Cotto Peleara por Primera Vez en Florida

Jul 23, 2013

El ORGULLO DE PUERTO RICO
MIGUEL COTTO
PELEARA POR PRIMERA VEZ EN FLORIDA ANTE
EL CLASIFICADO MUNDIAL DELVIN RODRIGUEZ

SABADO 5 DE OCTUBRE EN EL
AMWAY CENTER DE ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Boletos salen a la venta el martes 30 de Julio

ORLANDO, Florida – Doce años después de haber hecho su debut profesional, el tres veces campeón del mundo y orgullo de Puerto Rico Miguel Cotto peleara por primera vez en el estado de Florida cuando se enfrente al dos veces retador a un campeonato mundial Delvin Rodríguez en un combate a pactado a 12 asaltos en peso superwelter.
El duelo Cotto vs. Rodríguez se realizara el sábado 5 de octubre en el Amway Center de Orlando Florida que por primera vez en su historia será sede de una función de boxeo profesional.
La cartelera es una promoción de Miguel Cotto Promotions y Top Rank, en asociación con Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing y Cerveza Tecate. Los boletos que tienen un precio de $150, $100, $50 y $25 saldrán a la venta el martes 30 de julio a la 1:00 p.m. (hora de Este) y pueden ser adquiridos por Internet en la pagina amwaycenter.com, en las taquillas Chase del Amway Center, en todas las agencias de Ticketmaster, por teléfono llamando al 800 745-3000 o en Ticketmaster.com.
El Amway Center está localizado en el 400 West Church Street y las taquillas están al norte del Amway Center en las calles Church Street ay Hughey Avenue.
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Cotto y Rodríguez tiene un record combinado de 65-10-3 (46 KOs) – ha ganado el 83% de sus peleas y han ganado el 71% de sus combates por la vía del cloroformo.
“Estoy muy contento de regresar al ring el 5 de octubre y hacerlo ante la gran afición de Orlando, Florida en lo que será mi primera pelea en la Florida”, dijo Cotto.
“Voy a buscar el nocaut en momento, pues no pienso desperdiciar la oportunidad más importante de mi vida”, dijo Rodríguez.
“Miguel Cotto ha sido parte de mucho de los momentos mas importante del boxeo por los últimos 10 años. Su regreso al ring este 5 de octubre será una noche muy emocionante para los aficionados de Orlando y para todos los que estarán viendo esta gran pelea. Top Rank está muy contento de volve a trabajar con Miguel y todo su equipo promocional en este magno evento”, dijo Todd duBoef, presidente de Top Rank.
“Cada vez que Miguel Cotto sube a un ring es algo muy emocionante y para nosotros es un placer presentar el regreso de una de las figuras más importante en el boxeo en Orlando, donde tenemos un gran colonia puertorriqueña y sobre todo en la Florida donde hay muchos latinos. Este 5 de octubre será una gran noche de boxeo para todos los aficionados”, dijo Hector Soto, Vicepresidente de Miguel Cotto Promotions.
“Como promotor de Delvin, es un honor para nosotros tener un boxeador que enfrentara un legendario boxeador como lo es Miguel Cotto. Como aficionado estoy ansioso de ver a todos dos guerreros en el ring, para lo que estoy seguro será una gran noche de boxeo”, dijo Joe DeGuardia, Presidente de Star Boxing.
“Presentar otro gran evento deportivo en la Ciudad de Orlando es un verdadero nocaut en términos de entretenimiento e impacto económico para la ciudad. Eventos como Wrestlemania, el juego de estrellas de NBA, el Campeonato Nacional de baloncesto, son muestra de los eventos deportivos que hemos prestando en Orlando y que nos dan la oportunidad de poner a Orlando en la mira del deporte mundial”, dijo Buddy Dwyer, el honorable alcalde de la ciudad de Orlando.
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“Este anuncio oficial es aún más especial porque se trata del primer evento boxístico en esta arena. Este es un momento histórico para el Amway Center y muestra nuestro cometido de traer a la comunidad del Centro de la Florida diversas formas de entretenimiento”, dijo Allen Johnson, Director Ejecutivo de Orlando Venues.
Cotto (37-4, 30 KOs) de Caguas, Puerto Rico, es el boxeador que más boletos ha vendido para peleas en el histórico Madison Square Garden en los últimos 10 años.
Cotto fue monarca Welter Jr. de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) del 2004 al 2006, un corona que defendiendo exitosamente en seis ocasiones antes de subir de categoría y conquistar la corona de peso welter de la Asociación Mundial de Boxeo (AMB) en el 2006, un campeonato que perdió en el 2008 ante Antonio Margarito.
Cotto conquisto la corona de peso welter de la OMB en febrero del 2009 y la perdio en Noviembre de ese mismo año ante Manny Pacquiao. En Junio del 2009 en el Estadio de los Yankees de Nueva York se convirtió en campeón mundial en tres diferentes categoría al derrotar a Yuri Foreman para conquistar la corona de peso superwelter de la AMB.
Cotto hizo exitosas defensas de la corona al noquear a los ex campeones mundiales Ricardo Mayorga y Antonio Margarito antes de perderlo ante Floyd Mayweather en mayo del 2012. En su más reciente pelea el 1 de diciembre del 2012 cayó por puntos ante Austin Trout en un duelo por el campeonato mundial superwelter de la AMB.
Rodríguez (28-6-3, 16 KOs), oriundo de la Republica Dominicana, pero residente hoy en día de Danbury, Connecticut, disputo la corona de peso welter de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo (FIB) ante Isaac Hlatshwayo en 2009, donde cayó por puntos. En el 2011 fue parte de la mejor pelea de ese año al empatar con Pawel Wolak a quien derrotaría en su segundo combate ese mismo año.
En su segunda pelea por un campeonato mundial Rodríguez cayo por puntos ante Austin Trout en 2012 un duelo por el campeonato de peso superwelter de la AMB. En sus dos últimos combates Rodríguez ha noqueado al entonces invicto George Tahdooahnippah (31-0, 23 KOs) en el sexto asalto en febrero de este año y al siempre peligroso Freddy Hernández (30-4, 20 KOs) en ocho asaltos el pasado mes de mayo en lo que ha sido su más reciente actuación. Actualmente es el cuarto clasificado de la OMB.

 

Cortesia:Top Rank

 

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Brilla “El Diamante” Verdejo en Premios Juventud

Jul 19, 2013

Brilla “El Diamante” Verdejo en Premios Juventud
La nueva promesa hispana del deporte.
El prometedor prospecto puertorriqueño Félix “El Diamante” Verdejo, quien usualmente acostumbra a conquistar victorias arriba del ring, se apuntó un gran triunfo fuera del ensogado al lograr alzarse con el premio “La Nueva Promesa Hispana” del deporte en la décima edición de los Premios Juventud que produce la cadena Univision.
El ex olímpico boricua, quien como púgil profesional marcha invicto con foja de 6 – 0 y 5 KO’s, compitió en la categoría “La Nueva Promesa” ante reconocidas figuras internacionales como: el futbolista brasileño Neymar Da Silva Santos Junior, los futbolistas mexicanos Raúl Alonso Jiménez y Javier Aquino, y el gimnasta boricua Tommy Ramos.
Verdejo conquistó el premio que el año pasado ganó el campeón superwelter de la Asociación Mundial de Boxeo (AMB) y del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB), el ídolo mexicano Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez.
“Es un honor para mi llevarme un premio tan prestigioso en tan solo el comienzo de mi carrera y ante estrellas mundialmente reconocidas. Estoy sumamente agradecido de Dios por las oportunidades que me brinda y también por el apoyo de todos esos fans que pusieron su granito de arena para que fuese posible ganar este premio” dijo sumamente emocionado el joven de 20 años de edad.
Verdejo formó parte de un selecto grupo de puertorriqueños que representó a “La Isla del Encanto” en el evento que se celebró en el BankUnited Center de la Universidad de Miami. Astros boricuas de la talla de: Ricky Martin, Jennifer López y Marc Anthony participaron del evento llamado “La Fiesta Más Grande del Verano”.
El invicto prospecto tiene pautado regresar al ensogado el próximo 10 de agosto en una cartelera que se realizará en el Sands Casino Resort de Bethlehem, Pennsylvania y que será televisada de costa a costa en los Estados Unidos y Puerto Rico en el programa “Solo Boxeo Tecate” del canal UniMás (Antes TeleFutura).
Pronto se estarán dando detalles sobre el oponente de Verdejo.

Cortesia:Top Rank

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Conferencia Andre Berto vs Jesus Soto Karass

Jul 19, 2013

ANDRE BERTO VS. JESUS SOTO KARASS

Kelly Swanson

Thank you, everybody, for joining us in this sizzling week of summer, but I’m so excited to actually be doing a conference call again, and we have a great fight to talk about. I think it’s really the big first, big, big fight of the summer, and I’m looking forward to watching it. So, we have both fighters, Andre Berto and Jesus Soto Karass joining us, and to make those introductions and open it up for questions, I’m going to turn it over to Oscar De La Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions. Oscar?

Oscar De La Hoya

Thank you, Kelly. It’s always a pleasure to introduce such a great lineup like July 27th. First of all, I want to thank everybody at Golden Boy Promotions and Leija & Battah Promotions for all their hard work. Also, I would like to acknowledge Teiken Promotions and KO International who is an association and putting this together with Golden Boy Promotions, all the sponsors, Corona and AT&T for all of your support, your support of boxing.

We are, like I said, excited to be showcasing the first big event of the summer, Saturday, July 27th live from the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. As we all know, San Antonio, Texas is now a hotbed for staging big events, for staging big fights with big names and the fans there are some of the best, if not the best, fans come out and support not only their favorite fighter but the support of boxing in general. This event will be taking place live on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. Eastern. So, I want to thank, once again, our good friends Stephen Espinoza there at Showtime.

Tickets are priced and are going fast actually, and when I say going fast I’m not kidding, at $200 and all the way down to $10. So, I assure you that we will have a big sellout by the week of the fight, a few days before the event with those types of prices. We have three fights that will be televised live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing. This event is being billed as Knockout Kings II. As you all know, Knockout Kings I was a huge success led by Josesito Lopez and this main event by far will be an exciting one.

The first fight that’s being televised will be Diego Chavez versus Keith Thurman. That’ll be 12 rounds for the WBA interim welterweight world title. As you all know, Keith Thurman, at one time, is off to bigger and better things, but on the 27th, he’s got a very, very tough, tough, I wouldn’t call it test, it’s a real fight against Diego Chavez, and I’m sure everyone who’s seen Diego Chavez is a guy that you cannot take lightly.

The co-main event is an exciting one that everyone I’m sure in Texas is looking forward to, their own Omar Figueroa Jr. versus Nihito Arakawa. That will be a 12-round fight for the WBC interim lightweight world title and Omar Figueroa once again keeps on proving to the fans that he’s progressing, he’s learning, he’s got punching power with both hands.

The main event, obviously the people are really, really excited about, you have Andre Berto versus Soto Karass, which will be a 12 rounder for the vacant NABF welterweight title, and it is my pleasure to be introducing to you one of the participants in the main event. He was a member of the 2004 Haitian Olympic Team. He’s obviously known for his charity work, especially in Haiti following the devastating 2010 earthquake that hit in the country there, and he has a tremendous, tremendous record, first winning a world title against Miguel Rodriguez, which he stopped in the seventh round to win the WBC welterweight world title.

He successfully defended his title five times before having a tremendous, tremendous fight against Victor Ortiz in 2011, which was billed fight of the year, and now he’s back. He bounced back against a very tough, tough fighter, Jan Zaveck for the IBF welterweight world championship title, and now, once again, he engaged in fight of the year candidate against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero in a tremendous, tremendous fight.

And this fight here, once again, shows the character of Andre Berto. He is a fighter. He is a warrior. He wants to get back to the top and he knows that facing Jesus Soto Karass is that step to that world title. So, without any further ado, let me introduce to you with a record of 28-2, 22 knockouts out of Winter Haven, Florida, Andre Berto.

Andre Berto

Hello. Training camp has been going tremendously. I’ve been out here in the Bay Area and I’ve been having a hell of a training camp, man. I’m in definitely one of the toughest and one of the best training camps I’ve been a part of, definitely in tremendous shape mentally, physically and spiritually. So, like I said, I’m in shape, I’m ready to go, and we’re definitely going to get over to San Antonio, hell of a show coming the 27th, definitely going to be a show that’s not going to disappoint, I can promise you that.

De La Hoya

Thank you very much, Andre, and now for the other fighter participating in the main event, obviously don’t let the records fool you. He does have a record of 27-8 with 3 draws and 17 knockouts. He always gives a supreme, supreme effort against any opponent that he’s facing.

He’s coming off a fresh win in January against Selcuk Aydin, who we obviously know gave a very difficult and valiant effort against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero. He has defeated fighters that include Euri Gonzalez, El Harrak, Vince Phillips, David Estrada, to name a few. He is a fighter that in the second half of his career is getting better. So, we all know that Andre Berto and Soto Karass will give a tremendous, tremendous performance. So, let’s welcome Jesus Soto Karass.

Soto Karass

Hi. Thank you all for being on the call. Thank you, Oscar, for the kind words, and I’m here. I’m in training camp at Ponce De Leon’s Gym, and I know it’s going to be a great fight. The fight’s going to be a war, and I know Berto very well. That’s why I’m preparing myself 100 percent. I don’t want to give him any advantages and I’ll be ready for the fight.

I’m very grateful to Leija Battah Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions for this opportunity. I participated in the first Knockout Kings and now I’m going to be participating again in the second go around as the main event and I’m not going to disappoint you.

De La Hoya

Before we introduce it to the media, I would like to make an announcement that I will be introducing a bonus for the best knockout among those three fights that are televised. So, this is obviously an extra incentive for the fighters, for the fans and we’re definitely looking forward to another great evening, July 27th live from Texas, Knockout Kings II. Thank you.

Q

Thank you. Oscar, very quickly on the knockout bonus, what’s the bonus how much do these guys get for the best knockout and who determines the winner?

De La Hoya

That’s actually-I have to decide and talk it over with Mike Battah, who is the co-promoter there in Texas, but it will definitely be a substantial amount.

Q

Okay, and I think, if I’m not mistaken, when you guys did that last time around for the other Knockout Kings last year, I believe you had a thing where the fans could vote for it and it was announced at the end of the SHOWTIME broadcast. Is that correct? Are you going to try to do that again?

De La Hoya

We will try and do that once again. So, it’s definitely going to make more fighting. They’re going to get their money’s worth.

Q

Oscar, I wanted to ask you to talk a little bit about the way you view the rise of Omar Figueroa who was very impressive on the undercard in April when Canelo faced Austin Trout. It seems like he has an extremely phantom like style. He’s got a growing fan base down in Texas and he’s in this fight fighting for an interim world title. Can you just talk about where you see him progressing because it seems to me with the right matches and a little more TLC with his matchmaking that he could become something really big in this sport?

De La Hoya

Absolutely. Omar Figueroa is a guy who every fight, every opponent we put him in against, he’s getting better and better. He’s passing the test with flying colors, and now, it’s time to step it up and step it up big time. July 27th is not going to be an easy fight for him, but these are the types of fights that he wants and these are the types of fights that we’re comfortable putting him in with. These are difficult fights, but we feel comfortable that he will continue to pass these tests with flying colors. I don’t think there’s a limit to where he can go.

Omar Figueroa, he has fabulous and amazing fan base especially after his knockout win April 20th on the Canelo Alvarez card and Trout. Ever since we’ve signed Omar Figueroa, he keeps on proving us wrong. He keeps on proving that he can be moved faster at a faster pace. So, every fight that he has, he always tells me look, when am I going to get that world title and he started asking me that after ten fights. So, this is a kid that we feel is going to go very, very far.

Q

Andre, I wanted just to hear from you what it’s been like having your first training camp with somebody other than Tony for I think probably your entire boxing life, now that you’re working with Virgil Hunter?

How different is it and what kind of changes are there and are you learning new things or are you just fine-tuning things that are already there? Just sort of take me through what it’s been like because you’ve got to be so used to being the same kind of camp for so many years?

Berto

Yeah, definitely. This right here is definitely a different situation for me-how do I say it? I’m not sure have the right words, but definitely it’s a tough training camp, technical training camp and very-these guys are really precise on what they do and things they want you to work on and it’s not just going to camp and just working the same routines, just getting in shape. One of these guys here they definitely just work on strategy and a lot of repetition and they definitely just pound that into you so that you get the game plan right. So, it’s definitely a training camp that I love. It’s different, but it’s definitely effective, and I’m excited to show the skills off on the 27th, sure.

Q

Andre, what has been the biggest difference in the way that Virgil runs a camp with a fighter compared to the way Tony ran a camp with you? I’m just trying to get an idea. Is it more different time and date, different type of things you work on? Is he more laid back? Does he screen more? What is the main things that you were like wow, this is different than what I’m used to for the last several years?

Berto

It’s different. Here, like the schedule-my schedule situation is it’s kind of up and down. Back home in Florida, we always had the same routine, the same schedule every day. Here, things maneuver, things change and they definitely go by how you feel.

You definitely work a lot smarter than just a lot harder. Of course, they work harder, but they definitely work a lot smarter. I come from my dad and Tony and everybody back home, it was just work hard as hell, pound that out every day and just try to get in the best shape possible, and once you reach a level like this right here and you want to try to work a lot more smarter than just everybody working as hard as possible, but like I said, both coaches are great. They just have different strategies.

Q

Is there one thing that Virgil is trying to beat into your head as far as we need to do this that might have been different before … whether you want to talk about moving your head or defensively or something with one of your opponents?

Berto

Definitely. Coming out here, Virgil, of course I’ve known since I was like 13, but just being here and him just watching me go through camp and get in better shape and just see all my skills, he definitely sees that I’m a strong athlete so it doesn’t take much just to move and just to change a couple of things. So, just basically just from a defensive point or just on-just sitting on the ropes getting too comfortable and we’re doing this, doing that because I used to get a lot comfortable in training camps before and I think there’s a lot of bad habits because of that.

So, it’s just the fact on just me just being the athlete that I know I can be and just staying sharp and just staying alert and not just getting comfortable and picking up bad habits and going back to the basics on things. So, Virgil, he definitely continues to point that out for me. He doesn’t let me get lazy. He doesn’t let me get comfortable and he knows what I can do.

Like I said, he’s watched me ever since I was 13 years old, an amateur. So, he knows I’m capable of it and I have definitely been able to blossom and just be able to work on my techniques like I need to. He just has to put somebody on my ass on the regular.

Q

What’s the one bad habit, like the worst habit let’s say, that he’s trying to work out with you?

Berto

That’s kind of hard to say on the phone. I don’t want to put too much information out there, but we are working on a lot of different things, but definitely improve a lot of different areas, and just like I said, I’m the type of guy that I’m a tremendous athlete already. So, it just takes little things for me to change some things up. If it’s just me letting my back leg touch the ropes, he don’t even say one word and just moved his hand that I can slip off the rope or me just working my jab, me just doing this, me just doing that.

It’s just takes little signals and he know that I react quickly instead of me being in a predicament, being very talented and been working with the team for so long and they know what I’m capable of, but in the gym back home they would let me-they used to let me just get away with just a lot of things just because they know how talented I am, they know that when fight time comes, I’ll be ready to go, but in time, sometimes you just create those bad habits just by just continue doing them in the gym, and they start sitting on you and they start just being first nature.

So, just working some things up out of that and then getting back sharp where I need to be, but like I said, Tony, he’s a tremendous coach, man. He’s one of the best in the game. He brought me to the Olympics. He brought me to two-time world champion. He’s a tremendous guy, but I just thought I just needed a change.

Q

Talked to Virgil Hunter today and he said that the biggest thing he wants to see you do is to develop your own identity in the ring. He specifically pointed out that the shoulder roll that you tried to do against Guerrero, he had never seen that before. What does he mean by that? What do you gather he means by that by the things that you guys are working on, and are you developing the identity that you think he wants you to develop?

Berto

Yeah because I see it’s a situation I believe that just, like I said, that he’s watched me for many years in amateurs and a lot of people in general, they’ve watched me come up as a high prospect in boxing and they see that I had my own style, but in time, in time, just going through that I’m not going to say just amateur, being a young fighter just continue, me just watching the fighters, in time, you pick up certain things or just trying out certain things, it might not be for you. It might not be for you at the end of the day. So, it’s just a fact of just getting back to the basics on what I do and that’s to stay strong, stay good on my defense work on my jab and work on my strong combination and just be me at the end of the day, but it’s very easy for anybody to pick up certain things and just try to try them out to see how they affect and see how they work for you, but it’s the fact of just trying to do you and that’s work mind, that defense and staying sharp.

I have the hand speed. I have the power. I have the athleticism and it’s just the fact of just putting everything together and I believe being in a camp, Virg is able to see all of that. So, he feels that I can do whatever I want to do, but it’s better just to stick to me and do what I do.

Q

Did you kind of lose your identity? Did you get away from what you used to do and kind of get lost and you just more or less were throwing things against a wall to see if they stuck?

Berto

Yeah, the thing with me, man, I’m-everyone that knows me, man, from back home, they know I’m a hard worker and they know that every time I go out I try to improve and they know that I’m always really just looking for things to do better and just me just going to the gym just working on different things and trying to see how they work for me and see how they can improve my game or just try different things and see if it’s not too well for me. So, it was almost kind of too much of trying and try other little things to a point that almost kind of confuses you and just better just to have to set your own game plan.

So, I think that’s where everything pretty much came together for me. We really sat down and really analyzed a lot of things and we’ve been working on a lot of different things at camp, we definitely made that understood and just being in camp and just seeing tremendous, tremendous improvements, not just me being that old Andre Berto, that ferocious kid, that kid that say wow I have tight defense and combination and I’ve been able pretty much do whatever I want to do. From time to time, of course, I can work a lot of other little small things but don’t be so committed on it just pretty much just stay who I am.

Q

The last thing he said was confidence. You seem to be developing a confidence in what you’re doing right now and bringing that identity.

Berto

For sure.

Q

Are you confident you can, against a guy like Soto Karass, who’s rugged, kind of unorthodox and is always involved in brawls, can you stay away from what you did in your last two fights, which wasn’t what you’re saying now?

Berto

Yeah, for sure. Like I said, I just improved mentally, physically, spiritually, just all the way around. You see that-Virg sees it. He sees that I’m getting back to who I need to be, and that’s being a fighter that’s in tremendous shape and that’s being a fighter that’s supremely confident and being a fighter that just looks like I can do whatever I want to do in there, and when I’m on point and when I’m at the best that I can be, there’s nobody in the welterweight division that can doing anything with me. So, he’s been saying that, and like I said, man, we’re actually going to be straight, and it doesn’t matter what it gets to. He’s seen me box kids’ heads off out here in the gym. At the same time, he sees me just stay behind that defense and just bang it out, but of course, I’m going to try to be smarter in there and just try to do what we got to do.

Q

Jesus, talking about Andre is really working on getting back to where he used to be, do you feel confident that you can get him out of his game, that once he gets hit, he’ll go back to what he was in his last two fights, which is more your style and what you’ve been doing pretty much in all of your fights?

Soto Karass

I’m going to do my game plan. I can’t worry about him, about him being the fighter he was or whether he’s going to resort to being the fighter he was the last couple of fights. I can’t worry about that. I have to do my game plan, what I’ve been working towards in the gym. I will say this, that I’m going to be in great shape. I’m going to be ready for a war. If wants to box, we can box. If he wants to stand and fight, we can fight. If I have to counter or be on the inside, whatever it is, I’m just training to win and that’s my game plan; I’ve got to win.”

Q

Jesus, Oscar said in the introductory remarks you were in the first installment of Knockout Kings and I don’t think you got the bonus in that one, but you are a guy that have gotten a lot of good TV exposure and you make great fights not necessarily because you always wins. What does it means to you or is it important to you to understand that you-I know you want to win the fight obviously but that you can keep getting these kinds of fights because you are liked by the fans and by the TV people because you are highly entertaining and what does that mean to you as opposed to maybe not always getting the W but certainly getting a lot of exposure?

Soto Karass

Look, it’s great that people see me that way. It’s great that everybody that follows me, the fans and everybody, they see me that way, but I want to win. The bottom line is I want to win. That’s the important thing for me is winning. Yes, I’m going to give a great performance like I always do. I’m ready to die in the ring like every Mexican, but the important thing for me is to win. I have the mentality of winning. I have to win. It’s for the future of my family. It’s for the future of my trainers. It’s a lot of hard work. The bottom line is I want to win, and it’s okay to have great fights and this and that but my objection is to win.

Q

What is your objective?

Q

To win, I have to got to win.

Q

Given that Andre is coming off of a loss to Guerrero, he got knocked down two times in that fight by Andre’s own admission, not his best night, do you view Andre as being a little more vulnerable maybe in this fight than he has been in past fights and you can take advantage with the kind of pressure style that you employ and the tremendous amount of punching output that you have that you can keep Andre on the losing skit?

Soto Karass

I’m expecting a well-prepared Berto. I’m coming to win. I’m coming to win and that’s what I’m preparing for. I’m getting ready for the best possible Berto there is. In fact, I haven’t even studied any of the last fights because he can throw those out the window. I’m getting ready for the best possible Berto, a guy that’s going to be well prepared and is going to come to win. I know that Berto wants to be a world champion again. I also want to be a champion. That’s what I’ve been waiting for all my career, all my life and a victory here is going to possibly get the winner into position for a world title. So, no, I’m not thinking of the Berto that had the last couple of fights. I’m thinking of the best possible prepared Berto that’s going to come to win and that’s what I’m training for.

Q

My question is for Andre Berto. Much has changed in the last couple of years. Where are you as a fighter and are you satisfied with where you are as far as your career?

Berto

Of course, as a fighter and in terms of general, like I said, at the end of the day, man, we’re fighters. Do you know what I mean? As far as at the end of the day, we go through our ups and downs, but the place where I’m at now is a great place. At the top of the year, I’ve done made the changes that I need to make and now I’m at a place that I’ve been in a very long time all the way around. So, I guess I’m just ready to get back to work and really to go in here and handle business like I know how to do.

Q

What type of fight are you expecting or are you anticipating from Soto Karass?

Berto

It doesn’t matter. I just have to bring that pressure and bring the fight, but I’m anticipating whatever. He wants to do that, that’s fine. We’ve been trained for that, and if he wants to box, we can do that, that’s fine. We’ve been trained for that as well. So, we’re just trying to make sure that we’re covering all bases.

Q

This is for Andre Berto. The question on the switch of trainers, we all saw how Ortiz and Guerrero were real effective on smothering you on the inside. We know that Hunter and Ward, they’re really good at that style. Was that part of the reason that prompted you to change up the game plan because we know you’re very effective when you have space for your leverage, but on the inside is where you have trouble?

Berto

Definitely. When it came to my decision and what I needed to make, I looked at the overall situation in the end and it definitely Virgil and Ward, everybody on this side, and when it comes to working on the inside, when it comes to working on defense they’re very, very, very effective. So, like I said, I’m just trying to make sure we’ve been improving on our all-around game if it’s inside work or if it’s outside work where I’m the best at.

So, like I said, we’re covering all bases. We’re handling the shape. We’re working inside, outside, everywhere it goes. So, it doesn’t matter where the fight goes, we’re going to be ready to go.

Q

We also know there’s also we’ve seen a pattern of you kind of anemia here and there sometimes. Is there still a problem as far as low iron in your blood?

Berto

Yeah, of course, I have some doctors that work real close to me and they’re trying to make sure everything is good when it comes to my anemia situation and everything right now at this point is on point. We’re sharp. We’re in shape. All the way around, we’re good.

Q

I’ve got one question for Soto Karass regarding his underdog role continuously and bouts of. Does that motivate him, or does it anger him or how does that affect him seeing that sometimes he’s seen as the gatekeeper but fighting for the upset?

Soto Karass

It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter to me. It’s the same whether I’m favored or not. It doesn’t really matter to me. It doesn’t make me uncomfortable. What I will say is that the fans, everybody’s always going to get 100% the best of Soto Karass and it doesn’t really matter what they think. They think that I don’t have the tools or I’m not capable of winning, that’s fine. They can think whatever they want, but I do know this is that I go into every fight wanting to win and I’m always going to give the best of me and I’m going to be 100 percent.

Q

Jesus, what can we expect from you in this fight?

Soto Karass

Well, what can I say? You guys follow my career. You know who I am. You know me already. You’re going to get the best of me. I will say this that I feel a little smarter in this fight because this is going to be very tough. It’s a very dangerous fight. So, I’m going to be a little smarter in this fight, but it’s going to be the same Soto Karass. You’re going to get 100% and you’re going to get a good fight out of me.

Q

What about your nickname, El Renuente? What does that mean? Why did you get it?

Soto Karass

I actually got it from my ex-coach, and it means lazy. It means lazy. I guess because when we used to work in the past, he would ask me if I wanted to do mitts or if I wanted to work out with any of the bags and I didn’t. I just wanted to spar and it’s kind of a joke, so that’s what they call me is El Renuente.

K. Swanson

Okay, no problem. So, that was our last question. We appreciate both fighters taking the time out of their training to join us today. Again, we look forward to the fight which is July 27th for the NABF Welterweight Championship from the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas, televised live on SHOWTIME, and Andre, any final comments?

Berto

To all the fans in San Antonio, definitely come out. It’s going to be a tremendous show. When it comes to Soto Karass, he knows that I know him pretty well and I’ve been around people and been training in the past with people that know him very, very, very well. So, he knows that I’m definitely going to be ready all the way across the board for him.

So, like I said, San Antonio, definitely come out. It’s going to be a hell of a show. We’ve got a hell of a main event. We’ve got a hell of a undercard and I can’t wait. Like I said, it’s been a while, man, and I’m just ready for fight and tired of training. I’m ready to go. So, like I said, I respect Soto Karass because he always comes to fight. So, it’s going to be a good show, man.

K. Swanson

Okay, great, and any final comments from Jesus Soto Karass?

Soto Karass

I just want to say to everybody thank you and I’ll see you on the 27th in San Antonio at the AT&T Center and you can expect a war, a very good fight. I’m coming to win. I know Berto’s coming to win. I hope he’s well prepared, but it’s going to be a very, very good show and a good performance. So, thank you very much.

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Danny’Swift’Garcia vs Lucas Matthysse

Jul 19, 2013

EL MEGA COMBATE POR EL CAMPEONATO MUNDIAL INDISCUTIBLE SUPERLIGERO ENTRE DANNY ‘SWIFT’ GARCÍA VS. LUCAS MATTHYSSE AGREGADO COMO DUELO CO ESTELAR DE ‘EL ÚNICO: MAYWEATHER VS. CANELO’

DOS INCREÍBLES PLEITOS LA MISMA NOCHE; 14 DE SEPTIEMBRE EN EL MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA EN LAS VEGAS, EN VIVO POR SHOWTIME PPV®

LOS ÁNGELES, CA 18 de julio de 2013. – Mayweather Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions y Canelo Promotions anunciaron oficialmente hoy que Danny “Swift” Garcia, monarca mundial indiscutible superligero y Lucas “The Machine” Matthyssecampeón mundial interino superligero del CMB, se enfrentarán en un combate decisivo que asegurara el respaldo del mayor evento de boxeo en años, “EL ÚNICO”: Mayweather vs. Canelo” que se llevará a cabo el sábado 14 de septiembre en el MGM Grand Garden Arena en Las Vegas, Nevada en vivo por SHOWTIME PPV®.

Si Mayweather vs. Canelo realmente es EL ÚNICO combate para los fanáticos del boxeo de todo el mundo, entonces el muy esperado García vs. Matthysse es el EL ÚNICO-A. García, el invicto monarca superligero del CMB, AMB y Ring magazine, se ha convertido en la fuerza dominante de la división en los últimos 18 meses tras dejar fuera de combate a los ex campeos mundiales Amir “King” Kahn, Zab “Súper” Judah y dos veces al legendario guerrero mexicano Erik “El Terrible” Morales. Matthysse irrumpió en la escena mundial en mayo tras noquear al destacado y joven campeón mundial Lamont Peterson. El nocaut en el tercer asalto sobre Peterson puso al mundo sobre aviso que el poder de Matthysse era de temer, y que el llamado “The Machine” estaba dirigiéndose al primer puesto de la división.

“Esta es la pelea que quería y la que había pedido. Es por eso que estoy tan feliz porque se ha hecho y voy a ser parte de este gran evento”, dijo Danny García. “Me siento mas confiado que nunca en mis capacidades y voy a demostrarlo el 14 de septiembre. Matthysse es un buen peleador y tiene una gran pegada, pero soy un boxeador talentoso con lo que se necesita para ser campeón y permanecer de esa manera. Esta es una oportunidad para que el mundo vea lo que realmente puedo hacer en el ring”, indicó.

“! Por fin aceptó la pelea Danny García! Me tuvo mucho tiempo esperando. Esta pelea es la que el mundo del boxeo y yo [especialmente mi país Argentina] quería”, dijo Lucas Matthysse. Deseo agradecerle a mis promotores Golden Boy Promotions y Mario Arano y al Consejo Mundial de Boxeo [CMB] por hacer este combate posible. El 14 de septiembre demostraré al mundo que soy el mejor 140 libras”, puntualizó.

“Floyd fue firme sobre el hecho de otorgar a los fanáticos lo que ellos querían ver cuando eligió a Canelo Alvarez como su oponente para la pelea del 14 de septiembre”, dijo Leonard Ellerbe, jefe ejecutivo de Mayweather Promotions. “Estamos encantados que García vs. Matthysse se ha agregado a la cartelera y los aficionados van a obtener aún más boxeo en su máxima expresión”, expresó.

“El atractivo combate entre García y Matthysse podría ser sin ninguna duda su propio evento principal”, dijo Richard Schaefer, jefe ejecutivo de Golden Boy Promotions. “Hemos añadido otra pelea que los fanáticos han estado pidiendo a gritos a una ya estelar noche de boxeo. Con la incorporación de esta mega batalla estamos seguros de que el “EL ÚNICO” continuará rompiendo récords de boxeo.

“El boxeo está en su máxima expresión cuando el mejor sube para combatir contra el mejor, y esto es lo que tenemos con Mayweather y Canelo y ahora García y Matthysse”, dijo Óscar de la Hoya, presidente de Golden Boy Promotions. “El 14 de septiembre será una de las noches más memorables del boxeo que hemos convidado en mucho tiempo”, aseguró.

“García vs Matthysse es la pelea de ensueño para los aficionados”, dijo Stephen Espinoza, vicepresidente ejecutivo y gerente general de SHOWTIME Sports®. “Es un evento por sí mismo de la calidad de pelea principal. Agregar a lo que ya es el evento más grande de Pay Per View en años, hace de la función del 14 de septiembre la mejor cartelera de PPV desde los tiempos de Mike Tyson y Julio César Chávez”, remarcó.

Danny “Swift” García (26-0, 16 nocáuts) orgulloso combatiente de Filadelfia, ha ascendido a la cima del mundo del boxeo en los últimos años con actuaciones cada vez más impresionantes que se han mostrado su habilidad, el poder, y el corazón. Desde que ganó el título mundial superligero contra Erik “El Terrible” Morales en el 2012, ha defendido su corona con victorias sobre Morales (en la revancha), Amir “King” Khan y Zab “Súper” Judah, consolidando su lugar como uno de los mejores del mundo.

Lucas Martín “The Machine” Matthysse (34-2, 32 nocáuts) de Trelew, Argentina, construyó su temible reputación con las manos de piedra que han enviado a oponente tras oponente a estrellarse en la derrota. Actualmente, Matthysse propietario de una cadena de seis victorias consecutivas con seis nocauts, viene de un espectacular triunfo por nocaut en el tercer episodio sobre Lamont Peterson que encendió al mundo del boxeo y dejo listo este enfrentamiento contra García.

“EL ÚNICO: MAYWEATHER VS. CANELO, un combate a 12 asaltos por los cetros superwelter del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (WBC por sus siglas en inglés), de la Asociación Mundial de Boxeo (WBA por sus siglas en inglés) y del Ring magazine en poder del Canelo, y el súper campeonato superwelter de la Asociación Mundial de Boxeo (WBA por sus siglas en inglés) en poder de Mayweather, y que se efectuará el sábado 14 de septiembre en el MGM Grand Garden Arena de Las Vegas Nevada, es promovido por Mayweather Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions y Canelo Promotions, y patrocinado por Corona, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Valvoline, Turismo de Mexico y Fred Loya Insurance. En la atracción co estelar a 12 asaltos, Danny García, monarca superligero del CMB, AMB y Ring magazine, se medirá al tremendo noqueador Lucas Matthysse, campeón mundial interino suerligero del CMB, en una pelea presentada en asociación con Swift Promotions y Arano Box Promotions. El mega evento será producido y distribuido en vivo por SHOWTIME PPV® comenzando a las 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. El evento estará disponible en español en la programación de audio secundario (SAP por sus siglas en inglés).

Menos de 24 horas después de salir los boletos a la venta el 25 de junio, el evento estaba vendido, pero seis de las propiedades del MGM Resorts serán la sede de las transmisiones en vivo del circuito cerrado de “EL ÚNICO”. Propiedades presentando el evento incluye ARIA, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, Monte Carlo y Nueva York-New York. Boletos de admisión general para las transmisiones por televisión de circuito cerrado tienen un precio de $100 dólares sin incluir los gastos de manejo, y están disponibles para su compra en la taquilla de cada propiedad individual y también están disponibles para su compra por teléfono con una tarjeta de crédito al 866 799-7711. La venta de entradas para el circuito cerrado está limitada a ocho (8) por persona. Los boletos también están disponibles a través de Ticketmaster llamando al (800) 745-3000 o en línea en www.ticketmaster.com.

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Boletos Salen a la venta Chavez JR vs Vera

Jul 17, 2013

JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ JR. vs. BRYAN VERA
SABADO 7 DE SEPTIEMBRE EN STAPLES CENTER
EN VIVO POR HBO®
Boletos Salen a la venta
Este Viernes 19 de Julio a las 10 A.M. (Pacifico)
El ex campeón mundial de peso mediano JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ, Jr. regresara al ring para su primera pelea del 2013 para enfrentarse al clasificado mundial BRYAN “The Warrior” VERA. El duelo Chávez-Vera está programado para 12 asaltos en el peso supermediano y se realizara el sábado 7 de septiembre en el Staples Center de Los Angeles. El combate será televisado por HBO en su gustado programa “World Championship Boxing” comenzando a las 7:00 de la noche (Pacifico).
Esta será la primera pelea de Chávez Jr. en Staples Center desde que conquisto el campeonato mundial de peso mediano del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB) al derrotar al entonces monarca invicto el alemán Sebastian Zbik el 4 de junio del 2011.
La cartelera es una promoción de Top Rank en asociación con Promociones  Zanfer, Banner Promotions y Cerveza Tecate. Los boletos para esta función saldrán la venta este viernes 18 de julio a las 10:00 a.m. (Hora del Pacifico) y tiene un precio de $250, $150, $100, $75 y $50 y pueden ser adquiridos en el Internet en la página www.axs.com, por teléfono llamando al  (888) 929-7849 o en las taquillas del STAPLES de Lunes a Viernes de 10:00 a.m. a 6:00 p.m.
Chávez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) de Culiacán, Sinaloa, México, regresa al ring por primera vez desde su emocionante combate contra Sergio Martinez, el pasado 15 de septiembre en Las Vegas en una función que fue presenciado por 19,151 personas convirtiéndose en el evento de boxeo al cual más gente ha asistido en la historia del Thomas & Mack Center.
Chávez Jr. hizo tres exitosas defensas de su campeonato mundial derrotando a Marco Antonio Rubio y noqueando a Peter Manfredo, Jr. y Andy Lee antes de perder la corona ante Sergio Martínez a quien tuvo al borde del nocaut en el último round de su pelea que dejo en pie a todos los presentes.

Vera (23-6, 14 KOs) de Austin, Texas quien ha ganado seis de últimas siete peleas, ha ganado cuatro peleas seguida, durante esa racha victorioso Vera a derrota al ex campeón mundial Sergeii Dzinziruk, y Donatas Bondoravas, Vera quien es entrenado por Ronnie Shields en Houston, Texas es el clasificado número uno de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) en las 160 libras

Cortesia:Top Rank/Chris Farina

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Se Declaran listos Zou Shiming y Evegny Grandovich

Jul 12, 2013

ZOU SHIMING Y EVEGNY GRANDOVICH
SE DECLARAN LISTOS PARA SU COMBATE

HOLLYWOOD, California — El ganador de dos medallas de oro Olímpicas y tres veces campeón mundial amateur, Zou Shiming quien está en las últimas semanas de su preparación para su combate contra el mexicano Jesús Ortega (3-1, 2 KOs) de Hermosillo, Sonora, México se declaro listo para su segundo profesional durante un entrenamiento para la prensa hoy en el Wild Card Boxing Club.
“Creo que estoy mejorando todo los días y será un nueva oportunidad de demostrar esos avances. La primera pelea fue algo muy emocionante y deje que los nervios me ganaran, pero esta vez vengo mucho mejor”, dijo Shiming quien tiene más de un mes entrenando en California.
El monarca Olímpico estará haciendo su segunda pelea profesional en Macao en la función Zou Shiming: “Puños de Oro II” una magna función que incluirá dos peleas de campeonato mundial. Esta cartelera cobrara vida el sábado 27 de julio y será televisada en los Estados Unidos por HBO2 iniciando a las 5:30 p.m. (Este y Pacifico) con las voces de Tim Ryan, Larry Merchant y el ex campeón mundial de peso completo George Foreman, que estarán en ringside en la CotaiArena™, del Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel en Macao.
“Estamos estudiados los videos del rival en turno y es un peleador joven muy agresivo, pero creo que Shiming lucirá mejor que la última vez, pues esa noche peleo más para la gente y esta vez peleara para mí y hará todo lo que estamos haciendo en el gimnasio y lucirá mejor de eso estoy seguro”, dijo Freddie Roach, el legendario entrenador del ex astro olímpico.
En las peleas de campeonato mundial el mexicano Juan Francisco “El Gallo” Estrada (23-2, 17 KO’s) de Hermosillo, Sonora, expondrá sus coronas de peso mosca de la Asociación Mundial de Boxeo (AMB) y de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) ante el filipino Milan Melindo (28-0, 11 KOs) de Manadue, Filipinas y Evgeny Grandovich (16-0, KOs) de Rusia expondrá su corona de peso pluma de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo (IBF) ante el primer clasificado Mauricio Muñoz (26-3, 12 KOs) de Argentina.
LISTO PARA SU PRIMERA DEFENSA
Evegny Grandovich quien el arrebato el título a Billy Did, a pesar de llegar como remplazante de última hora, también espera una mejor actuación de su parte.
“Para la pelea de campeonato solo tuve una semanas de preparación y no lucí muy bien, pero esta vez voy estar mucho mejor preparado pues espero una pelea muy fuerte ante un peleador fuerte y agresivo como lo es Muñoz” dijo Grandovich, quien es entrenado por el ex campeón mundial Robert García en Oxnard, California.
“Estoy muy contento por esta oportunidad pues será en un lugar donde mis familiares y amigos podrá ir a verme, pues Rusia no está muy lejos de Macao y mucha gente está haciendo planes para viajar a la función”, dijo Gradovich con una gran sonrisa.

Cortesia:Chris Farina/Top Rank

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González vs Mares y San Cruz vs Terrazas

Jul 12, 2013

 

WBC FEATHERWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION ABNER MARES TO

DEFEND HIS CROWN AGAINST FORMER WORLD CHAMPION JHONNY GONZALEZ

AND FORMER IBF BANTAMWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION LEO SANTA CRUZ

SEEKS SECOND WORLD TITLE WHEN HE FACES

WBC SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION VICTOR TERRAZAS

 

DOUBLEHEADER TO TAKE PLACE SATURDAY, AUGUST 24
AT STUBHUB CENTER IN CARSON, CALIF.
LIVE ON SHOWTIME®

LOS ANGELES (July 11, 2013) – On the verge of becoming boxing’s next superstar, Three-Time, Three-Division World Champion and current WBC Featherweight World Champion Abner Mares has remarkably won three divisional world titles in less than two years. On Saturday, August 24, he will return home to Southern California to defend his title against a man hungry to take that belt back, former Two-Division World Champion Jhonny Gonzalez at StubHub Center in Carson in a fight which will be televised live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®(10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT).

 

In the co-featured bout, another of the sport’s most exciting competitors, former IBF Bantamweight World Champion Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz, will look to win his second world championship when he challenges WBC Super Bantamweight World Champion Victor “Vikingo” Terrazas.

 

“I’m looking forward to fighting in front of my hometown fans on August 24 at StubHub Center,” said Mares. “Jhonny Gonzalez and I have a lot of respect for each other, but we know what’s at stake. I’m confident that we’re going to put on an explosive fight that fans will want to see.”

 

“The belt belongs to me,” said Gonzalez. “It’s time it returns to my waist. I will give it everything I’ve got on August 24.”

 

“I’ve made many sacrifices throughout my career to win this belt and I’m not about to give it away,” said Terrazas. “It’s obvious that Leo Santa Cruz is a talented fighter, but it’s going to take more than that for me to go back to Mexico without the belt.”

 

“I’m very honored to be fighting for the WBC world championship and I’m extremely motivated to train hard to take this belt home,” said Santa Cruz. “I will not let this opportunity get away from me. I will become world champion once again.”

 

“This doubleheader reminds me of great Los Angeles fight nights when you would see great Mexican fighters battling it out in the ring while the crowd went crazy,” said Oscar De La Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions. “That’s what we have with Mares vs. Gonzalez and Terrazas vs. Santa Cruz…four Mexican warriors fighting not only for a world championship, but for pride.”

 

“Abner Mares and Leo Santa Cruz are two of the most exciting and fan-friendly fighters in the sport today,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports.  “Mares’ fight against the crafty veteran Jhonny Gonzalez is sure to be explosive, as both fighters are known for their warriors’ mentalities.  This will be Santa Cruz’s first world title shot in the super bantamweight division, and he has certainly earned it after dynamic performances in his last few fights.  This doubleheader makes it a night not to be missed.”

“We’re thrilled to once again play host to some of Southern California’s top boxing talent,” said Katie Pandolfo, General Manager of StubHub Center.  “Fight nights at StubHub Center are unlike any other venue and we’re proud that we have become a home to some of the best that boxing has to offer. We started the summer off with a record breaking evening of boxing in June and look forward to closing out the season with a bang on August 24.”

Mares vs. Gonzalez, a 12-round fight for Mares’ WBC Featherweight World Championship, will take place on Saturday, August 24 at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. The event is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, sponsored by Corona and AT&T and will be televised live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® beginning at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. Also featured will be a 12-round world championship showdown between WBC Super Bantamweight World Champion Victor Terrazas and former IBF Bantamweight World Champion Leo Santa Cruz. SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING is available in Spanish using secondary audio programming (SAP). Mares vs. Gonzalez is presented in association with Promociones Del Pueblo. Preliminary fights will air on SHOWTIME EXTREME®.

 

Tickets priced at $150, $75, $50 and $25, plus applicable taxes, fees and services charges, go on sale on Saturday, July 13 at 10:00 a.m. PT and will be available for purchase online at AXS.com, by phone at 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849) and at StubHub Center Box Office (Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. PT to 6:00 p.m. PT). VIP Suites are available by calling 877-604-8777. For more information on group discounts or VIP packages, please call 877-234-8425.

 

The newest member of boxing’s pound for pound fraternity, Hawaiian Gardens, California’s Abner Mares (26-0-1, 14 KO’s) earned his spot there the hard way, battling through adversity and some of the best fighters in the world over the last eight years. A member of the 2004 Mexican Olympic team who originally hails from Guadalajara, Mares won his first world title in 2011 when he defeated Joseph Agbeko for the IBF Bantamweight World Championship. Mares won the WBC Super Bantamweight World Championship against Eric Morel less than a year later and, in May of 2013, the 27-year-old knocked out Daniel Ponce De Leon, capturing the WBC Featherweight World Championship. On August 24, he will look to add to his already stellar resume by defending his belt against Gonzalez.

 

A knockout puncher who has struck fear into the hearts of opponents for years, Mexico City’s Jhonny Gonzalez (54-8, 46 KO’s) is a fan favorite who has won world championships at bantamweight and featherweight while beating the likes of Mark Johnson, Fernando Montiel, Irene Pacheco and Mauricio Pastrana. Since moving to featherweight full-time in 2009, Gonzalez has gone 14-1 with 12 knockouts, with his only loss in the form of a technical decision to Ponce De Leon in September of last year. The winner of two straight who most recently scored a fourth round technical knockout win over Akihiko Katagiri, the 31-year-old veteran plans on testing Mares’ chin this August when he attempts to get the title which he lost to Ponce De Leon back.

 

Unbeaten in his last 11 bouts, Guadalajara’s Victor “Vikingo” Terrazas (37-2-1, 21 KO’s) is one of Mexico’s most underrated fighters, but with a win over Santa Cruz this August, the world will know his name. The owner of a 2011 win over Fernando Montiel, Terrazas won the WBC Super Bantamweight World Championship this past April by decisioning Cristian Mijares. On August 24, he makes his first defense.

 

Boxing’s latest action hero, 24-year-old Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz (24-0-1, 14 KO’s), of Los Angeles, made quite the impression in his super bantamweight debut in May, stopping Alexander Munoz in five rounds. It was a great start at 122 pounds for the former bantamweight king originally from Huetamo, Michoacan, Mexico, who successfully defended his belt three times over the span of three months before seeking bigger game at super bantamweight.

 

A full undercard will be announced shortly.

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“Three To See”

Jul 12, 2013

“THREE TO SEE”

August 3rd Mohegan Sun

NBC Sports Network Fight Night

Curtis Stevens vs. Saul Roman

Eddie Chambers vs. Thabiso Mchunu

Tomasz Adamek vs. Tony Grano

IT’S NOW OR NEVER

FOR BATTLE-TESTED SAUL ROMAN

UNCASVILLE, CT – Mexican ring veteran Saul Roman has been in the boxing business for a long time. The grizzled pro they call “La Fiera”, the “Wild Beast”, began boxing thirteen years ago, and has compiled a proven record of 37-9, with 31 KOs. Roman has fought everyone, and pretty much seen it all in the sport. Although he’s gotten close, Saul has yet to earn a shot at a world title. However, on August 3rd, he gets his chance to change all that. The timing couldn’t be better because for Saul Roman it’s now or never.

In perhaps his final opportunity to make an impression on the boxing world, Roman faces rising middleweight star Curtis “Showtime” Stevens, 24-3, 17 KOs, in the nationally televised main event on NBC Sports Network’s Fight Night boxing series. The scheduled 10-rounder is the key bout on a big tripleheader which also features cruiserweights Eddie Chambers and Thabiso Mchunu, and heavyweights Tomasz Adamek and Tony Grano, in separate 10-round fights from the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT. The broadcast begins at 10:30 PM.

Born in Culiacan, Mexico, the same city that produced legend Julio Cesar Chavez, Saul Roman has battled top talent like Sergio Martinez, Vanes Martirosyan, Gabriel Rosado, Yuri Foreman, Kassim Ouma, Jesus Soto Karass, and was the first to defeat Marco Antonio Rubio.

The seasoned 33 year old now sets his sights on Curtis Stevens, one of the most promising young guns in the sport. A win over the power-punching New Yorker could vault Roman into the mix of the suddenly star-studded 160-pound division, and finally bring him the opportunity he’s been chasing all these years.

With dangerous power of his own, and a seasoned toughness that Stevens has never quite experienced before, Roman has what it takes to give Curtis the fight of his life. The Mexican knows that he must win to stay relevant, and that failure to do so means he may never get this close again.

In other words, Roman’s back is against the wall.

With his future at stake on August 3rd, “The Wild Beast” is ready to fight like a caged animal, which makes this experienced Mexican a very real and dangerous foe for the promising Stevens.

On August 3rd, it’s now or never. And “La Fiera” is on the prowl.

FIGHT INFO: August 3rd “Three To See” card at Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT. In the main event Curtis Stevens and Saul Roman will clash for 10-rounds in a middleweight war. Also co-featured will be a 10-round cruiserweight battle between Eddie Chambers and Thabiso Mchunu. Heavyweight, Tomasz “Goral” Adamek will take on Tony Grano, Hartford, CT, 20-3-1, 16 KO’s, for 10-rounds.

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Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez entrena en Big Bear

Jul 2, 2013

Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez entrena en Big Bear –

El prospecto invicto mexicano Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramírez está preparándose en las montañas de Big Bear, California para su próximo combate que será el 17 de agosto en Laredo, Texas durante una función de “Solo Boxeo Tecate” que transmite UniMás.

Ramírez (25-0, 20 KO’s) de Mazatlán, Sinaloa, México quien es el clasificado número tres del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo en las 160 libras tiene casi un mes en Big Bear, junto con su equipo comandado por Jesús Zapari y su hijo Héctor Zapari.

“Estoy muy contento de estar concentrado en Big Bear para esta siguiente pelea. Estamos trabajando muy fuerte y estoy haciendo guanteo con muy buenos boxeadores. Ha sido una gran experiencia”, dijo Ramírez, quien el sábado pasado entreno el famoso Wild Card Boxing Club de Hollywood, California.

Ramírez firmó un contrato promocional con Top Rank este año y su primer combate bajo la empresa de Las Vegas fue el 20 de abril en la Ciudad de Mexico y noqueo en tres asaltos al colombiano Juan del Angel Monterrosa.

“Estoy muy motivado con esta nueva etapa de mi carrera pues sé que tengo el respaldo de la mejor promotora de boxeo en el mundo. También sé que si hago mi trabajo ellos me llevaran a donde quiero ir: la cima del boxeo”, dijo Ramírez, quien durante su visita al Wild Card hablo con el mandamás de Top Rank, Bob Arum.

“Estoy seguro que Gilberto estará disputando una corona mundial en el 2014 y por eso quiero este muy activo, va a pelear en agosto y si todo sale bien, queremos que vuelva a pelear en noviembre en una de nuestras funciones grandes” dijo Arum.

Por lo pronto Ramírez estará en Big Bear hasta que viaje a Laredo para su combate.

“Sabemos que esta concentración es muy importante para Gilberto y su futuro en el boxeo. Esta haciendo las cosas bien y vamos a seguir trabando fuerte para luzca bien en Agosto” dijo Hector Zapari, de Zapari Boxing, los promotores de Ramirez junto con Top Rank.

El espigado boxeador mejor conocido como el “Zurdo Ramírez” nació en Mazatlán Sinaloa, México un 19 de junio de 1991, empezó a ir al gimnasio a la edad de 12 años y pronto empezó a destacar en el terreno amateur hasta lograr cosechar cuatro campeonatos en las olimpiadas nacionales y ser el peleador más joven a la edad de 16 años en ganar el campeonato nacional Elite que comprende de 18 a 24 años.

Su debut profesional fue un 30 de agosto del 2009 en la ciudad de Mazatlán, Sinaloa, México bajo la promoción de ZAPARI BOXING consiguiendo una victoria por nocaut en el mismo primer round sobre el sonorense Jesseth Magallanes.

A la edad de 19 años conquisto el Campeonato Mundial juvenil del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB) de peso medio al noquear en seis rounds al hasta entonces invicto en 23 peleas Rogelio “Porky” Medina, mismo título que ha defendido exitosamente en siete ocasiones.

Cortesia:Top Rank/Chris Farina

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Mayweather vs Canelo en Ciudad de Mexico.

Jun 30, 2013

CIUDAD DE MEXICO–Lo prometido fue deuda, como dijo el canelo en su contrato antes firmar contrato con los promotores en su pelea con Mayweather, primero tambien las conferencias de prensa serian en su pais Mexico, pues asi lo cumplio, Bereavision estuvo presente en la conferencia de prensa en ciudad Mexico.

Entre un fuerte dispositivo de seguridad se realizo la primera rueda de prensa para promover la “histórica pelea” de Saúl ‘El Canelo’ Álvarez y Floyd Mayweather en el Monumento a los Niños Héroes en la Ciudad de México , justa que sera disputada el próximo 14 de setiembre en Las Vegas, Nevada. Las intervenciones de los pugilistas estuvieron marcadas por declaraciones desafiantes con las que los atletas dejaron en claro que solo piensan en ganar.

Por su parte El Canelo aseguro que es todo un honor representar al orgullo nacional en una pelea tan importante por desarrollarse a un día de la conmemoración del grito de la Independencia de México.

“Septiembre es mi momento, yo también nací ganador. Me preparo para ganar y voy por la victoria.” dijo el boxeador tapatío a pregunta expresa de BereaVision.

Para Floyd Mayweather la pelea será un encuentro como cualquier otro, pero para él no hay duda que saldrá victorioso del encuentro: “yo nací ganador y moriré ganador”, dijo con su característico tono desafiante el pugilista americano.

El evento promocional se llevo a cabo con la presencia de importantes figuras del boxeo internacional como el promotor Oscar de la Hoya y del presidente del Consejo Mundial del Boxeo, Jose Sulaiman, a quien El Canelo reprocho por no tenerle confianza.

“Mucha gente no cree en que voy a ganar, uno de ellos es José Sulaimán. Éste es mi tiempo y voy a ganar”, arremetió el Canelo.

José Sulaiman anunció a la prensa que el cinturón que se otorgará al que resulte campeón se hará de un lingote de oro de 24 kilates con incrustaciones de diamante.

Así mismo se dieron cita luminarias y estrellas de Televisa, como Gabriel Soto, Marco Corrione, Yolanda Andrade, Jesús Ochoa, Carmen Salinas entre otros quienes fueron a apoyar al boxeador mexicano.

Se espera que la próxima pelea de El Canelo vs. Mayweather sea el evento boxístico mas importante del año y representa, según especialistas en la disciplina, el reto que definirá la carrera del peleador jalisciense.

BereaVision/Mexico
Foto y Nota: Violeta Gomez.

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