4-rounds.

Tickets for "Locked n' Loaded" are priced at $40, $60, & $100 and are available for purchase online at ThompsonBoxing.com, or by calling 714-935-0900.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. local time with the first bell at approximately 7:45 p.m. The Doubletree Hotel is located at 222 N. Vineyard Ave., Ontario, CA 91764 and can be reached at (909) 937-0900.

"Locked n' Loaded" is presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions and sponsored by Lucas Oil, in association with Everlast.

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“CHOCOLATITO” CAPTURES FOURTH DIVISIONAL WORLD TITLE IN EPIC BATTLE WITH CUADRAS!

KAMEGAI STOPS SOTO KARASS IN REMATCH

Live On HBO World Championship Boxing

LOS ANGELES (September 10, 2016) Fighting in front of raucous crowd of 6,714 at The Fabulous Forum on Saturday night, Consensus #1 Pound-for-Pound Fighter Roman "Chocolatito” Gonzalez, (46-0-0, 38KO’s) captured his fourth divisional world title with a unanimous decision over WBC Super Flyweight World Champion Carlos “Principe” Cuadras (35-1-1, 27KO’s) in a sure-fire “Fight of the Year” candidate telecast live on HBO World Championship Boxing. Scores were 117-111, 116-112 and 115-113.

In a fight that lived up to it’s billing and the strong legacy of historical fights at The Fabulous Forum, Gonzalez and Cuadras battled at an extraordinarily high pace amidst loud chants of “Nicaragua” and “Mexico” throughout the fight.

The 29-year-old Gonzalez displayed excellent skills featuring his legendary combination punching, consistent pressure throughout the fight and excellent accuracy against the taller and bigger Cuadras.

The Mexican also performed at a very high level, countering Gonzalez, displaying very strong movement and terrific hand speed.

Stated Gonzalez after the fight, “We both gave a good fight, this was the most difficult fight of my career. I’ve never fought at this weight before, but I felt I won the fight.”

“I wasn’t hurt to the body but I definitely felt the head blows.”

“With pleasure I would face Naoya Inoue.”

“Alexis Arguello will always be number one, he is my teacher and I am his son. This victory is for my family, for Nicaragua and for God.”

Said a disappointed Cuadras, “It was close but I think I won, he’s never been hit that much in his career, just look at his face.”

“He is relentless; he didn’t get tired all night. His defense was better than I expected. He was stopping my shots with his arms and coming right back with his own punches.”

In the HBO World Championship Boxing co-feature, Yoshihiro Kamegai, (27-3-2, 23KO’s) stopped Jesus “Renuente” Soto Karass, (28-11-4, 18KO’s) in the eighth round of their scheduled 10-rounder. The fight, a rematch of their epic clash from this past April in Los Angeles, was stopped by Soto Karass’ corner before the start of the ninth round.

Kamegai controlled the action throughout the fight, backing up the Mexican gatekeeper with heavy handed punches to the head and body. Scoring a knockdown in the eighth, Kamegai capped the punishment as Soto Karass’ corner had seen enough.

“I feel great, Soto Karass is a very tough fighter but tonight I was stronger.”

“Hopefully this victory will lead to better opportunities and bigger fights for me.”

“Thanks very much to Mr. Honda and Golden Boy Promotions along with HBO.”

Headlining the undercard, undefeated lightweight prospect Ryan “Blue Chip” Martin, (16-0, 9KO’s) of Cleveland, Ohio by way of Chattanooga, Tennessee stayed perfect with a dominant performance over Bogota, Columbia’s Cesar Villarraga, (9-2, 4KO’s) earning the vacant WBC Continental Americas Title. Scores were 79-72 twice and 78-73.

Utilizing a range finding jab, Martin controlled the action, scoring at will in the early rounds. Martin capped his performance by dropping Villarraga in the fourth with a huge right cross and continued to control the action throughout the fight.

“I’m happy with my performance, I know I have improvements to make however,” said Martin. “He was a tough fighter, a little awkward but I was able to adjust. “

‘I’m very excited to win my first title and look forward to much more success with the WBC.”

“I love fighting here at The Fabulous Forum, it feels like home and I’m very thankful to Tom Loeffler for the opportunity.”

Also on the undercard, undefeated flyweight prospect Seniesa “Superbad” Estrada” of East Los Angeles, improved to 8-0 with two knockouts with an excellent, crowd pleasing performance over two-time world title challenger Nancy “Chatito” Franco, (14-10-2, 5KO’s) of Guadalajara, Mexico.

Fighting for the third time at The Fabulous Forum, Estrada displayed a full arsenal, thrilling the early arriving crowd as she dominated every round.

Said Estrada, “This fight was a risk for me, she had much more experience, but it’s the type of risk I needed to take and will continue to take.”

“My defense was strong against her early aggression and it allowed me to stick to my game plan.”

“This was my third fight this year, I’d like to fight once more before the year is out. It feels great to fight here and I’m so grateful to K2 Promotions and The Fabulous Forum for this opportunity. It’s very important not just for me but for all of women’s boxing to fight on such a big card.”

In the opening bout of the evening, Brahmabigi Montgomery of Apple Valley, California, improved to 2-1-1 with two knockouts with a fourth round stoppage (2:44) of pro debuting Chazz Moleta of Hawaii in their scheduled four round lightweight but.

Gonzalez vs. Cuadras was presented by K2 Promotions in association with Teiken Promotions. Kamegai vs. Soto-Karass 2 was presented by K2 Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions in association with Teiken Promotions.


Daniel Jacobs Retains Middleweight World Title by Dominant Seventh Round TKO Victory Over Former World Champion Sergio Mora In Main Event of Premier Boxing Champions On Spike Friday Night from Santander Arena in Reading, Pa.

Robert Easter Wins Vacant Lightweight World Title with Thrilling Split Decision Victory Over Previously Unbeaten Richard Commey

READING, PA. (September 10, 2016) - Middleweight world champion Daniel "The Miracle Man" Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs) retained his title and knocked down former world champion Sergio "The Latin Snake" Mora (28-5-2, 9 KOs) five times on his way to a seventh-round TKO in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on Spike Friday night from Santander Arena in Reading, Pa.

The bout was a rematch of their championship fight last August that saw Jacobs win by TKO despite being dropped in the first round. Mora suffered an ankle injury on the punch that ended the last fight but he was not able to capitalize on his second chance.

Jacobs was in control early and often, attacking the body of Mora and switching between orthodox and southpaw styles to stay in control throughout. Mora was evasive and used good head movement to frustrate Jacobs early but could never get his own offense going.

The champion from Brooklyn stayed the course and in round four he broke through with a left hook to the head that sent Mora crumpling to the mat. Mora recovered but again had a knockdown scored against him in round five.

Sensing his moment, Jacobs came out aggressive in the seventh round as he clearly sought an end to the fight. A left right combo dropped Mora in the corner early in the round before he was dropped from a body shot moments after getting back on his feet.

Referee Gary Rosato let the fight continue but Jacobs put a quick end to the night by smothering Mora and dropping him for the fifth and final time, forcing the referee to stop the bout at 2:08 into the round.

In front of a raucous and supportive crowd, undefeated rising star Robert Easter (18-0, 14 KOs) earned a narrow split-decision victory over previously unbeaten Richard Commey (24-1, 22 KOs) in a thrilling contest that saw both men grab momentum at different points throughout the 12-round bout.

Easter used his jab and length advantage in round one and appeared to have more success throughout the night when he fought from a distance. The fight vacillated between a tactical battle and a toe-to-toe war by the round and even by the minute.

The Ghanaian Commey was aggressive throughout the fight and had success pushing Easter to the ropes and catching him with big right hands. In round eight, Commey scored a knockdown on one of those right hands, as referee Benjy Esteves ruled that Easter's glove hit the canvas as a result of the punch.

Easter and Commey both came out firing in round nine, engaging in one of the many exchanges that put the lively crowd on its feet. Easter had great success throughout the night with his right uppercut that consistently caught Commey coming in, but never deterred him completely.

Both men reached the 12-round limit for the first time in their careers but it was Easter who took advantage of the final stanza by rocking and wobbling Commey with a big overhand right just seconds into the round.

Commey was able to survive on the ropes and by consistently wrapping up his opponent. Both men were lifted to the air in triumph by their trainers after the final bell rang as the crowd cheered the two combatants. In the end the judges scored the fight 114-113 for Commey and 115-112 and 114-113 for Easter.

Here is what the fighters had to say Friday night:

DANIEL JACOBS

"I have to take my hat off to Sergio Mora. There was a lot of talking before this fight, but this is boxing. I respect any man who gets inside of this ring.

"I want to prove to the world that I'm the best middleweight. If GGG gets the victory tomorrow, that's who we want.

"I wanted to go in there to hurt him and keep my knockout streak alive. I did what I said I would.

"I didn't expect to knock him down as much, but I did see the fight ending in a knockout. It took a while because he's so tricky. I wasn't able to jab the way I wanted to. That's what happens when you fight guys who have been in the game for a long time.

"The support of my city means a lot. There are guys here that I've known since kindergarten. People showed me love across the board and it was tremendous. For them to be on this journey with me, it means everything. I'm living my dream.

"This one's for Brooklyn. We have to spread the love around but I'll be back home in December headlining at Barclays Center."

SERGIO MORA

"The guy punches really hard. I was trying to catch him like I did in the first fight but I couldn't do it today.

"We expected him to fight the way he did. He's big and powerful. I knew I would have to catch him with a few shots and take him into the later rounds. I think I was doing that until my legs couldn't recover.

"I'm not going to take anything away from his victory, but I never recovered from a shot to the back of the head. They counted it as a knockdown so I'll have to take a look at the video, but it felt like the back of the head.

"This guy is a big overwhelming figure. When he got on top of me I could feel his weight. You really need those legs to wake up when you get buzzed.

"The fight was close in my heart. Daniel finally gave me credit. I didn't feel like I got beat up, he just caught me with good shots. I have a lot left in me. I'm going to look at the tape and see where I'm at."

ROBERT EASTER

"It's been a long training camp. We had an amazing training camp. This fight wasn't easy at all. We knew it wasn't going to be easy. Richard Commey is a tough, tough competitor. He made me fight each and every round, but we did it.

"The game plan was to go out there and box him and use my length and reach. I made a few mistakes tonight. One of them was not fighting him early enough. It wouldn't have been close. In the last round, when I needed the round, I went out and got it.

"I took everything that I had, all 16 years in the sport, and I used it to go get that belt.

"You always have to stay composed as a professional. I wasn't hurt at all on the knockdown. I know what happened in there. He threw a shorter right hand and I stumbled. I finished the round tough.

"Early in the fight I thought I hurt him with a hook and right hand combo. In the last round I caught him right on the chin. That wobbled him. He held on for dear life.

"I knew it was going to come down to a split decision. I felt in my heart that I did enough. He missed a lot of shots.

"I want more straps. I want belts. This is huge for my city. It means a lot. It's bigger than me. I wanted to give them something to believe in.

"All this hard work we had to put in for this fight, we had to dig in deep. I did this for my city and Toledo came out for me tonight."

RICHARD COMMEY

"I feel like I won this fight. I did everything that I could. I landed the more accurate shots. I come from very far and it's hard to win here versus an American. I deserve a rematch.

"I was very devastated when I heard the scores. I knew it was a close fight. He went down and I didn't.

"I want to be a world champion. Even if he doesn't want to fight me, I want another opportunity. I can fight at the highest level in the world. We worked so hard to get to this stage. I want to stay at this level. I'll keep improving."

In OFF TV-action:

Heavyweight contender Travis Kauffman tuned up for a big opportunity by stopping Josh Dempsey in the 2nd round of their scheduled ten-round bout.

Kauffman registered two knockdowns and Dempsey retired from the fight with an injury to his right shoulder at 47 seconds of round two.

Kauffman of Reading is now 31-1 with 23 knockouts. Dempsey of Torrance, Californis is 22-6.

Christopher Brooker won a eight-round majority decision over former world title challenger Elvin Ayala in a super middleweight bout.

Brooker of Philadelphia won by scores of 79-73 and 77-74 while a card read even at 76-76.

Brooker is now 11-1. Ayala of New Haven, Connecticut is 28-8-1.

WBC number-one ranked middleweight Jorge Sebastian Heiland dropped Angel Hernandez three times en-route to a second round stoppage in their scheduled eight round bout.

Heiland of Buenos Aires, Argentina dropped Hernandez twice in round two and one in round two and the bout was stopped at 46 seconds of round two.

Heiland is 28-4-2 with 15 knockouts. Hernandez, of Gary, Indiana is 17-19-1.

Former world champion Kermit Cintron stopped Manny Woods in round seven of their scheduled eight round super welterweight bout.

The time of the stoppage was 2:28.

Cintron of Reading, PA is 38-5-2 with 29 knockouts. Woods of St. Petersburg, Florida is 15-6-1.

Frank De Alba scored a sensational 2nd round stoppage over Kiun Evans in a scheduled eight-round junior lightweight bout.

De Alba thrilled the crowd with a thudding left hook to the jaw and the fight was over at 3:04 of round two.

De Alba of Reading is 20-2-2 with nine knockouts. Evans of Little Rock, Arkansas is 12-3-1.

Earl Newman remained undefeated with a six-round unanimous decision over Leo Hall in a light heavyweight bout.

Newman of Brooklyn won by scores of 60-53, 59-54 and 58-54 and is now 10-0. Hall of Detroit is 8-2.

Erik Spring won a six-round majority decision over previously undefeated Simon Henrikkson in a junior middleweight bout.

Spring of Reading won by scores of 58-56 twice and 57-57 and is now 8-1-1. Henrikkson of Ystad, Sweden is 4-1.

Nicholas Hernandez won a four-round unanimous decision over Randy Hedderick in a junior middleweight bout.

Hernandez of Lebabon, PA won by scores of 40-36 on all cards and is now 5-1. Hedderick of Gulfport, Mississippi is now 1-6.

Kashon Hutchinson won a four-round unanimous decision over Jordan Morales in a junior welterweight bout.

Hutchinson of Reading won by scores of 39-37 on all cards and is now 2-0. Morales of Bethlehem. PA is 1-2.


CANELO ALVAREZ CONFERENCE CALL TRANSCRIPT
AND MP3 RECORDING FROM AUGUST 24, 2015


OSCAR DE LA HOYA, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions:
Thank you very much. Thank you to all the media. [SPEAKING IN SPANISH]. We are here for the Canelo Alvarez-Liam Smith conference call.

First of all, we want to thank you and welcome the two-time world champion Canelo Alvarez who has a record of 47-1, and won with 33 knockouts.

On September 17th over Mexican Independence weekend, Canelo Alvarez will make his long-anticipated return to Texas to fight Liam Smith who has a record of 23-0 with 13 knockouts, and that will be for the WBO Junior Middleweight Junior championship title at the famed AT&T Stadium, home of America's team, the Dallas Cowboys.

Texas has been a natural choice for us, and for all Texas fans who love Canelo Alvarez, and the fan base are some of the most loyal for every fight. The fans have shown up in huge crowds wearing red and green, cheering Canelo and chanting his name.

Texas is Canelo's home away from home, and Canelo versus Smith will be a homecoming celebration for Canelo. We have witnessed some of Canelo's most epic fights in Texas, from his match with Austin Trout at the Alamo Dome where he filled up 45,000 seats, and obviously when he fought James Kirkland, which was named Knockout Of The Year, at the Minute Maid Park in front of 31,000 screaming fans.

So Cowboys Stadium is a stadium created for larger-than-life fighters, just like Canelo. And the two other fights that have been fought there were headlined by legendary Manny Pacquiao.

We're excited to announce that ticket sales are going extremely, extremely well. It's outpacing Manny Pacquiao's last two fights, which we're extremely excited about knowing that we will have a full house at the Cowboys Stadium. Tickets are still available, priced from $750 all the way down to $40.

I would like to thank our sponsors, Tecate Cerveza Born Bold and Casa Mexico Tequila. Thank you for your continued support.

And obviously if you can't be with us live in Dallas, this fight will be televised live on HBO Pay-Per-View, which is our exclusive and proud partner for this event.

We're extremely proud and excited to have Canelo Alvarez headline Mexican Independence Day weekend, and this is only the beginning for Canelo Alvarez headlining special weekends for many years to come. So it's a perfect fit that we stage this fight in Texas to be shown across the globe.

At this time, I would like to introduce to you one of the team members who makes everything happen, who gets Canelo in shape, who has the strategy, who has been doing a wonderful job with his premier. I would like to introduce to you a man they call "Chepo," and that is Jose "Chepo" Reynoso. Chepo?

JOSE "CHEPO" REYNOSO, Manager and Trainer to Canelo Alvarez (Via Translator):

We're very excited. We're very relaxed right now, but we're very excited in anticipating with a lot of enthusiasm September 17 so that all the fans can celebrate and say "viva Mexico," "viva Canelo."

OSCAR DE LA HOYA: Thank you. And next I would like to introduce to you the man who trains him, the man who gets on the mitts with him, strategizes. If you look at Canelo's last fights, he's been growing, he's been improving. He's only getting better. And Canelo is a fighter who wants to be the very best, and he will stop at nothing to get to that goal of his.

So next up I would like to introduce to you the trainer, Eddy Reynoso. Eddy?

EDDY REYNOSO, Head Trainer to Canelo Alvarez (Via Translator):

Good afternoon, everybody, and what can I say? We're three weeks out from the fight. We're very happy. Canelo's been working very, very hard. He's looking great, and we can't wait for September 17th.

OSCAR DE LA HOYA: Without further ado, I'd like to now introduce to you the former two-time world champion. Since the age of 15, when he turned pro, he's accumulated a record that is bar none, like no other in boxing today.

At the tender age of 26, he's already fought the very best fighters out there there is to fight, and the best is yet to come. Fighters like "Sugar" Shane Mosley, Floyd Mayweather, fighters like Alfredo Angulo, Miguel Cotto, fighters like Erislandy Lara, fighters like Austin Trout.

I believe there is no fighter today at the age of 26 who has fought so many ex-world champions and current world champions.

So he hails out of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, with a record of 47-1 and 33 knockouts. It's my pleasure to you to introduce Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.

CANELO ALVAREZ, Former Two-Division World Champion (Via Translator):

Good afternoon, everybody. Thank you, all, for being on the call. Thank you for the support for this fight, for supporting me. This is going to be a great event, and you don't want to miss it. Thank you all for participating on this call.

Q. Canelo, I just wanted to ask you how much have you studied Liam Smith? And from your perspective, why is this the right fight for you at this time?

CANELO ALVAREZ: Yes, I have looked at him, and the style more than anything is what we like. He's a good fighter, he's a champion. He's very strong. He's got a Mexican style, you know, a guy that stands there and likes to exchange punches, so that's one of the things that attracted us to the fight.

And, you know, part of the reason for choosing him is he's a world champion. I want to win another world title in my weight class, 154. Then after that we'll see what's available.

Q. When you look at him, he does seem like he's very aggressive. Do you think that aggression will exist knowing that he's fighting you?

CANELO ALVAREZ (Via Translator): No, I don't think he's going to change his style. I think he's going to do what he does best -- be aggressive, throw combination, keep coming forward. That's what he does best. But, obviously, for me, I'm always ready for any style. I prepare myself for any style and I'll be ready for anything.

Q. It's been a long time since a Mexican fighter has been the A side of the equation promoting a promotion on Mexican Independence. How do you feel, and was that your goal? And now that you've reached your goal, are you happy?

CANELO ALVAREZ (Via Translator): His answer was yes, I'm very excited. Very excited. I'm happy. It's an honor for me to represent my country. This is what I wanted. These are the dates that are important for our country, for Mexicans, and I'm here and I'm going to take every advantage of it.

Q. First of all, did you see the Olympics, and what do you think about the critics? There are a lot of critics in Mexico that criticized a lot of the athletes for their performances. Do you think it's something that's right or do you think it's changed?

CANELO ALVAREZ (Via Translator): Yes, it's unfortunate, but that happens a lot in Mexico. They criticize the athletes. The athletes are the ones that pretty much put Mexico on the map internationally, and it's a shame that some things they get criticized so harshly. It's something that should change, and I think if we were all supporting each other, we'd be in a better place.

Q. Canelo, I wonder what your thoughts are about fighting in Texas again.

CANELO ALVAREZ (Via Translator): I feel very happy. For me, I've always been treated very, very well, a warm reception each time I fight in Texas. For me, the most important thing is to give them a good fight and that's what I want to do. I want to give them a good fight. They've always treated me well in Texas, and I love being in Texas.

Q. Have you seen AT&T Stadium yet? What are your impressions of it?

CANELO ALVAREZ (Via Translator): It's very impressive, very, very impressive how big it is. And the big screen, and it's very, very beautiful. It's impressive and it motivates me. It motivates me just imagining how it's going to be on September 17th. It's something that gets me really excited, and I can't wait. I can't wait to get out there and fight.

Q. Eric, you were just talking about the fans. Basically they're tough on their own people over there in Mexico. So that's kind of what I've always thought. Can you ask him when the decision was made for him to not fight Golovkin until September of next year, can you ask if he was concerned about how his fans might react, and has he received any negative feedback for not fighting Golovkin sooner?

CANELO ALVAREZ (Via Translator): Yeah, you know, there's always going to be critics. They're always there, and it's something that's part of it. It's part of the business. Obviously there's good critics sometimes and there's bad critics. But the most important thing is it doesn't faze me. It doesn't faze me. That's fine, I'm used to it now, and I've got to do what's best for my career.

Q. Oscar, I think most people will figure that the decision to wait until next year for Golovkin was probably yours. How tough was it to make that decision knowing that -- because we all know how people are, whether it's fair or it's not, with social media today, right away you're going to have people saying, oh, he's ducking Golovkin, blah, blah, blah. How tough was it to make the decision to wait another year?

OSCAR DE LA HOYA: Well, it's basically the team's decision, you know? I mean, Canelo knows his body. His trainers know his body, and the bottom line is Canelo is a 154-pound fighter. The fact that he fought at 155, people expect him to go up and fight at middleweight, and that's not the case. He's a 54-pounder, and he's going to go up to 160 when his body feels ready.

People will always talk and will always want the very best when you are on top of the world, and that's what Canelo is right now. He's on top. He is the star fighter in boxing, and people want him to fight the very best. And he has always fought the very best. And fighting a Golovkin is going to be no exception. He's going to fight him, but when he's ready to move up to 160.

Q. This is Liam Smith's first fight abroad. Does it give you an advantage that you're used to fighting in front of the big crowds in America?

CANELO ALVAREZ (Via Translator): I really don't think about that. It's something that really doesn't cross my mind. I'm preparing for the best possible Liam Smith there is. I don't think about the crowd. I don't think about people cheering. I just go up there, and my focus is to get the job done.

Q. Do you think that for Liam Smith it benefits him to stand toe to toe and fight you toe to toe, knowing that you're a very big puncher yourself, very powerful? Do you think it's something that will be an advantage, or do you think he should maybe change his game plan?

CANELO ALVAREZ (Via Translator): No, that's his style. That's what he's going to do. He's a guy that's very strong as well. He's a strong puncher and throws combination and he's aggressive. So I'm preparing for the best possible Liam Smith there is. I'm going to go with my game plan. He can go with his game plan, and may the better man win.

Q. What do you think about the story about the bronze medalist out of Mexico? He won the bronze medal in boxing. He told a story about having to raise money for himself to go to Brazil and there wasn't really too much support from the government.

CANELO ALVAREZ (Via Translator): It's very sad, it's very sad, but it's common in Mexico. The support for boxing itself is not very good, and boxing has given Mexico many world champions. It's got a great history, but it's sad. It's unfortunate. It happened to me when I was an amateur. That's part of the reason I became a pro because the support wasn't really there. So it's very, very sad and hopefully it can change.

Q. There's always a tendency to criticize your opponents. It doesn't matter who you fight. They're always criticizing, whether the guy's too big, he's too small, he's not at your level. They're always criticizing him. Do you get tired of that?

CANELO ALVAREZ (Via Translator): No, look, it's always going to be there. I'm used to it. All I can do is worry about winning the fight and studying my opponent so there are no surprises, and that's what I worry about.

Q. Obviously you're fighting this fight with Liam Smith, if you win the fight, are you planning on defending the title or will you start making your move to 160 and start preparing for Golovkin?

CANELO ALVAREZ (Via Translator): I can't keep fighting this fight thinking about Golovkin. I'm preparing for Liam Smith. That's what's important to me. My train of thought is not to see what's down the line. I've got to get ready for the fight. This is a real fight. I'm not the one that has to prepare for Golovkin. He better prepare for me.

OSCAR DE LA HOYA: Yes, that's correct. This is a tough fight with Liam Smith. It's not a walk-over fight. It's a tough fight. And first things first, we've got to get past him and then we'll deal with future fights. But as of right now, everything is geared to fighting against Liam Smith and being successful.

Q. Oscar, if you could clarify what the building is scaled for, what AT&T Stadium is scaled for? Is it going to be full capacity? Is it scaled back a little bit? Do you know the exact number?

OSCAR DE LA HOYA: I don't know the exact number. I do know that the building can be scaled for as many as over 80,000 people. So, like I said, ticket sales are going incredibly well. We're outpacing the last two Manny Pacquiao fights that were held at AT&T Stadium. So Jerry Jones is extremely happy. The fans are happy. We're happy. And I'm sure that Canelo and Liam Smith are going to be really happy when they see the turnout at the arena.

Q. Oscar, if you do a number better than the Pacquiao fights, which would be a very big number, how encouraging would that be for you to go back maybe immediately to Cowboys Stadium for the next fight?

OSCAR DE LA HOYA: Well, I mean, look, it would be very impressive. But at this point nothing surprises me with Canelo. Like I said, he's only getting better. He has a tremendous fan base, and ticket sales show it. He has millions and millions of fans around the world, and ticket sales are proving that.

So I believe that it's not if he outsells the Pacquiao fights at the AT&T arena. I think the question is going to be when he outsells the Pacquiao ticket sales at the arena. I strongly believe that at the age of 26 years old, Canelo is a bigger star and a better fighter compared to any fighter out there today.

Q. Oscar, would you say if Canelo sells out AT&T, would that be kind of a passing of the torch basically from you to him as the certified Mexican star?

OSCAR DE LA HOYA: Well, the passing of the torch has already taken place. With Mayweather being retired and Pacquiao being retired, Canelo is the face of boxing now. He's proven it with ticket sales. He's proven it with Pay-Per-Views, and he's going to prove it once again by outselling Manny Pacquiao at the AT&T arena.

So I believe this is just the beginning for Canelo, and he has a long future ahead for himself. We can't wait to be part of it.

Q. What is it about Texas that does good business for y'all? Because I've been going to fights since the Trout one before he even fought Mayweather, and he sold that out. So I'm looking for the 85,000. What is that connection? Can you talk about the connection that Canelo has with the Texas people?

OSCAR DE LA HOYA: Well, Texas loves Canelo. Texas loves boxing. I mean, just like any other part of the world, people love Canelo and they want to see Canelo because he brings excitement to the sport. He brings exciting fights.

And this fight here with Liam Smith is going to be a toe-to-toe, "right in the center of the ring" type of action fight. That's why people love Canelo. He works hard, he's a serious fighter, and he brings a lot of action to the table.

Q. Canelo, do you feel super comfortable when you fight in Texas? Because it seems like your best performances, couple of your best performances I've been here, with the Trout fight and the Kirkland fight, and it seems you don't mind getting into the toe-to-toe war and giving us what we want, a spectacular knockout. Is that your mindset heading into this fight with Smith September 17th?

CANELO ALVAREZ (Via Translator): I feel happy. I feel very happy and comfortable fighting there. Yes, I've had some very good performances. September 17th is not going to be an exception. I'm looking for another great performance. I just feel very happy with the reception I get in Texas. It feels very good being there.

Q. Oscar, I know that there have been some recent Pay-Per-Views that have struggled, talking about Crawford-Postol, and even going back to Mayweather-Berto, didn't really do that well. What do you expect for this show in terms of Pay-Per-View numbers? Do you think it will exceed Canelo's fight against Amir Khan, which did about I think like 600,000 Pay-Per-Views?

OSCAR DE LA HOYA: Well, we can't really tell how many.

ERIC GOMEZ, Senior Vice President of Golden Boy Promotions: Well, first of all, that number's wrong, Mitchy. It wasn't that much for the Kahn fight. But go ahead, Oscar.

OSCAR DE LA HOYA: We really can't say how many Pay-Per-Views he's going to sell, but we're expecting a big number as always. We strongly feel that Canelo's star power is only growing. And as we get closer to the fights, we'll have a better indication.

But we always gauge our numbers by how many tickets we're selling in the arena. And as you know, we're outpacing Manny Pacquiao in ticket sales at the AT&T Arena. So we expect a really strong number come September 17.

Q. Liam Smith, a lot of people stateside don't know him or haven't heard of him, so he doesn't really have a big name, though we know he's a champion and undefeated. Are you preparing differently for this fight knowing that you're fighting a guy like that?

CANELO ALVAREZ (Via Translator): Look, whether people consider if he has a name or not, he's still a very good fighter. He's a champion and he's undefeated for the right reasons. So I'm preparing like I always do, 100%. I'm getting ready for this fight. I'll be prepared for everything. I just don't want any surprises, but this is going to be a tough fight.

Q. What are the plans right now, if there are any, involving Billy Joe Saunders?

OSCAR DE LA HOYA: Well, there are no plans right now. The only plan that we have is to stage an exciting event September 17th. Like I said before, if everything goes well, then September 18th we'll start getting to work once again to see what's next for Canelo.

Q. I understand that the focus is always on the fight right in front of you. But Gomez had said that the hope was still to go forward with Billy Joe Saunders for a future fight. So, again, I ask you, is that still the plan after this fight, to go forward with Billy Joe Saunders as the next fight?

OSCAR DE LA HOYA: There is a possibility, but right now the focus 100% is on Liam Smith.

Q. Okay. What in your mind is the difference between Canelo, who you said is a 154-pounder right now, and being physically ready to fight Billy Joe Saunders next, and not Gennady Golovkin?

OSCAR DE LA HOYA: Well, like I said, our focus and Canelo's focus is fighting at 154, and after this fight his team and ourselves will sit down and discuss future opponents.

Q. Oscar, we talked a little bit about the Pay-Per-View, and Golden Boy always has this standard for great undercards with their shows. With a lot of the struggles with Luis Ortiz and Billy Joe Saunders, do you guys feel this undercard will give the fans more than they can expect with fights like Gabriel Rosado and Willie Monroe being put together? Do you feel this undercard will be able to hold up to the standard of regular Golden Boy undercards?

OSCAR DE LA HOYA: Absolutely. We at Golden Boy pride ourselves in giving the fans the most exciting and the best fights possible, and that's exactly what we've put together. See, the fight fans in Dallas, Texas, or across the globe want to see action, and that's what Canelo brings to the table. Canelo brings action, excitement, and our undercards are obviously no exception. Our undercards are always full of excitement and great fights.

Q. Canelo, fighting in Texas has been a lot of great Mexican fighters, Oscar himself, Julio Cesar Chavez, Juan Manuel Marquez. You yourself are the next great Mexican fighter up. Is there any added pressure for you, not just fighting in Texas, but living up to the Mexican tradition and performing well and delivering a great fight in Texas?

CANELO ALVAREZ (Via Translator): I don't feel any pressure whatsoever. The only pressure I have for any of my fights is just to prepare 100%. That's it. That's been my mindset, to be ready and prepare 100%. That's where I get my confidence. But none of that stuff really pressures me. I want to do my best and give a great performance.

As far as being the next great from Mexico, no, I don't really think about that. It's no pressure whatsoever, as long as I'm doing my job.

THE MODERATOR: We are ready for closing comments.

CANELO ALVAREZ (Via Translator): I just want to thank everybody for participating on this call. Thank you for the support as always, and I'll see you guys September 17th. We'll see each other really soon.

OSCAR DE LA HOYA: Thank you very much. We will see you all the week of September 17th, and we're looking forward to an exciting event. Like I said, tickets are still available. They are going fast, and, again, outpacing the Manny Pacquiao fights. And Jerry Jones is excited, I'm excited, and we can't wait. Thank you.

FastScripts Transcript by ASAP Sports

Canelo vs. Smith, a 12-round fight for the WBO Junior Middleweight World Championship, is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Frank Warren and Canelo Promotions. Gabriel Rosado vs. Willie Monroe, Jr. is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Banner Promotions and Diego De La Hoya vs. Luis Orlando Del Valle is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Roc Nation Sports. The event is sponsored by "Tecate, BORN BOLD," O'Reilly's Auto Parts, Adriana's Insurance and Casa Mexico Tequila and will take place on Saturday, September 17 at AT&T Stadium, doors open at 2:30 p.m. CT. and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

Tickets are priced at $750, $500, $300, $200, $100, $85, $50 and $40, not including applicable service charges with a total ticket limit of 8 per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also will be available for purchase online at www.ticketmaster.com. Additionally, walk up purchases are available at the AT&T Stadium Box Office (Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. CT to 5:00 p.m. CT).


Full card set for LGM Promotions back with "Night of the Rising Stars" THIS Saturday, August 27 at the BCB Pavilion in Bayonne, New Jersey

Alex Perez takes on Juan Rodriguez for the IBU World Welterweight title

Plus undefeated Tyrell Wright, Darren Goodall, Magdiel Cotto, Caleb Hernandez, Leon Johnson, John Bauza and Luis Perozo to see action on the undercard

Bayonne, New Jersey (August 25, 2016)-A full nine-bout card is set for LGM Promotions exciting show this Saturday night at the BCB Pavillion in Bayonne, New Jersey

In the main event, it will be a battle of New Jersey based welterweights as Alex Perez (18-2, 10 KOs) will take on Juan "The Beast" Rodriguez (12-4, 5 KOs) in a bout scheduled for eight rounds and will be contested for the IBU World Welterweight title.

This will be Newark native Perez' return to the ring after an eighteen-month layoff.

Perez, 34 years-old turned professional in 2004 and won his first 16 bouts. He has solid wins over Edy Chavez (1-0), Josh Sosa (10-1) and Francisco Figueroa (20-3). On March 14, 2009 Perez captured the WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation Welterweight title with a unanimous decision over Laureano Laracuente at the Coliseo Luis Aymat in San Sebastian, Puerto Rico.

Perez was last seen in the ring, losing to Brandon Adams in the acclaimed Boxcino tournament on February 13, 2015 at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.

The 29 year-old Rodriguez, hailing from Union City, New Jersey turned professional in 2009 and won his first 11 bouts.

All four of Rodriguez' defeats have come to undefeated fighters.

In his last bout, he was stopped by Ivan Golub on January 16 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

In six-round bouts:

Tyrell Wright (8-0-1, 6 KOs) of Jersey City, NJ will rematch Nicholas Thompson (5-1, 5 KOs) of Burlington, NC in a heavyweight bout.

In four-round bouts:

Darren Goodall (3-0, 2 KO's) of New Milford, NJ battles Jhaquis Davis (0-3) of Missouri City, Texas in a middleweight fight

Magdiel Cotto (4-0, 4 KO's) of Comerio, Puerto Rico fights pro debuting Jermaine Corley of Concord, NC in a middleweight affair.

Egomir Plevako (2-2, 1 KO) of Kharkik, Ukraine will take on Kenny Cruz (0-1-1) of Bayamon, Puerto Rico in a heavyweight fight.

Caleb Hernandez (2-0, 1 KO) of Paterson, New Jersey battles Lamont White (0-2) of Washington, DC in a welterweight bout.

Leon Johnson (1-0, 1 KO) of Newark, New Jersey will fight Alando Pugh (1-8-1) in a heavyweight tussle.

John Bauza (2-0, 2 KO's) of North Bergen, New Jersey will square off with Jose Carmona (1-5, 1 KO) of Puerto Rico in a lightweight affair.

Luis Perozo (2-0, 1 KO) will fight Alexander Foster (0-1) of Alexandria, VA in a lightweight bout.


Special guests in attendance will be for two-time cruiserweight world champion Steve " USS" Cunningham, Chuck Wepner, Bryant "By By" Jennings, current WBA Super Featherweight world champion Jason Sosa and other boxing personalities

Tickets prices are $125 for VIP Table; $65 for Ringside; $55 for General ringside and $40 for General Admission and can be purchased by visiting: www.lgmpromo.eventbrite.com

Doors open at 6 PM ET, with the first being starting at 6:30 PM.

The BCB Pavillion is located at 301 Chosin Few Way in Bayonne, New Jersy


DID STRIPPING ALI OF THE TITLE SAVE THE HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION ?

When the powers that be took away Muhammad Ali’s title for refusing to enter the Armed Services it robbed Ali of three years of his boxing prime. Regardless of anyone’s feelings on Ali’s decision, everyone knew he was the BEST heavyweight in the world in 1967. The hastily put together eight man elimination tournament set up to decide Ali’s successor was not going to change that.

The elimination tourney was scoffed at then and even today it is still scrutinized. What if the Vietnam War would not have wanted or needed Ali ? What if Ali who had already “cleaned up” the division had remained active ? Remember Ali defeated Patterson, Chuvalo, Terrell and Mildenberger before he was forced to abdicate. He then won two out of three against Frazier and two over Quarry. He beat Patterson and Chuvalo again. He also whipped Bonevena and Ellis after a three year hiatus. Let’s say Ali remained active through 1970.

He might have met Frazier as early as 1969. Joe would have been facing a lean, active and sharp Ali not the slower and somewhat rusty version he met in their 1971 epic. Also remember Joe would have had two years less experience then what he carried in 1971.

In 1969, Frazier was not yet the polished fighting machine he was to become. In my opinion the Frazier of March 8, 1971, would have given any heavyweight in history a life and death struggle including a prime Ali. The Frazier of 1969 was not yet ready for Ali.

Muhammad would not have too much trouble beating the rest of the contenders. From 1964 to 1967, Ali made seven successful defenses. If he stayed on that pace from 1967 to 1970 he would accumulate seven more. So Ali successfully defends against Quarry and Bonevena maybe Spencer too. Now there is an interesting parallel as Sonny Liston has once again emerged as a contender with a victory over Henry Clark. While planning for a possible Ali-Liston III, Muhammad eliminates Frazier and then defeats the light heavyweight king Bob Foster. Meanwhile Leotis Martin upsets Liston and Ali has to fight the only other boxer to knock out Sonny.

Ali then defeats unbeaten but over rated Mac Foster to rack up his fourteenth defense. Ken Norton’s KO loss to Jose Luis Garcia would have taken him out of the title picture and Foreman was nowhere near ready yet.

Gregorio Peralta showed us that. Outside of a possible jaunt to England to take on a young Joe Bugner or set up Ali-Henry Cooper III, there’s not many new worlds for Ali to conquer.

Maybe an easy payday in Spain against Jose Urtain. Bored, Ali eventually retires without ever a reason to come back since he whipped everybody. We the fans would never get to see “The Fight” of 1971 or his 1973 “Jaw Breaker” loss to Kenny Norton. We would miss the “Rumble In The Jungle” of 1974 and the “Thrilla In Manilla” of 1975. Ali-Wepner would have never happened, so Sly Stallone would have never been inspired to write “Rocky.”
As unfair as it was to Ali to have three and a half years stolen from his career, it might have saved the heavyweight division.
Jim Amato


JOHN MOLINA OUTPOINTS RUSLAN PROVODNIKOV; DEMETRIUS ANDRADE DELIVERS STATEMENT KO VICTORY AND DEJAN ZLATICANIN WINS 135-POUND TITLE SATURDAY ON SHOWTIME®

Photo: German Villasenor

VERONA, N.Y. (June 11, 2016) - John Molina outpunched Ruslan Provodnikov in an all-action fight by revealing a new weapon in his arsenal, a sharp and steady jab. Molina captured a surprising unanimous decision in a 12-round junior welterweight bout that featured fierce exchanges throughout Saturday on SHOWTIME from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y.

In the co-feature on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, Demetrius Andrade delivered a statement, knockout victory over Willie Nelson, staking his claim as one of the world's best in the stacked 154-pound division. In the opening bout, Dejan Zlaticanin knocked out Franklin Mamani to earn the vacant 135-pound world title and make history as the first native of Montenegro to win a world championship.

Molina and Provodnikov promised a war, and they delivered. But what surprised many was the volume of punches and effective jabbing from Molina (29-6, 23 KOs), a veteran more known for engaging in brawls than his boxing prowess. Molina threw nearly 1,110 total punches, including 643 jabs compared to just 265 for Provodnikov, who failed to close the range on his naturally bigger opponent.

"We knew we had to outwork Provodnikov," said the 33-year-old Covina, Calif., native. "It was a fight that we needed. Ruslan Provodnikov is a very notable name. He's a tough, tough guy. He kept moving forward.

"People don't realize I had my amateur career in the pros, and now it's my time to step out and shine. I have a new trainer. Shadeed (Suluki) showed me how to throw punches and use my power."

Molina vs. Provodnikov was scored 116-112, 117-111, 115-113.

"I think it (the scorecard) was self-explanatory. A fighter knows when they won a fight. I won that fight and it was going to be hard to take it away from me."

The judges agreed on nine of the 12 rounds, a relatively high percentage according to SHOWTIME analyst Steve Farhood.

"Today the decision was the right one," Provnikov said. "Molina won the fight - he was better tonight. Everything was scored the way it should have been.

"We expected that he was going to box, he was going to move. We expected him to do that. It wasn't my night. Maybe I don't have the same hungriness as before. I'm not going to make excuses, but it was hard for me to find my groove tonight.

"I don't think it's that (the layoff). There are no excuses. I lost the fight tonight. I couldn't find the hungriness. I have to sit down and think of why that happened.

"I'm sorry if I disappointed."

Undefeated former world champion Demetrius Andrade put on a masterful performance against top-10 ranked Willie Nelson, flooring the former world title challenger four times including once in the opening round and emphatically in the final round to close the show (TKO 12, 1:38).

With the win, Nelson, who landed a staggering 57 percent of his power punches in just his second fight in two years, moved one step closer to earning another shot at a title fight. Andrade, who never lost his belt in the ring, is now the second mandatory challenger for the WBC Super Welterweight World Title, currently held by Jermell Charlo.

"I'm coming to get those belts," said the 28-year-old Andrade. "People can't run no more. The best have to fight the best. I'm coming for them.

"I came back, I'm stronger. Me and my team worked hard. We figured out what we need to do to take it to the next level. I'm ready for the Charlo brothers. I want them."

Andrade was on his way to pitching a shutout, delivering a statement performance after months of frustration from "boxing politics." The former WBO 154-pound champion targeted the head and the body of Nelson, relying on a steady diet of combos to floor the 6-foot-3 Nelson in the first, 11th and twice in the 12th.

"I'm young enough and my reaction time is still going," Andrade said. "Willie Nelson is a true champion. He pushed me to the limit where I had to figure out what punches to throw. But I put the pieces of the puzzle together and got the knockout, baby.

Nelson, of Cleveland, dropped to 25-3-1 with 15 KOs.

"He was tough," Nelson said. "I was forcing my shots too much. I felt like I was getting back into the fight, but he was crafty and mobile.

"I am ready for whatever is next and, despite what happened tonight, I am here to stay. My career won't end like this."

In the opening bout of the SHOWTIME telecast, Zlaticanin blasted late-replacement Mamani with a third round TKO (:54) to win the vacant WBC Lightweight World Championship.

The 32-year-old Zlaticanin (18-0, 10 KOs) became the first native of the Southeastern European country of Montenegro to capture a world championship.

"I'm very proud. I made Montenegro proud," Zlaticanin said. "I want to thank my fans that came to support me. I think I made my country proud. I think they will be delighted. I don't think they know what this means, but in a few days they will know."

The southpaw Zlaticanin pounced with a powerful straight left that had Mamani in trouble just seconds into the fight. The Bolivian, who was also aiming to become the first native of his homeland to win a title, survived the round but he was in trouble again in the third. Zlaticanin staggered with an overhand left and followed with a series of unanswered blows that forced referee Charlie Fitch to halt the contest with Mamani (21-3-1, 12 KOs) defenseless against the ropes.

"I knew that I would knock him out. He stood too close to me.

After the fight, Zlaticanin called out Jorge Linares, the WBC Lightweight "Champion in Recess", who pulled out of a tentatively scheduled match with Zlaticanin due to an injury.

"I want Linares next. He can't run from me anymore.

In undercard action on SHO EXTREME, Willie Monroe Jr. (20-2, 6 KOs) won a unanimous decision (96-92, 95-93, 99-89) over John Thompson (17-2, 6 KOs) in a 10-round middleweight matchup of former world title challengers. Monroe scored two knockdowns, one in the second and another with a straight right jab in the fifth.

In the opening bout on SHOWTIME BOXING on SHO EXTREME, Russian heavyweight Andrey Fedosov (29-3, 24 KOs) scored four knockdowns en route to a sixth round TKO (1:33) of Mario Heredia (11-2, 9 KOs, 1-2 in WSB).

Saturday's event from Turning Stone Resort Casino was promoted by Banner Promotions and DiBella Entertainment.

Saturday's SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING tripleheader replays Monday, June 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME. The SHOWTIME BOXING on SHO EXTREME telecast replays Tuesday, June 14 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHO EXTREME.


Joseph Elegele Scores Hard Fought Unanimous Decision Victory Over Phil Lo Greco In Main Event Of Premier Boxing Champions: The Next Round On Bounce From The Lakeland Center in Lakeland, FL

Dauren Yeleussinov and Devaun Lee Fight To Split Decision Draw

Craig Baker Stops Steve Lovett In Final Seconds Of Eighth Round

LAKELAND, FL. (June 13, 2016) - Exciting super welterweight Joseph Elegele (16-2 11 KOs) showed his strength and power Sunday night in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions: The Next Round on Bounce TV as he went toe-to-toe with Phil Lo Greco (27-3, 15 KOs) for 10 hard-fought rounds from The Lakeland Center in Lakeland, FL. Both combatants left it all in the ring, exchanging punches throughout the bout with close rounds that left the audience wanting more.

Elegele of nearby Winter Haven, FL started the bout coming forward, slightly stunning Toronto's Lo Greco with several flurries of punches that set the tone for a hard fought back and forth battle. The action picked up in round two as Lo Greco came in on the attack early in the round, pinning Elegele against the ropes and continuing to pepper him with punches to the body and the head.

Despite being taken aback by the attack, Elegele came roaring back in the final seconds of round two and out of the corner to kick off round three. Lo Greco remained in the pocket, not afraid to continue to throw wide left hooks as the fighters traded punches back and forth.

As the fight continued, Lo Greco backed Elegele up against the ropes, smothering him with punches despite Elegele's four-inch height advantage. But round six was completely controlled by Elegele as he threw a combination of bruising punches that very well could have sent Lo Greco to the canvas. However Lo Greco remained in the pocket. In the 10th and final round, Lo Greco came out strong, outworking Elegele, but with less than 20 seconds to go in the bout, Elegele stunned Lo Greco with a barrage of punches up against the ropes. Judges scored the bout 97-95 and 96-94 twice, all for Elegele, the winner by unanimous decision.

The second televised bout saw two former amateur standouts Dauren Yeleussinov (5-0-1, 4 KOs) of Kazakhstan, who now fights out of Brooklyn, and Devaun Lee (7-2-1, 3 KOs) of Queens, NY in an eight-round middleweight bout that ended in a split draw. Yeleussinov wasted no time in the first round as he kicked off the fight by throwing multiple left hands, one to the body and two to the head of Lee.

Lee escaped the round unscathed and despite spending the majority of the second round against the ropes, he was able to let his hands go and catch Yeleussinov with multiple shots. The 30-year-old Yeleussinov went on the attack in the sixth round, pinning Lee against the ropes, once again with a barrage of punches. Judges scored the bout at 79-73 for Yeleussinov, 78-74 for Lee and 76-76, ending the bout in a split draw.

In the opening televised bout, Australian prospect Steve Lovett (15-1, 12 KOs) battled Craig Baker (17-1, 13 KOs) in a 10-round light heavyweight showdown that ended with an explosive knockout. Baker of Baytown, TX was sent to the canvas in round four following a big left hook thrown by Lovett, but Baker was the more active fighter throughout the fight as he was up on all three of the judge's scorecards going into the eighth and final round. With only three seconds to go in the bout, Baker sent Lovett to the canvas with a hard right hand that ended the bout.

Here is what the participants had to say about their respective performances Sunday night:

JOSEPH ELEGELE
"I wasn't surprised because he's a tough fighter, he's a Canadian and Canadian fighters are tough. He came to fight. It was a good fight.

"It's hard for anyone to find an answer for a straight left, but I was surprised he kept walking through it.

"I hope this win puts me on the next level. I'm ready for the top fighters. I know there are some things I can work on, but I am ready for the top fighters.

"I'm not sure what's up with my left hand. It hurt me when I was throwing it, but I'm a warrior. I've been through too much in life to let a little left hand hurt me. It could be falling off and I'm still going to throw it."

PHIL LO GRECO
"It was his hometown. The score could have gone either way. I hurt him in the second round. He was out and the ref could have stopped the fight. That is no excuse. I will fight anyone, anywhere.

"I felt I was pushing the fight. I am disappointed in the decision.

"It's up to the fans if they want to see me again. People see that I will fight anywhere and anyplace. I enjoyed tonight."

DEVAUN LEE
"I don't agree with the draw, I think I won the fight. I would have been comfortable with a split decision. He worked, but I landed clean shots and I landed heavier punches. I feel like I won the fight. He has power, but he wasn't powerful enough to stop me.

"Next, I'm ready for whatever they put in front of me. I would do it again."

CRAIG BAKER
"Lovett is a strong guy and he's a hell of a competitor. He came to work and he tested me, so it is what it is, man.

"This is awesome, man. This is what I sweat and kill myself in the gym for. This win means the world to me.

"He never hurt me tonight. We stayed patient I do what we do. This is the biggest win of my career, but I won't rest until I get a title.

"I'll fight whoever next. I'll be back in the gym soon and getting ready for whoever the put in front of me next.

"Fighting on a Premier Boxing Champions card is amazing. I'm grateful to get the opportunity and I hope to be back on PBC fighting again."

The fight card was promoted by King's Promotions and sponsored by Corona Extra: La Cerveza Mas Fina.


STATEMENT FROM OSCAR DE LA HOYA ON THE PASSING OF MUHAMMAD ALI

LOS ANGELES (June 3, 2016) – Golden Boy Promotions Chairman and CEO Oscar De La Hoya has issued the following statement with regard to the passing of “The Greatest” Muhammad Ali:

“It is with great sadness today that we mourn the loss of the Greatest of All Time – Muhammad Ali. I send my deepest condolences to his family, and pray for strength and peace for them during this difficult time.

“Muhammad Ali is a legend and one of the world’s most celebrated athletes, the fighter who ushered in the golden era of boxing and put the sport on the map. He paved the way for professional fighters, including myself, elevating boxing to become a sport watched in millions of households around the world.

“Ali’s talent was undeniable – he was an Olympic Gold Medalist, three-time lineal world heavyweight champion, and the only one to accomplish that to this day, and reached the pinnacle of our sport as the undisputed heavyweight champion in 1964.

“Beyond his incredible talent, he also made boxing interesting. Ali was fearless in the ring, and took on the toughest, most challenging opponents. Ali exemplified courage—he never took the easy route, something to be admired in and outside of the ring.

“As he grew older, he didn’t let his physical condition become an excuse to stop working; he continued to work hard, focusing on giving back to the community. Today, as we reflect on his life, let us remember a man who pursued greatness in everything he did and be inspired to hold ourselves to that same standard. Rest in peace, my friend.”


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