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Oscar Valdez Unscripted: Training Camp in the Mexican Mountains

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As fight week approaches, it all comes down to this. I feel ready. Hell, I’ve been ready for a long time. It all started with the incredible seven-week training camp I had in Guadalajara, Mexico, with my trainer, Manny Robles, Frank Espinoza (my manager), and the rest of the Team Espinoza fighters.

A lot of fighters say they had a perfect training champ, but I really mean it. My weight is not an issue as I prepare for the toughest test of my career, Saturday at the StubHub Center against Scott Quigg (ESPN and ESPN Deportes, 10:30 EST). I worked too hard to earn this WBO Featherweight title, and as I approach my fourth title defense, I’m only getting better.

In Guadalajara, my team and I lived in the gym. I didn’t have to stay here in California where I have an hour, hour and a half drive to the gym. Those extra hours not in the car were spent in the gym. I woke up every morning and went to work with the whole Espinoza team. When you train alongside excellent fighters like Jessie Magdaleno, Antonio Orozco and Emilio Sanchez, you learn how to be a better fighter.

When we weren’t eating, sleeping, or in the gym, we were hitting the roads, running up and down mountains to build our cardio. My favorite run was at Bosque de la Primavera, a huge national park located near Guadalajara. The most I did there was 11 miles in 74 minutes. When I came back to California, closer to sea level, I saw the results. When I train, I don’t get tired at all. I feel rejuvenated and ready to go to war with Quigg.

Aside from the training in the gym and on the mountain roads, I felt a big difference in the food I was putting into my body. It was a lot of fresh, organic produce and lean meat directly from the local market. When I had training camps in the U.S., we’d get the food, drive an hour back to the house, and put it in the microwave. It’s not the same.

There are so many elements to a great training camp, and this time, everything clicked. March 10 can’t come soon enough. – Oscar Valdez


Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Matchroom Boxing, remaining tickets for Valdez vs. Quigg, priced at $206, $104, $53 and $27.50, including facility fees, can be purchased online at AXS.com, by phone at (888) 9AXS-TIX, or by visiting the StubHub Center box office.

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Scott Quigg and Freddie Roach at Wild Card

Quigg Seeks to Become Two-Weight World Champion When He Challenges Oscar Valdez For the WBO Featherweight Title March 10 at StubHub Center and Televised LIVE by ESPN and ESPN DEPORTES

LOS ANGELES (March 2, 2018)
– Scott Quigg and his trainer, Freddie Roach, met the media Friday afternoon at Wild Card Boxing Club, as Quigg seeks to win a world title in a second weight class.

Quigg, from Bury, England, will challenge World Boxing Organization (WBO) Featherweight champion Oscar Valdez on Saturday, March 10, at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. The former World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Bantamweight champion, Quigg will be making his U.S. debut.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Matchroom Boxing, remaining tickets for the Valdez vs. Quigg world championship event are priced at $206, $104, $53 and 27.50, including facility fees, and can be purchased online at AXS.com, by phone at (888) 9AXS-TIX, or by visiting the StubHub Center box office.

The Valdez vs. Quigg world championship event will be televised live and exclusively at 10:30 p.m. EST on ESPN and ESPN Deportes and streaming live on the ESPN App.

This is what Quigg and Roach had to say.

Scott Quigg

“When I’m in camp, I’m so disciplined. Whether I was back home or 7,000 miles away in California, all I do is eat, sleep and train.”

“I respect all fighters. I respect Oscar as a fighter. I respect his trainer {Manny Robles}. This is a voluntary defense. They didn’t have to pick me, so it shows that they want to fight the best. But, they definitely made a mistake picking me.”

“I appreciate all the support I get back home. It’s unbelievable when I fight at the Manchester Arena and have all of my fans supporting me. But, when you’re in that ring, it’s one-on-one. Whether all the fans are cheering for him or all the fans are cheering for me, at the end of the day, what has to be done is what’s in the ring.”

“I look forward to coming out and everybody booing. They can boo me in, but they’ll definitely be cheering when I leave the ring.”

Freddie Roach (Trainer, Scott Quigg)

"Oscar Valdez is a good young fighter, but I think Quigg is better.”

"This is a perfect stepping stone for Scott to get a rematch with Carl Frampton and become world champion once again. Carl got lucky and broke Scott’s jaw in the first round. That won’t happen again. But right now, we’re not concerned with Frampton. We’re focusing on beating Oscar.”

"Scott is one of thebest
conditioned fighters I have worked with, and it’s great working with fighters like him and Pacquiao.”

“Oscar says he’ll knock Scott out. I hope he believes that because if he comes forward and tries to knock Scott out, then Scott is going to put him on his ass.”

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Alex Saucedo: ‘I Do This For My Family’

Junior welterweight contender nears title shot, to fight March 10 at StubHub Center on Valdez vs. Quigg undercard

Fight will be available live on the ESPN APP

BIG BEAR LAKE, CALIFORNIA (March 1, 2018) – ALEX ‘El Cholo’ SAUCEDO (26-0, 16 KOs) is closing in on a junior welterweight title shot. It’s only a matter of time, he believes. He trains here at trainer Abel Sanchez’s Summit Gym, alongside some of the world’s best fighters, a firm believer in the phrase, “Iron sharpens iron.”

Saucedo is preparing to face ABNER LOPEZ (25-8, 21 KOs), Saturday, March 10, at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, on the Oscar Valdez vs. Scott Quigg undercard. The Saucedo vs. Lopez bout will stream live on the ESPN App, with undercard coverage beginning at 8 p.m. EST.

As his title shot approaches, Saucedo enjoys Big Bear’s solitude and the access to elite sparring at the Summit Gym.

“This is my second winter in Big Bear. This is my home,” Saucedo said. “The other fighters that train here are like family. Everyone gets along. It’s a great environment, and it motivates me to train and work hard.”

Saucedo, ranked No 3 by the World Boxing Organization (WBO) at 140 pounds, last fought on November 11, 2017, in Fresno, California, overcoming a cut left eye to knock out Gustavo Vittori in the third round. Soon after the bout, the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, native returned to Sanchez’s gym.

“Abel and I are getting along very well, and we are ready to do big things together,” Saucedo said. “I do this for my family, and I really believe that coming up here to train has made me a better fighter. Being away from my daughter and my family for so many weeks it’s a big sacrifice, but I’m willing to make the sacrifice to achieve my dream of becoming a world champion.”

And, on March 10, Saucedo, who holds the NABO and NABA regional titles, will have a special guest making her ringside debut.

“This will be my daughter’s first time watching me fight live,” added Saucedo. “After my last fight, I brought belts home, and as soon as I got home, she told me, ‘You need to get all the belts, daddy.’ That was very motivating for me, and I’m going to do just that for her.”

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Matchroom Boxing, remaining tickets for the Valdez vs. Quigg world championship event are priced at $206, $104, $53 and 27.50, including facility fees, and can be purchased online at AXS.com, by phone at (888) 9AXS-TIX, or by visiting the StubHub Center box office.

Former Champion Jose Pedraza Signs With Top Rank,
Ready To Take on Lightweight Division

Puerto Rico native and former junior lightweight champion
will campaign at lightweight, make Top Rank Debut on March 17

LAS VEGAS (February 28, 2018) – JOSE “The Sniper” PEDRAZA, former International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior lightweight world champion, has signed a multi-fight promotional agreement with Top Rank, Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum announced.

Pedraza will campaign at lightweight, and his debut under the Top Rank banner will take place March 17 on the Jose Ramirez – Amir Imam undercard at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.

"First of all, I want to thank God for making this possible,” Pedraza said. “I want to thank Bob Arum for giving me the opportunity to join the Top Rank family, and for acknowledging that I have the ability and the potential to become a world champion once again.”

“Jose Pedraza is a world-class fighter, and we at Top Rank can’t wait to promote him the way we know how to promote,” Arum said.

“This is an incredible opportunity for my son, who is determined to win another world title,” said Luis Espada, Pedraza’s father/trainer/manager. “With Top Rank in our corner, the sky is the limit.”

"Jose is poised to be a force at 135 pounds, and at only 28 years old, he is still in his prime, and the best is yet to come,” said Mike Leanardi, Pedraza’s co-manager. “The main issue with his career has been inactivity, and we know with Top Rank that will no longer be a problem. We feel Jose is the best fighter in Puerto Rico, and with Top Rank, he will now be able to prove that in the ring.”

Pedraza (22-1, 12 KOs) represented his native Puerto Rico at the 2008 Olympics, won a gold medal at the 2010 Central American & Caribbean Games, and was also a three-time Puerto Rican national amateur champion. He turned pro in 2011, winning his first 19 bouts before earning a shot at the vacant IBF junior lightweight title. On June 13, 2015, in Birmingham, Alabama, Pedraza won the title in dominant fashion with a near-shutout decision over Andrey Klimov.

His title reign lasted two defenses – decision wins over Edner Cherry and Stephen Smith – until he fought the unbeaten Gervonta Davis on January 14, 2017. Davis prevailed via seventh-round TKO, and Pedraza, who had been struggling to make the junior lightweight limit, decided to move up to lightweight after the bout.

Four-Division Champion Adrien Broner to Face Former Champion Jessie Vargas in Main Event of SHOWTIME Tripleheader Saturday, April 21 From Barclays Center in Brooklyn & Presented by Premier Boxing Champions

Vargas Replaces Injured Omar Figueroa for Broner Showdown

Undefeated Former Champion Jermall Charlo Battles

Once-Beaten Hugo Centeno Jr. for Interim 160-Pound World Championship & Former Champions Gervonta Davis and Jesus Cuellar

Square-Off in a 130-Pound World Championship Bout

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BROOKLYN (March 5, 2018) – Four-division champion Adrien Broner will battle former welterweight world champion Jessie Vargas in the 12-round main event of a SHOWTIME tripleheader on Saturday, April 21 in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™.

Former champion Omar Figueroa suffered a shoulder injury in training that forced him to withdraw from his previously scheduled showdown against Broner.

Undefeated former world champion Jermall Charlo clashes with once-beaten Hugo Centeno, Jr. for the interim 160-pound world title in the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING co-feature. Also featured on the telecast, which begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, are former champions Gervonta “Tank” Davis and Jesus Cuellar as they square off for the WBA 130-pound Super World Championship.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Mayweather Promotions, DiBella Entertainment and TGB Promotions, start at at $50, go on sale Wednesday, March 7 at 10 a.m. ET, and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, barclayscenter.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center starting Thursday, March 8 at noon. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.

“The April 21 card features Adrien Broner, Jermall Charlo and Gervonta Davis – three of boxing’s “must-see” attractions - in highly competitive matchups against top contenders,” said Stephen Espinoza, President, Sports & Event Programming, Showtime Networks Inc. “Adrien Broner is once again proving that he’s willing to take on the toughest available opponent in consensus top-10 welterweight Jessie Vargas. Hugo Centeno Jr. represents another tough challenge for knockout artist Jermall Charlo as he continues his quest to become a two-division champion. Gervonta Davis vs. Jesus Cuellar is another great matchup, with two power-punchers facing off for the 130-pound world title.”

Broner (33-3, 24 KOs) is one of the most gifted boxers in the sport, having won world titles in four different weight classes by the age of 28. The Cincinnati, Ohio native has won championships at 130, 135, 140 and 147 pounds while facing top competition across the various divisions. In his last fight, Broner lost a unanimous decision to Mikey Garcia on July 29 at Barclays Center after previously defeating Adrian Granados earlier last year.

“I’m feeling really good and I’m excited that this is an even bigger fight than Figueroa,” said Broner. “I had to switch up some sparring partners but everything is going great in camp. We’re fighting at 144 pounds, so he’ll have a slight weight advantage, but it won’t matter. I’m going to be in great shape for this fight. Coach Kevin Cunningham is my head coach for this camp, but I did not fire Mike Stafford. I just added to my camp, because I needed the help. I know what I have to do at the end of the day to get back on top where I belong.”

Vargas (28-2, 10 KOs), a 28-year-old former welterweight champion who was born in Los Angeles and now lives in Las Vegas, is always up for a challenge. His only two losses have come in welterweight title matches against pound-for-pound greats. He lost a controversial fight to Timothy Bradley, Jr. and dropped a unanimous decision Manny Pacquiao in a world title defense. Vargas won the welterweight title with a TKO victory over Sadam Ali in 2016 prior to the Pacquiao fight. Vargas is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Aaron Herrera in December as he works toward another world title opportunity.

“This is a fight that should garner a lot of attention from boxing fans and they deserve a fight like this,” said Vargas. “We are two entertaining fighters who come in and give it their all. This is a fight that will have a lot of fireworks. I respect Broner and his skills, but he’s very beatable. The fight was presented to me and I didn’t think twice about taking it.. We as fighters and entertainers have to give the fans what they want. We had a fantastic fight on Saturday in Brooklyn and we’ll have another one in April. I will have my hand raised and let everyone know I’m still a danger to anyone I face.”

Charlo (26-0, 20 KOs) won his super welterweight title with a dominant knockout of Cornelius Bundrage in 2015 and eventually achieved the distinction of holding a world title in the same weight class (154 pounds) as his twin brother after Jermell won a title in 2016. After successfully defending his 154-pound title three times, Charlo of Houston, Texas, made the move to 160 pounds with the goal of becoming a d-division world champion. In his debut at 160-pounds, the 27-year-old scored a TKO victory over Jorge Sebastian Heiland at Barclays Center on July 29. Charlo vs. Centeno was originally scheduled for March 3 before being rescheduled due to a rib injury suffered by Centeno.

“I really love fighting in Brooklyn and at Barclays Center,” said Charlo. “The fans in Brooklyn always show me a lot of love. Since my last fight I’ve had a chance to work on my patience and work on improvements to my game. Before the injury to Centeno, I was having the best camp of my life. I’ve got the same feeling that I had before I won my first world title. I want to be a champion at 160 more than I did the first time at 154. Centeno is a tough fighter. He’ll be a hard test but he’s someone who isn’t at my level. I’m not taking anything away from him. But he’s just another fighter that’s in my way.”

The 26-year-old Centeno (26-1, 14 KOs) caught everyone’s attention when he scored a stunning knockout of Immanuwel Aleem in his last fight on Aug. 25. It was enough to springboard Centeno into middleweight title contention. Centeno of Oxnard, Calif., successfully rebounded from a tough TKO loss to Maiej Sulecki on June 18, 2016 with a victory over Ronald Montes before his match against Aleem. Centeno expects to be 100 percent healed and ready for the challenge by fight night.

"I'm excited for the opportunity,” said Centeno. “I was really devastated when we had to reschedule the fight, but I know I have to be 100 percent for this challenge. I think my last outing had a lot to do with me getting this fight. It helped to put me in this position. Charlo is a great fighter with a lot of talent. I feel like we have similar statures. It's going to be an interesting fight. I think it's going to come down to who is the smarter fighter that night and who has more left in the tank toward the end. This is a life-changing, career-changing fight for me that could lead to bigger and better things. I'm coming to win."

Davis (19-0, 18 KOs) is a proof that dynamite can come in a 130-pound package. The 23-year-old, of Baltimore, fought three times last year and ended all of his fights by stoppage. He won the 130-pound world title with a TKO victory over Jose Pedraza in a star-making performance at Barclays Center on Jan. 14, 2017. He traveled to London for his first title defense and stopped Liam Walsh by TKO on his home turf to retain the title on May 21, and most recently scored a knockout victory over Francisco Fonseca on Aug. 26 on the Mayweather vs. McGregor PPV undercard. Davis look to recapture a title in the 130-pound division after failing to make weight prior to the Fonseca fight.

“I’m the most exciting and skilled fighter on television and in 2018 I plan to show it,” said Davis. “On April 21 I’ll be back in the ring, live on SHOWTIME. Jesus Cuellar is arguably my toughest opponent to date. He is rough and tough, but I’m looking forward to the challenge. I’m more than happy to be fighting at Barclays Center where I won my first world title. Brooklyn is very close to Baltimore, so all of my people will be there to witness me become a world champion again.”

Cuellar (28-2, 21 KOs) is seeking to win a world title in a second weight class when he takes on Davis. A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, the 31-year-old Cuellar won a featherweight world title with a TKO victory against Vic Darchinyan on June 6, 2015. Six months later he made a successful defense by winning a unanimous decision against Jonathan Oquendo before losing the belt to Abner Mares by split decision on December 10, 2016.

“The time I’ve had off since the Mares fight has refreshed me for this new opportunity,” said Cuellar. “It took a lot out of my body to make 126 pounds for all of those years. Now I feel fresher and hungrier than ever before. I’ve been offered fights against lesser opponents in the last year but I’ve preferred to wait a little longer so that I can get a chance to fight the best. Gervonta Davis is one of the best in the world, so he’s the one I want to face and beat. Davis has never faced a fighter like me and he will see me at my very best on April 21.”


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David Benavidez Remains Boxing’s Youngest World Champion With Unanimous Decision Over Ronald Gavril In SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® Co-Feature

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LAS VEGAS (Feb. 17, 2018) – Former two-division world champion Danny Garcia returned with a vengeance, knocking out Brandon Rios in a WBC Welterweight Title Eliminator in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Saturday on SHOWTIME from Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

Returning for the first time since dropping a close split-decision to Keith Thurman in a welterweight world championship unification fight in March of 2017, Garcia reminded fans of his position amongst boxing’s elite at 147 pounds with an early candidate for 2018 Knockout of the Year. VIDEO:

Garcia (34-1, 20 KOs) did his best work in the center of the ring, where he was able to box at a distance and fend off Rios’ furious pace. Rios, who returned in 2017 from a brief retirement, was most effective against the ropes where he gave Garcia trouble with his constant pressure and his favorite weapon – a wide overhand right.

In the ninth round with the fight where Garcia wanted it – in the center of the ring – the Philadelphia native landed a huge counter right to the chin that sent Rios flat on his back. Rios beat the count, but was clearly wobbly on his feet, forcing referee Kenny Bayless to halt the contest at 2:25 of the ninth.

“I felt the ring rust a little bit in the beginning,” said Garcia, who recorded the 20th knockout of his career. “He’s a good inside fighter and he was giving me some good uppercuts. I felt good, it was a good nine rounds. He came to fight. I came to box, I did that. I came to bang, and I gave the fans what they wanted – a knockout.

“I just noticed when I was getting my punches off he was standing right in front of me and I just let it go. As soon as I got the fight in the middle of the ring where I wanted I landed good shots. I was just letting my hands go and the punch landed.”

After the fight, SHOWTIME Sports reporter Jim Gray asked Garcia how the loss to Thurman affected him.

“The loss was tough. I have the mindset of a winner,” Garcia said. “I hate losing. I took it like a true champion and I bounced back like a true champion.

“I would love the rematch with Keith Thurman. It’s on him. Whenever he’s ready we’ll fight.”

WBA and WBC Champion Thurman isn’t the only potential blockbuster on the horizon for Garcia. Former welterweight champion and the WBC’s No. 1 ranked contender Shawn Porter looms for what would be a massive showdown between the former champions.

After the fight, Rios (34-4-1, 24 KOs) was frustrated with the stoppage and promised to return.

“I’m mad. I don’t like going out like that,” Rios said. “I’m a warrior, I got back up and I wanted to continue. I guess they stopped it but I’m mad. I’m mad because I got up.

“I was doing good. I got lazy with the jab and he came over with the right hand and he caught me. I’m a warrior. I’m still in the game. I didn’t think he did much to hurt me. I think it was closer than what he thought it was. He just caught me with a lucky punch. I was ready to continue.”

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Boxing’s youngest world champion, David Benavidez, left no questions in a rematch with Ronald Gavril, defending his WBC Super Middleweight World Championship with a dominating 12-round unanimous decision in Saturday’s co-feature on SHOWTIME.

The 21-year-old Benavidez and Gavril had fought to a close split-decision in one of 2017’s best fights that saw Benavidez drop to the canvas in the final minute of the 12th and final round. The Phoenix native had no trouble in the immediate rematch, utilizing a stiff jab and a steady diet of combo shots to win a near-shutout over the game Gavril.

Benavidez (20-0, 17 KOs) wore down Gavril with an intelligent body attack, pounding the midsection to open up power shots and jabs to the head. Benavidez had his best round in the fourth, connecting on a huge right uppercut that nearly floored Gavril – who appeared to be saved by the ropes – and then pounced with a series of damaging combo shots.

Benavidez appeared to hurt his right hand in the second half of the fight and stepped off the gas in the 10th, 11th and 12th. But Benavidez, who connected on 41 percent of his power shots, still landed the harder shots and utilized a stiff left jab to keep Gavril largely at bay.

“I knew he was going to come aggressive. He’s a one-trick opponent,” Benavidez said. “I knew I could jab and box him all day. When I saw the opening I took it. I didn’t knock him out though – he’s a tough son of a gun.

“Both my hands hurt but I have that warrior’s mentality so I kept pushing.

“I want to be the best in division. So whoever they put in front of me that’s what I want to do.”

Gavril (18-3, 14 KOs) didn’t make any excuses for dropping what was an action-packed affair that was scored 119-109 and 120-108 twice.

“He tried to box me on the outside,” Gavril said. “It was good fight. He was the better man tonight. What can I say? I want to go back in the gym and come back stronger.”

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In the opening bout of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, Yordenis Ugas scored the biggest win of his career, knocking out Ray Robinson in the seventh round of an IBF Welterweight Eliminator.

Ugas (21-3, 10 KOs) now holds the IBF’s No. 2 position to undefeated champion Errol Spence Jr.

Ugas, a former amateur standout who is now 6-0 since moving up to the 147-pound class, set the tone with a knockdown in the closing minute of the opening round. Robinson (24-3, 12 KOs) survived and was later deducted a point for hitting after the bell as the fourth round came to a close. The illegal punch floored an unexpected Ugas, who rebounded and continued to dominate the subsequent rounds.

In the opening minute of the seventh, the 31-year-old Ugas landed a massive right that floored Robinson, who beat the count but was clearly hurt. Ugas unleashed an onslaught with a series of combos, forcing referee Robert Byrd to step in to halt the contest at 1:05 with Robinson defenseless against the ropes.

Ugas landed 51 percent of his power shots and was comfortably ahead on all three judges at the time of the stoppage.

“I felt like I was the stronger fighter by far and he didn’t hurt me. He lost a point for hitting me after the bell sounded, and knocked me down, but even that didn’t hurt me. He was very awkward and his style threw off my timing.

“Luckily I was able to land body shots that I knew were hurting him. I was able to dictate the pace and we never in trouble.

“I want Errol Spence next. Everyone wants Errol.”

Zurdo Ramirez Stops Habib Ahmed in the 6th

Ramírez (37-0, 25 KOs), from Mazatlan, Mexico, successfully defended his World Boxing Organization (WBO) super middleweight title for the third time against Top-Five world-rated contender Habib “Wild Hurricane” Ahmed (22-1, 17 KOs) from Accra, Ghana. Ahmed’s corner threw in the towel in the 6th roun




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LOS ANGELES (Feb. 14, 2018):
Building on the momentum of women's boxing in the current era of pugilism, the exciting Seniesa "Super Bad" Estrada (11-0, 2 KOs) will headline the highly anticipated March 16 return of LA FIGHT CLUB in an eight-round flyweight fight against Sonia Osorio (8-5-1, 1 KO) at the Belasco Theater in Downtown Los Angeles, Calif. and televised live on EstrellaTV's Boxeo Estelar.

Estrada is a flyweight prospect who signed with Golden Boy Promotions in January of this year. The native of East Los Angeles, Calif. earned multiple titles as an amateur boxer before turning professional in 2011. Since then, the 24-year-old has developed into one of the biggest names in women's boxing, fighting on important cards in the Los Angeles area, including an edition of LA FIGHT CLUB in 2016.

"I am very excited and ready to make my Golden Boy Promotions debut in my hometown," said Estrada. "I've been working harder than ever to put on a great performance for my fans and for those who have not seen me fight. I hope to entertain and gain many more fans throughout my career with Golden Boy Promotions, and I can't wait to kick off 2018 with a great victory."

Osorio, a student of the Mexican school of boxing, has only been in tough fights in her career. The 25-year-old is coming off a unanimous decision victory win longtime veteran Noemi Bosques, and she is fearless in her attempt to ruin Estrada's coming out party in her own territory.

"I'm excited to headline this fight against Seniesa Estrada," said Osorio. "More than anything else, I'm excited to fight in California for the first time. I know that Estrada is an important name in women's boxing in the United States, but I'll demonstrate that Mexican fighters are not scared of fighting outside their home country and on enemy turf."

Oscar Duarte (12-0-1, 8 KOs), the lightweight prospect of Parral, Mexico, will return in the co-main event in a six-round fight. Duarte will return after a spectacular fourth-round stoppage victory against Juan Jose Montes in October of last year.

Jousce "Tito" Gonzalez (6-0, 6 KOs) will open the Boxeo Estelar telecast in a six-round fight in the 130-pound division. Gonzalez is a hard-hitting puncher who will look to retain his 100% knockout ratio in his first fight as an official member of the Golden Boy Promotions stable.

Super Lightweight contender Antonio "Relentless" Orozco (26-0, 17 KOs) of San Diego, Calif. will make his highly anticipated return in an eight-round super lightweight fight. Newly-signed prospect Blair Cobbs (7-0, 5 KOs) of Las Vegas, Nevada will open the night of action in a six-round bout in the welterweight division.

Opponents for this exciting card will be announced shortly.

Estrada vs. Osorio is an eight-round flyweight fight presented by Golden Boy Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate "THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING" and Casa Mexico Tequila. The Boxeo Estelar broadcast will air live on EstrellaTV at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. The card will also stream live on EstrellaTV.com and on YouTube via LBI Media, Inc.'s Fenomeno Studios. Mark your calendars and buy your tickets for the upcoming shows on April 6, June 1, July 6, Aug. 10, and Oct. 12.

Tickets for LA FIGHT CLUB start at the fan-friendly price of $25 and are available for purchase now at www.goldenboytickets.com, the Golden Boy Promotions Facebook page, or by calling 213-233-2957.

Wilder Defends His WBC Title Against Fellow-Unbeaten Luis Ortiz Saturday, March 3 Live on SHOWTIME

American heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder will work out for the Los Angeles media tonight/Thursday as he prepares to defend his WBC Heavyweight World Championship against fellow-undefeated challenger Luis Ortiz Saturday, March 3 live on SHOWTIME.

Wilder is in Los Angeles for the birth of his child with “WAGS Atlanta” star Telli Swift.

The 32-year-old Wilder owns a perfect record of 39 wins, zero losses and 38 knockouts. The Tuscaloosa, Ala., native was a 2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist and is the only reigning American heavyweight world champion. The 6-foot-7 Wilder faces the toughest opponent of his career in Ortiz, a 6-foot-4 Cuban who owns a professional record of 28-0 with 24 knockouts.

Cotto Loses WBO 154 LB. Strap in Final Bout Against Ali


Photo: Sally Grossman

By Neil Grossman

Boxing legend and future Hall of Famer Miguel Cotto(41-6,33ko's), a long time resident of Caguas Puerto Rico, put his WBO Junior Middleweight Championship on the line in one last fight at his home away from home, Madison Square Garden in New York.

His opponent Sadam "World Kid" Ali (26-1,14ko's) a former 2008 U.S. Olympian from Brooklyn New York, proved to be a more than formidable last opponent. Ali stunned Cotto in the first round and in the next four or five rounds used a good defense to hold Cotto at bay.

In the second half of the fight Cotto tried to keep away from engaging too much. He looked like something was wrong physically. It was confirmed later he had an injured left bicep that was later treated. Like the warrior he is, Cotto never complained and congratulated Ali on his victory. The scores were 115-113 twice and 116-113.

Over 12,000 thousand Cotto fans gave loud applause to the six time, four division world champion His appearances at the Garden many times the night before La Parada in New York celebrating the Puerto Rican heritage were a highlight in New York City each year.

Cotto later said he felt good about the performance and wants to make up for lost time with his family. He thanked the crowd for their loyal support over the years.

In the co-main event Rey Vargas of Mexico City, Mexico (31-0,22 ko's) defended his WBC SuperBantamweight world title and defeated a game Oscar "El Jaguar" Negrete of Los Angeles CA (17-1,7ko's). Vargas was bleeding profusely around both eyes from head-butt gashes and his corner did a very good job of controlling it enough to let the fight not be stopped.

In a WBO Juniorwelterweight Title fight Angel "Tito" Acosta of San Juan Puerto Rico (17-1-17 ko's) scored a knockout over Juan "Pinky" Alejo from Nuevo Leon, Mexico (25-4-1(15ko's) at 1:33 of round 10. The knockout came with a quick vicious left hook.

In a six round Super lightweight bout Zachery Ochoa of Brooklyn (17-1,8ko's won a Unanimous decision over Erick Martinez of Tijuana Mexico 14-10-1(8 ko's).

All in all a great night put on by Golden Boy Promotions and Cotto Promotions.

Danny Roman Defends WBA Super Bantamweight Title Against Ryo Matsumoto

ORANGE, Calif. (Dec. 18, 2017) - Danny Roman, the reigning WBA super bantamweight champion, makes the first defense of his recently acquired title against the No. 13 rated challenger in Ryo Matsumoto on Feb. 28, from Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.

The 12-round world championship fight, dubbed "The Challenge," is promoted by Thompson Boxing Promotions in association with Ohashi Promotions.

Roman (23-2-1, 9 KOs), who is based in Los Angeles, became the new WBA belt holder in September after dismantling Shun Kubo by ninth round stoppage in the latter's home country of Japan.

To watch Roman's KO win that earned him the WBA championship, please click here.

That Roman is traveling back to the island nation for his first world title defense - the site of his most impressive win to date - is of little concern for the aptly nick-named "Baby Face Assassin."

"If you put in the work and the sacrifice like I do then it makes no difference where I fight," said Roman. "I have a great team behind me. My preparation for Matsumoto is already underway. I know he's going to bring everything he has and I'm going to be ready for it."

"Danny will be making his case as the best in his class when he faces Matsumoto," said Ken Thompson, president of Thompson Boxing Promotions. "We've watched Danny mature into a top flight world champion and now the world gets to see his special talent. We're excited for him and have no doubt that he will retain his WBA championship in February."

Matsumoto (21-1, 19 KOs) heads into his first world title fight with a four fight knockout win streak. His 19 knockout wins against 21 total victories is certainly impressive and is among the reasons for his world ranking.

"I saw Danny Roman's title-winning fight over Shun Kubo and he looked formidable," said Matsumoto. "I know I'll be an underdog, but I'll try to do my best to win his belt."

"It's our great pleasure to welcome such a great champion as Danny Roman," said Hideyuki Ohashi, president of Ohashi Promotions and former WBA and WBC minimumweight world champion. "Danny is strong and sharp, and his defense with Matsumoto will be a very good fight without doubt."


Wilder (left) seen here taking out Licovich in Indio, CA)

Photo: German Villasenor

Shawn Porter Scores Unanimous Decision Win Over Adrian Granados in SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® Co-Feature

BROOKLYN (Nov. 5, 2017)
– Undefeated heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder retained his WBC title in his sixth defense with a dominant first-round knockout of mandatory challenger Bermane Stiverne in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Saturday night on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING®.

Wilder (39-0, 38 KO’s) knocked Stiverne (25-3-1, 21 KOs) to the ground three times before referee Arthur Mercante halted the bout at 2:59 of the opening round. After Stiverne took Wilder the distance in their January 2015 title bout, Wilder has now knocked out every single opponent that he has faced in his career. Watch Wilder knocking out Stiverne HERE.

“So much frustration, it just seemed like my career, it’s been crazy. So many guys using PED’s”, said Wilder, the only American heavyweight world champion. “I just want to prove that I am the best. I know I am the best but I want to prove I am the best.”

Wilder first knocked Stiverne to the ground with a devastating one-two combination that caught the Haitian challenger on the nose. Seconds after Stiverne got back to his feet, Wilder landed another clean combination with a big left and an overhand right that sent a stunned Stiverne back to the canvas. The final blow came in the waning moments of the opening round as Wilder landed four clean punches to the face of a wobbly Stiverne.

“You have to give props to Stiverne for getting in the ring,” said Wilder. “It takes a lot of courage and it takes a lot of pride to step in the ring with someone like me. We do what we have to do in the ring and at least he stepped up. He was a clean fighter.”

After the brutal knockout, an emotional Wilder was asked by SHOWTIME Sports® reporter Jim Gray about a possible fight with unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.

“I’ve been waiting on that fight for a long time now,” said Wilder. “I declare war upon you. Do you accept my challenge? I’ve been waiting for a long time. I know I’m the champion. I know I’m the best. Are you up for the test?

“A king doesn’t chase the peasants. A king takes kings. I want Joshua. If he doesn’t give me the fight we have other plans. The world wants Joshua, the world wants Wilder, I want Joshua. Joshua come and see me baby. No more dodging, no more excuses. Make the date, don’t wait.”

Former welterweight world champion Shawn Porter (28-2-1, 17 KOs) defeated Adrian Granados (18-6-2, 11 KOs) via unanimous decision (scored 117-111 by all three judges) in an exciting fight between two all-action competitors that served as the co-featured event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. The victory makes Porter the mandatory title challenger for unified welterweight champion Keith Thurman’s WBC belt.

Porter, who injured his left hand in the sixth round, landed the sharper and more accurate punches throughout the fight, including 40 percent of his power punches. Both fighters came out aggressive in the early rounds and exchanged several powerful blows.

"He gave me a little trouble here and there,” said Porter. “I hurt my left hand in the sixth round, but I kept using it. I had to use my jab. It took a toll on me and by the 10th round I just couldn't throw it anymore.

"The strategy was to keep working the jab. I knew he'd come at me periodically. I was prepared and dug deep to get the win.”

Granados, of Cicero, Ill., fought valiantly and withstood multiple barrages from the powerful Porter and countered with several quick combinations of his own. Granados, who landed just 24 percent of his total punches, disagreed with the judges’ scorecard.

"I thought that I was controlling the fight and keeping up with him the whole time,” Granados told Jim Gray. “He was just trying to use his normal tricks. I rocked him multiple times and he never had me in any trouble.

"He's a brute. I thought the referee [Gary Rosato] did a good job breaking up the fight at the right times. It was rough but I definitely thought I did better than the scorecards said."

In the opening bout of the telecast, unbeaten top contender Sergey Lipinets (13-0, 10 KOs) earned the vacant IBF Junior Welterweight World Championship with a unanimous decision victory over Japanese veteran Akihiro Kondo (29-7-1, 16 KOs). The judges scored the fight 118-110, 117-111 and 117-111.

The back-and-forth 12-round world championship fight saw Lipinets control the early rounds with a diversified, creative attack targeting Kondo’s body. An accidental clash of heads in the sixth round, which opened up a deep cut on the forehead of Lipinets, altered the momentum of the fight as Kondo gained confidence and was able to land some powerful punches to the head and body of Lipinets. The 28-year old Lipinets, who earned the title in just his 13th professional fight, was able to regain control in the later rounds to earn the unanimous win.

"I think the scorecards were accurate but it was a good fight,” said Lipinets. “The head-butt really impaired my vision and it led to me walking into some stupid shots.

"I'm happy with my performance. I'm just going to keep getting better from here. I'm ready to take any on challenge thrown my way."

Kondo, who was fighting for the first time in the United States, proved a worthy opponent on the night. "It was a fair decision,” said Kondo, through a translater. “He hit me with a lot of hard punches and I felt like I needed at least a knockdown in the last round.

"I made up my mind that I wasn't going to show any pain or fear from his punches. I was determined to keep fighting all night.”

Saturday’s telecast will replay on, Sunday, November 5 at 9 a.m. ET/PT and Monday, November 6 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME and will be available on SHOWTIME ON DEMAND® and SHOWTIME ANYTIME®.

This event was sponsored by Corona Extra, La Cerveza Mas Fina and promoted by DiBella Entertainment and TGB Promotions.



LOS ANGELES (Sept. 23, 2017) Jorge "El Niño de Oro" Linares (43-3, 27 KOs) successfully defended his WBA, WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine Lightweight Titles with a split decision victory against the English southpaw "Cool Hand" Luke Campbell
(17-2, 14 KOs) at Los Angeles' "Fabulous" Forum. Linares dropped Campbell in the second round with a hard right hand and engaged in explosive exchanges in each round to win with scores of 115-112 and 114-113, while one judge scored the fight 115-113 for Campbell.

"I fought very well," said Jorge Linares. "I'm happy with the fight. At the fifth round, we had some trouble but we came out on top. Trust me, I have a great connection with my team and with my trainer, so we worked hard and kept at it. I knew I had to let the dogs out. We want Mikey Garcia next."

"No one can ever doubt my hard work," said Luke Campbell. "Yes, I got off to a rocky start. He [Linares] caught me in the eye. A nice shot that put me on the mat. But I had to fight. I had to get focused. I didn't think he was landing any shots whatsoever in the second half."

Opening the international broadcast, Filipino knockout artist Romero Duno (15-1, 13 KOs) scored an eight-round unanimous decision victory against Tabasco, Mexico's Juan Sanchez (29-13, 14 KOs) in a lightweight fight. Duno punished Sanchez to the body and head in each and every round, which earned him the victory with three scores of 78-74.

"I'm satisfied with my performance," said Romero Duno. "Sanchez was a tough competitor, he fights clean and I respect him. I've learned a lot from this fight and am going to take the lessons I've learned onto the next."

Azat "Crazy A" Hovhannisyan (13-2, 10 KOs), the exciting Armenian super bantamweight contender with a spectacular style, earned the vacant WBC Continental Americas Super Bantamweight Title with a unanimous decision victory against Guadalajara, Mexico's Sergio Frias (19-8-2, 10 KOs). Although the resident of Los Angeles was cut above the left eye in the middle of the fight, Hovhannisyan won with two scores of 100-90 and one score of 98-92.

"We're very happy to get this big belt," said Azat Hovhannisyan. "This has been years in the making and I fought in the ring with basically one hand as I fractured my right hand. The swelling reappeared during the fight. Frias was a tough opponent, but we put in the work to get the win."

Abraham "Chamaco" Lopez (23-1-1, 16 KOs) of La Puente, California scored a fifth-round technical knockout victory against Isao Carranza (15-10-1, 9 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico in a scheduled eight-round super featherweight fight.

"The fight went well," said Abraham Lopez. "I wish I would've finished him earlier, but he was a true warrior. It was a good fight. This fight was something I wanted to do, something I was waiting for. What's next? Whatever the company has in mind. I'll be working on everything; win or lose you always learn something. It doesn't stop. We're not perfect. I know I made mistakes, but we're going to keep working."

In the first fight of the evening, super bantamweight prospect Rafael "El Alikin" Gramajo (9-1-1, 2 KOs) of Los Angeles scored a tough six-round unanimous victory against Pedro Melo (17-16-2, 8 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico.

"I feel good," said Rafael Gramajo. "I feel we started off well. I'm proud of myself. I had not fought in a year, and we fought the fight that we wanted to. In boxing, there is always a punch that could catch you and hurt you, but thank God it didn't hurt. I kept boxing and it was a good fight."

Linares vs. Campbell was a 12-round fight for the WBA, WBC Diamond and
Ring Magazine Lightweight World Championships, held on Saturday, September 23 at the 'Fabulous' Forum in Inglewood, California. The championship event was presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Matchroom Boxing, in association with Teiken Promotions. The event was sponsored by Tecate, BORN BOLD, Casa Mexico Tequila, Thor: Ragnarok and Fred Loya Insurance and was televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing® at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.



LAS VEGAS (Sept. 16, 2017) Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) and WBC/WBA/IBF/IBO Middleweight World Champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) retained their respective titles in a back-in-forth war that was ruled a draw on Mexican Independence Day in front of a sold-out crowd of 22,358 raucous fans at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas presented live by HBO Pay-Per-View and before 17,931 Closed Circuit attendees.

The action-packed fight featured everything a boxing fan would hope for in a battle that not only featured the two best middleweights in the world, but the two of the best pound-for-pound fighters. Canelo took an early lead, outboxing Golovkin from the outside with lateral movement, a quick jab and hard counterpunches to the body. As the rounds progressed, Golovkin returned fire, tapping through the middle of Canelo's guard before ripping left and right hands around it. The action reached its peak in the championship rounds, where both men went back and forth, exchanging bomb after bomb in an explosive attempt to avoid scorecards. Adalaide Byrd scored the fight 118-110 for Canelo. Dave Moretti scored the fight 115-113 for Golovkin, and Don Trella scored the fight a 114-114 draw.

Celebrities in attendance for this sold-out event included LL Cool J, George Lopez, Randy Orton, Chris Brown, Mario Lopez, Micheal Strahan, Jamie Foxx, Dave Chapelle, Chris Walhberg, Victor Espinoza, and former world champions Oscar De La Hoya, Bernard Hopkins and Miguel Cotto.

"I thought I won the fight," said Canelo Alvarez. "I think I was superior inside the ring. I won at least seven or eight rounds. I was able to counterpunch, and even make Gennady wobble a couple times. It's up to the people if we fight again. I feel frustrated over this draw." When asked if he felt Golovkin's power, Canelo said, "No, truthfully, not really. There wasn't any power that surprised me. In the first rounds, I came out to see what he had. Then I was building from there. Yes, of course I want the rematch. Obviously, if the people want it, then yes."

"It's a big drama show," said Gennady Golovkin. "I want to thank all my fans. I want to thank all my Kazakhstan fans for supporting me, for coming out. Of course I want a rematch. This was a real fight. Look, I still have all the belts. I'm still the champion."

Joseph 'JoJo' Diaz, Jr. (25-0, 13 KOs) scored a dominant 12-round unanimous decision victory against Rafael "Big Bang" Rivera (25-1-2, 16 KOs) to earn a shot at the WBC Featherweight title. Diaz, a native of South El Monte, California, boxed comfortably from his southpaw stance throughout the fight, pawing with his right hand before unleashing powerful right hooks and straight left hands on Rivera, a native of Tijuana, Mexico. Diaz won with two scores of 119-109 and one score of 120-108.

"I feel like I had a good performance overall," said Joseph Diaz. "I was able to put pressure and dictate the pace of the fight, and be able to enter into a lot of exchanges. Rivera is strong, has good body shots, and had good speed. I think we gave them a good show tonight."

"I feel that trying to make weight in time for the fight really drained me," said Rafael Rivera. "I wasn't able to perform at my tiptop best. Other than that, I believe we did good despite the circumstances."

Diego De La Hoya (20-0, 9 KOs) outclassed Randy "El Matador" Caballero (24-1, 14 KOs) over 10 rounds to win the NABF and NABO Super Bantamweight titles by unanimous decision. De La Hoya, of Mexicali, Mexico, started off explosively by landing a fusillade of punches that caused Caballero's left eye to swell by the third round. Caballero, who fights out of Coachella, California, was the aggressor for much of the fight, but De La Hoya's speed and size advantage nullified Caballero's offense. De La Hoya won with scores of 90-100, 92-98, and 92-98.

Ryan "Blue Chip" Martin (20-0, 11 KOs) opened the HBO Pay-Per-View telecast with a 10-round split decision victory against Francisco Rojo (19-3, 12 KOs) to unify his WBC Continental Americas and the vacant WBA Intercontinental Lightweight titles. Martin, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, used his footwork and high-guard defense to box from the outside, while Rojo cut off the ring to land hooks to the body and head of the Mexico, City, Mexico native. As the rounds progressed, Martin and Rojo exchanged more and more explosively, though Martin was deducted a point in the ninth round for excessive low-blows. By the end of the fight, Rojo was coming on stronger, though it was not enough to win on all the judge scorecards. Martin won with scores of 95-94 and 96-93, while one judge scored it 98-91 for Rojo.

"I didn't feel 100% tonight, even though I got the split decision," said Ryan "Blue Chip" Martin. "I know I fought a good fight despite the adversity in the ring. I know the judge that scored in favor of Rojo recognized good boxing in him. I'm glad I have this new belt and it's on to the next."

Serhii Bohachuk (5-0, 5 KOs), the rising Ukrainian super welterweight prospect trained by Abel Sanchez, defeated Joan Valenzuela (5-9-1, 5 KOs) via second-round technical knockout in a fight scheduled for four rounds. Bohachuk overwhelmed Valenzuela with hard shots to the body and head before stopping him at 1:58 of the second round.

"He was a good opponent, I'm happy I won," said Serhii Bohachuk. It was a tough fight, but I kept working at it and came out on top."

Super lightweight prospect Vergil Ortiz, Jr. (7-0, 7 KOs) of Dallas, Texas scored an impressive second-round technical knockout victory against Cesar Valenzuela (7-2, 2 KOs) in a scheduled six-round fight. Ortiz unleashed a vicious body attack on the body of Valenzuela, forcing the Mexican-born resident of Phoenix, Arizona to drop to his knees twice before the referee called the fight at 1:22 of the second round.

"I just do what my coaches tell me to do," said Vergil Ortiz Jr. "They knew how this fight was going to end, and kept reminding me to go towards the body. I'm super happy to get the win, and this is just another fight on the way."

In the first bout of the evening, Marlen Esparza (3-0), the 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist of Houston, Texas, scored a six-round unanimous decision victory against Aracely Palacios (8-8, 1 KO) in the flyweight division. Esparza showed the influence of her world-renowned trainer, Virgil Hunter, as she intelligently used her left hand to jab and gauge distance before landing combinations from the outside on Palacios, a native of Durango, Mexico. Esparza cruised to her win with three scores of 60-54.

Canelo vs. Golovkin was a 12-round fight for the middleweight championship of the world presented by Golden Boy Promotions and GGG Promotions and sponsored by Tecate, BORN BOLD; Hennessy, Never Stop, Never Settle; O'Reilly Auto Parts. Better Parts, Better Prices...everyday!; Fred Loya Insurance; Interjet; Thor: Ragnarok; Fathom Events; Tsesnabank; and Capital Holdings. Diaz, Jr. vs. Rivera was a 12-round WBC Featherweight Title Eliminator bout presented by Golden Boy Promotions. Caballero vs. De La Hoya was a 10-round fight for the NABF and vacant NABO Super Bantamweight Championship presented by Golden Boy Promotions. Martin vs. Rojo was a 10-round lightweight fight for the WBC Continental Americas and vacant WBA Intercontinental Championships presented by Golden Boy Promotions and GGG Promotions in association with Cancun Boxing. The event took place Saturday, Sept. 16 at T-Mobile Arena and was produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®.

Kovalev-Shabranskyy Tickets on Sale NOW!

New York, NY: Tickets go on sale Tuesday, September 19 at noon for the upcoming showdown between former Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (30-2-1, 26 KOs) and Vyacheslav "Lion-Heart Chingonskyy" Shabranskyy (19-1, 16 KOs) which takes place on Saturday, November 25 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for this exciting event are priced between $50 and $350 and are available at ticketmaster.com and the Madison Square Garden box office. From Monday, September 18 at noon until Tuesday, September 19 at 11:00 am select fans can purchase tickets in advance using the exclusive presale code.

Kovalev vs. Shabranskyy will be promoted by Main Events and Krusher Promotions in association with Golden Boy Promotions, and televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Kovalev is a former three-belt light heavyweight world champion and Shabranskyy is currently ranked #3 by the WBC and #2 by the WBA at light heavyweight. With both fighters having greater than an 80% knockout-to-win ratio expect this fight to be filled with fireworks!

About Kovalev-Shabranskyy: The Saturday, November 25 bout between Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev and Vyacheslav Shabranskyy is a 10-round light heavyweight match-up at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The event is promoted by Main Events and Krusher Promotions in association with Golden Boy Promotions and will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Tickets go on sale September 19, 2017 and are available at ticketmaster.com and the Madison Square Garden Box Office.


Photo: German Villasenor

By Francisco Villasenor

Los Angeles, CA (August 5th, 2017) -Wunderkind Vasyl Lomachenko put up a stellar performance on Saturday night to retain his WBO Superfeatherweight belt with a stoppage over uber-tough Miguel Marriaga on the Top Rank promoted / ESPN / ESPN Deportes televised main event at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.

Marriaga, tough REST SEE



INDIO, Calif. (Aug. 4, 2017) Keeping true to its promise of an all-out crossroads war as the main event on Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino,
Mexican welterweight warriors Mauricio "El Maestro" Herrera (24-7, 7 KOs) of Riverside, Calif. and Jesus "Renuente" Soto Karass (28-12-4, 18 KOs) of Los Mochis, Mexico sacrificed their souls in a fight where the closing tenth-round will make for a strong "Round of the Year" contender. Herrera, taking control of the fight early on while utilizing his jab and was able to go toe-to-toe with Soto Karass in the later rounds. Ultimately, it was Herrera who was awarded the majority decision win, with judges' scores of 96-94, 96-94, and 95-95.

"Give me two months, and I'll be back," said Mauricio Herrera. "I felt like I started out strong, landing my jab, and was controlling the fight smart. By the end of the fight, I was standing a bit more and landing more of the obvious open shots."

Herrera continued, "I will give him the later rounds, because I do feel that he came in strong; however I feel like overall my team played a strong clean, fight. I knew he was coming off a long lay-off, so I knew he was going to come in at 110 percent and just as good as he was before he took a year off. I can't wait to get back in the ring."

"I feel like an injustice was just committed," said Jesus Soto Karass. "So much hard work that went into this. I had to drop 40 pounds to be able to take this fight, and my team and I feel like all the runs up Mt. Baldy, diet restrictions, and the work that we displayed in the ring tonight should have merited the win."

Soto Karass continued, "At the end of the day, as I have said before, the people who won today was the public who enjoyed and supported us. At this height of my career, I have to go back to my family, and we are going to have to make some tough decisions. Above all though I am content and am happy that I took this fight."

Special guests of the night at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino for the Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN card included former three-time WBC World Super Bantamweight Champion Israel "Magnifico" Vazquez, Golden Boy Promotions Partner and Future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins, Brazilian UFC World Champion Jose Aldo Junior, and fighters Oscar Duarte, NABF bantamweight champion Oscar "Jaguar" Negrete, Randy "El Matador" Caballero, and Roberto "Massa" Ortiz.

Opening up the ESPN and ESPN Deportes telecast, the newly crowned again WBC USNBC Light Heavyweight Champion Vyacheslav "Lionheart-Chingonskyy" Shabranskyy (19-1, 16 KOs) of Los Angeles took back his belt in a seventh round knockout of Philadelphia's Todd "2 Gunz" Unthank-May (10-1-1, 4 KOs). "Chingonskyy" solidified his comeback performance, clearing the water with Unthank-May, landing 45 percent of his power punches and 14 jabs per round. "2Gunz" received a cut over his left eye in the brunt of their exchanges during the second round, and was almost knocked down during the seventh round. Before the eighth round could commence, Unthank-May's corner waved the towel, awarding the seventh round knockout victory and light heavyweight title to Shabranskyy.

"I'm happy to have my belt back," said Vyacheslav Shabranskyy. "I learned a lot from my fight against Barrera, and I've been working on moving my head and body a lot more. He was a tough guy. I have 20 fights in my career, and I am ready to start taking on bigger fights again."

Also making time for the televised card on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, Niko "Baby Face" Valdes (6-0, 5 KOs) maintained his undefeated status against Jaime "Zarco" Solorio (7-4-2, 5 KOs) of San Quintin, Mexico in a six-round super middleweight bout that went the distance. The judges scored the fight unanimously in favor of Valdes as 60-54, 59-55, and 59-55.

"At the end of the day, I have to do what I have to do to win and sometimes that won't look very pretty or impress the crowd," said Niko Valdes. "His face looks a lot worse than mine, the only reason he looked like he was winning was because he was applying more pressure than me. I still won."

Bringing the crowd to their feet in an action-packed six-round super flyweight affair, Riverside, Calif.'s Ricardo "El Niño" Sandoval (8-1, 7 KOs) conquered Durango, Mexico's Antonio "Tony" Rodriguez (8-18-1, 5 KOs). The flyweights did not hit pause in the six-rounds, with "El Niño" demonstrating his ability to connect his punches and easily switch between conventional and southpaw stances, as well as initiating most of the heavy exchanges. The judges scored the bout unanimously in favor of Sandoval, with scores of 60-54, 60-54, and 59-55.

"I'm in the middle of developing my own unique fighting style," said Ricardo Sandoval. "This was my first fight on a Golden Boy card, and I hope that with this performance I get invited to fight on their card again. There was a point that I did feel I could have knocked him out. I got him with a body punch and he bent over in pain, but he held on."

Kicking off the ESPN 3 coverage, East LA's Jonathan "Thunder" Navarro (11-0, 6 KOs) participated in his first full eight-round super lightweight fight against Durango, Mexico's Angel Sarinana (7-7-2, 3 KOs). Navarro set the pace of the bout, scoring a knockdown in the first round. The bout featured heavy exchanges between the lightweights, with "Thunder" showing off his developing power and ability to box from the outside. Navarro scored the unanimous decision victory with judges' scores of 80-71, 79-72, and 79-72.

"This was my first, eight-rounder, so I feel accomplished in being able to not gas out and be able to perform throughout the rounds," said Jonathon Navarro. "I was careful with my distance, and I was a lot more thoughtful when I was throwing punches. Upping the rounds was definitely a career achievement, and I hope that I can go up to ten rounds soon."

Opening the fight night activities with a six-round super welterweight bout, LA's Marvin Cabrera (5-0, 4 KOs) participated in a competitive combat against Esau Herrera (19-9-1, 10 KOs) of Tlaquepaque, Mexico. Cabrera was able to prove he was the more polished fighter, effectively countering Herrera's attempts to push forward. The judges scored the unanimous decision win with scores of 60-54, 59-55, and 59-55 in favor of Cabrera.

"I went up against a guy with a lot of experience, and the key to winning was fighting from a distance and using a lot of counter punches," said Marvin Cabrera. "I had never faced an opponent like him before, and I was able to see what areas I need to improve to take on even bigger challenges. Overall, I am satisfied with this win."

Herrera vs. Soto Karass was a 10-round welterweight fight presented by Golden Boy Promotions. The event was sponsored by Tecate, Born BOLD and Hennessy "Never Stop, Never Settle."




LOS ANGELES (July 15, 2017): Making the first defense of his WBC Super Featherweight Championship, Miguel "El Alacran" Berchelt (32-1, 28 KOs) knocked down Takashi Miura (31-4-2, 24 KOs) in the first round before rolling to a clear-cut unanimous decision victory in the 12-round main event of HBO Boxing After Dark live from Los Angeles' "Fabulous" Forum.

VIPs for the night included Chairman and CEO Oscar De La Hoya, World Champion and Future Boxing Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins, Boxing Hall of Famer Roberto Duran, Real Madrid and Spanish National Team soccer player Sergio Ramos, Tampa Bay Rays baseball player JP Arencibia, Former three division world champion Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez, NABA super featherweight champion Carlos "The Solution" Morales, NABO Super Featherweight Champion Alberto Machado, 2008 & 2012 Brazilian Olympian Everton Lopes, Jesus Soto Karass, 2016 Mexican Olympian Raul Curiel, Ronny Rios, Rene Alvarado, Charles Huerta, Azat Hovanissyan, Cesar Diaz, and Roger Gutierrez.

"I knew this fight was going to be won with intelligence," Berchelt said. "Miura is a warrior, and fought till the end. Miura has the toughest left hand in the division. He kept coming forward, and when he connected his punches, they did hurt. I knew I was going to fight an ex-world champion, so I prepared myself well. I have proven that I am the best by taking on the two toughest champions in the division with Vargas and Miura. I am ready to fight anyone."

"Berchelt was a smart fighter," Miura said. "He did not allow me to get my distance."

In the co-main event, Jezreel "El Invisible" Corrales (22-1, 8 KOs) survived two knockdowns to maintain his WBA Super Featherweight title with a majority decision win over Robinson Castellanos (22-12, 14 KOs). Castellanos dropped Corrales twice in a wild fourth round, with Corrales barely beating the count after the second knockdown. But the Panamanian champion regained his footing in the fifth and sixth and sent Castellanos down with a left hook in the seventh. After a nasty clash of heads in the 10th that busted Castellanos' left cheek wide open, the fight was stopped and went to the scorecards. The judges awarded scores of 94-94, 94-93, 96-92, giving Corrales the majority decision.

"I knew this would be an interesting fight, I am so happy about the victory," Corrales said. "This is probably the best fight that I've had in my career so far. I'm looking at tonight's main event as one of my future opponents."

"I am honestly so sad," Castellanos said. "That head butt should have disqualified him; it could have been fatal. I knew coming in that I was in enemy territory, however I felt that I was ahead in the cards. I feel terrible."

Newly crowned WBC Intercontinental Light Heavyweight Champion Sullivan Barrera (20-1, 14 KOs) gave a career-making performance, getting off the deck in the first round to take a 10-round unanimous decision victory over Joe Smith, Jr. (23-2, 19 KOs). The judges scored the fight 96-93 and 97-92 twice.

"I feel very happy about this win. Joe Smith, Jr. is a great champion, and I respect him very much," Barrera said. "This title wouldn't have been possible with my amazing team, and my father here tonight was also amazing. When Smith, Jr. knocked me down in the second round, I got back up cause that's who I am. In my fight with Shabranskyy the same thing happened. I shoot back up to get the victory."

"Sullivan Barrera fought a good fight and I congratulate him," said Joe Smith, Jr.

In the night's quickest, jaw-dropping knockout victory, highly touted Ryan "Kingry" Garcia (10-0, 9 KOs) needed only 1:14 of a scheduled four-round fight to knock out experienced Mario Macias (27-22-1, 14 KOs).

"It felt like a blur. Like a dream that just happened quickly. Although I wouldn't rate this as my best performance since I think my last fight against Tyrone Luckey was the best. I want to be on the Canelo-GGG card, and continue to step up the level of opponents I face. Maybe when I turn 20 years old I will start to call out world champions."

Mercito "No Mercy" Gesta (31-1-2, 16 KOs) demonstrated he is back in full force with an eighth-round technical knockout win over ring veteran Martin Honorio (33-11-1, 16 KOs). The one-sided fight showed off Gesta's superior accuracy, strength, and footwork. The referee waved the fight off as Gesta was unleashing a flurry of power shots on Honorio.

"It feels great to be back, I am almost at 100% to where I want to be after my surgery," said Mercito Gesta. "With all the rehabilitation and training under Freddie Roach, I am on track to fight for a title very soon. Right now, I just want to keep improving, and keep focused."

In the upset of the night, Diuhl Olguin (11-7-2, 9 KOs) outpointed Guadalajara, Mexico's Horacio "Violento" Garcia (32-3-1, 22 KOs). The action-packed eight-round featherweight fight went the distance, with Garcia going down twice. The judges awarded the fight to Olguin with scores of 73-77, 73-77, and 74-76.

"I feel very happy about my first win outside of Mexico. I just can't believe what just happened," said Olguin. "I wasn't the favorite, and I had to move up a couple of weight classes to take this fight. I want to start to take on tougher contenders in the sport in my weight class."

Opening up the Ring TV livestreamed portion of the evening, Manny "Chato" Robles, Jr. (13-0, 5 KOs) broke Christian Esquivel (29-12, 22 KOs) down to land the technical knockout victory in the fifth round of a scheduled eight-round featherweight fight. The fighters were in a heavy exchange when Esquivel's corner waved the towel to stop the fight.

"It was a strange ending, but he was getting a lot of punishment from me. The referees were actually going to call it after the fifth round finished," said Manny Robles, Jr. "I think my preparation allowed me to win each round, and I am glad I got to do that in front of all my friends and family who were cheering me on here at the Forum."

Kick-starting the evening Samar Philippines; Recky Dulay (10-2, 7 KOs) stopped Curundu, Panama's Jaime "Jaimito" Arboleda (10-1, 8 KOs) in the third round in a super lightweight bout that was scheduled for eight-rounds. With a right hand cross to the head that left Arboledo unsteady, Dulay handed Arboleda his first loss.

"This was my first fight in California, so it means a lot as I continue to develop my career," said Recky Dulay. "I've been training here in the U.S for about 2-3 months, so I am ready to fight more here now."

Berchelt vs. Miura, was a 12-round fight for the WBC Super Featherweight World Championship, was presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Zanfer Promotions and Teiken Promotions. Corrales vs. Castellanos was presented by Golden Boy Promotions. Smith vs. Barerra was presented by Star Boxing in association with Main Events. The event was sponsored by Tecate, BORN BOLD and Casa Mexico Tequila.

Main Events Inks Deal with Brooklyn Native
Frank "Notorious" Galarza
Ready to Take Over

Totowa, NJ: Main Events continues to add to their roster with the signing of Brooklyn super welterweight Frank "Notorious" Galarza (17-2-2, 11 KOs). Galarza, 31, made his professional debut in 2010 as a highly-prized prospect. He built up a fan base in the New York area with his all-action style, while remaining undefeated for six years. He suffered two losses following some inactivity and promotional issues. Now, with a new promoter and a new manager, Galarza is ready to resume his climb to the top of the hot 154 lb. division.

After nearly a year-long lay off, Galarza can't wait to re-enter the ring and is excited to be fighting under the Main Events' banner. He said, "I am just one of those fighters who will never turn down anyone. I will fight anyone. I wanted to work with Main Events because I have seen what they have done in the past. I like the way they move their fighters. I have seen what they have done with Curtis Stevens and, for me, I just felt that it was a perfect fit. After speaking with Kathy [Duva] and Jolene [Mizzone], I just knew it was right."

Galarza added, "My goal right now is to get back into the ring and start taking over. I am just grateful that Main Events has given me this opportunity right now. I promise that I am going to give my all and give everything that I have left to give to this sport. I am going to dedicate myself and put my heart into this. I guarantee you that my story hasn't ended. You are going to hear a champion's story told about me and it is going to be a story worth talking about. We are going for the movie!"

Daughter Joy Looks on as Frank Signs his Main Events' Promotional Contract

Frank carries the same passion that he feels for his boxing career into his personal life. He believes it is imperative that he give back to his community. In addition to his rigorous schedule training, his day job as a personal trainer and parenting his first child, seven-month old daughter, Joy, he is also heavily involved in a youth program he founded in 2014 called Youth Fighting Forward that currently operates in Brooklyn and Danbury, CT. "We focus on the kids. We try to offer free boxing classes for the kids as well as mentoring and tutoring," explained Galarza. For more information regarding Frank's passion project, Youth Fighting Forward, visit: frankgalarza.com/youthfightingforward.

"Notorious" is managed by Adrian Clark who also manages Main Events stablemate Cassius Chaney. When asked about Galarza's signing with Main Events he said, "Extremely happy to have Frank with such a prestigious company as Main Events. After meeting with Frank and learning what he wanted for the remainder of his career, it was a no brainer for me to reach out to Kathy & Jolene to make this happen. I told Frank, all he has to do is deliver, they will make you a star."

"Frank Galarza is one of the fighters that I've always felt we could promote well," said Main Events CEO Kathy Duva. "He has a fan-friendly style and fans in the New York and Connecticut area, so he's really a perfect fit for Main Events. Now it's time to get to work!"







PHOTO:German Villasenor

Jose Uzcategui Stops Andre Dirrell to Become Interim IBF Super Middleweight World Champion in SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® Co-Feature

BROOKLYN (March 4, 2018)
– Undefeated heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder retained his WBC title in his seventh defense with a tenth round knockout over unbeaten challenger Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz in a thrilling back-and-forth SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING main event Saturday night from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING®.

Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) not only survived the toughest test of his career but also finished the job in spectacular fashion by unleashing a ferocious 10th round assault on Ortiz (28-1, 24 KOs). Wilder floored the Cuban challenger twice in the round, forcing referee David Fields to stop the fight at 2:05 of the round. Watch the knockout video HERE.

Oritz looked like he would dethrone Wilder in the seventh round, countering with a strong right hand that hurt the WBC heavyweight champion. Ortiz unleashed a barrage of punches against a stunned Wilder, who somehow managed to stay on his feet to close the round before being saved by the bell. Ortiz continued his assault on Wilder into the eighth round, who again managed to make it through the round.

In the ninth round, Wilder began to rebound as he knocked Ortiz off-balance with a straight right hand. America’s only reigning heavyweight champion was firmly back in the fight as he landed a strong combination on Ortiz to close the round, completely changing the momentum of the fight.

Both fighters came out strong at the start of the tenth round, landing simultaneous blows that made each fighter temporarily wobbly. But it was Wilder who capitalized on the moment, as the Alabama-native pounced on Ortiz, sending his opponent to the canvas for the second time of the night with a flurry of overhand right hands. A dazed Ortiz returned to his feet, but was unable to withstand a follow-up assault from a confident Wilder, who landed an uppercut that sent Ortiz to the canvas for the third and final time.

Following his third successful title defense at Barclays Center, an emotional Wilder spoke to SHOWTIME Sports reporter Jim Gray about the most difficult fight of his career.

“A true champion always finds a way to come back and that’s what I did tonight,” said Wilder. “Luis Ortiz is definitely a crafty guy. He put up a great fight. We knew we had to wear him down. I showed everyone I can take a punch.

“He was hitting me with those furious punches but they didn’t have sting on them. He was throwing combos that knocked me off balance. I just had to get my range back and my fundamentals back. And I was able to do that. I showed I was a true champion tonight.”

A proud but disappointed Ortiz, who was on the brink of a sensational seventh round stoppage of Wilder before the bell rang, also spoke to Gray following the fight.

“It was a great fight and I performed well,” Ortiz said. “I thought I was up on the scorecard going into the tenth round, but it’s heavyweight boxing and you never know what’s going to happen.

“I almost had him and I think I would’ve if there were a few more seconds in the round.”

Wilder out landed Ortiz 98-87, although Ortiz held a slight advantage in landed power punches, 63-60.

In the co-featured event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, Jose Uzcategui (27-2, 23 KOs) defeated Andre Dirrell (26-3, 16 KOs) via TKO two seconds into round nine, upon the request of Dirrell’s trainer, Virgil Hunter. The win, which makes Uzcategui the interim IBF Super Middleweight World Champion, puts the hard-hitting Venezuelan in position to fight for the super middleweight title that Caleb Truax earned via a majority decision over James DeGale in December.

Saturday night’s fight was a rematch of the hotly contested May 2017 bout, in which Uzcategui was disqualified for landing a punch after the bell sounded to end the eighth round. In the rematch, Uzcategui dominated the action from start to finish, using his powerful right hand to set the stage for the withering assault which led to Dirrell’s corner stopping the fight two seconds into round nine. Uzcategui out landed Dirrell 169-141 in total punches, including a huge 112-51 discrepancy in power punches landed.

“I was a little surprised they stopped it in the ninth,” said Uzcategui. “I had said it would be the third round that I would knock him out. It took a little longer, but it finally came.

“I think it was very clear in the first fight that I did my job. In the second fight I showed even more, so there’s going to be a lot of Uzcategui from now on.”

Dirrell, a native of Flint, Michigan, found Uzcategui’s length and aggression difficult to deal with.

“I've been in there with long fighters before, but he was especially long,” said Dirrell. “I think I was a little heavier than I wanted to be tonight, but that's no excuse. Uzcategui did a great job.

"We knew we needed a knockout. The way it was going I needed to at least pick it up. I felt a little sluggish and he hit all the right shots. None of them really hurt, but he hit me where he was supposed to.”

In a world title fight featured on the undercard, Long Island's Alicia Napoleon (9-1, 5 KOs) won the Vacant Women's WBA Super Middleweight world title with a dominant unanimous decision victory over Femke Hermans (6-1, 3 KOs).

“It's hard to find words to describe this right now," said Napoleon. "It's so surreal it's almost like a dream. I'm just glad I did it. This is one down, but there's many more to go. The goal is to get all the belts.”

Napoleon controlled the action with her power and superior athletic prowess and wobbled Hermans in the final round before earning the decision by scores of 99-91 and 98-92 twice.

“I think this means a lot for women's boxing, not just that I won the belt, but where I was placed on this great card," said Napoleon. "People are going to continue to see and hear more and more from women boxers.”

Saturday’s telecast will replay on, Sunday, March 4 at 8 a.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME and Monday, March 5 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME and will be available on SHOWTIME ON DEMAND® and SHOWTIME ANYTIME®. This event was sponsored by Corona Extra, La Cerveza Mas Fina and promoted by DiBella Entertainment and TGB Promotions.


LOS ANGELES (March 5, 2018): As part of the voluntary testing program that Canelo Alvarez insisted on ahead of his May 5 fight, one of his results came back positive for trace levels of Clenbuterol, consistent with meat contamination that has impacted dozens of athletes in Mexico over the last years.

As Daniel Eichner, Director of SMRTL, the WADA-accredited lab that conducted the tests stated in his letter today, "These values are all within the range of what is expected from meat contamination."

Upon receiving this information, Golden Boy immediately notified the Nevada State Athletic Commission and Gennady Golovkin's promoter, Tom Loeffler.

As has been planned, Canelo will immediately move his training camp from Mexico to the United States and will submit to any number and variety of additional tests that VADA deems necessary ahead of and after May 5.

Added Canelo: "I am an athlete who respects the sport and this surprises me and bothers me because it had never happened to me. I will submit to all the tests that require me to clarify this embarrassing situation and I trust that at the end the truth will prevail."

Canelo has tested clean dozens of times over the course of his previous 12 fights.

Crushing Kovalev Performance Highlights
All Action Fight Night at The Garden

New York, NY: Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (32-2-1, 28 KOs) of Russia delivered another trademark crushing performance with a seventh round stoppage of Igor Mikhalkin(21-2, 9 KOs) of Russia at The Theater at Madison Square Garden to retain his WBO World Light Heavyweight Championship.

Despite their friendship, there was no love lost between Russian countrymen as Kovalev made Mikhalkin feel the heat from the opening bell. Through the first six rounds, Kovalev out landed Mikhalkin 145 to 25 punches, according to CompuBox.

Nevertheless, Mikhalkin is a world champion, and stayed in Kovalev's face. A cut opened below Mikhalkin's right eye, and as Kovalev continued to punish him, referee Steve Willis stepped in to have the ringside physician examine Mikhalkin. He determined Mikhalkin could not continue, delivering a TKO victory to Kovalev at 2:25 of the seventh round.

"It was better work for sure than the last fight," said Kovalev of his win over Mikhalkin. "This might maybe have looked easy, but it definitely was not. He doesn't hit the hardest, but I could feel his punches and he has a lot of movement and he is a great boxer."

Asked about what's coming next, Kovalev said "I'm always ready for a big money fight ... I read on the internet that the Badou Jack fight would be a big fight - if he beats (Adonis) Stevenson." As to the potential of a third fight with the now retired Andre Ward, Kovalev said, "I don't think about this right now. I want to fight the fights that the fans want to see. For you, for myself, because I love boxing."

In the exciting co-feature, WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Dmitry Bivol (13-0, 11 KOs) of Russia battled Sullivan Barrera (21-2, 14 KOs) of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba down to the final round before scoring a TKO victory at 1:41 of the twelfth.

Bivol found a home for his powerful right hand at several points throughout the bout, but the resilient and dangerous veteran fighter Barrera stayed competitive until the moment he could not continue. At the time of the stoppage, all three judges' scorecards were overwhelmingly in favor of Bivol.

"He was a really great opponent," said Bivol. "Sullivan Barrera showed me a lot of things tonight I need to work on when I go back to the gym. So thank you, Sullivan, for that."

Bivol said he held some of his effort in reserve until he felt confident. "As a matter of fact for the first few rounds, I was a little bit reserved while planning the rest of the fight. I was thinking how much I needed to go the rest of the fight. But by the 12th round, I knew I could knock him out. I stepped on the gas, and the knockout came."

As to his future, "I've got the goods to be the best light heavyweight in the world, but I've got a lot of work to do to be the best in the division. I have to fight the best in the division and prove I'm the best," said Bivol. As to who it might be, Bivol said, "You can be the best only when you fight the best. I'm not going to attack anybody. I have a belt, whoever wants it can come and get it."

Vaughn "Da Animal" Alexander(12-0, 8 KOs) of St. Louis, Missouri remained undefeated in his second appearance at Madison Square Garden, 14 years after his original 2004 victory. Alexander won a ten-round unanimous decision over a tough as nails Devaun Lee(10-3-1, 5 KOs) of Brooklyn, New York, who took the fight on barely two days' notice.

The tough middleweights traded to the body from early in the bout. Alexander snapped Lee's head with shots, but due credit to the local favorite for hanging tough. "It was good to put in the rounds. I got the victory, I'm looking forward to fighting again."

The 32-year-old Alexander picked up his career where he left off after serving an 11-year prison sentence. "It was good to be here as a more mature, experienced fighter."

Brooklyn's own Frank "Notorious" Galarza (19-2-2, 11 KOs) battled a determined Norberto Gonzalez (24-11, 14 KOs) of Monterrey, Mexico in an eight-round junior middleweight contest. The local hero delivered a unanimous decision victory by scores of 80-72, 79-73, and 78-74.

Galarza, 32, traded shots with Gonzalez, but was in control of the action and directed the path of the fight throughout as his devoted fans cheered him on. The veteran Mexican, 36, took the fight on short notice and acquitted himself well with his effort.

"We knew we would get the rounds in. We knew he was a counterpuncher, so we utilized that," said Galarza. "I was able to show my ability, my boxing ability, my ring intellect, being smart in the ring. Compared to my last fight, overall we brought a lot more to the table."

Galarza thanked all the fans who came to The Garden to see him.
"I love my fans, they always come and support, that's the beauty of it. Ain't no better place to be, Madison Square Garden, that's where all the classics are, all the greats."

Bakhram Murtazaliev (12-0, 10 KOs) of Grozny, Russia extended his knockout streak to eight, stopping Kenneth McNeil (11-4, 8 KOs) of Birmingham, Alabama, in the first defense of the IBA Super Welterweight World Title he won at The Garden in November. Murtazaliev let out a roar of satisfaction as referee Danny Schiavone halted the contest at 1:08 of the fifth round.

"I imagined the fight would go a little bit differently," said Murtazaliev. "My opponent didn't fight, he was running all around, always running. With an opponent like this, it's super hard to fight." Trainer Abror Tursunpulatov had confidence his fighter would prevail. "We knew Bakhram was going to win by KO or TKO in the last rounds."

"For all my team, Egis (Klimas), for Kathy Duva, for all the team, they helped me a lot. My goal is to make you happy, every fight," added Murtazaliev.

McNeil had never been stopped before, giving Murtazaliev, 25, the most significant test of his career to date. It was the Russian's third fight under both the Krusher Promotions and Main Events banners.

Meiirim "The Sultan" Nursultanov (6-0, 5 KOs) worked hard to stop a tough Alejandro Torres (9-4-2, 4 KOs) of Monterrey, Mexico at 1:55 of the sixth round in front of a robust cheering section at The Garden of his enthusiastic Kazakh fans. He has now stopped his last four opponents.

"The Mexican offense is very different style, this Mexican Style for me," said Nursultanov of Torres. "My training camp was very good, I sparred many different guys" in preparation for Torres.

Cassius Chaney(12-0, 6 KOs) of Baltimore delivered the big heavyweight show he promised, stopping Tim Washington(6-6, 6 KOs) of Toledo, Ohio at 1:28 of the second round to remain undefeated.

"It was a good fight, he's a big strong guy," said Chaney. "I did what I had to do to win. I'm happy that Main Events allowed me to fight here at MSG and I'm glad I put on a show. I trained hard and I'm ready to get back in the ring." Roy Jones, Junior congratulated Chaney backstage on his win.

Chaney, 30, the former standout NCAA basketball player at the University of New Haven, is working with new trainer Calvin Ford, the inspiration for the character "Cutty" in the popular TV series "The Wire."

After going to the scorecards due to an accidental headbutt after five rounds, Alexey Evchenko (16-10-1, 6 KOs) of Chelyabinsk, Russia won his American debut in a unanimous decision over Khiary Gray-Pitts (15-4, 11 KOs) of Worcester, Massachusetts in what was a scheduled eight-round welterweight fight. All scorecards read 48-47 at the time of the stoppage.

Evchenko, 34, made a solid introduction to American fans with his seventh straight victory.


Middleweight Leshawn "Lightning" Rodriguez (9-0, 7 KOs) remained undefeated, winning by unanimous decision over Martez Jackson (4-3-2, 2 KOs) in six rounds. All three judges scored it 58-56.

Rodriguez, 24, of Shirley, New York, enjoys a strong fan base in New York going back to his accomplished amateur career. Since his pro debut, he continues to generate fan interest thanks to his take-no-prisoners, hard-hitting style. Jackson, 34, from Atlanta, Georgia, presented Rodriguez his toughest test to date, having never been stopped.

Madiyar Ashkeyev (9-0, 5 KOs) of Merki, Kazakhstan made it a brief appearance in the ring after being out over a year due to injury. He stopped Jose Antonio Abreu (13-4, 8 KOs) of La Romana, Dominican Republic at 1:52 of the first round.

Ashkeyev, 29, an accomplished amateur now training in Oxnard at the Boxing Laboratory under the guidance of Marco Contreras, faced a dangerous opponent in Abreu, who was in a must-win situation after two straight defeats. Although Abreu beat the count of referee Johnny Callas, Callas stopped the bout.

As his fans waived the Kazakh flag, Ashkeyev said, "Yes, thank you all everybody. I'm happy, I missed this fight (due to injury in November), my last fight was one year ago. I hope next time I will have a big show."

Opening the evening, two-time NY Daily News Golden Gloves Champion Ismael Villarreal(2-0) from the Bronx, New York remained undefeated with a unanimous decision over against Anthony Woods(1-7) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. All three judges gave Villarreal the shutout on the scorecards for the four-round super middleweight contest, 40-36.

Using a more diversified attack including increased bodywork, Villarreal said after the fight, "I'm happy to come out safe and sound" after fighting Woods, 31, who has never been stopped.

Villarreal, 20, son of former super lightweight fighter Otilio Villarreal, is quickly gaining fans and making a name for himself despite also carrying a full course load at Brooklyn Community College.



Brooklyn, NY (March 5, 2018) Following a back-stage flare-up this past Saturday night at Barclays Center, former Middleweight World Champion DANIEL JACOBS was emphatic in his words to contender JERMALL CHARLO.

Said Jacobs, “All my focus right now is on Maciej Sulecki and I know it's going to be a tough fight. This is the third undefeated fighter I have faced in a row and after I've taken his 0, then if I don't get the ‘GGG’ vs. Canelo winner, I'm happy to take Jermall Charlo's 0 too.”

‘Charlo is fighting a guy that Sulecki has already knocked out. These guys talk the talk but as you saw on Saturday when things get real it's another story. Charlo is already beaten and the bell hasn't even rung yet.”

Said promoter EDDIE HEARN, "I think Danny vs. Jermall Charlo is a great fight but we have plenty of business to take care of first. Sulecki is going to be a real handful on April 28 and ultimately, we want the ‘GGG vs. Canelo’ winner but there's some real sauce in a ‘Jacobs vs. Charlo’ match up and it's one the fans would love to see.”

BROOKLYN BOXING Ambassador JACOBS, (33-2-0, 29 KO’s), returns for a 12-round middleweight showdown against undefeated world ranked Polish contender MACIEJ SULECKI, (26-0-0, 10 KO’s) in the main event at ‘Straight Outta Brooklyn’ on Saturday, April 28 at Barclays Center and televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Opening the HBO telecast, undefeated Brooklyn heavyweight contender JARRELL ‘Big Baby MILLER, (20-0-1, 18 KO’s) faces former world title challenger, JOHANN “The Reptile” DUHAUPUS, (37-4-0, 24 KO’s), of Abbeville, France, over 12-rounds in a WBA World Heavyweight Title Eliminator.

Also returning to Barclays Center, WBA Lightweight Women’s World Champion KATIE TAYLOR, (8-0-0, 4 KO’s) of Bray, Ireland will fight in a 10-round world title unification against IBF Lightweight Women’s Champion VICTORIA BUSTOS, (18-4-0), of Rosario, Argentina.

Emerging, unbeaten knockout artist SHOHJAHON ERGASHEV, (11-0-0, 11 KO’s), a native of Uzbekistan, now fighting out of Brooklyn, New York, will also fight on the undercard in a ten round bout against an opponent to be announced.

Presented by Matchroom Boxing USA, tickets starting at $42 may be purchased by visiting Ticketmaster.com, BarclaysCenter.com, or calling 800-745-3000. Tickets for the event can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. For information on group sales, call 844.255.9647.

Ray Beltran conquered the WBO lightweight title by defeating Paulus Moses by unanimous decision.

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"I have no words. I gave everything I had. I really had to push myself. He is a very experienced and tough fighter. He surprised me with a couple of good punches, but right away I thought about my family and everything I have been throughout my career. I gave it my all. I made my career the tough way, and now I'm a champion"

• Undefeated welterweight contender Egidijus ‘The Mean Machine’ Kavaliuskas successfully defended his NABF welterweight title by knocking out David Avanesyan at 1:55 of the sixth round.

QUOTE: "I'm very happy right now. All I want to do is smile. I wanted to win with all my heart because I knew he was a very tough opponent. I want to face the best. Hopefully, my next fight is a world title. Crawford is fighting Horn for the world title. I want to face the winner.

• Former US Olympic silver medalist, Shakur Stevenson dominated Juan Tapia via unanimous decision

QUOTE: “I felt good. I‘m going to keep doing what I’m doing. I felt like I looked like I was supposed to in my first eight round fight. I’m a perfectionist. I’m going to pick it up from here and keep getting better and better”

• Former Brazilian Gold Medalist, Robson Conceicao got a unanimous decision victory against Ignacio Holguin.

QUOTE: “I trained very hard for five months in Brazil and it showed during the fight. I felt very good in this fight. I will keep working hard to keep improving more and more with each fight that passes”

• Heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings beat Akhor Muralimov by technical knockout at 1:12 of the 3rd round.

QUOTE: “I want the big fights. We just have goals. I have a team that’s very committed. We’re ready to take on the best. I just keep getting more comfortable. With each fight, I’m getting more and more comfortable"

• Unbeaten welterweight prospect Alexander Besputin defeated Wesley Tucker by technical knockout at the end of the 5th round.

QUOTE: “I’m growing up and improving more with every bout. According to my good friend Vasiliy Lomachenko, the most difficult opponent is the one who is not working in the ring.”

• Ricardo Lucio-Galvan defeated Keneth Guzman by technical knockout in the third round.

• Sagadat Rakhmankul stopped Noel Esqueda at 1:51 of the 5th high.

Danny Roman Arrives in Japan for WBA World Title Defense

ORANGE, Calif. (Feb. 16, 2018) - Los Angeles native and WBA Super Bantamweight Champion Danny Roman (23-2-1, 9 KOs) arrived in Tokyo on Thursday and held a media workout the next day in advance of his first world title defense.

Roman defends against No. 11 rated challenger Ryo Matsumoto (21-1, 19 KOs) of Japan on Wednesday, Feb. 28.

The 12-round world championship fight, dubbed "The Challenge," is promoted by Thompson Boxing Promotions in association with Ohashi Promotions and will take place from Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.

On Thursday, Roman was greeted by the Japanese media upon arriving at Tokyo International Airport. The following day, Roman took part in a media workout for the local press.

"I'm ready and well prepared to defend my title," Roman said. "Matsumoto presents a tough challenge, but that's nothing new for me. I'm going to fight my fight and not let him get comfortable."

The "Baby Faced Assassin" decided to arrive approximately two weeks prior to his title defense to acclimate to the weather and time change.

"I came in early last time I was here in September so we decided to follow the same script," said Roman, who is trained and managed by Eddie Gonzalez. "It makes sense to get used to the new time zone and develop a routine and comfort zone before my big fight against Matsumoto."

Roman traveled to the island nation in September and knocked out former champion Shun Kubo in the ninth round.

Roman, 27, dominated the fight from start to finish. He won every round on every scorecard with the exception of the first round on one score sheet. He battered Kubo on multiple occasions, dropping him in the seventh and eighth rounds before finishing him off in the ninth.


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Saturday, March 10 at StubHub Center, Live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes.

Tickets Go On Sale This Wednesday! January 17 at 1 p.m. ET.

CARSON, CALIF. (January 16, 2018) — Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight world champion ÓSCAR VALDEZ, the man who swims with a fully-grown pet alligator, will begin the third year of his championship reign by defending his title against former World Boxing Association (WBA) super bantamweight world champion and current No. 2 world-rated featherweight contender SCOTT QUIGG. For Valdez (23-0, 19 KOs), of Nogales, Mexico, this will be his fourth title defense since winning it in 2016. Quigg (34-1-2, 25 KOs), of Lancashire, England, will be making his U.S. debut. The Valdez vs. Quigg world championship fight will take place Saturday, March 10, under the stars at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. It will be televised live and exclusively at 10:30 p.m. EST on ESPN and ESPN Deportes and stream live on the ESPN App. Additional fights on the live telecast will be announced shortly.

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Matchroom Boxing, tickets go on sale Tomorrow! Wednesday, January 17, at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT. Priced at $206, $104, $53 and 27.50, including facility fees, they can be purchased online at AXS.com, by phone at (888) 9AXS-TIX, or by visiting the StubHub Center box office.

The all-action undercard will feature undefeated WBC Continental Americas super featherweight champion Andy Vences (20-0, 12 KOs), of San Jose, Calif; top-three world-rated junior welterweight contender Alex Saucedo (26-0, 16 KOs), of Oklahoma City; 2016 U.S. Olympian and three-time U.S. Amateur Champion Mikaela Mayer (3-0, 2 KOs), of Los Angeles; and 2012 Olympic silver medalist and middleweight contender Esquiva Falcäo (19-0, 13 KOs), of Vitoria, Brasil.

“I know that my March 10 world title defense against Scott Quigg will be a fun one for all the boxing fans because our styles combine perfectly to make a real war,” said Valdez. “As usual, on March 10, I will leave it all in the ring at StubHub Center, to show everyone that I’m one of the best featherweights in the world”.

“This is a fight that I’m really looking forward to. It’s a great fight,” said Quigg. “I have a lot of respect for Oscar and his team. We’ve been in the gym together in the past, helping each other prepare for a fight. They are good people. I’ve been in training for four weeks already and now I’ve just linked up with Freddie Roach to begin the last eight weeks of camp. This is a great opportunity for me — making my U.S. debut on a great platform on ESPN — and I’m confident on March 10 I’ll become World champion again.”

“Oscar Valdez has passed every in-ring test with flying colors, but the biggest test of his professional career will take place on March 10 against Scott Quigg, who like Oscar, rarely leaves a fight in the hands of the judges. The fans watching at StubHub and live across ESPN’s platforms are in for an exciting night and a sensational card, which will be announced shortly,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum,.

“I’m delighted to get this fight made – I feel it’s one of the best fights in the division right now,” said Quigg’s promoter Eddie Hearn. “Both guys like to come forward and throw aggressive combinations and I do not believe we will hear the final bell. What I do believe is that on March 10 Scott Quigg will become a two-weight World Champion in a fight of the year contender, live on ESPN”

“We’re very excited for the fight against Quigg. This fight will further showcase Oscar’s skills and will demonstrate that he is a star,” said Frank Espinoza, manager of Valdez. “Oscar is one of the best in the world and against Quigg he’ll prove it once again.”

Valdez, who represented México in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, was the first Mexican fighter to qualify for two Olympic games. He is considered one of the bright lights of the featherweight division and a new face for boxing’s next generation. He will be making the fourth defense of the world title he won on July 23, 2016 via a second-round knockout of undefeated No. 2 rated Matías Rueda. Rueda entered that fight having won his previous 10 bouts by stoppage. In his first defense, which took place, on November 5, 2016, Valdez blasted out No. 1 contender Hiroshige Osawa via a seventh-round TKO. On April 22, in his 2017 debut, his first pay-per-view event that featured him in the main event, Valdez went toe-to toe for 12 rounds with No. 1 contender Miguel Marriaga, winning a unanimous decision. Marriaga, a three-time world title challenger, went into that fight having won 15 of his previous 19 bouts by way of knockout. In his most recent fight, on September 22, he again went mano a mano in a 12-rounder that had the fans on their feet throughout the fight. This time Valdez won a unanimous decision over Genesis Servania, the No. 4 world-rated contender.

Quigg, who has fought all but once in his native England, is trained by Hall of Famer Freddie Roach. After capturing the WBA interim super bantamweight world title in 2012 and making one successful title defense that same year, he was elevated to WBA super bantamweight world champion in 2013. Quigg successfully defended that world title six times, four of them by way of knockout during his three-year reign. He lost the title via a split decision to International Boxing Federation (IBF) champion Carl Frampton in a 2016 title unification bout. Since that fight, Quigg has moved up to the featherweight division and won his past three fights, including a 12-round featherweight title elimination bout against Simion Viorel. Quigg is currently world-rated No. 2 by the IBF and No. 4 by the WBA.

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Tickets on Sale Today at 10:00 a.m. PT!

LOS ANGELES (Jan. 12, 2018): Golden Boy Promotions will continue its partnership with ESPN for this exciting new year with an explosive main event featuring 126-pound contender Joseph "JoJo" Diaz, Jr. (25-0, 13 KOs) defending his NABO Featherweight Title against former world champion Victor "Vikingo" Terrazas (38-4-2, 21 KOs) on the Feb. 22 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino inIndio, Calif.Doors to the Special Events Center open at 5:00 p.m. PT, and the first non-televised bout starts at 5:30 p.m. PT. ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes will transmit the fights beginning at 11:30 p.m. ET/8:30 p.m. PT, and the ESPN3 transmission will begin at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT.

Diaz Jr., a 25-year-old prodigy of South El Monte, Calif., was an exceptional amateur prospect who was part of the 2012 United States Olympic Team. After making his debut with Golden Boy Promotions in December 2012 at the now-defunct LA Sports Arena, Diaz, Jr. climbed the 126-pound rankings defeating one tough opponent after another. Diaz, Jr. had a great 2017 as he participated in two Pay-Per-View events. In the HBO-televised undercard of Canelo vs. Chavez, Jr., Diaz, Jr. cruised to a 10-round unanimous decision victory against the previously undefeated Manuel "Tino" Avila. Diaz, Jr. then defeated Rafael "Bing Bang" Rivera via dominant 12-round decision in the co-main event of the historic Canelo vs. Golovkin HBO pay-per-view event. Diaz, Jr. will look to continue his path to a world title with a win on Feb. 22.

"I look forward to making my 2018 debut," said Diaz, Jr. "And what better way than by facing a tough former world champion in Victor Terrazas! I will remind everyone why I deserve a world title shot by headlining this card exciting fashion."

Terrazas, a 34-year-old native of Jalisco, Mexico, is a former world champion who defeated Cristian "El Diamante" Mijares to capture the WBC Super Bantamweight Title. Terrazas, a student of the traditional Mexican school of boxing, has fought fighters at a world championship level from different parts of the world, and will bring years of fighting experience into his fight against Diaz, Jr.

"I have faced great fighters in my career," said Terrazas. "And this fight against Joseph Diaz, Jr. will not be an exception. I think that my experience will be very important, and I have no doubts that I will leave with my hand raised."

Vergil Ortiz, Jr. (8-0, 8 KOs), a super lightweight prospect who has delighted fans with his tremendous knockout power, will return in the eight-round co-main event. After debuting as a professional in 2016, Ortiz, Jr. has never heard the final bell of a bout, and he's anxious to retain his 100% knockout rate in the year 2018. One must definitely not lose sight of this sensational Mexican American who has his roots in Michoacan, Mexico.

The explosive undercard will be stacked with the best and brightest prospects of the exclusive Golden Boy Promotions stable. Lightweight knockout artist Christian "Chimpa" Gonzalez (18-1, 15 KOs) will make his highly anticipated ring return over a scheduled eight rounds of action in his Fantasy Springs Resort Casino debut. Gonzalez is a hard-hitting prospect who is coming off two spectacular wins, the last of which was against Gamaliel "El Platano" Diaz.

Manny "Chato" Robles III (14-0, 6 KOs), after making his headlining debut in Sept. of 2017, will square off in an eight-round featherweight fight. Power punching prospect Edgar "Kid Neza" Valerio (10-0, 7 KOs) of Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl by way of South Central, Los Angeles, California will start the year off with a bang in an eight-round battle in the 126-pound division.

Hector "El Finito" Tanajara, Jr.(11-0, 4 KOs) of San Antonio, Texas will open the evening of very exciting combats in an eight-round super featherweight fight. In the night's swing bout, Genaro "El Conde" Gamez (6-0, 4 KOs) will participate in a six-round lightweight fight.

Opponents for these exciting, rising prospects will be announced shortly.

Tickets for the event go on sale Friday, January 12 at 10:00 a.m. PT, and start at $25. Tickets will be available at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino box office, by calling 1-800-827-2946, or by purchasing online at www.fantasyspringsresort.com.


Tickets Now On Sale!!

New York City (February 16, 2018) Top local prospects will be featured at the debut event presented by Evander Holyfield’s Real Deal Sports & Entertainment at the historic Kings Theatre on Saturday, March 10, 2018.

Advance tickets for ‘Real Deal, Showcase Series II’, presented in association with World of Boxing, priced at $150, $125, $75 and $50 are now on sale online through the Kings Theatre website, www.KingsTheatre.com.

Among the fighters featured on the card is undefeated middleweight knockout artist, Edgar ‘The Chosen One’ Berlanga, (7-0-0, 7 KO’s) of Brooklyn. Only 20-years-old, Berlanga has stopped all seven of his foes as a professional in the first round. Most recently he stopped Jaime Barboza on January 26 in the first round in Philadelphia, PA. Barboza had previously gone the distance in his previous five fights against top contenders and prospects including Gary O’Sullivan, Esquiva Falcao, Nick Brinson, Kyrone Davis and Russell Lamour.

Berlanga will face-off against battle tested veteran Elie Augustama, (6-7-0, 3 KO’s), of Haiti in a scheduled six round bout. Augustama has clashed with a number of top prospects, most recently going the distance with undefeated Nicklaus Flaz on October 28, 2017.

Undefeated Mexican/American, Brooklyn native Julian Sosa, (10-0-1, 3 KO’s), will look to kick-off his 2018 campaign in style facing Dominican Wilmer Rodriguez, (9-1-0, 7 KO’s) in an eight-round junior welterweight battle.

The 22-year-old Sosa closed 2017 with a unanimous decision over Erick Daniel Martinez on October 14. Rodriguez will look to stay in the win column following a fourth-round knockout of Oscar Leon on January 26 in Santo Domingo.

Former New York Golden Gloves Champion, ‘The Brooklyn Torch’ Justin Biggs, (2-0, 2 KO’s), will also look to stay undefeated in his third professional bout. The junior middleweight followed up his knockout victory in his professional debut with a third-round stoppage of Simon Sayes on November 18, 2017.

Undefeated junior flyweight prospect Natalie Gonzalez, (3-0-0, 1 KO), of New Rochelle, New York will look to jump-start her career with her first bout in fifteen months. Gonzalez will face battled test Hungarian veteran Judit Hachbold, (4-3-0), in a scheduled six rounder.

Ukrainian heavyweight prospect Iegor Plevako, (5-0-0, 3 KO’s), will also be making the first start of his 2018 campaign at Kings Theatre on March 10. With three victories in 2017, Plevako returns to action following a unanimous decision victory over Sherman Artis Jr. on November 18.

Making his highly anticipated United States debut will be undefeated junior welterweight prospect Batyr Ahmedov, (2-0-0, 2 KO’s) of Crimea, Russia. Ahmedov was a quarterfinalist representing Turkey in the 2016 Olympics held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and finished with an amateur record of 88-8.

Also featured in separate bouts on the Real Deal Boxing event at Kings Theatre is undefeated cruiserweight prospect Joe Jones, (9-0-0, 7 KO’s), of Jersey City, New Jersey and welterweight newcomer Cesar Francis, (3-0-0, 2 KO’s) of Brooklyn, New York along with Ridgewood, New York welterweight Mathew Gonzalez, (3-0-0, 2 KO’s), and undefeated super bantamweight Khalid Twaiti, (2-0-0, 1 KO) of Brooklyn.

Rounding out the card, Bronx native, junior welterweight Josue ‘The Prodigy’ Vargas, (9-1-0, 5 KO’s), will battle in a scheduled six rounder.

Further details on these bouts will be announced shortly.

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LOS ANGELES (Jan. 29, 2018): A sequel to the most anticipated boxing event in years will arrive on Cinco De Mayo as Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) and WBC/WBA/IBF/IBO Middleweight World Champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) will clash in a historic and highly anticipated 12-round rematch Saturday, May 5. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.

Details regarding venue and tickets will be announced shortly.

In September of 2017, Canelo and GGG met in a battle of the world's two top middleweights, battling toe-to-toe over 12 rounds of high drama that ended in a split draw. The fight drew a record crowd for an indoor boxing event in Las Vegas, selling out the T-Mobile Arena in less than two weeks and bringing legions of fans from Mexico to Kazakhstan and everywhere in between.

Alvarez, the 27-year-old native of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, is the veritable face of boxing. After capturing two world titles and the lineal championship in the super welterweight division, Alvarez moved up to middleweight to capture the WBC, Lineal and Ring Magazine World Titles with a Nov. 2015 victory against Miguel Cotto. Alvarez has maintained his status as the lineal champion ever since, and in a historic Sept. 16 showdown last year, Alvarez fought to a 12-round split draw against Golovkin. Alvarez is eager to erase all doubts regarding his status as the best middleweight in the world on May 5.

"I'm delighted to once again participate in one of the most important boxing events in history," said Canelo Alvarez. "This second fight is for the benefit and pleasure of all fans who desire to see the best fight the best. This time, [Gennady] Golovkin won't have any excuses regarding the judges because I'm coming to knock him out."

Golovkin, the 35-year-old wrecking ball of Karaganda, Kazakhstan, was a dominant amateur standout and Olympic Silver Medalist before turning professional in 2006. Since then, Golovkin has been on an historic trajectory, knocking out one opponent after another to unify the WBC, WBA, IBF and IBO World Middleweight Titles. During this run, Golovkin maintained an unblemished record that included a 23-fight knockout streak, which ended with a unanimous decision victory against Danny Jacobs in March 2017. In September of the same year, Golovkin went the distance in a historic split draw against Alvarez, which has merited a much-desired rematch in the eyes of boxing fans.

"I am ready to battle Canelo again and am happy he took this fight again," said Gennady "GGG" Golovkin. "This is the fight the world wants. This is the fight boxing deserves. I didn't agree with some of the judges' decisions in the first fight. This time there will be no doubt. I am leaving the ring as THE middleweight champion of the world."

"Canelo vs. Golovkin 2 will be boxing's biggest and best event of 2018 as these two elite fighters once again go head-to-head to determine who is the best middleweight in the world," said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. "I expect we will see even more fireworks in the rematch as both fighters know there more is at stake now than before."

"This is the fight boxing fans have been waiting for since the controversial outcome of last September, and the ONLY fight Gennady has wanted since that decision," said Tom Loeffler, Promoter of Gennady "GGG" Golovkin. "Gennady is ready for this historic record-tying 20th title defense where he will demonstrate his superiority over Canelo. Gennady is on a mission to prove he is still the best middleweight in the world today and one of the best fighters of his era."

"It's a special moment for the sport when two of boxing's most accomplished competitors-both in their prime- agree to meet again in the ring to settle who is the man in the middleweight division," said Peter Nelson, Executive Vice President, HBO Sports. "Canelo vs. GGG 2 is the boxing event of the first half of 2018 and we are pleased to present it live on HBO Pay-Per-View."

Canelo vs. Golovkin 2 is a 12-round fight for the middleweight championship of the world presented by Golden Boy Promotions and GGG Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate,"THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING," Hennessy, "Never Stop, Never Settle," Fred Loyal Insurance, Tsesnabank and Capital Holdings. The event will take place Saturday, May 5 and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.


Saturday, February 24, 2018 From the Forum in Los Angeles, CA
Televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark®
Tickets Now On Sale!

Los Angeles, CA (December 12, 2017) Following the outstanding response to SUPERFLY 2 being announced last week, a sensational ten-round super flyweight clash has been added with former WBC Super Flyweight World Champion, CARLOS “Principe” CUADRAS, (36-2-1, 27 KO’s), of Mexico City, MX facing hard-hitting, two-time world title challenger MC WILLIAMS ARROYO, (16-3, 14 KO’s), of Fajardo, Puerto Rico, on Saturday, February 24 from the Forum in Los Angeles, CA, televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.

Tickets for SUPERFLY 2, priced at $250, $150, $100, $60 and $30 are now on sale and can be purchased through Ticketmaster (Ticketmaster.com, 1-800-745-3000) and the Forum Box Office. The Forum is located at 3900 W. Manchester Blvd, Inglewood CA 90305.

SUPERFLY 2 is headlined by WBC Super Flyweight World Champion SRISAKET SOR RUNGVISAI, (43-4-1, 39 KO’s), of Si Sa Ket, Thailand, defending his title over 12-rounds for the second time against former world champion and #1 ranked mandatory challenger JUAN FRANCISCO “El Gallo” ESTRADA, (36-2, 25 KO’s), of Sonora, Mexico. “We’re very excited to add this classic matchup of Mexico vs. Puerto Rico to the SUPERFLY 2 HBO triple header in what will be one of the most entertaining boxing events of 2018,” said TOM LOEFFLER of 360 Promotions.

“Carlos Cuadras has proved to be one of the most exciting and most popular fighters in boxing over the last couple of years with his action-packed fights being telecast on HBO. His close fight
with Roman Gonzalez last year at the Forum was a ‘Fight of the Year’ candidate as was his war with Juan Francisco Estrada at the first SUPERFLY event on September 9.”

“In April 2016, McWilliams Arroyo had a spectacular fight with then #1 Pound-for-Pound Fighter and Flyweight World Champion Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez and we expect another thrilling
fight against Carlos Cuadras on February 24.”
“With previous fights against “Chocolatito”, Cuadras and Williams both know what it takes to face the best in the world and will be very highly motivated for victory on February 24.”
Stated Cuadras, “This is exactly what I want, to fight the best fighters in the division on the biggest stages

I love fighting in Los Angeles and for this fight I’m planning on training in Big Bear Lake, California with Abel Sanchez. If I win this fight I’ll be one step closer to getting my title back. I can’t be stopped in 2018 and will be a world champion once again.” “My fight with “Chocolatito” was a great experience,” said Arroyo. “I loved fighting at the Forum with its loud and passionate fans and history of great fights particularly in the lower weight classes. I can’t wait to get to Los Angeles to face Cuadras.” Defending his WBC Super Flyweight World Title, Cuadras made his HBO and Los Angeles area debut on September 10, 2016 at the Forum in a memorable 12-round war with then threedivision world champion Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez.

With boxing fans on their feet throughout the battle waving Mexican and Nicaraguan flags, Cuadras and Gonzalez would clash in an epic 12-round battle that echoed the historic fights
that have been held at the iconic venue over the last 43 years. Coming up just short on the scorecards, Cuadras has vowed to regain his belt in 2018.

The 29-year-old Cuadras successfully bounced back into the win column on March 18, 2017 at Madison Square Garden with a 10-round unanimous decision over David Carmona on the HBO
Pay-Per-View undercard of the World Middleweight Championship between Gennady “GGG Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs.

Most recently, Cuadras and fellow Mexican warrior and former flyweight world champion Juan Francisco Estrada had the packed house on their feet at the StubHub Center on September 9 during their extraordinary 12-round battle won by Estrada at the initial SUPERFLY event.

Arroyo first challenged for the world title traveling to Thailand in 2014 where he lost a highly controversial split decision to Amnat Ruenroeng for the IBF World Flyweight Title.

Returning to Puerto Rico, Arroyo would stop Victor Ruiz in the third round on April 11, 2015 in San Juan. Back in the win column, Arroyo challenged ‘Chocolatito’ for the WBC Flyweight World Title on April 23, 2016 at the Forum losing to the then #1 Pound-for-Pound Fighter.
SUPERFLY 2 is presented by Tom Loeffler’s 360 Promotions in association with Nakornluong Promotions and Zanfer Promotions. Cuadras vs. Arroyo is presented in association with Promociones del Pueblo and PR Best Boxing.
Additional information on this tremendous night of world class professional boxing will




LAS VEGAS (Dec. 9, 2017): Miguel "Mickey" Roman (58-13, 45 KOs) brought new life to his career with a spectacular and dominant ninth-round technical knockout victory against four-time, two division world champion Orlando "Siri" Salido (44-14, 31 KOs) in a Fight of the Year Candidate and main event of HBO Boxing After Dark at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Roman, a native of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, scored knockdowns in rounds four and eight before the fight was finally stopped at 1:43 of the ninth round after a fight-finishing flurry sent Salido to the canvas for the last time in his career.

"It's my moment, and I want to fight against any champion," said Roman. "I was doing everything well, even though everything is always against me. But things will change from now on. That's why I want any champion at featherweight or super featherweight, but on HBO. The new camp, the good work we did, the good training--those changes made the difference and we are all able to see that tonight. Nobody knew, but if I lost, I would have retired. It was very important to fight against a great champion like Orlando Salido and win."

"I've beaten young fighters before, but this time it was a matter of age," said Salido. "Time takes its toll, and obviously I just couldn't do it. This was my last fight. Thank you to all, to those who will remember me for all the great fights that I had, and to the people who have followed me."

Francisco "El Bandido" Vargas (24-2, 17 KOs) scored a ninth-round technical unanimous decision victory against Stephen "Swifty" Smith (25-4, 15 KOs) of Liverpool, United Kingdom in a scheduled 10-round super featherweight bout. Vargas, a native of Mexico City, Mexico, tried the new boxing skills that he has learned under his new trainer Joel Diaz. However, the fight was cut a bit short in the ninth round after a severe laceration on Smith's left ear called a halt to the fight. Vargas was victorious with scores of 89-82, 88-83 and 88-83.

"This was a great win for me, and I'm happy I ended the year on a good note," said Vargas. With my new team, I know I'll be back soon and in big fights. I want to be world champion again, and I'll be back very soon."

Rene "El Gemelo" Alvarado (28-8, 19 KOs) of Managua, Nicaragua headlined the HBO Latino Boxing double-header with an upset split decision victory against Denis Shafikov (38-4, 20 KOs) in a ten-round super featherweight fight. Alvarado defeated the native of Miass, Russia with scores of 96-93, 96-94 and 94-95.

Ireland's Aaron "Silencer" McKenna (1-0), the welterweight prospect who has recently signed with Golden Boy Promotions, made a successful professional debut with a four-round unanimous decision victory against Travis Conley (1-1, 1 KO) in the super welterweight division. McKenna won with three scores of 40-36.

Salido vs. Roman was a 10-round lightweight fight presented by Zanfer Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions, Promociones del Pueblo and Tom Loeffler. Vargas vs. Smith was a 10-round super featherweight presented by Zanfer Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions, Tom Leoffler, in association with Matchroom Boxing. The event took place on Dec. 9, 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Luis Nery stops Arthur Villanueva in six

Photo: German Villasenor

by German Villasenor

Gasmart Stadium, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico – In a fight card which could have easily been called ”The Night of the Southpaws” due to all four featured TV fighters competing out of the southpaw stance, the main eventer, reigning WBC bantamweight champion, Tijuana’s own Luis “Panterita” Nery faced Arthur “El Matador” Villanueva in a non-title bout.

Nery is proving a strong gate draw, as a very sizable and loud 7,000-plus crowd watched him score a TKO against a very game Villanueva at the end of six in the TV Azteca/beIN Sports Espanol/Zanfer Promotions card.

The smaller, slicker Nery used angles, a sneaky jab and hooks to keep Villanueva at bay in the first few rounds.

Things heated up in the fourth frame, with Villanueva getting on the inside and forcing a heated exchange toward the end of the round, dropping Nery to a knee in a flash knockdown. Nery, unhurt, quickly bounced back to beat the bell.

Nery came out charging, to make up up for the knockdown in the fifth, letting his hands go. Villanueva would try his best to counter Nery’s attack and stem his offense, going into the sixth frame.

Nery pressured effectively in the sixth, forcing the referee to step in and call the fight off at 1:19 into the round, as the Filipino was unable to defend himself, while being battered against the ropes.

With the win, Nery moved to 25-0 (19), while Villanueva dropped to 31-3 (17).

Fans in attendance were buzzing with the notion that they would see the WBC-mandated rematch between Nery and former champion Shinsuke Yamanaka early next year at the same venue.


Skilled southpaw, current WBO International junior welterweight titleholder and former WBO world lightweight title challenger Jose “Chon” Zepeda, 28-1 (23), used precise combination punching to stop a tough but limited Abner “Jaeger” Lopez at 1:17 into the sixth round of a scheduled ten.

Zepeda suffered a bloody cut around his left eye in the second round due to an accidental headbutt.

Junior lightweight Elvis “Rockanrolero” Torres remained undefeated at 18-0 (11) by winning a rather lopsided unanimous decision, via equally unanimous scores of 78-74, in eight, against Adrian “Chinito” Young, 23-4 (18), in a much closer bout.

The southpaw Torres threw wide, looping shots all night, looking for a one-punch KO, which never came, while utilizing a useless pawing jab, which allowed the more seasoned Young to gain range and seemingly control the pace with a stiff, hard jab and lateral movement.

It would not matter, as the fight went to the cards, with Young suffering an accidental cut alongside his right eye, by the end of the final round.

In the televised opener, Tijuana’s Sandra “La Perla Negra” Robles, kept her WBA women’s No. 1 ranking by defeating a very tough, plucky Linda Contreras in an eight-round junior flyweight bout.

As per usual in most women’s fights, both ladies threw down for the majority of the time, with neither going down and warming up the crowd for the fights that followed.

Robles moved to 19-2 (9), while Contreras saw her record dip to 1-2 (1).


New York, NY: Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev regained his WBO Light Heavyweight World Title in classic Krusher fashion with a second round stoppage of Vyacheslav Shabranskyy at the Theater at Madison Square Garden and live on HBO World Championship Boxing. Kovalev came out of the gates swinging, knocking down Shabranskyy twice in the first round. The second round continued with more hard shots from The Krusher and a third knockdown. Finally, at 2:36 of the second round, the referee called a halt to the action and Kovalev was named the new WBO champ.

The punch stats clearly favor Kovalev, who connected for 50 of 113 punch attempts (44%) compared to 16 of 71 for Shabranskyy (23%). The Krusher also landed 62% of his power punches (36 of 58), compared to 30% (8 of 27) for Shabranskyy. Finally, for jabs Sergey landed 25% (14 of 55) and Shabranskyy landed 18% (8 of 44).

After the fight Kovalev said, "I did it and worked very hard to get to champion status. My brain, mentally, my conditioning, my body - I'm back. It's my goal to be the best in this division. I am here, I love boxing, I love to make great fights. This makes boxing interesting. We can make good fights for boxing fans, and make boxing history. Let's find out who is the best. Chickenson is on my list.This is very good for boxing. Let's do it."

Barrera and Valera
Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/Main Events

The co-feature of the evening started off with a bang as both Sullivan Barrera (21-1, 14 KOs) of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Felix Valera (162, 13 KOs) of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic scored knockdowns in the first round.

In the second round, Valera began to taunt Sullivan with his antics but Barrera countered with hard shots that put a quick end to the showboating. However, Barrera suffered a cut over his left eye that started to swell in the second round. Shortly after the bell rang to start the third round, Valera hit Barrera with a low blow that cost him a point on the judges' scorecards.

Both fighters continued to trade hard shots over the next few rounds. In the sixth, the action continued to intensify and referee Mike Ortega deducted another point from Valera for hitting Sullivan with the second low-blow of the night. The low blows continued in the eighth and the referee took another point away from Valera. However, at the start of the ninth round, it was Barrera who lost a point for a low blow. This exciting grudge match continued into the tenth and final round with both competitors trading big shots. At the end of ten exciting rounds, the judges all scored the bout in favor of Barrera (98-88, 97-90 and 97-89).

"It was a tough, awkward fight," explained Barrera. "I have beaten two of the three light heavyweights shown on HBO. I'm just waiting to finally get the opportunity I deserve."

The live HBO telecast began with a controversial decision between Yuriorkis Gamboa (28-2, 17 KOs) of Miami, Florida and Jason Sosa (20-3-4, 15 KOs) of Camden, New Jersey. Despite a deducted point for holding in the tenth, Gamboa was declared the winner by majority decision after ten hard-fought rounds. The scorecards varied widely for this bout. One referee scored the contest 94-94. The other two judges scored the fight for Gamboa 95-93 and 96-92.

In the ring following the fight the two fighters had this exchange:

Gamboa: "I'm sorry I didn't give you a better match. I only had 3 weeks to prepare."
Sosa: "That's boxing"
Gamboa: "You gave a great fight. You have a great heart."
Sosa: "I was a fun fight. I took some breaks but I thought I did enough to win. I know I did enough to win the fight. I didn't get hurt at all during the fight. I spar with middleweights so that was nothing."
Gamboa: "It was a good fight. I didn't have enough time to train. I only had three weeks. I didn't have time to get ready. I needed 2 or 3 more weeks to lose the weight correctly. Of course the decision was good. I think I won every round. Except for the knockdown and the point deduction."

Grozny, Russia native Bakhram Murtazaliev (11-0, 9 KOs) kept his stoppage streak alive with his seventh straight knockout over Carlos Galvan (16-6-1, 15 KOs) of Antioquia, Colombia at 1:31 of round five.

After the fight Murtazaliev said, "The fight went as it went. I didn't think my opponent would be in the ring that long. He has a big heart. All respect to him."

When asked about fighting at Madison Square Garden he added, "It looked like what I dreamed all my life. I'm not that famous a boxer, but I want to say thank you to all my fans. I promise more exciting fights in the future."

After a 14-month layoff Brooklyn's own Frank "Notorious" Galarza (18-2-2, 11 KOs) made his triumphant return to the ring with a lopsided unanimous decision victory over Jaime Herrera (15-5-1, 8 KOs) of Chicago, Illinois. Herrera suffered a cut over his left eye in the fifth round but managed to finish the fight. The judges scored the fight 78-74, 80-72 and 79-73 all in favor of the hometown hero.

The comeback kid was ecstatic after the fight. He said, "I feel good after a 14-month layoff, shaking off some ring rust. I'm so grateful for Main Events to put me on their card. Hopefully I'll be back in the Garden soon. It felt great, it was where I belong. It felt right. Not many places you can call home but this is one for me. I'm grateful for my supporters, for people who waited it out for me. As a Brooklyn native, a person from New York who's been around, they support me and that's the best thing."

Meiirim Nursultanov
Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/Main Events

Middleweight prospect Meiirim "The Sultan" Nursultanov (5-0, 4 KOs) of Astana, Kazakhstan needed less than two rounds to stop the previously undefeated Eric Moon (7-1, 6 KOs) of Atlanta, Georgia. The referee stopped the contest at 1:54 of the second round.

"I prepared to fight more rounds," explained Nursultanov. "I think I showed a very professional fight. Many people thanked me, I win more fans every fight. I'm looking forward to having more success. I want to be a unified world champion someday. I sparred with [Sergey] Kovalev, we helped each other. Tonight's fight was so far because of this very good experience. Thank you to Sergey."

Rodriguez Knockdown of Duarte
Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/Main Events

New York native "Lightning" LeShawn Rodriguez (8-0, 7 KOs) stopped Alex Duarte (7-3, 5 KOs) of Sao Paulo, Brazil at 1:48 of the third round. Rodriguez recently returned to the ring last month after an 11-month injury layoff. His performance against Duarte tonight proves the 24-year is back!

"It feels good always to win, but to win by knockout is better, sensational, spectacular," said Rodriguez. "I felt at home. A lot of people came out to see me. This is the first time I've fought in New York since I turned pro."

Former kickboxer Enriko Gogokhia (7-0, 3 KOs) of Zugdidi, Georgia improved his undefeated record with a unanimous decision victory over Jose Abreu (13-3, 8 KOs) of the Dominican Republic. Two judges had the score 59-54 and the third judge scored the bout 60-53, all in favor of Gogokhia.

When asked about the fight Gogokhia replied, "It was a good fight, good opponent with a good record. it was harder because the opponent was ready and he also wanted to win. I was just getting started by the last round. Still, a victory is a victory."

In the first bout of the evening Bronx native Ismael Villarreal (1-0) made his professional debut with an impressive shutout unanimous decision over Race Sawyer (0-5) of Salt Lake City, Utah. One judge scored the bout 40-35 while the other two scored the contest 40-36 in favor of Villarreal.

After the fight Villarreal said, "It totally felt different than the amateurs. There were so many more people looking at me. I was trying to look good, I was focused on the knockout because it was my very first professional fight. I learned I have to work harder and be careful not to get hit."


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Photo Credit: Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Magdaleno Stops Dos Santos in Two.

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

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