ALFREDO “EL PERRO” ANGULO AND TRAINER VIRGIL HUNTER

Feb 21, 2014

ALFREDO “EL PERRO” ANGULO AND TRAINER VIRGIL HUNTER
MEDIA CONFERENCE CALL TRANSCRIPT

Kelly Swanson
We’re excited to be joined today by one of the main event contestants in the “TOE TO TOE Canelo vs. Angulo” pay-per-view event Saturday, March 8. On today’s call is Alfredo Angulo, former WBO Interim Junior Middleweight World Champion; also, Virgil Hunter, Alfredo’s trainer and Golden Boy Promotions matchmaker Eric Gomez to translate.

And of course now to make further introductions and talk a little bit more about the show is Richard Schaefer, Chief Executive Officer of Golden Boy Promotions.

Richard Schaefer
This is going to be the first pay-per-view of the year here in the United States, and it is an all action card, it is “TOE TO TOE.”

I was looking this morning again at the card, and even the non-televised fights I think are just great match ups and exciting fights. It’s definitely one of those cards where you want to be early at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and see all these fights. I saw Jo Jo Diaz is going to be on there, Avery Gibson at 8-0 is going to be on; Francisco Vargas against Abner Cotto, what a great match up that is; the recent signing of Will Tomlinson from Australia, Junior Lightweight, 21-0, against Jerry Belmontes; and then of course Jorge Linares against Nihito Arakawa. Some of those fights will be on the SHOWTIME preview, so they’ll be available to a large audience as a lead-in to the pay-per-view.

And then you get to the SHOWTIME PPV card with Carlos Molina and Jermall Charlo for the IBF Junior Middleweight World Championship; you have Omar Figueroa against Ricardo Alvarez for a WBC Lightweight World Championship, and then you have Leo Santa Cruz against Cristian Mijares for the WBC Super Bantamweight World Championship. I mean, it’s just an unbelievable night of boxing and I think it will be very well received by the pay-per-view audience here in the United States. It is distributed internationally as well, of course, and if the ticket sales are an indication I think this will be a home run. We have over 12,000 tickets sold. Some of the categories are sold out, but there are still tickets available, $600, $400, $200, $150, and I do expect a complete sell out at the MGM Grand.

I want to thank our colleagues at MGM. I want to thank our sponsors as well, Corona, AT&T, and Casamigos Tequila. The Carlos Molina-Jermall Charlo fight is promoted in association with Warriors Boxing. The fight of course is going to be distributed live on SHOWTIME PPV beginning at 9:00 p.m. Eastern, 6:00 p.m. Pacific, and it can be heard in Spanish as well using a secondary audio programming.

So, without any further ado I’d like to thank Virgil, and I’d like to thank Alfredo Angulo as well, for making themselves available today. I’ve got an update from camp, and I hear Alfredo is looking sensational. This is exactly the kind of fight one gets up for; where you will see without any question the best Alfredo Angulo we have seen. And we know Alfredo Angulo, with a record of 22 wins, 2 losses, and 18 KO’s, when Alfredo is at his best it’s very, very difficult for anyone to beat him. So he not only has heart but he has that iron will to win.

The man who gets him in shape to get him ready is the 2011 Boxing Writers of America Trainer of the Year, Virgil Hunter, who is obviously one of the most respected trainers in the world and trains many, many stars, including of course Andre Ward and Amir Khan. So, I know he’s very confident in Alfredo, and I’d like to turn it over now to Virgil to make some opening comments and talk maybe a little bit about training camp.

Virgil Hunter
I agree with Richard, Alfredo is very much up for this fight and into this fight. That’s not to say he wasn’t in any other bouts that he did, but we understand the magnitude of this opportunity and we intend to make the most of it.

I’m very pleased with the camp situation. We’re fortunate to have several of the guys in camp doing mini camps and conditioning, and because of that we’re able to provide Alfredo with a lot of different looks in sparring, which I feel complements the style that he has and he has the opportunity to pick up on various things that the styles offer.

Everything’s going great, no injuries, no setbacks, we’re right on schedule, we’ll be on target on everything, and you’re going to have a very determined fighter now, Alfredo Angulo, on March 8, and it’s going to be a fight that I don’t think the world, anybody in the boxing world should want to miss. I think everybody should tune in.

R. Schaefer
You mentioned the word “opportunity” and I agree with you, I think in boxing a lot of it has to do with opportunity. There are a lot of talented fighters, there are a lot of hungry fighters, but it is about creating these opportunities, and when Alfredo talked to me and really wanted a fight with Canelo, obviously there are a lot of fighters out there who would love to have this fight because Canelo is one of the superstars of the sport. When you are the kind of fighter like Alfredo is, a warrior, always looking for the biggest and best challenges, then that is exactly what he wants.

For us here at Golden Boy I like to get these kinds of opportunities and then it is up to Alfredo to have the right motivation, we know he has the talent and we know he has the desire to get up and show on March 8 who is the best 154 pounder. With Alfredo, I got to know him a bit outside of the ring as well. He truly is one of the kindest and nicest people outside of the ring I have ever met, and a stark contrast with the person in the ring, where he is just a vicious warrior and always on the attack, and I think that’s why he has so many fans all around the world. When Angulo fights, people watch, and there’s going to be no exception on March 8.

It is a pleasure now for me to introduce to you one of the most exciting fighters, his battle in 2011 with James Kirkland was a candidate for Fight of the Year. He is originally from Mexicali, Baja California, fighting now out of Los Angeles, record of 22-2 and 18 KO’s, Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo.

Alfredo Angulo
Hi, guys. I really appreciate everybody being here and I really appreciate the opportunity for this conference call. Thank you so much to SHOWTIME and Golden Boy for this opportunity, it’s very exciting to be on this pay-per-view. Thank you so much for this opportunity, I really appreciate it, and I have been working really hard for this fight and will put on a really great fight for the fans.

R. Schaefer
OK, gracias, Alfredo. We are going to open it now to the media for questions; if you have any questions for Alfredo or for Virgil Hunter, they’re both on the line.

Q
Richard you talked about opportunity for Alfredo, obviously he’s getting some special treatment and respect being on this call by himself, it’s a great opportunity for him, but can you characterize what happens if he wins and what happens if he loses.

R. Schaefer
Well, I think you don’t just get the opportunity, you earn the opportunity, and I think Alfredo has earned that in the way he fought and the way he fights. Boxing has really moved away, I think, particularly in the last couple of years or so, where excitement, win or lose, is being more rewarded than it used to be and fighters don’t really have to go back in the line if they lose in an exciting fashion, and sometimes an exciting loss these days is, frankly, more valuable than a boring win. I will give you an example, like a Rigondeaux, and I don’t mean to knock in any way or shape Rigondeaux, I respect him, I admire his talent, he’s one of the best fighters in my opinion, but crowds like to be entertained, and Alfredo has that style. So I think he has earned this through his hard work and dedication to the sport, and of course a win, nobody wants to lose, but you know, Alfredo is must-see TV, and I don’t think anything changes in that regard.

Now, if you beat somebody like Canelo and you are in the 154-pound weight class, there are of course many big names and opportunities out there, and I don’t need to tell you who the biggest name is, we all know that, that of course is Floyd Mayweather. So I am not going to go and make any statements or promises and so on now, ‘if you win you’re going to get Floyd or so,’ but there are other big names there whether it’s Miguel Cotto or so on, so the door certainly would open and it would lead to mega-fights. I think Alfredo knows that, but Alfredo is a veteran, and he was actually telling me that at the L.A. press conference, he’s not thinking ahead of that. His only task at hand is Canelo Alvarez, and I think Alfredo would be foolish, which I know he is not, to look past Canelo Alvarez. So, his focus is on Canelo and let’s see what happens.

Q
I talked to Andre Ward yesterday and he had some really specific things to say about Angulo’s punch placement and his pursuit, his ability to cut off the ring. He also said that he anticipated sparring with Alfredo for a second time last night. What do you take from Andre’s comments and also did that sparring session take place again last night and what have you gained from it.

A. Angulo
First of all I’m not sure if I’m going to be boxing any more with Andre or not, it’s not up to me, but the times that I did box with him, he’s a very good fighter. He’s got a lot of talent, experience, and he’s got a lot of qualities that are superior to Canelo. So I know that it’s helping me, and to be able to be in that ring with Andre Ward, it’s a plus for me and it’s a positive. I’m very grateful to him for the work, for the nice comments, because he knows how important this fight is to me.

Q
Alfredo, this is a huge opportunity, as Richard has said, and you realize it. What is at stake for you, given the fact that you were chosen over some pretty tough competition for this fight, and are you going to sell out and really just probably fight your best, hardest fight ever?

A. Angulo
Yes, you know, I’m very grateful. I want to thank, once again, Richard Schaefer and the entire team at Golden Boy Promotions for this opportunity, for having the confidence in me so that I can be in this kind of fight. But at the same time I feel that I won my spot, I won my spot through my hard work and my style of fighting. I’ve always given 100 percent up in that ring, and I’ve given it my all, so I kind of feel that I won my spot, and there’s a reason why I’m in this fight. This is a very, very big opportunity for me and I want to take full advantage.

Q
Virgil, you said there have been no injuries, obviously, he suffered an eye injury in the last fight, can you characterize that? And also, what are the benefits that you see in him having sparred with guys like Amir Khan, who’s smaller and quicker, and obviously Andre Ward, who’s bigger and the complete package?

V. Hunter
Just to the injuries on his eye, other than swelling, wasn’t what people assumed it was, and it was unfortunate because the diagnosis that night was done in the ring before he even stepped out, and it wasn’t by a doctor it was speculation by someone else. The injury was definitely an abrasion on the cornea, what the ophthalmologist felt was pretty much like a poke or something like that, and we’ll leave it at that.

The sparring with the different guys is that I never changed his style because that’s him, and I wanted him to naturally gravitate towards other things that would mesh with his style, and by doing that and showing him different looks, different styles of boxing. Then, as he and I talked about when he was training in Los Angeles and pretty much sparring against one type of style, he stays locked in that style, but now because he’s been exposed to different styles, different looks, very fast and quick styles, he’s been picking up and adapting to these things naturally and naturally integrating them into his style without being force fed, without being mind fed. It’s come along naturally through his participation and observation. So that to me was the benefit and the purpose of different looks and styles. But we do also have sparring partners in camp simulating the style of Canelo also.

Q
Alfredo, do you think you can win the fight if it goes the distance, or do you feel you have to stop Canelo in order to get the victory?

A. Angulo
Well, sincerely it’s hard to answer that. I really can’t say. I’m training to win. I’m training to win whatever happens, whether it goes the distance, or if the knockout comes, I’m training to win. So, I can’t really answer that.

Q
Are you driven by your underdog status? You seem to almost be, if you win this it’s definitely kind of a Rocky story come to life. Does that fact drive you at all, or do you just try to keep emotion out of it?

A. Angulo
You know, I really don’t think about that. I really don’t care. I’ve been the underdog most of my career, I’ve gone against the current and I just do my job and I work hard. But I really don’t think about that.

R. Schaefer
I just want to add to that, last I checked his nickname is actually not the underdog, it’s “El Perro,” the dog. He is not the underdog. He is the dog.

Q
Virgil, does Canelo’s power and style concern you at all?

V. Hunter
Of course his style concerns me. Anybody that Alfredo, or any other fighter in the stable, who he goes up against concerns me. He’s a good fighter. He’s proven that. And he’s not anybody to be playing with in the ring, so of course his style concerns me.

Q
At the last fight with Canelo and Floyd you made a comment that you felt that maybe Saul didn’t have enough experience to be able to beat Floyd. In this fight do you feel that you have the experience to beat Saul?

A. Angulo
I’ve been in the ring with good fighters, talented fighters. I also have an extensive amateur background, so I have plenty of experience. But, you know, Canelo’s also been getting better, he’s been getting better and he’s had some good experience in the last few years, so that’s what’s going to make this fight very interesting. It’s going to be an interesting fight, and we’ll see what happens.

Q
There’s obviously other fighters that were being mentioned as possible opponents for Canelo, but for some reason you were chosen. Why do you think you were chosen?

A. Angulo
I think the reason that Canelo decided to fight against me is because he’s a smart fighter and he knows that he wanted to prove to his fans that he’s ready to fight a good fighter, a fighter that’s very strong, and most importantly, a fighter that makes exciting fights. I know that I’ve proven throughout my career that I always give exciting fights, and I think that’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to make a good show and we’re going to put on an exciting fight.

Q
Virgil, how difficult is it to train a fighter that’s very, very aggressive and to get him to be disciplined and to have other attributes, possibly defensive attributes?

V. Hunter
Alfredo’s not a difficult fighter to train. The difficult fighter to train is the one who doesn’t want to train, that’s the difficult one. So he’s not a difficult fighter to train. My intention, it’s obvious, is that I don’t teach the style that Alfredo was taught, but I believe that if you’re going to be a good coach that you should subject yourself to the various styles that these champions possess so you can learn. Two years from now I might have another Alfredo and I’ll know even more what to do. Defense is something that I do very well, and within his style we continue to work on this, and I see the improvement daily.

So, it’s a pleasure working with him, and I wouldn’t have it any other way, because he gives it his all, he doesn’t play around, he doesn’t kid around, and any fight that he goes in he’s in that fight. He got an opportunity to win that fight and proved in his last outing (Erislandy Lara) against what some consider the best 154 pounder in the world, and certainly was the best amateur that ever existed, so going into a fight with Alfredo Angulo I’m always going to go in confident because I know he’s always going to have an opportunity to win that fight.

Q
Alfredo, in your last fight against Lara, it was a tough, competitive fight, it was back-and-forth, you knocked him down twice. I’m just curious from your perspective what did you take out of that performance, and do you have any regrets at all about the way that fight ended?

A. Angulo
I learned plenty in that fight. But most importantly I feel that I demonstrated that I can adapt to any style and I can fight pretty much any style boxer. I’m working hard every day with Virgil, I’m learning every day, and that’s the most important thing, that I’m learning and I’m ready to put on a good show, all the time.

Q
Alfredo, since you faced a southpaw last time out and someone that has a Cuban amateur background that Lara has, are you looking forward to facing someone like Saul Alvarez who is the complete style contrast, a guy that will go out there and give you a war?

A. Angulo
You know, basically, I’m happy to fight. That’s my job, I’m supposed to be fighting, and I’m happy to fight, and it’s my job to figure out styles. I’m just glad that I have Virgil on my side to help me construct a game plan and figure out the styles. I am happy that I’m facing another Mexican, because as all the fans know, everybody knows when two Mexicans get in the ring it’s a guaranteed show, it’s a guaranteed exciting show. And March 8, don’t expect anything different.

Q
There’s no title on the line in this fight against Saul Alvarez, but being the fact that he had the biggest fight ever with Mayweather in his last fight do you see this as a title fight, just being on this big grand stage and fighting someone that is well known, like Saul Alvarez?

A. Angulo
You know, I pretty much consider all my fights like world title fights. Yes, I know that in this fight it’s not going to be for a title, but my motivation, my world title is the fans, winning over the fans, making sure that they’re happy with my performance. That’s my motivation, and I consider that kind of like winning a world title if they’re happy.

Q
What do you consider the most dangerous attribute that Canelo has that he’s going to bring to the fight? And how do you classify him, what level do you see him and how do you classify yourself?

A. Angulo
Canelo has gained a lot of experience the last couple of years, but he’s a fighter that has fast hands and he can also box if he wants to, so those are maybe some of the attributes, some of the things that I have to look out for. As far as myself, categorizing myself, I really can’t say. I don’t pay attention to that. All I do is fight, and I let my fighting do the talking for me. Canelo knows that I’m a good fighter, and that’s basically all I can say.

Q
Alfredo, Canelo’s coming off of a loss just like you are. Whose loss was more valuable in experience to the defeated fighter and why?

A. Angulo
Both fights were very, very different. Canelo is coming off a loss to Floyd Mayweather, the pound for pound No. 1 fighter in the world, and in that fight he hardly touched him. My fight, I’m coming off a loss to one of the best fighters in the world, and that is Erislandy Lara, and in a fight that arguably I was winning. It was a very, very entertaining fight, a very exciting fight, and I was possibly winning the fight. So, both fights were very, very different.

Q
Alfredo, have you noticed the recent trend of A-side Golden Boy boxers getting upset by rugged Latino fighters in need of career defining wins; for example, Maidana did it against Broner, Jhonny Gonzalez beat Abner Mares and Victor Ortiz was knocked out by Luis Collazo. What do you think about that?

A. Angulo
Yes, yes, I have noticed. But that’s the beautiful thing about boxing, it goes to show that you can be the best fighter in the world but if you don’t train and you let your guard down, anybody can come and beat you. That’s why you’ve got to be ready at every turn and you have to train hard.

Q
Would you continue this trend, Alfredo, and upset Golden Boy’s Canelo to earn your signature victory? And if you win, what would you like to do next, Floyd Mayweather sweepstakes perhaps?

A. Angulo
God willing, it’s going to be that way. That’s what I want, that’s what I’m working for, and it will happen that way. As far as who I want to fight next, I’m not thinking about that. I’m just thinking about Canelo Alvarez right now, that’s on my mind, and it’s not up to me. It’s up to my team. It’s up to Golden Boy, Richard Schaefer, to decide who I’ll fight next. I’m not worrying about that. The most important thing for me right now is Canelo Alvarez.

Q
You spoke very respectfully of Lara, Alfredo. He beat you and he beat Austin Trout, can he beat Floyd Mayweather? How good is he?

A. Angulo
Well, you know I really can’t say. They both have very similar styles. I think if they ever fought each other, I know for sure it will be a boring fight because all they do is they worry about their defense, or they try to do a lot of defense, or they turn their backs a lot, so I know that for sure. I know that it would be a boring fight if they ever fought each other.

R. Schaefer
All right, I’d like to thank Virgil and Alfredo to be on the call. I’d like to thank all the media members for their support of this great top to bottom, “TOE TO TOE: Canelo vs. Angulo” and all the other great fights.

Just a few fight week activity updates, we’re going to have, on Sunday, March 2, at Olvera Street in Los Angeles a fan rally sending off the fighters. We have Canelo there, Alfredo there, Leo Santa Cruz, Cristian Mijares, Omar Figueroa and Ricardo Alvarez. On Tuesday, March 4 is the official arrival at the MGM in the afternoon, starting at 1:00, of all the fighters.

On Wednesday it’s going to be an open workout in the MGM Grand lobby, open to the public, with all the fighters participating. Then on Thursday March 6 we have the final press conference for the full card. On Friday of course is the weigh in, and then on Saturday it’s Fight Night, March 8t, live from the MGM Grand. Make sure you tell your readers or listeners that tickets are still available, we do anticipate a sell out, and I’m excited to see you all in Las Vegas on March 8h. Thank you very much.

“TOE TO TOE: Canelo vs. Angulo,” a 12-round super welterweight fight taking place Saturday, March 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Canelo Promotions and sponsored by Corona, AT&T and Casamigos Tequila. In world title fights on the undercard, Two-Division World Champion Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz (27-0-1, 15 KO’s) will defend his WBC Super Bantamweight World Title against former Two-Time World Champion Cristian “El Diamante” Mijares (49-7-2, 24 KO’s); exciting young star Omar “Panterita” Figueroa (24-0-1, 17 KO’s) will risk his WBC Lightweight Title against Canelo’s brother Ricardo “Dinamita” Alvarez (23-2-3, 14 KO’s) and “King” Carlos Molina (22-5-2, 6 KO’s) will defend his IBF Junior Middleweight Championship against undefeated Jermall Charlo (17-0, 13 KO’s). Carlos Molina vs. Jermall Charlo is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Warriors Boxing. This event will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. The event can be heard in Spanish using secondary audio programming (SAP). “TOE TO TOE: Canelo vs. Angulo” will be broadcast on over 400 select movie theaters across the country.

Read More

Maravilla vs Cotto se confirma

Feb 21, 2014

Nos entusiasma informar que la gran pelea entre el campeón de peso medio del WBC Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez y Miguel Ángel Cotto, se llevará a cabo el próximo 7 de junio en el Madison Square Garden en Nueva York.

We’re glad to inform that the great battle between WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez and Miguel Angel Cotto will take place at the Madison Square Garden in New York on June 7.

Cortesia:WBC NEWS

Read More

Chavez Jr Listo para Bryan Vera

Feb 19, 2014

CHAVEZ JR LISTO PARA BRYAN VERA

En el fuerte calor de la ciudad de Culiacán, Sinaloa, México, el ex campeón mundial de peso mediano, Julio Cesar Chávez Jr. se prepara para hacer su primera pelea del 2014 misma que realizara el próximo sábado 1 de marzo en el Alamodome de San Antonio, Texas.

“Tengo bastante tiempo entrenando pues siento que estoy en deuda con mis seguidores tras mi última pelea ya que sé que no fue una de mis mejores actuaciones y tengo que demostrar que sigo siendo uno de los mejores boxeadores de mi categoría”, dijo Chávez Jr, ante de comenzar su entrenamiento el martes un gimnasio de su propiedad.

Chávez Jr. le dará la revancha a Bryan Vera en San Antonio en una función que será televisada por HBO quienes abrirán su transmisión con el duelo de campeonato mundial entre el monarca mexicano de peso pluma de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) Orlando “Siri” Salido y el dos veces campeón Olímpico Vasyl Lomacheko quien disputaran un titulo mundial en su segunda pelea profesional.

Después de perder su campeonato mundial de peso medio del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB) ante el estilista argentino Sergio “Maravilla” Martínez en Septiembre del 2012, Chávez Jr. regreso al ring el 27 de septiembre del 2013 para enfrentar a Vera y lograr una polémica decisión sobre el boxeador tejano en medio de problemas de peso.

“Es claro que no volví al ring en mi mejor condición. Los problemas de peso y el estar inactivo por tanto tiempo no permitieron hacer lo quería hacer en la primera pelea contra Vera, pero no he dejando de entrenar por los últimos cuatro meses y ese que mi preparación marcara la diferencia en esta segunda pelea”, dijo Chávez Jr.

El fuerte peleador sinaloense entiende que esta pelea contra Vera será muy difícil, pero muy atractiva para la afición del boxeo.

“Yo estoy seguro que estaré mucho mejor que en la primera pelea y también estoy seguro que Vera llegaran con mucha confianza y peleara mejor que la primera vez y por eso el ganador será el público quienes verán una gran pelea, mucho mejor que la primera”, sentenció Chávez Jr.

Esta será la cuarta pelea de Chávez Jr. en San Antonio, donde ha ganado las primeras tres incluyendo su segunda pelea titular ante Marco Antonio Rubio en Febrero del 2012.

“A la gente de Texas le gusta mucho boxeo y lo apoyo con mucha pasión, por eso es importante darles buenas peleas y por eso hice una gran preparación pues le quiero brindar una pelea de mucha emoción y darle una victoria que puedan celebrar con gusto”, afirmo el hijo el legendario boxeador mexicano Julio Cesar Chávez González.

En la misma función estará en acción el ex campeón indiscutible de los pesos ligeros Juan “Baby Bull” Díaz de Houston, Texas y el dos veces Olímpico mexicano Oscar Valdez (9-0, 8 KOs) de Nogales, Sonora.


Credito de FOTO – Rafael Soto/Top Rank

Read More

Heavyweights Collide in the Fighting City of Philadelphia

Feb 19, 2014

Heavyweights Collide in the Fighting City of Philadelphia
“USS” Cunningham to Take on “Hardcore” Mansour
at Liacouras Center on NBCSN Fight Night April 4, 2014

Philadelphia, PA: Former two-time world champion Steve “USS” Cunningham (26-6-0, 12 KOs) is no stranger to NBCSN Fight Night. The 37 year old heavyweight has appeared in two of the series’ marquee afternoon editions of Fight Night on the NBC broadcast network. On Friday, April 4th Cunningham will return to Fight Night in his hometown of Philadelphia, PA to challenge undefeated heavy-hitter Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (20-0-0, 15 KOs), making his second appearance on the series, for Mansour’s USBA Heavyweight Title in a ten round battle at the Liacouras Center on the campus of Temple University. The fight is the main event on NBCSN Fight Night beginning at 10 pm ET/7 pm PT.

Mansour, a southpaw from nearby Wilmington, DE, has been banging away on the fringes of the Top Ten in recent years. He captured the vacant USBA title last summer, scoring a unanimous 12-round decision over Maurice Harris, of East Orange, NJ, at the Dover Downs Casino in Dover, DE. In his last fight on the December 14th edition of Fight Night, Mansour knocked out Kelvin Price, of Pensacola, FL, in seven rounds at Resorts in Atlantic City, NJ. “I’m looking forward to this fight more than any other fight in the past,” said Mansour, who recently signed a managerial contract with pay-per-view mogul Joe Hand. “I’m gonna train for Steve as if my life depends on the win. I greatly respect Steve, but on April 4th I’m gonna speak to the boxing world, using my hands. I will not be denied.”

Mansour Defeats Price Photo Credits to Rich Graessle/Main Events
Hardcore did not compete professionally for over nine years while he served time in Schuylkill Federal Correctional Institution in Minersville, PA for drug possession. Coincidentally, the Liacouras Center is only about one hour away from the prison where he spent the majority of his thirties. He will be looking to prove that he is not too late to the heavyweight party and that he can compete at the highest level. At 6’1″ and with an expected 20 pound weight advantage, Mansour will not be intimidated by Cunningham’s 6’3″ stature. But with a lighter weight comes quickness and boxing fans are wondering how Mansour will be able to handle Cunningham’s speed and agility.

Cunningham is coming off an important victory on December 14th against Manuel Quezada in an eight round unanimous decision at Resorts International Casino and Hotel. The win snapped a two fight losing streak that began with his controversial points loss to Tomasz Adamek on NBC on December 22, 2012 and continued with a seventh round TKO loss to Tyson Fury on NBC on April 20, 2013. USS plans to keep his momentum going against the powerful Mansour. A focused Cunningham said, “I’m not going to talk this to death. I’m very focused and taking this seriously.” He added, “This time I’m fighting in my backyard and I want to give my fans a spectacular performance. It’s time to fight.”

951
Cunningham – Quezada
Photo Credits to Larry Levanti/ Main Events

Main Events’ President & CEO Kathy Duva said, “I’m really looking forward to this fight. It has everything we want on this series -heavyweights in an evenly matched crossroads bout at a great venue in a location that really adds something to the match. You can’t ask for more!”

Co-promoter, J Russell Peltz said, “This is not an appearance fight. Instead, this is one of the most intriguing heavyweight fights in recent years. I’m talking about Adamek-Arreola and a slew of heavyweight fights on NBC such as Jennings-Liakhovich, Adamek-Cunningham and the upcoming Adamek-Glazkov match. This one fits right in. Cunningham has to win this fight to remain viable in the heavyweight division. Mansour needs to win to prove to people that despite beating the second tier of heavyweights en route to his 20-0 record he is capable of taking the next step.”

About April 4th:
The event features a ten-round bout for the USBA Heavyweight Title between Steve “USS” Cunningham and USBA champion Amir “Hardcore” Mansour live on NBCSN Fight Night from the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA. The Fight Night broadcast will begin at 10 pm ET/7 pm PT. The card is presented by Main Events and Peltz Boxing in association with BAM Boxing and Joe Hand Promotions. The co-feature bout and undercard fights will be announced shortly. Tickets are going on sale soon; details to follow.

NBC Sports Live Extra:
NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will live stream Fight Night at 10 pm ET/7 pm PT on April 4th.
Coverage will be streamed via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.

All NBC Sports Network live events live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs.

Read More

Chivas USA añade al mediocampista argentino Agustín Pelletieri

Feb 19, 2014

Chivas USA añade al mediocampista argentino Agustín Pelletieri
El centrocampista se une a los Rojiblancos proveniente de Racing y Lanús en la Primera División argentina

Carson, Calif. (Miércoles, 19 de febrero del 2014) – Chivas USA anunció hoy el fichaje del mediocampista argentino Agustín Pelletieri del Racing Club de Avellaneda de la Primera División de Argentina. El jugador de 31 años de edad podrá saltar a la cancha con Chivas USA en la Temporada Regular 2014 de la Major League Soccer siempre y cuando reciba su Certificado de Transferencia Internacional. De acuerdo a las estipulaciones de la Liga y del club, no se publicarán los detalles de la contratación.

“Agustín es un jugador muy importante y de mucha experiencia, quien va a ser clave para nuestro equipo”, describió el Director Técnico de Chivas USA Wilmer Cabrera. “Los últimos cuatro años ha sido el capitán de un club muy importante en Argentina por lo que trae consigo ese liderazgo tanto dentro como fuera de la cancha. Un aspecto muy importante para que podamos sacar los resultados que necesitamos esta temporada”.

“De manera técnica, es un jugador muy inteligente que conoce su posición muy bien. Es fantástico a la hora de leer el juego y tiene una buena idea de cómo ganar, poseer y administrar la pelota. Es un jugador muy completo en todos los aspectos”, concluyó Cabrera.

Pelletieri, quien se desarrolló en la provincia de Buenos Aires en José Mármol, comenzó a jugar en el Club de Tenis de su ciudad antes de unirse al Club Atlético Lanús en el 2000 a los 18 años de edad. Siendo una de las promesas estrellas de la Academia de Desarrollo del club, Pelletieri debutó como profesional tres años después y fue en esa misma temporada en la que el jugador ayudó a Lanús a participar en su tercera Final del Torneo Clausura.

Miembro clave de la “Granate”, Pelletieri y Lanús clasificaron a la prestigiosa Copa Libertadores en el 2007 por primera vez en la historia del club al ganar su primer título de liga argentina durante el Torneo Apertura de ese año. Tres temporadas después, en el 2010, el club volvió a disfrutar de una participación en la Copa Libertadores.

Después de un breve paso por el AEK Atenas FC de Grecia en el 2008-2009, Pelletieri regresó a Lanús para disputar dos temporadas más antes de fichar por Racing. Pelletieri pasó tres temporadas con “La Academia” a partir del 2011 y en el 2012 se proclamó campeón de liga en una victoria sobre el máximo rival de Racing, el Club Atlético Boca Juniors.

Pelletieri se unió a los Rojiblancos a modo de prueba durante la segunda semana de pretemporada del club en el 2014 siendo titular en el partido de pretemporada que cerró con una victoria del Rebaño por 2-0 ante el OC Blues FC de la USL-Pro.

TRANSACCIÓN: Chivas USA ficha el mediocampista argentino Agustín Pelletieri vía fichaje de descubrimiento.

AGUSTÍN PELLETIERI
Nombre completo: Agustín Daniel Pelletieri
Número: Por definir
Posición: Mediocampista
Fecha de Nac.: 5-17-1982
Lugar de Nac.: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Ciudadanía: Argentina | Italiana
Altura: 180 cm
Peso: 72 kg
Último club: Racing Club de Avellaneda (Primera División de Argentina)
Adquirido: Vía fichaje de descubrimiento, puesto internacional

*Imagen adjunta cortesía de la Gerencia de Prensa de Chivas USA

Read More

The American Dream Erislandry Lara

Feb 19, 2014

THE AMERICAN DREAM
ERISLANDRY LARA’S NEW NICKNAME

HOUSTON, TX (February 19, 2014) – Cuban born star, Interim WBA Jr. Middleweight Champion, Erislandy Lara, who now resides in Houston, TX, will take on the moniker “The American Dream”. After escaping communist Cuba, Lara in now experiencing a life full of opportunity, and is very grateful to be living in the United States of America.

“My blood is 100% Cuban, and I love my family back home, but the reality is, thanks to the United States, I’ve been blessed to live my dream of being a champion and doing what I love for a living,” said Lara. “Being able to support my family and my loved ones is a blessing that I’m thankful for. I know what it’s like to live in poverty in a communist country, and what it’s like to live in USA, and I really feel I’m living the “The American Dream.”

“And when I say that, it represents any immigrant from any country that came to the USA to better their lives. I know how important freedom and opportunity is so I really want to embrace this country. And that’s why I feel my nickname should be “The American Dream.” Lara concluded.

Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara is one of boxing’s most avoided fighters. In 2013, Lara scored an impressive TKO against Alfredo Angulo, which was followed by a dominating performance against Austin Trout. Currently, Lara is the mandatory challenger to face Floyd “Money” Mayweather for his WBA Jr. Middleweight title.

# # #
Mario Serrano
Publicist – Team Lara

Read More

Canelo vs. Angulo – Analisis Antes de la Pelea

Feb 19, 2014

El sábado, 8 de marzo, Canelo Alvarez y Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo se enfrentaran en una batalla de dos mexicanos poderosos. ¿Quién regresara de una derrota para ganar? Sera un gran espectáculo lleno de mucha acción. Aquí está el análisis de nuestros comentaristas Alejandro Luna y Raúl “El Diamante” Márquez. No se te olvide que se pueden ver todas las peleas en español el sábado, 8 de marzo en SHOWTIME PPV (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) usando SAP.

Description: Description: cid:image001.jpg@01CEE9E5.AFCDDD50 TWEET SUGERIDO: ¿Quién ganará #CaneloAngulo? ¿@caneloOficial vs @ElPERRO82 – Ver video de @SHOsports #boxeo http://s.sho.com/1blyl5g

Description: cid:image002.jpg@01CF2D62.5A340FC0

* Comparte este video http://s.sho.com/1blyl5g

“MANO A MANO: Canelo vs. Angulo” una pelea de 12 asaltos en peso
superwelter que se efectuará el sábado 8 de marzo en el MGM Grand Garden Arena de Las Vegas, es promovida por Golden Boy Promotions y Canelo Promotions y patrocinada por Corona y AT&T. Molina vs. Charlo es promovida por Golden Boy Promotions en asociación con Warriors Boxing. Este 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 se puede escuchar en español a través de la programación de audio secundario (SAP). “MANO A MANO: Canelo vs. Angulo” será transmitido en más de 400 selectas salas de cine de todo el país. Los boletos están disponibles en las taquillas del teatro y en línea www.FathomEvents.com.

BOLETOS: Los boletos, a un precio de $600, $400, $200, $100, $50 y $25 dólares y que no incluyen cargos por servicio e impuestos, con un límite total de diez (10) por persona, están a la venta. Para comprarlos por teléfono con una tarjeta de crédito llamar a Ticketmaster al (800) 745-3000. Los boletos también están disponibles para su compra en línea www.mgmgrand.como www.ticketmaster.com.

Read More

Puerto Rico Aficionado Estrella

Feb 19, 2014

PUERTO RICO AFICIONADO ESTRELLAS
PAREDES & RIVERA

DEBUT PROFESIONAL
22 DE MARZO EN PONCE, PUERTO RICO

Puerto Rico (Feb. 19, 2014) – Promociones Gary Shaw, en colaboración con Javier Bustillo; han firmado recientemente dos de los mejores boxeadores aficionados de Puerto Rico, Luis Paredes y Jean Carlos Rivera. Ambos boxeadores están programados para hacer su debut Professional el 22 de Marzo en Ponce, Puerto Rico, en la cartelera de José Pedraza (15-0) vs. Alberto Garza (26-6-1, 21 KO’s).

Luis Paredes es de San Juan, Puerto Rico, mide 5 pies 7 pulgadas, es un zurdo en la división de peso pluma junior. Con múltiples campeonatos aficionados, Paredes es conocido por ser un boxeador con manos pesadas y asegura que su estilo de pelear es ideal para el profesionalismo.

“Mi meta siempre ha sido pelear Professional” dijo Paredes. “Desde el principio nuestro entrenador nos preparo al estilo Professional. El no quería que estableciéramos malos hábitos que algunas veces vienen con el estilo aficionado. Yo me siento extremadamente confiado que estoy preparado para el profesionalismo. Yo voy hacer un impacto en las división de las 122 libras y voy hacer que todos se sientan orgulloso, especialmente mi promotor Gary Shaw”

Jean Carlos Rivera es de Bayamón, P.R., mide 5’7 y pelea derecho. A los 18 anos Rivera es considerado un prospecto de primera, habiendo ganado numerosos torneos aficionados a tan joven edad. Peleando en la división de peso gallo, el cielo es el límite para Jean Rivera.

“Yo se que con la dirección de mi equipo, Gary Shaw Promotions y Javier Bustillo, quienes han guiado la carrera de varios campeones mundiales, Yo voy a logar grande cosas en el boxeo,” dio Rivera. “Yo voy a poner a Puerto Rico en el mapa y hacer que mis compatriotas estén orgullosos”.

Gary Shaw continúa buscando los mejores talentos de Puerto Rico, y con a firma de Rivera y Paredes, siente que su cuadra de boxeadores es más fuerte que nunca.

“Bustillo y yo continuamos trabajando juntos con lo mejor de lo mejor cuando se trata de boxeadores que vienen de la isla,” dijo Gary Shaw. “Tenemos una gran relación de trabajo como hemos tenido con los boxeadores en el pasado como Pedraza y Dulorme. Paredes y Rivera tiene un futuro brillante and yo los veo haciendo un impacto immediato en el professionalismo.””

Gary Shaw Logo
Mario Serrano

Read More

Diego “The Golden Kid” de la Hoya vs Sergio Nájera

Feb 17, 2014

DIEGO ‘THE GOLDEN KID’ DE LA HOYA ABRE LA FUNCION DE ¡GOLDEN BOY LIVE! CONTRA SERGIO NAJERA EL LUNES 17 DE FEBRERO EN VIVO POR FOX SPORTS 1 Y FOX DEPORTES

CARTELERA COMPLETA LISTA PARA LA VELADA DESDE EL
STORM HOUSE EN SALINAS, CALIFORNIA

¡Boletos Están Disponibles!

SALINAS, California 14 de febrero de 2014.- Diego “The Golden Kid” de la Hoya, el invicto peso pluma y uno de los más comentados prospectos actualmente en el boxeo de paga, estará de vuelta en la acción desde en el Storm House en Salinas, California el lunes 17 de febrero, cuando arranque la porción televisada de la cartelera en vivo de la exitosa serie ¡Golden Boy Live! en vivo por FOX Sports y FOX 1 Sergio Nájera de Acapulco Guerrero México y ahora radicando en Tijuana, Baja California México..

La pelea a cuatro asaltos abrirá el evento encabezado por el combate en peso pluma entre Manuel “Tino” Ávila, de Fairfield, California y Enrique “Cuate” Quevedo de México y Paul “El Gallo Negro” Méndez, orgullo de Salinas, expondrá el fajín mediano Continental de la IBA contra Raúl “El Tigre” Cásarez de Texas, en una pronosticada batalla a 10 giros. También en la acción estará Andy Vences de San Jose, así como un contundente arsenal de favoritos peleadores locales.
.
Diego de la Hoya (2-0, 2 nocáuts) nativo de Mexicali Baja California, de 19 años de edad, tremendo boxeador amateur y además primo del legendario peleador Oscar de la Hoya, ha recibido varios comentarios positivos en sus dos primeras peleas profesionales, en el que noqueó a Luis Cosme y Abraham Rubio. De la Hoya, quien ahora enfrentara a un experimentado rival como lo es Najera, buscará demostrar lo mucho que ha aprendido desde su última pelea en diciembre.

Sergio “Costeño” Nájera (6-12-2, 1 nocaut) de Tijuana, Baja California México, ha tenido sus altibajos desde que se hizo profesional a los 17 años, pero ahora a sus 24 años de edad, da siempre su mejor esfuerzo en el cuadrilátero, y el 17 de febrero no será diferente. Nájera, quien llega precedido de una victoria sobre Gabriel López en octubre de 2013, pondrá a prueba a De la Hoya este lunes, cuando salga en busca de la sorpresiva victoria.

Lo que promete ser una emocionante y candente encuentro comodín a seis asaltos en peso ligero que seguramente tendrá a los fanáticos de pie cuando Andy Vences (6-0, 2 nocáuts) de San José, ponga en juego su perfecto récord profesional contra Dominic Coca (8-6, 2 nocáuts) de Watts.

En acción de peso superpluma a cuatro rounds, Luis Ambrosio
(3-0, 3 nocáuts) de Fresno busca su cuarta victoria consecutiva en el primer asalto cuando se mida a Adrián Rodriguez (0-0-1, 0 nocáuts) de San Diego.

Además, el peso crucero Rudy “The Revelation” Puga (3-0, 3 nocáuts) Salinas, buscará otro triunfo rápido, en un duelo a cuatro asaltos contra Charon Spain (0-2-1) de Iowa y además boxeador y peleador de artes marciales mixtas. En el primer duelo a cuatro asaltos en peso superwelter, Chris Batista (1-0) de Madera, se medirá contra Davonte Donaldson (1-2) de Long Beach.

Ávila vs. Quevedo es un pleito a 10 asaltos en peso pluma presentado por Golden Boy Don Chargin Productions y Paco Presents y patrocinado por Corona y O’Reilly Auto Parts. Las puertas del Storm House se abren a las 4:30 p.m. PT y el primer tañido de la campana sonará a las 5:00 p.m. PT. La transmisión en vivo de FOX Sports 1 y FOX Deportes iniciará a las 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT.

Boletos a un precio de $40, $50, $65 y $125 dólares están a la venta y disponibles para su compra llamando a Garcia Boxing (831) 261-0532 y (831) 261-3214 o en línea: www.pacopresentsboxing.com.

Read More

Cara a Cara:Canelo vs Angulo

Feb 17, 2014

TOE TO TOE: CANELO vs. ANGULO
SHOWTIME PPV Sizzle Video

SUGGESTEDTWEET:
WATCH: @caneloOficial & @ElPERRO82 aren’t afraid to mix it up! March 8 they go TOE-TO-TOE on PPV. http://s.sho.com/1czCtcT #CaneloAngulo

Mexican boxing superstar Canelo Alvarez returns to the ring to take
on fierce competitor Alfredo Angulo in the main event of the stacked four-fight card “TOE TO TOE: Canelo vs. Angulo” live on SHOWTIME PPV, Sat. March 8 from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. Check out this SHOWTIME PPV sizzle video in advance of their showdown.

Share this link: http://s.sho.com/1czCtcT

“TOE TO TOE: Canelo vs. Angulo,” a 12-round super welterweight fight taking place Saturday, March 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Canelo Promotions and sponsored by Corona and AT&T. Carlos Molina vs. Jermall Charlo is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Warriors Boxing. This event will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. The event can be heard in Spanish using secondary audio programming (SAP).

For more information, visit www.goldenboypromotions.com, www.sports.sho.com and www.mgmgrand.com, follow on Twitter at @GoldenBoyBoxing, @CaneloOficial, @elperro82, @leosantacruz2, @diamantemijares, @OmarFigueroaJr, @DinamitaAB, @JorgeLinares, @FutureOfBoxing, @mgmgrand and @SHOSports, follow the conversation using #CaneloAngulo and become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing and www.facebook.com/SHOBoxing.

Cortesia:Showtime

Read More