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COTTO INKS MULTIFIGHT DEAL WITH GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS STARTING WITH AUGUST 26 BATTLE AGAINST YOSHIHIRO KAMEGAI FOR VACANT WBO JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP



BOXING LEGENDS REUNITE AS OSCAR DE LA HOYA AND GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS PARTNER WITH MIGUEL COTTO AND MIGUEL COTTO PROMOTIONS ON UPCOMING FIGHTS, DEVELOPING PROSPECTS AND ADVANCING BOXING IN PUERTO RICO

Tickets for Cotto-Kamegai at StubHub Center in Carson, California to go on sale Thursday, June 1

LOS ANGELES (May 31, 2017) : Four-division world champion and surefire first ballot Hall of Famer Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) will return to Golden Boy Promotions for a multi-fight deal starting with his 12-round bout for the vacant WBO Light Middleweight World Championship against Yoshihiro "El Maestrito" Kamegai (27-3-2, 24 KOs). The fight will be on Saturday August 26 from Carson, Calif's StubHub Center and live on HBO World Championship Boxing starting at 9:45 p.m. EST/PST.

In addition, Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotion will partner with Cotto and Miguel Cotto Promotions on developing prospects, advancing boxing in Cotto's Puerto Rico homeland and promoting the boxing legend's upcoming fights.

"Miguel Cotto is not only a legend in the ring, but on the entire island of Puerto Rico, which has one of the richest boxing traditions around the globe," said Golden BWoy Promotions Chairman and CEO Oscar De La Hoya. "Our new partnership will include Miguel's upcoming fights; working with Miguel Cotto Promotions' talented stable of fighters; and revitalizing boxing in Puerto Rico."

A key element of the partnership will see boxing series Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN broadcast a number of cards from Puerto Rico in the coming months and years. This is the first time in 15 years that ESPN will put on a show from Puerto Rico.

"I'm very proud to establish a tremendous partnership with Golden Boy Promotions and Oscar," said Cotto, who is shooting for his sixth world title on August 27th. "It couldn't work better -- from a boxer to a boxer. We share the same mentality and language of the sport and the business. We will create the perfect opportunities for the sport of boxing and the fans."

Cotto has held world titles in the super lightweight, welterweight, junior middleweight and middleweight divisions and has fought and defeated a who's who of elite fighters over the last 15 years including Kelson Pinto, Demarcus "Chop Chop" Corley, Ricardo "Mochuelo" Torres, Paulie "Magic Man" Malignaggi, Zab "Super" Judah, Sugar Shane Mosley, Antonio "El Tornado de Tijuana" Margarito, Ricardo "El Matador" Mayorga and Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez.

"It's a big pleasure to work together with Golden Boy Promotions," said Hector Soto, Vice President of Miguel Cotto Promotions. "We've always had a great relationship beyond boxing with them for more than 10 years. We look forward to make the best fights and best shows for the fans."

Tickets for Cotto vs. Kamegai will be priced at $200, $100, $50 and $25, plus applicable taxes, fees and services charges and go on sale on Thursday June 1st at 10am PT. Tickets can be purchased at AXS.com, by phone at 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849), and at StubHub Center Box Office (Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. PT to 6 p.m. PT). VIP Suites are available by calling 877-604-8777. For more information on group discounts or VIP packages, call 877-234-8425.

Cotto vs. Kamegai, a 12-round fight for the vacant WBO World Junior Middleweight Championship, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions in association with Teiken Promotions and sponsored by Tecate "BORN BOLD." The event will take place Saturday, August 26 at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing starting at 9:45 p.m. EST/PST.


ERROL SPENCE JR. DETHRONES KELL BROOK BEFORE 27,000 FANS WITH 11TH ROUND TKO

George Groves Wins WBA Super Middleweight Championship With Sixth Round TKO

An Encore Presentation of Saturday’s SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® Telecast Will Air Tonight and Sunday, May 28 at 8:30 a.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME and again on Monday, May 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME®


SHEFFIELD (May 27, 2017) – Undefeated welterweight Errol Spence Jr. dethroned defending champion Kell Brook and won the IBF Welterweight World Championship with an 11th round TKO (1:47) in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Saturday in front of 27,000 raucous fans at Bramall Lane in Sheffield, England. VIDEO: http://s.sho.com/2r86M9W

Spence, (22-0, 19 KOs), who with this victory became the first American to dethrone an Englishman on British soil in nearly a decade, executed a brilliant game plan to strip Brook, (31-2, 25 KOs), of his belt before his hometown crowd.

The early rounds were close and competitive with Brook holding the upper hand. But Spence attacked the body from the southpaw position with accuracy. Jabs, counter lefts and body shots inflicted damage on Brook, who from the seventh on started having issues with his badly swollen left eye.

Spence dropped Brook in the 10th and Brook took a knee in the 11th from the accumulation of damage. Brook was counted out and referee Howard Foster waved the fight off.

In the final three rounds Spence out-landed Brook 92-27 overall and 72-25 power.

“I came out and I tried to do my best tonight. I’m happy I won but I’m critical of my performance,” Spence said. “I was overshooting my left. I give myself a B minus. I had a little trouble overusing my counter left.

“Brook is a great fighter, a true champion, but also a tricky fighter. He finds you from tricky angles and he can fight.

“I came here to his back yard in front of 30,000. That’s what real champions do. I fought a real champion tonight and I proved non-believers that I can fight. I’ve proven I have a chin and I have true grit.

“This fight was tougher than I thought it was going to be. I showed I can take a punch and I can throw a punch. I can face adversity and I can win.

“Brook went to America to take the title from an American, like a true champion. I came here to his hometown to get that title back from him. I wanted to win like true champion, and I did because that is what champions do.

“He was hurt. He was tired. He came firing shots, I came firing shots. But there was a moment I realized I had to step up my game and I did.”

When the 27-year-old Texan was asked about his plans for the future, he answered without hesitation, “Now is man down, start of season two. I want to unify divisions. I want all the champions. I want [Keith] Thurman, Manny Pacquiao. I want to fight the best, just like true champions do.”

Brook, who was clearly disappointed with his performance acknowledged that Spence hurt him in the seventh.

“I got caught on the left eye in the seventh and it felt really bad,” Brook said. “It was the one the worst feelings I ever had. Kind of like when GGG hit me on fracture my orbital bone. It was devastating. I just couldn’t see.

“It was a competitive fight. He got some rounds. I won some rounds too. I felt I was winning, but my eye didn’t allow me to continue. I just couldn’t see. You can’t fight if you can’t see.

“I got put down, and I got up because I’m warrior. I got up and kept on fighting, but on the eleven I just couldn’t see. I had to take the knee.”

Spence landed 44 percent of his power shots (comparable to the nearly 43 percent he landed in his four previous CompuBox-tracked fights) and 71 of his 246 total connects were to the body.

In the co-feature event of the evening, super middleweight George Groves won the vacant WBA Super Middleweight title with blistering assault that ended in stoppage at 1:13 of the sixth round.

Groves, (26-3, 19 KOs), who was making his fourth attempt to win a world title, out-classed and out-landed his opponent, former super middleweight world champion Fedor Chudinov, (14-2, 10 KOs), landing 58 percent of his total punches as well as 78 percent of his power shots.

Live coverage of Groves vs. Chudinov was provided by Sky Sports Box Office with and aired exclusively in the U.S. on the SHOWTIME Sports Facebook page and the SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel.

“I’ve got no words,” Groves said filled of joy. “It’s a lifetime’s work achieved. I’m over the moon. I want to thank everyone who made this happen, Shane McGuigan who has resurrected my career, and now I’m mature enough to admit that he brings the best out of me.

“In the end, I would have carried on punching until everyone had left and they kicked me out. I wasn’t going to let this belt slip. [Chudinov] was catching me around the back of the head from the start, he has really devastatingly long arms, but I found my feet.”

When Groves was asked what he’d like to do next, he said: “Who wants to fight me? I’m sick and tired of chasing people. I’m sure there’s people that want to have a crack at me now. I’m really looking forward to seeing Callum Smith win a WBC belt, truly believe he’s going to do that. maybe Paul Smith will pick up a world title, maybe me and him can do it again but right now I’m going to savor my win and spend quality time with my family and celebrate with my wonderful team. "

An encore presentation of Saturday’s SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast will air tonight and Sunday, May 28 on SHOWTIME and again on Monday, May 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME®.

The full telecast is available on SHOWTIME ON DEMAND® and SHOWTIME ANYTIME®.

Tickets Now on Sale for Stacked July 15 HBO Boxing After Dark Tripleheader at 'Fabulous' Forum

WBC Super Featherweight World Champion Miguel Berchelt to Make First Title Defense Against Former Champion Takashi Miura in Main Event

New Video Released Showing Devastating Power of Combatants

LOS ANGELES (May 24, 2017) - Tickets for the stacked July 15 show at Los Angeles' "Fabulous" Forum are now on sale, and Golden Boy Promotions today released a video showing the kind of power that will be on display in the main event between newly crowned WBC World Super Featherweight Champion Miguel "El Alacran" Berchelt (31-1, 28 KOs) and mandatory challenger Takashi Miura (31-3-2, 24 KOs).

Tickets are priced at $25, $50, $75 and $125, not including applicable service charges and taxes, with a total ticket limit of 12 per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or the Forum Box Office (Monday through Friday 11:00 a.m. PST to 7:00 p.m. PST) at (310) 330-7300. Tickets will also be available for purchase at www.fabulousforum.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

While the main event that has "Fight of the Year" candidate written all over it, the co-main and HBO opener are can't miss action fights, as well.

In the co-main, Panamanian superstar and WBA Super Featherweight World Champion Jezreel "El Invisible" Corrales (21-1, 8 KOs) will look to keep his title and undefeated record, as he makes his stateside debut against a resurgent Robinson "Robin Hood" Castellanos (24-12, 14 KOs), hot off his massive upset victory over three-division world champion Yuriorkis Gamboa.

Opening up the televised card, WBC International Light Heavyweight Champion Joe Smith, Jr. (23-1, 19 KOs) will return West from Long Island to put his belt on the line against the Miami-based Sullivan Barrera (19-1, 14 KOs) in a battle of heavy-handed sluggers.

Berchelt vs. Miura, a 12-round fight for the WBC Super Featherweight World Championship, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Zanfer Promotions and Teiken Promotions. Corrales vs. Castellanos is presented by Golden Boy Promotions. Smith vs. Barerra is presented by Star Boxing in association with Main Events. The event is sponsored by Tecate, BORN BOLD and Casa Mexico Tequila and will take place on Saturday, July 15 at Los Angeles' "Fabulous" Forum and televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark at 9:50 P.M EST/PST.

For more information visit www.goldenboypromotions.com and www.hbo com/boxing, follow on Twitter at @GoldenBoyBoxing, @hboboxing, and become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing, visit us on Instagram at @GoldenBoyBoxing, and follow the conversation using #bercheltmiura.


CANELO ALVAREZ SHUTS OUT JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ, JR. IN CINCO DE MAYO WEEKEND SPECTACULAR AT SOLD-OUT T-MOBILE ARENA IN LAS VEGAS


(L-R, Canelo Alvarez raises fist after unanimous decision victory over Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. on May 6, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Photo Credit: Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions

CANELO ANNOUNCES MEGAFIGHT WITH UNIFIED MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION GENNADY "GGG" GOLOVKIN -- SEPTEMBER 16 SHOOTOUT TO BE BIGGEST FIGHT IN THE SPORT


Canelo Alvarez and Gennady "GGG" Golovkin face off at post-press conference after September 16 showdown announcement.

Photo Credit: Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions
LEMIEUX, MATTHYSSE AND DIAZ, JR. ALL SHINE IN VICTORIES ON HISTORIC CINCO DE MAYO HBO PAY-PER-VIEW UNDERCARD

LOS ANGELES (May 6, 2017) - No sooner did boxing's biggest star Canelo Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) dispatch Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (50-3-1, 32 KOs) in a dominant shutout victory over 12 rounds at the sold-out T-Mobile Arena on presented live on HBO Pay-Per-View, than the middleweight superstar announced that boxing's biggest fight - a showdown with Gennady "GGG" Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) - would take place on Mexican Independence Day weekend on September 16. Canelo beat Chavez, Jr. from pillar to post, earning a unanimous decision with all three judges scoring the fight 120-108.

Celebrities in attendance for the sell out crowd of 20,510 at T-Mobile Arena for Canelo vs. Chavez, Jr. included Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, Bernard Hopkins, Golden Boy Promotions business partner and future Hall of Famer, Julio Cesar Chavez, Sr., Mexican boxing legend and father to Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., former professional boxer and world champion Evander Holyfield, former three-division world champion Marco Antonio "Baby-faced Assasin" Barrera, former four-division world champion Erik "El Terrible" Morales, four-division world champion Juan Manuel "Dinamita" Marquez, WBC Diamond, WBA and Ring Magazine Lightweight World Champion Jorge "El Niño De Oro" Linares, former WBC Super Featherweight World Champion Francisco "El Bandido" Vargas, Middleweight world champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin, two-division world champion Andre Ward, UFC fighters Nate and Nick Diaz, comedian Dave Chapelle, musician and actor Ice Cube, Mexican singer, songwriter and actor Pepe Aguilar, EXTRA television host Mario Lopez, Mexican actor and model Gabriel Soto, Mexican regional artist Regulo Caro, Mexican regional artist Gerardo Ortiz, Mexican actress Geraldine Bazan, singer, songwriter and actress Paula DeAnda.

"Tonight, I showed I could move, I could box, I showed as a fighter I can do all things," Canelo said. "I thought I was going to showcase myself as a fighter that could throw punches, but he just wouldn't do it. I've shown I can do lots of things in the ring, anything a fighter brings-I've shown I can showcase myself. I wanted to try something new, I never sit down in sparring and I didn't want to sit here. GGG-you are next, my friend. The fight is done. I've never feared anyone, since I was 16, fighting as a professional. When I was born, fear was gone. I never got my share of fear. I'm very happy, and the rivalry is going to show my skills even more. I've had difficult fights, and that will no doubt be a tough fight. But, I always say, Canelo Alvarez is the best because I fight the best."

"Canelo beat me, he beat me at the distance," Chavez, Jr. said. "He is a very active fighter-he's very good and he beat me. I wanted to box but he went to the ropes and I just needed to throw more punches. I would've attacked more I would've been countered by his punches. Nacho told me to do that but the strategy didn't work. The speed and the distance was the key. I didn't feel that much power because I felt dwindled, I couldn't throw as many punches as I wanted. My father kept telling me to throw more punches from the ringside."

"I feel very excited; in September, it will be a different style-a big drama show," said Golovkin. "I'm ready. Tonight, first congrats to Canelo and his team. Right now, I think everyone is excited for September. Canelo looked very good tonight, and 100 percent he is the biggest challenge of my career. Good luck to Canelo in September."

In the co-main event, Montreal-based slugger David Lemieux (38-3, 33 KOs) won a hard-fought unanimous 10-round decision over an extremely game Marco "Dorado" Reyes (35-4, 26 KOs).The three judges all saw the super middleweight tilt for Lemieux by the scores of 98-91 and 99-90 twice. Lemieux beat and bloodied Reyes from the first round on, but Reyes never went down.

"He is a solid fighter," Lemieux said. "I give him the respect, he went the full 10 rounds. I could have done better but I hurt my hand after round two."

"We obviously came with the best we had," Reyes said. "In the last rounds, my objective was to throw as many shots as I could because I knew when I lost that point I was going to have to knock him out to win. He's a great fighter and there's a reason why he's the third ranked in the world. We're satisfied with the fight and the performance, and we did our best."

Returning from a year-and-a-half layoff and making his debut at welterweight, Lucas "La Maquina" Matthysse (38-4, 35 KOs) of Chubut, Argentina roared back from his time off with a thunderous fifth-round knockout of Cleverly, Maryland's Emanuel "Tranzformer" Taylor (20-5, 14 KOs).

"This victory motivates me, this is exactly what I needed to come back where I left off," Matthysse said. "I felt great inside the ring and I felt like I dominated the fight at the pace I wanted. I feel great and I'm ready for what's next."

"My plan going in was to win," Taylor said. "My opponent was a tough guy, but I don't know why the ref stopped the fight. I could've kept going more rounds. After this, it's back to training hard with my team."

Opening up the pay-per-view, 2012 Olympian Joseph "JoJo" Diaz, Jr. (24-0, 13 KOs) emerged victorious over Manuel "Tino" Avila (22-1, 8 KOs) in a 10-round battle for the NABF and NABO featherweight titles. Diaz of South El Monte, California, won a unanimous decision by the scores of 100-90 and 99-91 twice.

"My plan going in was to feel him out and be smart," Diaz, Jr. said "Once I had him figured him out, I knew I could keep digging at him with my jab and do work. In the last few rounds, I kept throwing body shots to hurt him, which worked. Next up, I'm looking for a world title shot."

"My timing wasn't there -- I felt like this was a learning experience," Avila said. "I need to learn how to pick up the pace in between rounds. Our styles were off and I felt like it could have been a better fight."

Closing the free-view, 15-time national amateur champion Ryan "Kingry" Garcia (9-0, 8 KOs) extended his knockout streak to five, knocking down Tyrone "Hands of Stone" Luckey (8-7-3, 6 KOs) mere seconds into the first round and unloading in the second until the referee waived off the fight.

"The better the competition, the better the fight for me," Garcia, fighting in the lightweight division, said. "I felt this was a really great chance for me to show off my skills because I usually get the knockout early. This fight was different because I was able to show how quick I can pop my opponent with a hook. People think because I'm small, I don't have power-but I have explosive power and speed. I'm ready to go make history from here."

In a quick turnaround from her March debut, 2012 Bronze Medalist Marlen Esparza (2-0) of Houston, Texas shut out Samantha Salazar (2-4-1) of Dallas, Texas over four rounds, earning the 40-36 unanimous victory on all three scorecards. The flyweight battle featured the debut of three-minute rounds in women's boxing in the state of Nevada.

"It's great to make history being the first woman in Nevada to do three-minute rounds," Esparza said. "I know it's been done elsewhere-but tonight it feels really special doing it in this fight. I plan on staying at three minutes and not going back to two minutes, so I know we will need to be strategic about how I train and fight."

Opening up the free view, 2016 Mexican Olympian Raul Curiel (1-0) of Tamaulipas made his professional debut a successful one, earning a unanimous victory decision over Michoacan, Mexico's Jesus Sanchez (1-2-2) in a four-round super welterweight affair.

"I thought I won all four rounds, but I got the win that I needed," Curiel said. "I thank God for me and my opponent being able to get out of the ring healthy and safe - he was a strong fighter. I'm going to go back to Mexico for vacation, and jump back into the ring to get ready for my next fight."

Continuing to build towards a world championship title shot, the slick Santa Ana California-based Ronny Rios (28-1, 13 KOs) unloaded power shots on Daniel "El Chato" Noriega (28-11-1, 15 KOs) until the referee waived off the fight in the fourth round of a scheduled 10-round super bantamweight fight.

"I'm obviously proud of the knock out win but I think as a fighter we are always critical of our performances," Rios said. "I need to clean up a lot of my mistakes including leaning forward too much and loading up my punches; however, I'm ready for a title shot and some Micheladas for the Cinco de Mayo weekend."

Opening up the action in the first fight of the evening, lightweight Joseph "Diamante" Aguirre (17-0, 9 KOs) from Cancun kept his undefeated record intact with a shutout unanimous, six-round decision over fellow Mexican countryman Angel "Sinaloa" Aispuro (8-5-2, 5 KOs).

"I hurt my hand in the third round, but I fought like I usually do so no one would notice, " said Joseph Aguirre. "I was and still am nervous, but at least I can say that I fought on such a big card. I feel like I had a good performance. My opponent was strong and came forward, and could take a punch."

Canelo vs. Chavez, Jr. was a 12-round fight presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with TGB sponsored by Tecate, BORN BOLD, O'Reilly Auto Parts, Adriana's Insurance and Interjet. Lemieux vs. Reyes was presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Eye of the Tiger Management, Matthysse vs. Taylor was a 10-round fight presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Arano Boxing and Star Boxing. Diaz, Jr. vs. Avila was presented by Golden Boy Promotions. The event took place on Saturday, May 6 at T-Mobile Arena and was produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®


ANTHONY JOSHUA KNOCKS OUT WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO TO BECOME UNIFIED HEAVYWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION SATURDAY ON SHOWTIME®

Joshua Overcomes First Professional Knockdown To Score 11th Round TKO In Front Of Record Crowd At London’s Wembley Stadium


LONDON (April 29, 2017) – Anthony Joshua was crowed the king of the heavyweight division Saturday live on SHOWTIME as he unified the division with an 11th round TKO of long-reigning champion Wladimir Klitschko before a record 90,000 fans at London’s Wembley Stadium.

Joshua, who remains a perfect 19-0 with 19 knockouts, overcame the first knockdown of his career to successfully defend his IBF belt and pick up the vacant WBA title.

Joshua knocked Klitschko down once in the fifth and twice in the 11th before referee David Fields stepped in to protect the defenseless former champion at 2:25 of the penultimate round.

“I’m not perfect but I’m trying,” Joshua said. “I got a bit emotional because I know I have doubters. I’m only going to improve. Sometimes you can be a phenomenal boxer, but boxing is about character. When you go into the trenches that’s when you find out who you really are.

“I came out and I won – that’s how far I had to dig. I came back and I fought my heart out.”

“As boxing states you leave your ego at the door and you respect your opponent. A massive shout out to Wladimir Klitschko for taking the fight. I don’t want to say too much because I don’t know if he wants to come back and fight me. He’s a role model in and out of the ring.”

After the fight, Joshua called out former heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, who dethroned Klitschko in 2015 but was subsequently forced to vacate his belts due to a number of issues outside the ring.

“Tyson Fury where you at, baby,” Joshua said. “Come on – that’s what they want to see. I just want to fight everyone. I’m really enjoying this right now.”

Klitschko floored Joshua in the sixth and was up on Steve Weisfeld’s scorecard at the time of the stoppage 95-93. The other two judges - Don Trella and Nelson Vazquez – had Joshua up 96-93 and 95-93, respectively.

“The best man won tonight and it’s an amazing moment for boxing. Anthony was better today than I. It’s really sad that I didn’t make it tonight. I was planning to do it. It didn’t work, but all the respect to Anthony.

“Of course we have a rematch in the contract. I need to analyze and see what the heck happened. I wish I could have raised my hands, but congrats to him. He got up, he fought back and he won the titles.”


CONLAN TO AMERICA!

IRELAND’S OLYMPIC BOXING HERO MICHAEL CONLAN RETURNS TO THE RING IN CHICAGO
FRIDAY, MAY 26, AT UIC PAVILION

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Tomorrow! Friday, April 28, at Noon CT


CHICAGO (April 27, 2017) – Chicago fight fans will have a chance to get their Irish up when Ireland's Olympic hero MICHAEL "MICK" CONLAN comes to town. Hot from his high-profile professional debut, a literal knockout performance which took place on St. Patrick’s Day at a sold-out Theater at Madison Square Garden, Conlan continues his U.S. tour, going from the Big Apple to the City of the Big Shoulders. He will headline a nationally-televised event on Friday, May 26, at UIC Pavilion, in a six-round featherweight bout. The card will also feature former world champion “Mile High” MIKE ALVARADO and undefeated Top-10 welterweight contender ALEX "El Cholo" SAUCEDO in separate 10 and eight-round bouts, respectively.

Promoted by Top Rank®, tickets to Conlan’s Chicago debut go on sale Tomorrow! Friday, April 28, at Noon CT. Priced at $102, $52 and $32, including the facility fee, tickets can be purchased at the UIC Pavilion Box Office (located on Racine in between Gate 3 and 4), Ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster retail locations. To charge by phone call 800-745-3000. The box office is open Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The box office accepts, cash, Visa, Mastercard, and Discover. They do not accept personal checks, or American Express.

“I'm delighted to be boxing in Chicago,” said Conlan. “Chicago being heavily populated with Irish, I've already had a huge amount of people contacting me about the fight. And for Top Rank to have me as a main event again with a fantastic undercard is great. I'm looking forward to going there and putting on a great show for the fans!”

"Michael is looking better and looking sharper in the gym. You will definitely see an even greater fighter in the ring in Chicago,” said Manny Robles, Conlan’s trainer. “Michael is eager to grow and learn each day. He understands his responsibility not only to his management and promoter but to his people and entire country. He wants to become a world champion and make his country proud. It is my job to help get him there."

"I'm really looking forward to Michael's next fight in Chicago. His debut was a huge success and I'm sure he will be receiving a similar reception from the Irish community in Chicago and from the Chicago fight fans,” said Matthew Macklin, a former three-time world champion challenger and Conlan’s manager. “Michael took a week off and was back in the gym sparring Jessie Magdaleno and working on all aspects of his game. He's very much a work in progress but he has all the talent in the world and is very dedicated. I expect him to settle down more in this fight and put on a great performance."

"The road to Mick's long-term success as a global boxing star stops in Chicago on May 26. And like Mick, Chicago is second to none as an international stage for expanding his fan base,” said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank. “His embedded fan base in Chicago makes it a natural for him to headline an internationally-televised event."

For his pro debut, Conlan (1-0, one KO), from Belfast, was led into the ring by UFC superstar Conor McGregor. But once the bell rang to start the fight, it was all Conlan, out-boxing and out-slugging the more experienced Tim Ibarra (4-5, one KO), of Denver, winning the fight by a third-round knockout. Conlan, 25, from Belfast, produced one of the most memorable moments during last summer's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. A loss in the bantamweight quarterfinals to Russia's Vladimir Nikitin was arguably the most controversial of the boxing tournament. In fact Conlan hurt Nikitin so badly that the Russian forfeited his semifinal fight because he wasn't able to recuperate from the injuries he suffered from the pasting he received from Conlan. After the decision was announced, Conlan saluted the judges with both middle fingers followed by a series of post-fight interviews ripping the decision and accusing the International Boxing Association (AIBA), which oversees amateur boxing, of corruption. AIBA sent the judges who worked that fight home in the wake of the immediate public outrage. Conlan further added to his legend by sending a Tweet to Russian president Vladimir Putin, "How much did they charge you bro???" A former amateur standout who was a 2012 Olympic Bronze medalist and 2015 World Amateur Champion -- a first for a male Irish fighter -- Conlan trains in Los Angeles with Manny Robles and spars regularly with Robles’ champion fighters.

Alvarado (34-4, 23 KOs) of Denver, has several notable fights on his impressive resume, including a rematch victory over Brandon "Bam Bam" Rios, on March 30, 2013, which not only avenged Alvarado's loss to Rios in 2012's Fight of the Year, but also made Alvarado the new World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight world champion. Notable Alvarado knockout victims have included Breidis Prescott, Ray Narh, Emmanuel Clottey and Cesar Bazan. In 2012 Alvarado fought in two Fights of the Year-nominated fights. On April 14, 2012, Alvarado went toe-to-toe for 10 brutal and exciting rounds winning a unanimous decision over Mauricio Herrera (18-1, 7 KOs). Herrera entered that fight world-rated No. 7 and riding a two-year, five-bout winning streak, highlighted by victories over future world champion Ruslan Provodnikov (17-0) and Mike Dallas, Jr. (17-1-1). That was followed by his first fight with Rios in October. Alvarado's world title reign ended in his first defense, on October 19, 2013, where he suffered a12th-round TKO to Ruslan Provodnikov in front of a sold-out crowd in his Denver homecoming.

Saucedo, (24-0, 15 KOs), from Oklahoma City, is world-rated No. 8 by the WBO. Trained by 2015 BWAA Trainer of the Year Abel Sanchez, Saucedo returns to the ring fresh from dishing out a second-round TKO to Johnny Garcia in a bout that took place on the undercard of Conlan’s pro debut. Saucedo, 22, is co-managed by Churchill Management, which includes filmmaker Peter Berg as a principal.


Conlan Stops Ibarra at the Theater, Madison Square Garden on St. Patrick's Day

By Francisco Villasenor

March 17, 2017- In the main event, in a full green house, debuting Irish 2016 Olympian, Super bantamweight Michael Conlan stopped Tim Ibarra at :53 seconds of the third frame of a scheduled six rounds.

With a basic, solid jab and hooking lefts and right, Conlan controlled the pace from the onset.
Conlan switched to
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ADRIEN BRONER DEFEATS ADRIAN GRANADOS
VIA SPLIT DECISION SATURDAY ON SHOWTIME®
FROM CINTAS CENTER AT XAVIER UNIVERSITY IN CINCINNATI


Lamont Peterson Edges David Avanesyan to Become Two-Division Champion; Marcus Browne Knocks Out Thomas Williams Jr.



CINCINNATI (Feb. 19, 2017) –
Adrien Broner and Adrian Granados battled in a close, back-and-forth main event Saturday on SHOWTIME, with the four-division world champion Broner eking out a split decision victory from Cintas Center at Xavier University in his hometown of Cincinnati.

The fight, which was scored 97-93 Broner, 97-93 Granados and 96-94 Broner, was a tale of accuracy vs. activity. Granados (18-5-2, 11 KOs), a native of Chicago, was the busier fighter, throwing 683 total punches compared to 403 for Broner (33-2, 24 KOs). But “The Problem” connected at a 41 percent rate, compared to just 21 percent for his opponent.

The fight was fought largely on the inside, which Broner said was because he hurt his left hand in the first round and couldn’t work off his jab. Regardless of the reason, Granados was able to make the fight into the rough affair he had predicted.

“I knew that Adrian Granados was going to come tough,” Broner said. “At the end of the day, I was beating him up. This was an easy one for me. I feel good.

“Adrian Granados is a world-class fighter, a lot of guys duck him but I wanted to fight him because that's what I'm about. Inside this ring it's business. Granados is a great friend of mine. It's nothing personal.

“I'm taking my career more seriously and being more positive. I want to apologize to everyone who looks up to me and has seen the foolish things I've done. I'm ready to be a better role model, a better father figure and a better star for everyone.”

Granados clearly disagreed with the decision and voiced his displeasure afterward.

“I knew it wasn’t a pretty fight but I'm thankful to my team,” Granados said. “You already know, there were all types of games that they played with me. We had to change the weights. We had to change the scale. They are just playing all kind of games. I just want to be treated fairly.

“I understand, I don't have a perfect record, but I can beat any of these guys. You have seen the scorecards. Split decision. Come on. Give me another one. Let's do it again. I can’t wait to watch this fight, because I know I won.

“Come to my house. He fought smart and did his thing. If he thinks he did it this time, let's do it again. Let’s do it in my house. Come to Chicago."

In the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING co-feature, Lamont Peterson (35-3-1, 17 KOs) narrowly edged WBA (regular) Welterweight World David Avanesyan (22-2-1, 11 KOs) in an entertaining 12-round unanimous decision (115-113, 116-112 twice) to become a two-division champion.

The fight was fought at close quarters from the outset. Peterson attacked on the inside instead of working off his jab, as was largely his game plan when he unified the 140-pound division. Avanesyan and Peterson traded body punches and uppercuts, but it was Peterson who was more fluid and effective in the second half of the fight. Peterson committed to the body in the later rounds, connecting on 98 shots to the body over 12 rounds.

Both fighters connected on 40 percent of their total punches, but the real difference was that Peterson connected on 39 percent of his power shots compared to 29 percent for Avanesyan.

“I was expecting to pick up where I left off,” Peterson said of his 16-month layoff. “That may seem like a long time, but if you’re in the gym it’s not a long time. I took some steps forward tonight. We’re looking to get back in camp and keep moving.

“I expected to put pressure on him the way I did. I didn’t think he would fight back as hard as he did. He showed he’s a champion and shows he’s at this level. I want to fight anyone in the welterweight division now.”

Avanesyan admitted it was a close fight but thought he did enough to get the decision.

“I thought that I was landing my punches more cleanly while his punches were being blocked,” Avanesyan said. “Lamont is very good but I thought the judges were impressed with his movement, but I had the power.”

In the opening bout of the evening, Marcus Browne (19-0, 14 KOs) knocked down Thomas Williams Jr. (20-3, 14 KOs) three times on his way to a sixth-round KO (:42).

The southpaw vs. southpaw scrap was chippy from the opening bell. Browne capitalized on his significant reach advantage and controlled the distance with his jab, as Williams struggled to fight effectively on the inside.

In a bizarre second round, the undefeated 2012 U.S. Olympian scored a knockdown with a straight right and then cracked Williams with a left hook to the back of his head while he was on his knee. After some confusion, referee Ken Miliner correctly deducted a point from Browne and gave Williams five minutes to rest. Williams took the nearly full five-minute allotment but never seemed the same when he returned.

Browne floored Williams again in the fourth with a counter right hook, Williams beat the count but consistently ate shots as he struggled to gauge the distance. The third and final knockdown happened courtesy of a right hook in the opening minute of the sixth. Williams remained on the canvas complaining of an injured jaw, and failed to beat the 10-second count.

“He didn’t’ look like he went down, so I made sure he went down,” Browne said of the incident in the second round. “He was trying to stand up in the squat position so I pushed him down a bit more. He was in a squat – I didn’t see his gloves. I’m sorry. I wasn’t being dirty.”

The Staten Island native then called out WBC Light Heavyweight World Champion Adonis Stevenson: “Adonis, just give me my chance. Let’s go. I want that strap.”

Saturday’s tripleheader will re-air Monday at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME. It is also available on SHOWTIME ON DEMAND and SHOWTIME ANYTIME.


THREE WBC INTERNATIONAL TITLE FIGHTS HEADLINE
GHANA’S INDEPENDENCE DAY RUMBLE
ON MARCH 11 IN GHANA!!

ACCRA, GHANA, (February 14, 2017) In celebration of Ghana’s 60th Independent Anniversary, Streetwise Promotions in association with Errol Hawks Sports Management present three WBC International Title fights on Saturday, March 11 at the newly built Bukom Boxing Arena in the capital city of Ghana.

“We’re thrilled to work with Mauricio Sulaiman and the World Boxing Council to present this outstanding night of boxing on March 11,” said MICHAEL AMOO-BEDIAKO of Streetwise Promotions. “It’s an honor to be part of Ghana’s 60th Independent Anniversary.”

In the main event, Lightweight World Title Challenger RICHARD COMMEY, (24-2-0, 22 KO’s) will battle Belgium’s HEDI SLIMANI, (26-2-0, 14 KO’s) in the 12-round main event for the WBC International Silver Lightweight Title.

Commey had a very hard luck 2016 campaign but will be looking to kick off 2017 in style in his home country.

On September 19, 2016, Commey traveled to Reading, Pennsylvania to challenge Robert Easter, Jr. for the vacant IBF Lightweight World Title, losing a very hard fought 12-round split decision which included the ninth round, a stanza lauded by many in the international boxing media as the “Round of the Year”.

Commey followed up that valiant performance by fighting Denis Shafikov on December 2, 2016 in Moscow, Russia. Fighting again in epic 12-round battle, Commey came up just short losing a split decision.

The 29-year-old Slimani is coming off a very successful 2016 with three victories. Fighting mostly in Belgium throughout his seven-year professional career, Slimani recently defeated Argentinian veteran Vicente Martin Rodriguez in a ten round unanimous decision on November 11 in Zwevezele, Belgium.

Co-featured on March 11, FREDRICK “GENERAL OKUNKA” LAWSON, (24-1-0, 20 K0's) will face off against Jamaica’s SAKIMA MULLINGS, (19-2-0, 14 KO’s) in a scheduled 12-rounder for the WBC International Silver Welterweight Title.

Coming back from a year-long layoff due to injuries, Lawson will be looking to regain his top contender status in the welterweight division.

Following excellent victories over fellow contenders Ray Narh and Breidis Prescott, Lawson was stopped in the 10th round against Kevin Bizier on November 7, 2015, when he suffered a broken jaw.

The upset minded Mullings will be looking to stay in the win column currently riding a modest two-bout winning streak.

Rounding out the headlining bouts on the outstanding card, undefeated and world ranked bantamweight prospect DUKE “The Baby Faced Terminator” MICAH, (19-0-0, 17 KO’s) will clash with JONATHAN “El Fenix” AGUILAR, (17-4-0, 15 KO’s) of Chiapas, Mexico, in a 12-round bout for the WBC International Silver Bantamweight Title.

The 25-year-old Micah has thrilled crowds in the United Kingdom and Ghana since turning professional four years ago.

Most recently Micah won the vacant Commonwealth (British Empire) Bantamweight Title with a brilliant 12-round decision over Matthew Chanda on November 12, 2016.

Just 23-years-old, the battle tested Aguilar is riding an 11-bout winning streak dating back to May 2014. This will be his first fight outside of Mexico.


 

 

 

 

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AZAT HOVHANNISYAN TO FACE NEW OPPONENT ISAO CARRANZA FOR LA FIGHT CLUB MAIN EVENT ON ESTRELLA TV'S BOXEO ESTELAR

HOVHANNISYAN VS. CARRANZA
FIGHT WEEK MEDIA SCHEDULE

Tickets still on Sale!

LOS ANGELES (May 31, 2017): LA FIGHT CLUB is making its grand return to the historic Belasco Theater this Friday, June 2nd with new main-event led by slick Armenian fighter Azat "Attack" Hovhannisyan (11-2, 10 KOs) taking on tough competition against newly added opponent Isao "Kato" Carranza (15-8-1, 8 KOs) representing Mexico City. The eight-round super bantamweight fight will be televised live on Estrella TV's Boxeo Estelar, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT.

Hovhannisyan vs. Carranza is an eight-round super bantamweight fight presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Tecate "Born BOLD", Casa Mexico Tequila, and Adriana's Insurance. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. PT and the first fight begins at 6:00 p.m. PT. The Boxeo Estelar broadcast will air live on Estrella TV at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. The card will also stream live on EstrellaTV.com and on YouTube via LBI Media, Inc.'s Fenomeno Studios. The Ring TV live stream will begin at approximately 6:00 p.m. PT through 7:00 p.m. Mark your calendars and buy your tickets for the upcoming shows on July 14, August 10, September 1, October 6, November 3, and December 1.

Tickets for LA FIGHT CLUB are starting at only $20 with Flex Passes for multiple fight packages, Group Tickets and Knockout Experience upgrade are available for purchase now at www.goldenboypromotions.com, the Golden Boy Promotions Facebook page, by calling 213-233-2957.


STEVENSON-FONFARA I FULL FIGHT AVAILABLE ON SHOWTIME SPORTS® YOUTUBE CHANNEL IN ADVANCE OF SATURDAY’S LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE REMATCH LIVE ON SHOWTIME®

Watch Stevenson-Fonfara I:

SHOWTIME Sports has released the 2014 matchup between Adonis Stevenson and Andrzej Fonfara in its entirety in advance of their rematch this Saturday live on SHOWTIME from Bell Centre in Montreal. YouTube Link: http://s.sho.com/2pD0U7c

In their first meeting Stevenson edged Fonfara in an all-action matchup in which both fighters scored knockdowns. It remains the only time the WBC Light Heavyweight Champion has touched the canvas in his eight world title fights.

SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Stevenson vs. Fonfara II airs live at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. In the opening bout of the telecast, WBC Light Heavyweight No. 1 contender Eleider Alvarez, Stevenson’s mandatory challenger, will face former 175-pound champion Jean Pascal.

Note: Geo-Blocked For U.S. & Canada Viewers Only


HOMETOWN HERO RANDY CABALLERO TO PUT NABF SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT TITLE ON THE LINE AGAINST FELLOW UNDEFEATED FIGHTER OSCAR NEGRETE - JUNE 30 EDITION OF GOLDEN BOY BOXING ON ESPN TO COME LIVE FROM FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT CASINO

WBC YOUTH SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPION LAMONT ROACH, JR., LIGHTWEIGHT STANDOUT RYAN MARTIN AND WELTERWEIGHT CONTENDER KEANDRE GIBSON ALL TO APPEAR IN SEPARATE BOUTS TELEVISED LIVE ON ESPN DEPORTES AND ESPN2 AT 10 P.M EST / 7 P.M. PST

PLUS, FORMER WBO AND IBF FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPION JORGE "EL MAROMERO" PAEZ AS VIP GUEST

Tickets go on sale Friday, May 26!

LOS ANGELES (May 25, 2017): Undefeated NABF Super Bantamweight Champion and Coachella native Randy "El Matador" Caballero (24-0, 14 KOs) will make his first title defense close to home as he takes on Los Angeles' Oscar "Jaguar" Negrete (16-0, 6 KOs) at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in a 10-round main event for the June 30th edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN.

This marks the 50th show that Golden Boy Promotions has put on at Fantasy Springs.

Former IBF and WBO Featherweight Champion, Mexican actor and circus performer Jorge "El Maromero" Paez (79-14-5, 51 KOs) will be the VIP guest for this June 30th Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN card. Best known for a fight career spanning nearly 20 years and three weight divisions, Paez faced many of the boxing greats in the 1990's including Oscar De La Hoya, Genaro Hernandez, Rafael Ruelas and Jesus Chavez. As the VIP guest of the night, Paez will be in attendance for the fights and will be on hand to meet fans; sign autographs and take pictures inside the Fantasy Springs Special Events Center before the ESPN broadcast begins. The meet-and-greet is open to the public with the purchase of a ticket to the event.
Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN will air live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes at 10 P.M. EST/7 P.M. PST

Caballero, a former IBF Bantamweight World Champion, looked impressive coming back after a long layoff on the inaugural edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN in March, taking a unanimous decision off of a game and rugged Jesus Ruiz. Now, Caballero takes on an undefeated fighter for only the second time in his career.

"I've told everyone who will listen that my goal is to regain a world championship belt, and this is another step on that path," Caballero said. "I know my opponent is undefeated, but he's never been in the ring with anyone close to my ability, and I'm confident that I'm going to take his "0" on June 30."

Negrete has built a solid resume culminating with a shutout, unanimous decision over Victor Ruiz on Cinco de Mayo weekend in Las Vegas.

"I'm excited to compete for my first regional belt, especially on ESPN," Negrete said. "People may overlook me, but after June 30, everyone will know that I am a force in the super bantamweight division."

In the co-main event, standout amateur and WBC Youth Super Featherweight Champion Lamont Roach, Jr. (13-0, 5 KOs) of Washington, D.C. will defend his title for the first time against a soon-to-be-named opponent in a 10-round scrap.

Hoping to make TV time, heavy-handed Genaro "El Conde" Gamez (4-0, 3 KOs) from San Diego, California, returns to Fantasy Springs for the first time since knocking an opponent clear out of the ring last September. This time, he will take on Miguel Barajas (2-2, 1 KO) from Guadalajara, Mexico in a six-round match-up of super featherweights.

On the non-televised portion of the card, lightweight contender Ryan "Blue Chip" Martin (18-0, 11 KOs) of Chattanooga, Tennessee will bring his unblemished record to the desert in an eight-round fight against a soon-to-be-named opponent.

Welterweight KeAndre "The Truth" Gibson (16-1-1, 7 KOs) will look to come back from the first loss of his career when he takes on Dennis "The Spartan" Dauti (14-2, 7 KOs) of Naousa, Greece in an eight-round affair.

Hot off his professional debut, standout amateur Luis Feliciano (1-0) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and fighting out of Rancho Cucamonga will be back in action for a six-round super lightweight showdown against Baltazar Ramirez (3-2, 3 KOs) of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

And opening up the card, Philadelphia native Damon "No Smilin" Allen (11-0-1, 5 KOs) will put his undefeated record on the line in an eight-round match-up of lightweights against a soon-to-be-named opponent.

Tickets for the event will go on sale Friday, May 26 start at $25 and will be available at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino box office, by calling 1-800-827-2946, or by purchasing online at www.FantasySprings.com

Caballero vs. Negrete is a 10-round battle for the NABF Super Bantamweight title presented by Golden Boy Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate "Born BOLD." and Hennessey, Never Stop, Never Settle. Doors open at 4:00 p.m. PT and the first fight begins at 4:15 p.m. PT. The ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes broadcast begins live from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino starting at 10:00 p.m. ET/7: 00 p.m. PT. ESPN3 live stream of the fight will begin at approximately 8:30 p.m. EST/5:30 p.m. PST.


DOUBLE UPSET ON GOLDEN BOY BOXING ON ESPN - ROBINSON CASTELLANOS AND JESUS ROJAS EARN KNOCKOUT VICTORIES ON CINCO DE MAYO CARD AT MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA IN LAS VEGAS

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."


Lightweight Contender Argenis Mendez Wins Split Decision Over Ivan Redkach in Main Event of Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 & BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes Live From Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City, CA

Brandon Figueroa and Jonathon Torres Also Victorious
In Televised Bouts


STUDIO CITY, CA. (May 2, 2017) - In the main event of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes, former world champion Argenis Mendez (24-5-1, 12 KOs), won a hotly contested split decision over Ivan Redkach (20-3-1, 16 KOs) from the world famous Sportsmen's Lodge Event Center in Studio City, Calif. promoted by featherweight world champion Leo Santa Cruz's Last Round Promotions.

Starting slowly and tactical in the first round, both fighters threw caution to the wind commencing with the second stanza as the relentless, attacking style of Redkach clashed with Mendez's more precise combinations. Throughout the fight, numerous clashes of heads took place with the southpaw Redkach and orthodox Mendez working to find their footing.

Redkach, a member of the 2008 Ukrainian Olympic team, now living in Los Angeles was also the victim of sometimes unique judgments by the referee, Raul Caiz Jr. In the third round, Redkach was deducted a point without prior warnings for rabbit punches.

With Mendez of Brooklyn, New York, scoring consistently with strong combinations, Redkach started loading up in the second half of the fight including two knockdowns, one each in the seventh and eighth rounds, neither of which were properly scored by the referee.

At the end of the exciting 10 rounds, Mendez was declared the winner by split decision with the scores 96-93, 95-94 for Mendez and 95-94 for Redkach.

Stated a visibly upset Redkach, "The judges were wrong. I won that fight.

"I felt that I knocked him down and the referee didn't call it and he took the point away and that cost me. I never felt any pain. I fought like I wanted to and I thought I did enough.

"They were wrong. This was my night."

Said the happy and victorious Mendez, "I used my skill and my speed throughout the fight, but I waited to come forward until the fourth or fifth round. I knew he wasn't going to be able to knock me out because I have great defense. I see every punch.

"I definitely slipped both times I went down. He didn't even hit me.

"Ivan is a tough warrior. He throws a lot of wild punches and he hit me in the back of the head several times. I thought the scorecards were too close. I thought I won by a much larger margin."

In the eight round televised co-feature, super bantamweight prospect Brandon Figueroa (12-0, 8 KOs) of Weslaco, TX stayed undefeated with a dominant performance over Mexico's Luis Saavedra (7-3, 3 KOs)

Battering away with a piston like jab and heavy handed left crosses throughout the fight, southpaw Figueroa displayed a full arsenal over the valiant but outgunned Saavedra.

Said Figueroa, "I worked the body and tried to finish it in the later rounds, but he was a tough opponent. I knew by the third or fourth round that it was going to be a really tough fight so I kept my distance, but kept trying to punish the body.

"He is a Mexican fighter that has never been knocked down so that says a lot about him right there. I knew he was going to be tough.

"I want to wait and fight next on a card with my brother and it depends when that will be, but I will be ready."

Countered Saavedra, "He kept hitting the body, but he couldn't take me down. He isn't as tough as everyone says.

"I was prepared, but the travel here took a lot out of me and I didn't feel 100 percent today. I trained 100 percent, but I wasn't at my best in the ring, but that is how it goes.

"I wish Brandon the best of luck in his career."

Opening the telecast, Antonio Santa Cruz (5-3, 2 KOs), cousin of three-division world champion Leo Santa Cruz and Mexico Jonathan Torres (8-5-1, 2 KOs), put on a very highly spirited six-round battle in the featherweight division.

Firing away from the opening bell, both young prospects threw caution to the wind with Torres' punches doing the great damage.

Scores at the end of the fan-friendly clash were 60-54, 59-55 and 58-56 all for Torres.

Said the victorious Torres, "I stuck to my game plan. I went forward and tried to counter every punch. If he threw one, I would try to throw five. I never really felt his power. He hit me with a good shot in the first, but after that I wasn't fazed.

"I was motivated by all the fans cheering me on in the crowd and knowing I had a lot of people rooting for me watching at home. I really appreciate the support and can't wait to get back in the gym."

Stated a disappointed Santa Cruz, "He was applying a lot of pressure. He is shorter than me, so that was his game plan and it worked.

"He has good experience. This was my first six round fight. He had fought 10 rounds before. Not trying to make excuses though. He just got the better of me. I came prepared, but he did what he had to do to win."


HEAVYWEIGHT FEATURE FIGHT PITTING CHEICK KONGO AGAINST AUGUSTO SAKAI ADDED TO BELLATOR 179: DALEY VS. MACDONALD AT THE SSE ARENA, WEMBLEY ON MAY 19

BELLATOR 179 PRELIMINARY MATCHUPS SET

LOS ANGELES --
A newly announced heavyweight bout featuring Cheick Kongo (26-10-2) against Augusto Sakai (9-0-1) has been added to the already-electric Bellator 179: Daley vs. MacDonald event, which emanates from The SSE Arena, Wembley on May 19.

Kongo, the French-born heavyweight, is currently riding a four-fight win streak that includes wins over Oli Thompson and Alexander Volkov, while the 25-year-old Sakai looks to stay unbeaten and make a name for himself in the division.

Additionally, preliminary matchups featuring some of the U.K.’s best up-and-coming talent have been finalized for the event.

Bellator 179: Daley vs. MacDonald will be broadcast on SPIKE at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT. Tickets for the event are on sale now at The SSE Arena, Wembley Box Office (0844 815 0815), ssearena.co.uk and axs.com.

Updated Bellator 179: Daley vs. MacDonald Main Card:
Welterweight Main Event: Paul Daley (39-14-2) vs. Rory MacDonald (18-4)
Welterweight Feature Bout: Michael Page (12-0) vs. Derek Anderson (14-3)
Light Heavyweight Feature Bout: Liam McGeary (12-1) vs. Linton Vassell (17-5)
Heavyweight Feature Bout: Cheick Kongo (26-10-2) vs. Augusto Sakai (9-0-1)

Preliminary Card:
Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Jay Dods (6-0) vs. Alfie Davis (6-1)
Heavyweight Preliminary Bout: Rob Beech (4-1) vs. Stav Economou (17-5)
Flyweight Preliminary Bout: Jamie Powell (6-1) vs. Amir Albazi (8-0)
Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Umer Kayani (4-3) vs. Nathan Jones (10-5)
Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Dan Vinni (14-14) vs. Alex Lohore (10-1)
Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Liam Etebar (6-1) vs. Rafal Cejra Cejrowski (2-0)
Catchweight Preliminary Bout (150 lbs.): Jeremy Petley (10-8) vs. Chase Morton (6-3)
Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Marcin Prostko (4-5) vs. Mike Shipman (9-1)
Bantamweight Preliminary Bout: Salih Kulucan (4-5) vs. Diego Barbosa (3-0)

About Bellator:
Bellator is a leading mixed martial arts and kickboxing organization featuring many of the best fighters in the world. Under the direction of veteran fight promoter Scott Coker, Bellator is available to nearly 500 million homes worldwide in over 140 countries. In the United States, Bellator can be seen on SPIKE, the combat sports television leader. Bellator is comprised of an executive team that includes top industry professionals in television production, live event orchestration, fighter development/relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations. Bellator is based in Hollywood, Calif. and owned by entertainment giant Viacom, home to the world's premier entertainment brands that connect with audiences through compelling content across television, motion picture, online and mobile platforms.


Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev 2: "The Rematch"
Tickets on Sale Now!

Las Vegas, NV: (April 14, 2017) - Tickets for Ward-Kovalev 2: "The Rematch" go on sale to the public today at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT. Tickets priced at $1,255, $755, $505, $355, $255 and $105 not including applicable service charges will be available on axs.com and at the Mandalay Bay Events Center box office.

Ward vs. Kovalev 2: "The Rematch," a 12-round mega-fight for the WBO/IBF/WBA Light Heavyweight World Championships, is presented by Roc Nation Sports, Main Events, Andre Ward Promotions, Krusher Promotions and Corona Extra, and is sponsored by Monster Products and Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The championship event takes place Saturday, June 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.


MICHAEL PEREZ RETURNS TO SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE PICTURE WITH SPLIT DECISION VICTORY OVER MARCELINO LOPEZ IN MAIN EVENT OF GOLDEN BOY BOXING ON ESPN

RASHIDI ELLIS HOLDS ONTO IBF NORTH AMERICAN WELTERWEIGHT TITLE AND UNDEFEATED RECORD WITH HARD-FOUGHT MAJORITY DECISION OVER JOHN KARL SOSA

LOS ANGELES (April 20, 2017) - Battling to stay in the super lightweight championship hunt, Michael "The Artist" Perez (25-2-2, 11 KOs) of Newark, NJ defeated tough Argentine Marcelino "Nino" Lopez (32-2-1, 17 KOs) by controversial split decision Thursday night in the main event of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York. Despite Lopez knocking Perez down in the 8th, the judges awarded Perez the victory in the 10-round fight with scores of 96-93, 97-92, 93-96.
"I won the fight for sure," said Perez. "My plan was to go in and box him, and work him with my jab. I knew I won, but know I could've been better if I had more rest before. Next time I fight, I'm going to the best I can be."
In the evenly matched 10-round co-main event Rashidi "Speedy" Ellis (18-0, 12 KOs) of Boston, MA kept his undefeated record intact and returned home with his IBF North American Welterweight championship defeating Caguas, Puerto Rico's John Karl Sosa (13-3, 6 KOs) by majority decision. The judges awarded Ellis the victory with scores of 95-95, 97-93, 97-93.
"In the fight, I worked on my jabs and punches the most," said Ellis. "I'm happy with the decision, but I know my opponent got to me in a lot of the rounds. In the end, I gave it my all."
"I was planning on going in to defeat him," said Sosa. "My corner kept telling me to move, and I listened. I felt the fight was much closer than the judges scored it."
Austin, Texas' Travell "Black Magic" Mazion (11-0, 11 KOs) proudly -- and quickly -- announced his return to boxing after a lengthy hiatus, landing a devastating left hook body shot that knocked out opponent Juan "Burbuja" Jesus Rivera (28-18, 18 KOs) at 2:36 of the first round of a super welterweight contest that was scheduled for four to six rounds.
"I wasn't going in for the knockout, I just wanted to get back in the ring and box him," said Mazion. "I'm happy the knockout came, and I'm excited to be back."
Returning to the fight game after a first-round loss last December, Eddie "E-boy" Gomez (20-2, 11 KOs) of The Bronx, New York earned a unanimous decision victory over Dennis "The Menace" Dauti (14-2, 7 KOs) in an eight-round welterweight fight. The judges awarded Gomez the victory with scores of 77-75, 77-75 and 79-73.
"I love fighting on the East Coast in front of all my family, friends and fans," said Gomez. "In boxing, there are always ups and downs, but I'm just glad to be back and have the victory tonight."
In his much anticipated return bout from his first defeat, Vyacheslav "Lionheart-Chingonskyy" Shabranskyy (18-1, 15 KOs) of Los Angeles scored knockdowns in each of the first two rounds against Larry "Hitman" Pryor (10-15, 5 KOs), with the latter ending the fight at :54 seconds of the second round.
"Tonight, I was really excited to get in and fight," said Shabranskyy. "I went in to win and to show everyone Chingonskyy is back and better than ever."
Kicking off fight night, local Syracuse, New York fighter Jimmy Garcia (5-0, 3 KOs) retained his undefeated record, knocking out fellow light heavyweight Albert Tulley (0-1) of Governor, New York with a punishing body shot at the 1:46 mark of the first round.
"My plan was to go in there to box and win," said Garica. "I did just that by outboxing him whenever he went at me. Every time I hit him, I hit back and it worked."
Videos and images are available for download by clicking here or copying and pasting the link: http://bit.ly/PerezVsLopez. Credit must be given to Golden Boy Promotions for any photos/video of Michael Perez or Marcelino Lopez.
Perez vs. Lopez was a 10-round super lightweight battle set for April 20 presented by Golden Boy Promotions. The event was sponsored by Tecate "Born BOLD." ESPN Deportes and ESPN2 transmitted the fights live from Turning Stone Resort Casino.


Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev II


"No Excuses"

Set for Saturday, June 17 At Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas

Presented Live by HBO Pay-Per-View


NEW YORK, NY (April 4, 2017) - Roc Nation Sports, Main Events, Andre Ward Promotions and Krusher Promotions are pleased to announce the highly anticipated rematch between the unified Light Heavyweight Champion of the World, Andre "SOG" Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) and former title holder Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs). Ward vs. Kovalev II "No Excuses" will take place Saturday, June 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The championship event, presented by Corona Extra, will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

Team Ward and Team Kovalev will partake in a three-city press tour the week of April 10 to officially announce the fight, including New York City, the Bay Area and Los Angeles. Further details will be available in the coming days.

"I'm going to keep it short and sweet. You got what you asked for - now you have to see me on June 17. This time...leave the excuses at home," said Ward.

"I'm glad to know that rematch will happen. I really hope that Andre Ward will get into the ring for this rematch. Fans of boxing will see the real Krusher--the one they have missed for couple of my last fights. For me this rematch is very important as no other bout in my entire boxing career. Thanks a lot to all of boxing fans," said Kovalev.

"Roc Nation Sports is proud to be the lead promoter behind a boxing rematch for the ages," said Michael Yormark, Roc Nation President & Chief of Branding and Strategy. "Last November, Andre showed the world he was boxing's best. No doubt he will build upon his legacy come June 17 in another historic night. There's no excuses, the rematch is on."

"After the last fight, we are preparing for another unbelievable experience. Can't wait for the bell to ring! This is sure to be another nail-biting roller coaster ride," said Kathy Duva, CEO, Main Events. "This is the only fight that Sergey wants right now and he refused to settle for anything less than the chance to get his belts back. I'm told that Roc Nation and Andre Ward have lots of great ideas for the promotion and we can't wait to see them in action!"

"After a razor thin decision last November in their first meeting, the boxing community has been eagerly waiting for a Ward-Kovalev rematch," said Tony Walker, Vice President, HBO Pay-Per-View. "These are two world class prizefighters who embrace being on the sport's biggest stage. Like Andre and Sergey, we can't wait for June 17th at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas."

"This spectacular rematch of pound-for-pound champions will be a 'can't-miss' fight at the Mandalay Bay Events Center," said Richard Sturm, President of Entertainment and Sports for MGM Resorts International. "We look forward to working with both Roc Nation Sports and Main Events once again on this championship event which should be one of the most thrilling fights of 2017."

Known for his strong character and integrity outside the ring and his warrior's instinct inside it, 33-year-old Andre Ward's skill and talent were apparent early in his outstanding amateur career. He racked up every title in the books, culminating in a gold medal in the light heavyweight division at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. As the only male American boxer to claim Olympic gold in the past
decade, Ward joined the likes of Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard and Oscar De La Hoya. He turned professional on December 18, 2004, scoring a second round technical knockout victory over Chris Molina at Staples Center in a fight that was televised live on HBO. He has gone on to rack up an undefeated record since then, building an ever-growing legion of fans in the process. After becoming the Ring Magazine and WBA Super Middleweight World Champion, rising to the number two spot on the pound-for-pound list and winning the 2011 Fighter of the Year Award (ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Ring Magazine and the Boxing Writers Association of America), it was announced that Ward signed an exclusive promotional agreement with Roc Nation Sports in January 2015, opening a new chapter in his storied boxing career. Ward returned to the ring on June 20, 2015 at the Oracle Arena in front of his hometown fans in Oakland, California and scored a ninth-round knockout over Paul Smith. On March 26, 2016, Ward made his highly publicized 175-pound debut against Cuba's undefeated and IBF number one rated light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera and came out victorious. Ward continued his conquest of the light heavyweight division on August 6, 2016, with a unanimous decision over Alexander Brand. Immediately following the win, Ward announced that he will be taking on unified Light Heavyweight Champion Sergey Kovalev in the ultimate showdown for division supremacy and recognition as the best pound-for-pound fighter. In the most anticipated fight of 2016 on November 19 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Ward would prove to the world his dominance as one of boxing's top pound-for-pound fighters by becoming the unified World Light Heavyweight Champion with a unanimous decision win over Kovalev, the reigning WBA, IBF and WBO titleholder.

Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev, the Russian Wrecking Ball, 34, is currently ranked #2 Pound-for-Pound by Ring Magazine and has been dominating boxing's light heavyweight division with his aggressive, fan-friendly style since his breakout performance against then-unbeaten Nathan Cleverly in 2013 when he won the WBO Light Heavyweight World Title. One year after winning his WBO title Sergey went on to defeat future Hall-of-Famer Bernard "The Alien" Hopkins in a 12-round unanimous decision victory to add the WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Titles to his mantle. His rise to boxing stardom has been meteoric, as he has gone from an unknown fighter from Chelyabinsk, Russia to headlining HBO Pay-Per-View in just four years after signing with his first promoter, Main Events. In his last fight, Kovalev went the distance against former two-time world champion Andre "SOG" Ward. The bout ended in a highly-contested unanimous decision against Sergey even though Kovalev managed to knock down Ward and many thought the cards should have gone in his favor. Out of Kovalev's 30 career victories 26 have come by way of knockout. Additionally, he has entered into championship rounds only three times in his professional career. Kovalev has always sought to test himself against the best boxing has to offer; he wants to prove in the ring that he deserves that mantle.

Ward vs. Kovalev II "No Excuses," a 12-round mega-fight for the WBO/IBF/WBA light heavyweight championships, is presented by Roc Nation Sports, Main Events, Andre Ward Promotions, Krusher Promotions and Corona Extra, and is sponsored by Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The championship event takes place Saturday, June 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

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ABOUT ROC NATION SPORTS
Roc Nation Sports, a sub-division of Roc Nation, launched in spring 2013. Founder Shawn "JAY Z" Carter's love of sports led to the natural formation of Roc Nations Sports, supporting athletes in the same way Roc Nation has been working alongside and advocating for artists in the music industry for years. Roc Nation Sports focuses on elevating athletes' career on a global scale both on and off the field. Roc Nation Sports conceptualizes and executes marketing and endorsement deals, community outreach, charitable tie-ins, media relations and brand strategy. Roc Nation Sports launched its boxing division, a full service promotional company which represents Five-Time World Champion Miguel Cotto and Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion Andre Ward, in August 2014. Roc Nation Sports' roster includes premiere athletes such as Robinson Cano, Skylar Diggins, Kevin Durant, Geno Smith, Victor Cruz, CC Sabathia, James Young, Dez Bryant, Ndamukong Suh, Rusney Castillo, Yoenis Cespedes, Jaelen Strong, Todd Gurley, Wilson Chandler, Erick Aybar, Justise Winslow, Willie Cauley-Stein, Jerome Boateng, Miguel Sano, CJ Prosise, Ronnie Stanley, Henry Ellenson, Caris LeVert, Mike Gbinije, Melvin Ingram, Rudy Gay, Ty Lawson, Leonard Fournette, Juju-Smith-Schuster, Isaac Rochell and Josh Hart.

ABOUT MAIN EVENTS PROMOTIONS
Main Events is internationally recognized as one of the top boxing promotional firms in the world. Main Events has promoted boxing legends Evander Holyfield, Arturo Gatti, Lennox Lewis, Pernell Whitaker and many more. Main Events was founded in 1978 by Hall-of-Fame promoter Dan Duva, who passed away in 1996, and is now run by his widow Kathy Duva. Main Events is committed to promoting quality fights that boxing fans want to see. Currently, Main Events promotes a stacked roster of international contenders, including former WBO, IBF and WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev. Main Events gained a reputation throughout the 80's and 90's as the sport's number one incubator for new talent. Nearly 40 years after the company's birth, Main Events is still turning out boxing stars and future world champions.

ABOUT THE MANDALAY BAY EVENTS CENTER
Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino is set on 120 lush acres featuring Mandalay Bay Beach, a tropical pool paradise with real sand. The Mandalay Bay Events Center, award-winning restaurants, exhilarating entertainment, unique shopping, Shark Reef Aquarium and the recently expanded 2-million-square-foot Mandalay Bay Convention Center combine to make Mandalay Bay a distinctive Las Vegas resort destination. The resort offers three distinct hotel experiences: Mandalay Bay with 3,211 luxurious rooms and suites reflecting a modern tropical ambiance; Four Seasons Hotel, a AAA Five Diamond hotel offering 424 rooms and suites; and the luxury all-suite Delano Las Vegas. Mandalay Bay is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). For more information and reservations, visit mandalaybay.com, call toll free at (877) 632-7800 or find us on Facebook and Twitter.


KEITH THURMAN UNIFIES WELTERWEIGHT DIVISION WITH SPLIT-DECISION OVER DANNY GARCIA SATURDAY IN PRIMETIME ON CBS AT BARCLAYS CENTER


BROOKLYN (March 5, 2017)
– Keith Thurman is the unified welterweight world champion.

Thurman (28-0, 22 KOs) unified boxing’s glamour division with a split-decision victory over Danny Garcia (33-1, 19 KOs) on Saturday, defending his WBA belt and picking up Garcia’s WBC crown on boxing’s biggest stage in primetime on CBS from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™.

The event, which was produced by SHOWTIME Sports® for the CBS Television Network, marked the highest-attended boxing event in Barclays Center history with 16,533 fans witnessing just the 10th unification in division history.

The close affair, which was only the third time undefeated fighters unified the 147-pound division, was scored 116-112 Thurman, 115-113 Thurman and 115-113 Garcia.

The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS main event, which was presented by Premier Boxing Champions, was a tale of effective aggression and ring generalship. Thurman came out swinging and was the busier and more accurate fighter in nine of the 12 rounds. “One Time” Thurman was more tactical in the second half of the fight, utilizing lateral movement and working off his jab. Garcia picked up the pace and was more active in the final rounds, but it was too little too late for the previously undefeated Philadelphia native.

“I thought I out-boxed him.” said Thurman, who likely earned a spot on boxing’s mythical pound-for-pound list with the impressive victory. “I thought it was a clear victory, but Danny came to fight. I knew when it was split and I had that wide spread, I knew it had to go to me.

“I was not giving the fight away. I felt like we had a nice lead, we could cool down. I felt like we were controlling the three-minute intervals every round. My defense was effective – he wasn’t landing.”

A former unified champion at 140-pound, Garcia was aiming to be the first fighter in history to unify titles at 140 and 147 pounds.

"I came up short tonight,” said Garcia, who entered the bout with a 7-0 record in world title bouts. “I thought I was the aggressor. I thought I pushed the pace. But it didn’t go my way.

"I thought I won and I was pushing the fight. But it is what it is. I’ll come back strong like a true champion. I would love a rematch to get these titles.”

SHOWTIME Sports analyst and unofficial scorer Steve Farhood scored the fight 116-112 for Thurman.

Undefeated super welterweight Erickson Lubin (18-0, 13 KOs) knocked out Jorge Cota (23-2, 20 KOs) in a WBC 154-pound title eliminator, dropping the previously once-beaten Cota with a flush overhand left at 1:25 (TKO) of the fourth round.

Lubin now becomes the No. 2 challenger to WBC Welterweight World Championship Jermell Charlo, who is due a mandatory bout against No. 1 contender Charles Hatley.

The Orlando-native Lubin landed 47 percent of his power shots across four rounds of shutout boxing.

“I baited him with the jab. I knew he was going to come with the big shots early,” Lubin said to reporter Jim Gray. “I put a few tricks on him, I landed that overhand and it was night-night. I put my hands down to bait him in, I did a squat and then it was night-night. I was ready to follow-up with a right but he was already out.”

At just 21-years-old, Lubin now has an opportunity to become the youngest world champion in boxing today.

“That would mean a lot to me; that would mean a lot to Orlando, Florida,” Lubin said. “This is my second time knocking someone out in front of Ray Leonard. He’s one of my favorite fighters of all time. It’s an honor to do this on CBS.”



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