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
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"
"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.
SPENCE JR. DETHRONES KELL BROOK BEFORE 27,000 FANS WITH 11TH
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
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
“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
“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
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
New Video Released Showing Devastating Power of Combatants
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
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
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.
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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.
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
Alvarez and Gennady "GGG" Golovkin face off at post-press
conference after September 16 showdown announcement.
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
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.
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.
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.
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."
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).
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
"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."
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
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."
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.
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."
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.
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
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."
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.
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
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).
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
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®
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
“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
“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.”
IRELAND’S OLYMPIC BOXING HERO MICHAEL CONLAN RETURNS TO THE
RING IN CHICAGO
FRIDAY, MAY 26, AT UIC PAVILION
Tickets On Sale Now!
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
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."
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
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.
Stops Ibarra at the Theater, Madison Square Garden on St.
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
a basic, solid jab and hooking lefts and right, Conlan controlled
the pace from the onset.
Conlan switched to- rest
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
“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
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
“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
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
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.
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.
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.
I FULL FIGHT AVAILABLE ON SHOWTIME SPORTS® YOUTUBE CHANNEL
IN ADVANCE OF SATURDAY’S LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE REMATCH LIVE
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
Note: Geo-Blocked For U.S. & Canada Viewers Only
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
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
"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."
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
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.
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
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.
UPSET ON GOLDEN BOY BOXING ON ESPN - ROBINSON CASTELLANOS AND
JESUS ROJAS EARN KNOCKOUT VICTORIES ON CINCO DE MAYO CARD AT
MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA IN LAS VEGAS
Credit: Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions
VEGAS (May 5, 2017) -
Continuing to honor its pledge to make competitive fights, Golden
Boy Boxing on ESPN delivered two significant upsets in the main
and co-main events on Cinco De Mayo, with lightweight Robinson
"Robin Hood" Castellanos (22-11, 14 KOs) taking out
Yuriorkis "El Ciclon de Guantánamo" Gamboa (26-2,
17 KOs) in the main event and Jesus Rojas (25-1-2, 18 KOs) claiming
the WBA-NABA featherweight title from Abraham "El Chamaco"
Lopez (22-1-1, 15 KOs) in the co-main.
In the main event scheduled for 10 rounds, Gamboa - a former Olympic
medalist and two-time world champion - tasted the canvas in the
second and fourth rounds before declining to come out of his corner
for the eighth round, giving Castellanos the TKO victory.
"I am super happy and excited to get such a big win,"
Castellanos said. "I won against a revered Olympian, and
this win puts my career back on track after my last fight. This
win is the opportunity that I needed, and it's because of the
incredible team around me."
"I felt super dizzy, and felt like I couldn't go on,"
said Gamboa. "We trained hard."
In the co-main event, Rojas from Caguas, Puerto Rico wrested the
WBA-NABA featherweight title from Lopez of La Puente, CA. Rojas
dropped Lopez three times over the course of the fight before
the referee stopped the fight in the eighth round, giving Rojas
the TKO victory.
"It's almost three years since I've fought in the U.S.; this
win is the opportunity to be on the global stage, and take on
world champions," Rojas said. "I promised my father
that I would become a world champion, and even though he is not
with me any more, I carry on our dream. I hope that by the end
of the year, I am competing for an interim title or even a world
"It's tough to swallow, I'm still processing it, but it happens,"
Lopez said. "After this, I know I'm going to go back to the
drawing board and start training hard again."
Making his television debut, white-hot lightweight prospect Vergil
Ortiz, Jr. (5-0, 5 KOs) out of Dallas, Texas went past the first
round for the first time, but put Durango, Mexico's Angel "Pescado"
Sarinana (7-6-2, 3 KOs) down in the third round with a savage
right uppercut, and the referee ruled that Sarinana could no longer
"I saw him get hurt in the first round when hit him in the
body with a hook," Ortiz said. "Since that moment, I
was just looking for the opportunity to get the knock out, but
he was a tough guy and was able to make it through. In the third
round, I saw him lose he guard, and I landed my uppercut that
sent him to the floor. I think after this, I'm ready to increase
my rounds. I think I am ready to take on some tougher opponents."
up the televised fights on ESPN Deportes and ESPN2 in a battle
of undefeated middleweights, Sao Paulo, Brazil's Yamaguchi Falcão
(13-0, 6 KOs) utilized solid footwork and a barrage of left hands
to saddle Morgan "Big Chief" Fitch (18-1-1, 8 KOs) of
Pittsburgh, PA with his first defeat. All three judges scored
the bout 100-90, giving Falcao a unanimous decision.
"It's been five months since I've been in the ring since
my last fight," Falcao said. "I had a lot of trouble
adjusting and finding my rhythm. It's a journey, and I'm glad
I got the win but if I want to reach my goal of fighting the big
time fighters I have to improve everywhere."
"I don't know what happened in there," Fitch said. "I
just know that I could have done better and been more serious
in there. I'm at a loss of words."
Tlaquepaque, Mexico's Alexis Salazar (9-3, 3 KOs) was the victor
of this evening's Cinco de Mayo bout against Even Torres (6-3,
5 KOs) of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico by way of unanimous decision.
During the rounds, the two fighters tested one another out, however
it was clear Salazar outpaced his opponent in this super middleweight
match lasting eight rounds.
Carlos "The Solution" Morales (16-1-3, 6 KOs) of Los
Angeles, CA and Phoenix, AZ's Cesar Valenzuela (14-5-1, 5 KOs)
labored through eight rounds of their lightweight bout. The evenly
matched fighters boxed around one another and exchanged punches
throughout their bout, only for Morales to knockout down Valenzuela
on the mat at the tail end of round eight. Ultimately, the judges
awarded Morales a split decision victory.
With famed trainer Jose "Chepo" Reynoso in his corner,
Horacio "Violento" Garcia (31-2-1, 21 KOs) of Guadalajara,
Mexico punished fellow Mexican fighter Fernando Vargas (32-14-3,
24 KOs) of Tijuana with thunderous punches in this featherweight
fight. In the fourth round, Vargas was sent down on a knee by
way of a body shot. For the rest of the fight, it was clear Garcia
held the upper hand and was awarded the unanimous decision at
In the final bout of the evening, Oscar "El Jaguar"
Negrete (16-0, 6 KOs) of Los Angeles maintained undefeated status
against Guadalajara's Victor "Pelon" Ruiz (21-7, 14
KOs) in a tough super bantamweight fight going the distance. Negrete
brought his signature speed and nimble style to defeat Ruiz for
all eight rounds.
Gamboa vs. Castellanos was a 10-round lightweight fight presented
by Golden Boy Promotions. The event was sponsored by Tecate "Born
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
"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
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,
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
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."
FEATURE FIGHT PITTING CHEICK KONGO AGAINST AUGUSTO SAKAI ADDED
TO BELLATOR 179: DALEY VS. MACDONALD AT THE SSE ARENA, WEMBLEY
ON MAY 19
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.
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.
preliminary matchups featuring some of the U.K.’s best up-and-coming
talent have been finalized for the event.
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
Bellator 179: Daley vs. MacDonald Main Card:
Welterweight Main Event: Paul Daley (39-14-2) vs. Rory MacDonald
Welterweight Feature Bout: Michael Page (12-0) vs. Derek Anderson
Light Heavyweight Feature Bout: Liam McGeary (12-1) vs. Linton
Heavyweight Feature Bout: Cheick Kongo (26-10-2) vs. Augusto Sakai
Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Jay Dods (6-0) vs. Alfie Davis (6-1)
Heavyweight Preliminary Bout: Rob Beech (4-1) vs. Stav Economou
Flyweight Preliminary Bout: Jamie Powell (6-1) vs. Amir Albazi
Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Umer Kayani (4-3) vs. Nathan Jones
Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Dan Vinni (14-14) vs. Alex Lohore
Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Liam Etebar (6-1) vs. Rafal Cejra
Catchweight Preliminary Bout (150 lbs.): Jeremy Petley (10-8)
vs. Chase Morton (6-3)
Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Marcin Prostko (4-5) vs. Mike Shipman
Bantamweight Preliminary Bout: Salih Kulucan (4-5) vs. Diego Barbosa
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.
Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev 2: "The Rematch"
Tickets on Sale Now!
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.
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.
PEREZ RETURNS TO SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE PICTURE WITH SPLIT DECISION
VICTORY OVER MARCELINO LOPEZ IN MAIN EVENT OF GOLDEN BOY BOXING
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
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
"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."
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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.
Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev II
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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
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."
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."
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.
"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.
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.
the conversation using #WardKovalev.
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
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.
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The resort offers three distinct hotel experiences: Mandalay Bay
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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
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
“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
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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