RISING JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHT STARS KEANDRE GIBSON AND JOSE HERNANDEZ

Jul 17, 2014

RISING JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHT STARS KEANDRE GIBSON AND JOSE HERNANDEZ FEATURED AS THE CO-MAIN EVENT ON FOX SPORTS 1 AND FOX DEPORTES’ GOLDEN BOY LIVE! SERIES ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 7 AT THE AMERICAN BANK CENTER IN CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS

Plus Special Appearances By Two Time Grammy Award Winner A.B. Quintanilla & Kumbia Kings’ Lead Vocalist J.R. Gomez To Sing The National Anthem!

Corpus Christi, TX (July 16) – Rising junior welterweight star KeAndre Gibson, fighting out of Austin, Texas, will take a trip to Corpus Christi on Thursday, August 7, when he squares off with Fort Worth’s Jose Hernandez in the eight-round co-main event of FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes’ Golden Boy Live! at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.

In the previously announced main event, Jerry “The Corpus Christi Kid” Belmontes will return to his hometown to face Puerto Rico’s Abner “Pin” Cotto in a 10-round junior lightweight bout. Plus, several Texas standouts, including Oscar Cantu, Joseph Rios, Jairo Castaneda, Marty Gutierrez, Robert Vela, Ernesto Reyna, Julian Gilden and Jeremy Longoria will be in action on this stacked card.

Coming fresh off of a spectacular fourth round knockout over John Nater in May, 24-year-old KeAndre Gibson (10-0-1, 3 KOs) will be fighting in front of his Texas fans once again when he battles Jose Hernandez. A versatile prospect that many believe will be ruling the junior welterweight division one day, Gibson has won three of his last five fights by knockout and he’ll be bringing the thunder again in Corpus Christi.

A former WBC Youth Champion, 27-year-old Jose “Loco” Hernandez (14-7-1, 6 KOs) is on a mission to deliver a memorable fight on August 7 and get back in the win column after a 2013 loss to highly-regarded Rustam Nugaev. Winner of four of his last six bouts, the popular Hernandez has never shied away from a challenge, and he’s not about to start now.

Plus, two-time Grammy Award winning producer, A.B. Quintanilla to make a special guest appearance and Kumbia Kings’ lead vocalist J.R. Gomez will sing the national anthem. In addition, A.B. Quintanilla will donate tickets to the following cities/organizations on behalf of Leija*Battah Promotions: Kingsville Police Department, CC Police Department, Alice Fire Department, CC Coast Guard, Robstown Fire Department, Mathis Police Department, Rockport Police Department, Kingsville Fire Department, Halo Flight, Beeville Police Department and City of Alice.

Belmontes vs. Cotto, a 10-round junior lightweight bout, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Leija Battah Promotions and is sponsored by Corona and O’Reilly Auto Parts. Doors open at 5:00p.m. CT and the first bell rings at 5:30p.m. CT. The FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes broadcast airs live at 10:00 p.m. ET/9:00 p.m. CT/7:00 p.m. PT.

Tickets, priced at $1000 (first row table on the floor), $800 (table rows 2-3 on the floor), $600 (table rows 4 and up on the floor), $25 and $17, and $12 (General admission), are on sale now and may be purchased by calling Leija Battah Promotions at 210-979-3302. Tickets are also available online at www.ticketmaster.com

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Training Camp Notes: Derric Rossy

Jul 17, 2014

Training Camp Notes: Derric Rossy
“It is going to be a heck of a brawl!”

Brooklyn, NY: Heavyweight Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov (17-0-1, 11 KOs) may be coming off a major upset victory over veteran Tomasz “Goral” Adamek (49-3, 29 KOs) but his next opponent Derric “El León” Rossy (29-8, 14 KOs) believes he is going to be Czar’s biggest challenge to date. The two are slotted to face-off as the main event on the next installment of NBCSN Fight Night (a special triple header edition) live from Sands Casino Hotel in Bethlehem, PA on August 9. This will also be Rossy’s Fight Night debut.

The two heavyweights are both 6’3″ tall and Rossy wants to warn fans, “It is going to be a heck of a brawl!” Rossy, 34, has 37 professional fights on his resume while his younger opponent, Glazkov, 29, has less than half as many with 18. Rossy warned, “Everyone wants a knockout. It is going to be a great fight. You’ve got two hungry guys looking to go at it. My prediction is this is going to be an unbelievable fight.”

Derric Rossy
Photo Courtesy of:
VPeiPics

Rossy is coming off an upset majority decision victory over Joe Hanks on May 16th in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. That fight was his first with trainer Grant Seligson. The two are training for this upcoming fight at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn, NY. When asked about what it is like to train Rossy, Grant replied, “Training Derric is a pleasure. He listens to everything. He is very open-minded. We get along great. We are a great team.” El León declined to reveal his game plan for Czar but did have this prediction, “You are going to see a slugfest but you are also going to see some great boxing. It is going to have everything.”

Glazkov & Adamek
Photo Credits: Rich Graessle/Main Events

As part of his preparation for this fight Rossy and Seligson watched Czar’s fight against Adamek on March 15th. As a result Rossy had this analysis of his young opponent, “We’ve seen some film on him. The kid is a really sound fighter. We need to be at our best. There is no slacking on this. There are no easy fights but this kid can really fight. We are excited to meet the challenge. With the Adamek fight he really showed that he wasn’t just a prospect. He is very sound at what he does.” His manager, Sal Musumeci added, “Derric is a veteran. He has tremendous worldwide experience fighting many top and world-ranked fighters. Derric is a true warrior. I believe this fight will be Glazkov’s real test not Adamek. He’s in for the real test on August 9.”

Derric Rossy
Photo Courtesy of:
VPeiPics

This will be Czar’s third appearance at Sands Casino Hotel in Bethlehem, PA. Rossy is from Medford, NY and believes Czar will have the home crowd advantage at Sands but he said, “I hope my fans can get out to see the fight. The more support the better for me but I am not a stranger to being in the enemy territory. It doesn’t bother me.” Musumeci added, “When you get two heavyweights like this to step up and face each other, when most of the heavyweights out there are so selective and sit around and wait for an opportunity, this shows the heart of two world class heavyweights getting in the ring to put on a great show. The winner of this deserves a world title shot.”

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Bryant Jennings Media Workout In Philadelphia

Jul 16, 2014

BRYANT JENNINGS
PHOTOS FROM MEDIA WORKOUT IN PHILADELPHIA

Photos By Ed Keenan

Top rated and undefeated heavyweights Bryant “By By” Jennings, (18-0, 10 KO’s) of Philadelphia, PA and Mike “The Rebel” Perez, (20-0-1, 12 KO’s) of Cork, Ireland will fight in a World Boxing Council Heavyweight Title Eliminator on Saturday, July 26 at Madison Square Garden and LIVE on HBO World Championship Boxing ® beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.

The winner will become the mandatory challenger for the WBC Heavyweight World Title currently held by Bermane Stiverne.

JENNINGS vs. PEREZ is the co-featured bout at “G4” headlined by the WBA/IBO Middleweight World Championship between champion GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN and DANIEL “The Real Deal” GEALE.

JENNINGS VS. PEREZ is presented by K2 Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions in association with Antonio Leonard Promotions.

GOLOVKIN VS. GEALE is presented by K2 Promotions, GGG Promotions in association with Gary Shaw Productions and Grange Old School Boxing.

Advance tickets priced at $500, $300, $200, $100, $50 and $25 are available at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008) and online at www.ticketmaster.com and www.thegarden.com

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The mayhem” Rolls On: Floy Mayweather vs Marcos Maidana Chicago Press Conference

Jul 15, 2014

THE “MAYHEM” ROLLS ON:
FLOYD MAYWEATHER vs. MARCOS MAIDANA
CHICAGO PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES & PHOTOS

“He needs to make some major changes and probably get a new trainer if he wants to have a chance against me.” – Floyd Mayweather

“First, I’m going to give him a beating and then I’m going to knock him out.” – Marcos Maidana

Credit: Amanda Kwok/SHOWTIME®
Credit: Idris Erba/Mayweather Promotions

CHICAGO (July 15, 2014) – The “MAYHEM” that is the Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana cross-country promotional press tour took center stage in Chicago on Tuesday as both fighters resorted to creative tactics to get under their opponent’s skin as they announce their Sept. 13 rematch taking place at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, live on SHOWTIME PPV®.

Eleven-time world champion Mayweather refused to sit down as Maidana and his trainer, Robert Garcia, took their turn at the podium. Instead, he signed autographs for fans, taunted Garcia and chanted his signature line: “Hard work, dedication.”

Not to be outdone, Maidana and Garcia returned the favor when it was Mayweather’s turn on the dais, jetting off stage to greet a large group of “Chino” fans as they chanted “Ole.”

Tuesday afternoon’s event at Auditorium Theatre was the third stop on the five-city, open-to-the-public promotional tour, which continues Tuesday evening in San Antonio and Thursday in Los Angeles.

Tickets for the live event are on sale now and are priced at $1,600, $1,200, $850, $600 and $350, not including applicable service charges and taxes. Tickets are limited to eight (8) per person with a limit of four (4) at the $350 price range. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

Here’s what the participants had to say on Tuesday:

FLOYD MAYWEATHER, Eleven-Time, Five-Division World Champion
“Fighting is not all about power. It’s about being smart. I don’t have to change anything. My job is to go out there and do what I am paid to do – that’s be smart and finish first. And I always finish first.

“I’m going to do the same thing I always do. It’s about blood sweat and tears, and nobody does it better than me.

“I’ve had some bumps and bruises, but I always stay on top. His camp needs to make major changes if they want to have a chance.

“My hand got raised so I don’t need to make any adjustments. He needs to make some major changes and probably get a new trainer if he wants to have a chance against me.

“I have to watch this guy in there. He’s dirty.

“If he really feels like he won the first fight then he should bet his purse. He should put his money where his mouth is. But he knows he can’t beat me.

“My legacy and the will to win drives me to keep fighting. All I have to do is keep racking up victories and putting on a show.

“If you want to beat me you have to earn it the hard way.

“Why are we fighting again? Because the fans wanted it. I usually dominate my opponents or knock them out. But this guy won three or four rounds against me, and that never happens.

“It’s obvious he’s doing something right if he is facing me again and he won a few rounds from me. But the referee had a bad night last time. We forgive him but this is going to be a much cleaner fight. Note of those dirty rabbit punches or elbows.

“This is not a street fight; this is not an MMA fight. My health and my career after boxing is what’s important. He has a wife, he has children. I could hit this guy without gloves and he could never talk again. We use gloves to protect ourselves.

“It’s going to be another great showdown because I’m pretty sure he’s going to be ready and I’m always ready. We’re just going to give the fans what they want to see

“My back is always against the ropes no matter how it plays out in the sport of boxing. If I dominate a guy they say he’s over the hill. If I don’t knock a guy out they say he’s slow. I’m not just fighting my opponent, I’m fighting the world – the media, the critics, the haters. But it comes with the territory.

“I’m in this position for a reason so all I can do is go out there and be the best Floyd Mayweather. I just need to dominate, take my time and listen to the instructions that my father gives me.

“Robert Garcia is not the fighter, so he can say whatever he wants to say. It’s up to the fighter to get in there September 13 and show me what he can do.

“This is my era and I just might be on another level.”

MARCOS MAIDANA, Former WBA Welterweight World Champion
“I’m going to have to go for the knockout this time, I have no choice. Floyd’s defense is very good and at times it is hard to hit him. That’s why I want to knock him out.

“First, I’m going to give him a beating and then I’m going to knock him out. It’s going to be hard to get a decision because he connects well and knows how to score points.

“I’m going to make some technical adjustments, work on my distance and always pressure him. Our camp last time was great, but we just need to make minor adjustments to get the win.

“Floyd is trying to get under our skin, but it’s not going to work. We’re going to do our fighting in the ring and this time we’re going to win.

“Floyd is trying to make us lose our cool. He’s trying to make us angry so we break concentration. He does it on purpose because he wants to have the upper hand. But his comments don’t affect me at all.

“Floyd can say whatever he wants about me. He knows that I gave him the toughest fight of his life. The only difference is this time I will knock him out.

“This will be a different fight. He knows what I bring to the table and he knows how I fight. I don’t want to leave any doubt whatsoever. To beat a champion like Floyd you have to knock him out.

“I promise I’m going to put on a great fight and I’m going to shut his mouth. He doesn’t respect anything or anyone. He might have money, but he doesn’t have respect.

“He thinks he intimidates me? Nothing intimidates me. His talk can’t hurt me, his punches can’t hurt me. Come Sept. 13, he’ll be the one that’s hurt.

“One hundred percent the gloves made a difference in the last fight. The gloves I use are fit to my hand and are more comfortable. But the ones that I was forced to wear were not comfortable.

“But the bottom line is, this time I’m going to win with any glove that I wear.

“We only had five weeks of sparring and training camp last time. But in this camp we’ve already been in the gym for a week and we still have eight weeks to go. So we will be 100 percent ready for Sept. 13.

“The rematch was unexpected because I thought Floyd was not going to agree (to fight me). And then, one day out of the blue, I got word Floyd wanted to fight me again. By then I was already thinking I wasn’t going to fight again this year.

“For me, what’s really important here is to come out victorious. I come here to win and I don’t really care about money.

“I think many fighters are obsessed with Mayweather. Everybody wants to fight him because they get the chance to make history if they win. And I want to make history.”

ROBERT GARCIA, Maidana’s Trainer
“If Floyd thinks the last fight was tough, this fight is going to be even tougher.

“I retired 12 years ago, and I heard you talking about me and my fights. I know that you are going to bring up my fight with [Diego] Corrales -I have nothing to be ashamed of. I lost to a warrior. He was a great champion and I lost that fight with honor, not like a [expletive].

“If I fought like a [expletive] and acted like a [expletive] I’d still be undefeated. Floyd fights like a [expletive] and behaves like a [expletive].

“You’ve been bringing up stories about dirty fighting, dirty this, dirty that. Guess what? This fight is going to be rougher for you. You better be ready.

“You are going around telling Chino that you want to place a bet on this fight? Well, let’s do that bet right now. You want to put in conditions? Well, we have our conditions, too. Let’s do a bet where winner takes all. You have a lot of money. Winner takes all.

“It looks to me that you are not that sure that you are going to win. If you were, you would have shaken my hand and agreed to the bet if you were that confident you are going to win.”

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Kovalev-Caparello Conference

Jul 15, 2014

Kovalev-Caparello Conference Call Quotes

Atlantic City, NJ: Last night the media got a chance to engage in a Q & A with Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KOs) and Blake “Il Capo” Caparello (19-0-1, 6 KOs), and their respective camps, as they prepare to face-off on August 2 at Revel Casino Hotel for the WBO Light Heavyweight Championship. Below are the highlighted quotes from the call:

Krusher Kovalev
Photo Credits: Rich Graessle/Main Events

Main Events’ CEO Kathy Duva

We are very excited to head into Sergey Kovalev’s fourth fight on HBO. We are thrilled to be working with them again and with Revel Casino Hotel. Tickets are on sale now on through Ticketmaster. Also HBO is going premiere “2 Days: Sergey Kovalev” on the 26th after the Gennady Golovkin fight.

Sergey impresses me because he doesn’t fight each fighter the same way. He finds out what is going to work and changes his plan to adjust to each fighter. It is a joy to watch him develop. There is nothing in the world like his intensity. Three of last four opponents have been unbeaten. An active fighter is a successful fighter and Sergey just wants to fight.

Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev

Thank you to my promoter, Main Events, to my trainer, John David Jackson, and to all my fans. Blake is undefeated. I am taking him serious. Good opponents are getting serious training camp and I know he is. I just get in to box and to win. We are both stepping in the ring to do our job. Blake has an advantage because he is coming to get the title. He is hungry and has nothing to lose. It is my job to keep the title. More pressure on me to defend the title. I don’t know Bernard Hopkins, all I know is my next opponent and his name is Blake Caparello.

Kovalev & Jackson
Photo Credits: Rich Graessle/Main Events

Sergey’s Trainer John David Jackson

Luckily for me Sergey Kovalev is a true professional. I don’t have to watch him or babysit him. He trains like he is still the challenger. Blake is a decent puncher and boxer. Sergey understands this. He knows we have break down Blake slowly. He is not overlooking Blake. He trains very, very hard. I just try to prepare him so he can go on to bigger and better things.

You can’t sell Blake short. Nothing is outstanding but he is very good at what he does. Sergey needs to cut the ring off and he has done very well against Southpaws. Once Blake gets hit and feels Kovalev’s power all his game plans are going to go out the window. I don’t think this is going to go 12 rounds. Sergey is very disciplined. He is very professional. This is his job. He takes each fight like he is the challenger. When we first starting working together he could punch but he was a head hunter. Now he understands a body attack will also help him. We coordinate a plan together. He studied Blake so much he is probably sick of looking at him. I love working with him because he allows me to my job. He is a class act to be around.

Sergey and I have never talked about a fight with Bernard Hopkins. We are focused on Blake. It hasn’t been a distraction at all. We aren’t looking past him we are looking right at him. After we get passed him we will look at Bernard Hopkins.

“Il Capo”
Photo Courtesy of:
DiBella Entertainment/Ed Diller
Blake “Il Capo” Caparello

Sergey Kovalev is the biggest puncher in boxing. Anyone can hit hard. We are working on different game plans to deal with Sergey’s power. I won’t know how hard he punches until I get in the ring with him. If we go toe-to-toe and his power is too much we will change the plan. I do have the pop to stop people. When I put my punches together I can really hurt people. I have had a lot of great sparring camps. If an opening appears, I will go for the knockout but I am going to fight to the end.

I get the sense they are looking past me. I am very confident myself. I know I am going to win and I already told Lou to get me a unification fight with Adonis Stevenson after I beat Kovalev. Nothing plays on my mind. I am very mentally tough. Sergey Kovalev has power but I don’t fear him. I wanted to fight Kovalev because he is the best there is in the division. He is the man I want to beat.

Caparello
Photo Courtesy of:
DiBella Entertainment/Ed Diller

Caparello’s Promoter Lou DiBella

On behalf of Blake and Sam I would like to thank Main Events and HBO. When your name is “Krusher” you know you can punch. This is the fight that Blake wanted and Main Events was nice enough to offer this to us so we jumped on it. Sergey Kovalev is going to have his hands full. The only way to beat Sergey Kovalev is stand right in front of him and box. Blake is a true boxer and Kovalev has a real challenge on his hands. Blake fights like a boxer. This is a fight he desperately wanted. When I first signed him he told me that everyone is afraid of Kovalev but he felt he could beat him. Standing in front of Kovalev is dangerous so Blake has to use angles and avoid that “Krusher” blow. Kovalev is going to have his hands full.

There is a great advantage to fighting Kovalev: if you manage to hang in there with him, you are going to earn the respect of fans. There are a lot of guys who are afraid of Kovalev but Blake isn’t. Blake is going to go out there and do his best to win. I expect a great performance whether he wins or loses.

I knew Blake was a natural. His instincts are excellent. He does a lot of things right. This is the fight he always wanted. I lobbied for the fight and told Main Events we wouldn’t price ourselves out of the fight.

About Kovalev vs. Caparello:

The WBO Light Heavyweight World Championship between Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, (24-0-1, 22 KOs) and Blake “Il Capo” Caparello (19-0-1, 6 KOs) is on Saturday, August 2nd at Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic, City, NJ. The fight will be telecast as part of a split-site triple-header on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 9:45 PM ET/PT. The event is presented by Main Events in association with DiBella Entertainment. Tickets prices are $55, $80, $160 and $250. They are available at ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000. Doors open at 6:30 PM and the HBO Boxing After Dark special triple header split site telecast begins at 9:45 PM.

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Canelo Alvarez Wins Close split-Decision Over Erislandy Lara

Jul 13, 2014

CANELO ALVAREZ WINS CLOSE SPLIT-DECISION OVER ERISLANDY LARA FROM SOLD-OUT MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA ON SHOWTIME PPV®

Canelo vs. Lara and Lopez vs. Vargas Will Premiere on SHOWTIME®
Saturday, July 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, Immediately Followed by ALL ACCESS: Canelo vs. Lara Epilogue

Photo Credit: Esther Lin / SHOWTIME
Tom Hogan/Golden Boy Promotions

LAS VEGAS (July 12, 2014) – Canelo Alvarez won a close split-decision victory over Erislandy Lara in the SHOWTIME PPV main event in front a sold-out pro-Canelo crowd at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.

Judge Jerry Roth scored it 115-113 for Lara, Dave Moretti 115-113 for Canelo and Levi Martinez 117-111 for Canelo.

The Mexico vs. Cuba showdown was a classic boxer-puncher matchup with Mexican superstar Canelo as the powerful aggressor and Cuban sensation Lara the slick boxing southpaw.

Canelo started the bout patiently and picked his spots, but Lara’s footwork and movement seemed to frustrate him. Canelo became increasingly more aggressive as he tried to cut off Lara. Canelo landed only 23 percent of his total punches including 73 power shots to the body.

A decorated Cuban amateur, Lara displayed superb footwork limiting Canelo’s chances and scoring when necessary. The game plan was effective as he frustrated the 23-year-old superstar.

“I came to fight, I didn’t come to run here,” Canelo said. “You don’t win by running. You win by hitting. He does have a great jab and he moves around, but you don’t win a fight that way. You don’t run.

“I want to leave people with a good taste in their mouth. This wasn’t the fight I expected; I wanted to go toe to toe. He didn’t come to fight. He came to run. He’s a great boxer – I respect him – but he has to learn how to throw more punches.”

It was an early birthday present for Canelo, who turns 24 in six days and is now 8-1 in 12 round fights.

“When he learns how to fight then I’ll give him the rematch,” Canelo said. “For now, my birthday is coming and we’re going to have fun.”

The 32-year-old Lara, who pressured Canelo into the dangerous bout via social media, was upset with the split decision.

“One hundred percent I won this fight,” Lara said. “I was controlling the rounds and, worse, I made him look bad in front of his fans. People know I won this fight.

“The body shots connected but they didn’t have any force. I still have no respect for him. I’m asking for a rematch. One hundred percent I’ll do the same and we’ll win again.”

Abner Mares bounced back from the first loss of his career and overcame the adversity of a cut on his left eyelid with a unanimous decision victory over Jonathan Oquendo, scored 96-94, 98-92 twice.

Mares suffered the cut from a punch in the fourth round, but his cut man, “Jacob “Stitch” Duran did a tremendous job of closing the gash and preventing it from affecting his fighter. Fighting for the first time with renowned trainer and defensive specialist Virgil Hunter, Mares fought intelligently throughout the bout. The three-division world champion prevented Oquendo from inflicting damage inside, utilized solid footwork and was extremely efficient.

Mares landed 49 percent of his power punches, doubling up Oquendo (24 percent), who failed to make adjustments and didn’t throw enough jabs to put himself in a position to land power shots.

Francisco Vargas defeated Juan Manuel Lopez via TKO when Lopez’s corner stopped the bout after a vicious third round.

In a round of the year candidate, Vargas (20-0-1, 14 KOs) and Lopez exchanged shots in brutal back and forth action in the third stanza. Seemingly never in a dull fight, Lopez was knocked down with 20 seconds to go in the third after eating a huge right hand. Lopez got up and continued to press, but ate another big shot in the closing seconds and was dazed as he walked back to his corner.

Lopez (34-4, 31 KOs), who won by KO or was stopped in 11 of his 12 world title fights, wanted to continue but his corner decided to stop the contest.

“I knew he was hurt but I know he’s a warrior,” Vargas said. “My corner was making preparations to be able to knock him out. I won by throwing combo punches to Lopez’s upper and lower body. Once I did that, I knew he had lost control.

“I’m very happy for this moment. I want to tell everyone that I’m ready for anybody at 130 pounds.”

While it was the biggest victory of Vargas’ young career, this could be the end for the road for what has been a brilliant campaign for the former world champ.

“I wanted to keep fighting – I’m a warrior,” Lopez said. “But my corner decided it was enough. I really don’t know right now if I’m going to retire. I have to sit down with my family and my promoter and decide what the next step will be.”

In the opening bout of the PPV, Mauricio Herrera defeated defending WBA Interim Super Lightweight World Champion Johan Perez by majority decision (114-114, 116-112 twice).

The early rounds were close, but the crafty Herrera (21-4, 7 KOs) pulled away after the sixth, pocketing rounds and landing power shots with ease. Herrera’s strong right hand and defensive sharpness was the difference against Perez (19-2-1, 13 KOs), who continually ate punches and couldn’t block Herrera’s slick combos.

No stranger to close decisions, Herrera was also the more effective fighter, having thrown and landed more power, jabs and total shots.

“It was difficult at first because he had a very awkward style,” Herrera said. “It took me a minute to figure it out and he was making me miss a lot of shots at first. But once I relaxed and adjusted to the awkward style I was able to get into rhythm, take control of the fight and put more pressure on him. I felt like I was a hungrier fighter here tonight and that’s why I pulled away with the victory.

“I graduated tonight – graduated to the next level.”

Perez, who raised his hands after the bell rang in the 12th, took issue with the judges’ decision.

“I felt that Mauricio had a difficult style and that it was a close fight,” Perez said. “Ultimately, I felt that I won the fight. I am really surprised by the decision and I want an immediate rematch.”

Tomoki Kameda (30-0, 19 KOs) defended the WBO Bantamweight World Championship with a brutal 7th round knockout victory over Pungluang Singyu in a live bout presented on Canelo vs. Lara: COUNTDOWN LIVE on SHOWTIME®.

The vicious right hook immediately floored Singyu (46-3, 31 KOs), sending the former WBO Bantamweight Champion to the canvas reeling in pain. Referee Russell Mora counted out the Thai boxer at 1:35 of the seventh.

“Brilliantly executed knockout,” said expert analyst Farhood of the Japanese Kameda, who was making his U.S. debut. “I’d love to see him fight again, who wouldn’t?”

IBF Welterweight World Champion Shawn Porter was interviewed during the SHOWTIME PPV and asked about his Aug. 16 showdown with undefeated British star Kell Brook.

On fighting Brook: “I’m ready and real excited. Kell Brook is young, 28 years old. He’s 32-0 with 22 knockouts. He’s undefeated so It’ll be fun.”

On Mayweather announcing Maidana rematch: “I am not surprised at all. He wants to right some wrongs from that first fight. Everybody knows Floyd Mayweather is smart. He will adjust and I expect him to do a lot better in this next fight.”

On his hopes of fighting Floyd: “I want some of that, for sure. I want that ‘0’. You know, Kell Brook has an ‘0’ but that doesn’t mean nearly as much to me as getting a shot at Mayweather’s.”

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Saul “Canelo”Alvarez se Impone Ante el Cubano

Jul 13, 2014

Saul “Canelo”Alvarez se impone ante el Cubano.

Photo Credit: Esther Lin / SHOWTIME
Tom Hogan/Golden Boy Promotions

La hora esperada llego México vs Cuba grandes pugilistas se han dado en estos dos países hermanos, mas sin embargo esta vez en Las Vegas Nevada en el MGM Grand la batalla es Canelo contra Lara que es la pelea estelar de la noche y así la arena de este casino totalmente abarrotada de ambas aficiones apoyando a los guerreros del cuadrilátero .

Grandes expectativas para esta batalla donde todos esperan ver una buena pelea , un gran combate como nos tienes acostumbrados estos dos pugilistas. esta es la primera vez que se enfrentan estos dos peleadores, por un lado la rapidez de Lara y por el otro la fuerte pegada de Canelo.

El primer round fue de pocos golpes , estudiandose uno al otro para saber como poder hacer daño al rival, y así poder hacer cada uno su pelea, tambien la gente apoyando a sus peleadores a todo pulmón por una lado se escucha la gente gritando Lara, Lara y por el otro apoyando a Canelo y gritando México,México.

Y comenzaron los siguientes rounds , por su parte Lara haciendo su pelea por todo el cuadrilátero y solo esquivando los golpes de su rival, sin embargo Canelo tranquilo y sereno conectando su golpes y castigándolo a la zona hepática de Lara, en el round seis se dieron muy pocos golpes, Lara recorriendo todo el ring de un lado para otro, mientras Canelo persiguiendo y conectándole muy pocos golpes.

Con un izquierdazo del Saul a la cara de Lara le abrió el párpado derecho en el round 7, al parecer la técnica usada del Cubano era tratar de desesperar al de Jalisco corriendo de un lado hacia otro, mas sin embargo Canelo iba hacia el frente todo el tiempo haciendo su pelea, aunque en ciertas ocasiones Lara conectaba al rostro del Canelo, y así termino la pelea dándole el triunfo al Canelo Alvarez por decisión dividida, creando esto una gran polémica, puesto que para muchos Lara ganó .

El cubano buscara la revancha dijo en conferencia de prensa, “yo gane la pelea dijo Lara y el combate fue a mi estilo que es el de la escuela cubana” .
Por su parte Canelo no le interesa esa revancha , “no vine a correr un maratón vine a pelear y el sí vino a correr, eso no es pelear, como puedes ganar una pelea corriendo”. Esas fueron la palabras del Tapatio.

Además Golden Boy Promotions aseguro que no hay rival para Lara porque nadie quiere pelear por su estilo de combate.

Abner Mares Derrota a Jonathan Oquendo

La pelea co-estelar de la noche en la arena del casino del MGM con un gran lleno y la mayoría de la afición mexicana estuvieron apoyando, comenzando la batalla pactada a 10 rounds por parte de los dos peleadores empezaron a marcar territorio tirando varios golpes y así pudieron estudiarse en los primeros rounds los dos pugilistas.

Los primeros 5 rounds fue una pelea muy cerrada en donde cada boxeador no podía hacer su técnica ya que se amarraban cada momento que golpeaban, y a consecuencia de eso el el cuarto round Mares se llevo un cabezazo en el parpado izquierdo, mas sin embargo eso no impidió a Abner empezar a hacer su boxeo, aunque por parte de Oquendo quería seguir una pelea cerrada para frustrarle la noche al Mexicano. Pero la mayoría de los golpes conectados le favorecían al tapatío.

Ya el decimo y ultimo round de la pelea se siguió viviendo entre golpes y amarres, la afición no salió muy convencida con esta pelea, se esperaba mas de este combate pero la decisión fue unánime a favor de Abner Mares y así pidiendo su revancha con Johny González.

Escritor: Jorge Cosio

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HONOR & GLORY: CANELO VS. LARA FINAL WEIGHTS

Jul 11, 2014

HONOR & GLORY: CANELO VS. LARA
FINAL WEIGHTS

Replay from today’s Official Weigh-In via SHO SPORTS PRESS PASS LIVE:


Photo Credit: Esther Lin / SHOWTIME
Tom Hogan/Golden Boy Promotions

MAIN EVENT
SUPER WELTERWEIGHTS – 12 ROUNDS
(BLUE CORNER LISTED FIRST)

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez Erislandy Lara
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico Guantanamo, Cuba
155 lbs……………………………………………………….. Weight………………………………………………………. 155 lbs.
Black & Orange……………………………………………. Trunks………………………………………………… White / Flags
43-1-1, 31 KOs ……………………………………………. Record…………………………………………….. 19-1-2, 12 KOs
Referee: Robert Byrd, Judges: Dave Moretti, Jerry Roth, Levi Martinez (N.M.).

FEATHERWEIGHTS – 10 ROUNDS

Abner Mares Jonathan Oquendo
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico Vega Alta, Puerto Rico
126.5 lbs…………………………………………………….. Weight……………………………………………………. 126.5 lbs.
Black w/ Red & Green trim……………………………… Trunks………………………………………………. Black & Green
26-1-1, 14 KOs…………………………………………….. Record……………………………………………….. 24-3, 16 KOs
Referee: Kenny Bayless. Judges: Adalaide Byrd, Burt Clements (Reno), Glenn Feldman (Conn.).

WBO INTERNATIONAL & NABF JUNIOR LIGHTWEIGHT TITLES – 10 ROUNDS

Juan Manuel Lopez Francisco Vargas
Caguas, Puerto Rico Mexico City, Mexico
130 lbs……………………………………………………….. Weight………………………………………………………. 129 lbs.
Black & White………………………………………………. Trunks………………………………. Silver w/ Black & Red trim
34-3, 31 KOs ………………………………………………. Record…………………………………………….. 19-0-1, 13 KOs
Referee: Vic Drakulich (Reno). Judges: Tim Cheatham, Robert Hoyle, Don Trella (CT).

WBA INTERIM SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE – 12 ROUNDS
(6 P.M. PT, PPV TELECAST BEGINS)

Johan Perez Mauricio Herrera
Caracas, Venezuela Riverside, Calif.
140 lbs……………………………………………………….. Weight………………………………………………………. 140 lbs.
Red & Gold………………………………………………….. Trunks……………………………………….. Blue w/ Red Stripe
19-1-1, 13 KOs…………………………………………….. Record…………………………………………………. 20-4, 7 KOs
Referee: Tony Weeks. Judges: Lisa Giampa, Glenn Trowbridge, Max Deluca (CA).

MIDDLEWEIGHTS – 4/6 ROUNDS

Yamaguchi Falcao Jesus Cruz
Los Angeles, Calif. Arecibo, Puerto Rico
161.5 lbs…………………………………………………….. Weight………………………………………………………. 162 lbs.
Blue……………………………………………………………. Trunks…………………………………………………. Red & White
1-0 ……………………………………………………………. Record…………………………………………………………… 1-1-1
Referee: Vic Drakulich (Reno). Judges: Robert Hoyle, Ricardo Ocasio, Eric Cheek (Reno).

WBO BANTAMWEIGHT WORLD TITLE — 12 ROUNDS

Tomoki Kameda Pungluang Singyu
Tokyo, Japan Bangkok, Thailand
118 lbs……………………………………………………….. Weight………………………………………………………. 117 lbs.
Blue & Pink………………………………………………….. Trunks……………………………………………….. Yellow & Red
29-0, 18 KOs……………………………………………….. Record……………………………………………….. 46-2, 31 KOs
Referee: Russell Mora. Judges: Dick Houck, Patricia Morse Jarman, Cathy Leonard (NC).

MIDDLEWEIGHTS – 4 ROUNDS

Jason Quigley Howard Reece
Donegal, Ireland Ocala, Fla.
160 lbs……………………………………………………….. Weight………………………………………………………. 158 lbs.
Green & Yellow…………………………………………….. Trunk…………………………………………………………… Black
Pro Debut……………………………………………………. Record…………………………………………………… 2-6, 1 KOs
Referee: Jay Nady. Judges: Glenn Trowbridge, Tim Cheatham, Herb Santos.

JUNIOR FEATHERWEIGHTS – 10 ROUNDS

Yoandris Salinas Enrique Quevedo
Miami, Fla. Los Angeles, Calif.
123 lbs……………………………………………………….. Weight………………………………………………………. 122 lbs.
Black…………………………………………………………… Trunk……………………………………………………………… Red
20-0-2, 13 KOs…………………………………………….. Record………………………………………………. 15-7-1, 9 KOs
Referee: Russell Mora. Judges: Ricardo Ocasio, Eric Cheek (Reno), Max DeLuca (Calif.).

WELTERWEIGHTS — 6 ROUNDS
(FIRST FIGHT: 2:30 P.M. PT)
John Karl Sosa Luis Bello
Caguas, Puerto Rico Michoacan, Mexico
141.5 lbs…………………………………………………….. Weight………………………………………………………. 141 lbs.
White & Pink………………………………………………… Trunks………………………………………………… Black & Gold
11-0, 6 KOs…………………………………………………. Record…………………………………………………… 5-1, 2 KOs
Referee: Jay Nady. Judges: Patricia Morse Jarman, Cathy Leonard (N.C.), Herb Santos.

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Zou Shimming y Gilberto Ramirez en Acción

Jul 11, 2014

ZOU SHIMMING Y GILBERTO RAMIREZ
EN ACCION El SABADO 19 DE JULIO DESDE
LA ARENA COTAI DEL VENETIAN MACAO

HBO2 TELEVISARA DOS PELEAS A LAS 5 P.M. (ESTE/PACIFICO)
El dos veces campeón Olímpico y héroe nacional de China Zou Shiming y el clasificado mundial mexicano Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramírez encabezara la función en peleas por separado “Campeones de Oro” que se realizara en la Arena Cotai del hotel Venetian Macao el sábado 19 de julio y que serán televisadas por HBO2 en diferido a las 5:00 de la tarde (Este/Pacifico).
La cartelera incluirá una defensa titular del cubano invicto Guillermo Rigondeaux (que será televisada por Unimás en “Solo Boxeo Tecate”) y el regreso del ex campeón mundial Brian Viloria (televisada por TopRank.com) es una promoción de Top Rank y Sands China Ltd., en asociación con Tecate, All Star Boxing, Caribe Promotions y Foreman Boys Promotions.
Zou quien hizo su debut profesional hace sólo 15 meses estará haciendo su primera pelea a 10 rounds ante el experimentado Luis “Chino” de la Rosa, quien ha disputado la corona mundial en dos ocasiones y representara una verdadera prueba de fuego para el ídolo local.
En duelo Co-Estelar de la función Ramírez quien está clasificado entre los primero cinco retadores por las cuatro organizaciones que rigen el boxeo expondrá sus títulos supermedianos de la NABF y NABO ante Junior “The One” Talipeau.
Zou (4-0, 1 KO) de Guizhou, China es uno de los atletas más queridos de su pais y ha revivido el boxeo profesional en China. Entrenado por el legendario Freddie Roach, Zou hizo su debut profesional el 6 de abril del 2013 en Macao con una victoria sobre Eleazar Valenzuela.
Sus triunfos todos en la Cotai Arena de Macao, China han sido sobre Jesús Ortea en Julio 27 del 2013, Juan Toscano en Noviembre del 2013 y en su as reciente actuación el 22 de febrero del 2014 logro su primer nocaut profesional en el séptimo round sobre Yokthong Kokietgym.
Además de sus dos medallas de oro en los Juegos Olimpicos del 2008 y 2012, gano bronce en el 2004. También conquisto medallas de oro en el Mundial Amateur de Boxeo en el 2005, 2007 y 2011 en peso minimosca. Zou es el sexto clasificado de la AMB y una victoria lo podría llevar a su primera oportunidad titular.

De La Rosa (23-3-1, 13 KOs) de Barranquilla, Colombia, es uno peleador agresivo fuerte quien ha disputado un título mundial interino en tres ocasiones, es el campeón nacional de Colombia y ha ganado cuatro de sus últimas seis peleas por nocaut incluyendo su más reciente sobre Deivis Marvaez a quien noqueo en el segundo round el 30 de noviembre del 2013. De La Rosa es clasificado numero11 de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo (FIB)
Ramírez (28-0, 22 KOs) de Mazatlán, Sinaloa, México, es el clasificado mundial número 2 del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB), el número 3 de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) y de la AMB así como el número cuatro de la FIB. El sensacional zurdo conquisto los títulos supermedianos de la NABF y NABO el pasado 11 de abril al noquear al ex retador de un título mundial Giovanni Lorenzo en Las Vegas.
Talipeau (20-2-1, 7 KOs) oriundo de Nueva Zelandia, pero residente de Australia, fue campeón nacional de peso mediano de Australia una corona que mantuvo por dos años y donde hizo cinco exitosas defensas que incluyeron un triunfo sobre Shannan Taylor, quien disputo una corona mundial en dos ocasiones. Talipeau quien ha ganado dos de sus últimas tres peleas venció por puntos a Walter Cruce para conquistar el título supermediano Latinoamericano de la AMB y el clasificado número 14 de la AMB en las 168 libras.
Brian Viloria se enfrentara a José Alfredo “Diablito” Zúñiga en un duelo pactado a 10 rounds en peso mosca.
Viloria (33-4, 19 KOs) de Waipahu, Hawái quien ha sido campeón mundial en dos divisiones estará haciendo su segunda pelea del 2014 en Macao en donde perdió su título mundial de las 112 libras en abril del 2013 ante el mexicano Juan Francisco Estrada.
Viloria quien ha sido monarca de las 108 libras del CMB y de FIB, fue monarca de las 112 libras de la OMB categoría en la derroto a los mexicanos Pingo Miranda, Giovani Segura, Omar niño y Hernán Márquez todos ellos fueron campeones mundiales.
En su más reciente combate el pasado 29 de marzo en Las Vegas derroto puntos a Juan Herrera en un combate de 10 asaltos.
Zúñiga (11-5-1, 5 KOs) de Matamoros, Tamaulipas, México viene de disputar la corona interina de peso mosca Jr. de la AMB ante Alberto Rossel en Lima, Perú la casa del campeón en donde cayó por puntos en una pelea muy disputada en agosto del 2013.
Zúñiga había derroto a Luis Ceja para ganarse esa oportunidad titular el 8 de junio.

Cortesia:Top Rank/Chris Farina

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Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux Expondrá su Campeonatos Mundiales

Jul 11, 2014

GUILLERMO RIGONDEAUX EXPONDRA
CAMPEONATOS EN MACAU EL 19 DE JULIO
EN “SOLO BOXEO TECATE” DE UNIMAS


El campeón mundial invicto de peso supergallo el cubano Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux expondrá su campeonatos mundiales ante el clasificado mundial y dos veces retador a un campeonato mundial Sod Looknongyantoy el sábado 19 de julio en la Cotai Arena del Hotel Venetioan en Macao, China en un pelea que será televisada en diferido por Unimás en su gustado programa “Solo Boxeo Tecate” a las 11:00 p.m. (Este/Pacifico)
La función es un promoción de Top Rank y Sands China Ltd en asociación con Tecate,
All Star Boxing, Caribe Promotions y Foreman Boys Promotions.
Rigondeaux (13-0, 8 KOs), quien es residente de Miami, Florida, es considerado uno de los mejores boxeadores libra por libra del mundo estará haciendo su debut en el 2014. El año pasado unifico los títulos de la Asociación Mundial de Boxeo (AMB) y de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) de las 122 libras al derrotar a Nonito Donaire.
Rigondeaux, oriundo de Cuba, gano medallas de Oro en los Juegos Olimpicos del 2000 y 2004, fue campeon mundial amateur en el 2001 y 2005 asi como melladista de oro en los Juegos Panamericanos en el 2005 y 2003 todo esto en las 119 libras.
El estilista zurdo cubano hizo su debut profesional en el 2009, conquisto el campeonato interino supergallo de al AMB en el 2010 en solo su séptima pelea profesional. Se convirtió en súper campeón de la AMB al noquear a Rico Ramos en enero del 2012 y ha defendió su corona exitosamente en cuatro ocasiones, incluyendo su duelo unificatorio ante Donaire.
Looknongyantoy (63-2-1, 27 KOs) de Srithep, Tailandia ha disputado sin éxito la corona de peso pluma junior de la OMB, ambas fueron ante el mexicano Daniel Ponce de León en el 2005 y 2006, desde entonces ha ganado 37 peleas seguidas y ha conquistados los títulos de Asia, el Asia-Pacifico de la AMB y el Pan-Asiático de la AMB en las 122 libras.
El fuerte tailandés ha el clasificado mundial número cinco de la OMB y el número 10 de la AMB.

Cortesia:Top Rank/Chris Farina

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