CHARLES HUERTA TO RETURN TO LA FIGHT CLUB AS HEADLINER FOR SECOND TIME THIS YEAR IN SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT

Jul 12, 2017 0
CHARLES HUERTA TO RETURN TO LA FIGHT CLUB AS HEADLINER FOR SECOND TIME THIS YEAR IN SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT FIGHT ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 10TH
 
CHRISTIAN GONZALEZ TO MAKE COMEBACK FIGHT AGAINST DANIEL PERALES IN LIGHTWEIGHT CO-MAIN EVENT ON ESTRELLA TV’S BOXEO ESTELAR LIVE FROM THE BELASCO THEATER
 
Tickets on Sale Now!
 

LOS ANGELES (July 7, 2017) Fans were stunned when Charles Huerta (19-5, 12 KOs) scored a massive upset in a third round knockout over Ivan Delgado on the April 14th edition of LA FIGHT CLUB.Now, the proud Paramount, CA native will look to draw even more masses as he steps up to take on a soon to-be-announced opponent on August 10 in an eight-round super featherweight fight from the Belasco Theater televised live on Estrella TV’s Boxeo Estelar.
In the co-main event, Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez (16-1, 14) representing Buena Park, CA will take on rugged Monterey, Mexico fighter Daniel Perales (10-10-1, 5 KOs) in an eight-round lightweight bout. Fighting in his eighth professional bout at the Belasco Theater, “Chimpa” is returning to the ring following a loss to Romero Duno on March 10 at LA FIGHT CLUB.
Kicking off the televised opener on Estrella TV, Francisco Esparza (6-0, 2 KOs) of Las Vegas will face Hemet, CA’s Fernando “Chukito” Fuentes (12-7, 4 KOs) in a six-round featherweight fight. Esparza makes his first return to the ring following a unanimous decision victory over Emmanuel Castro at LA FIGHT CLUB last March.
Opening up the evening’s LA FIGHT CLUB, Los Angeles local and Westside Boxing Club’s Rafael Gramajo (8-1-1, 2 KOs) will fight in a six-round bantamweight battle against Jair “El Nino” Quintero (7-5-2, 1 KO) of Hermosillo, Mexico. Gramajo was last seen defeating Harold Reyes by way of unanimous decision at the Belasco Theater more than a year ago.
Huerta vs. TBA is an eight-round super featherweight fight presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Tecate “Born BOLD” and Casa Mexico Tequila. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. PT and the first fight begins at 5:30 p.m. PT. The Boxeo Estelar broadcast will air live on Estrella TV at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. The card will also stream live on EstrellaTV.com and on YouTube via LBI Media, Inc.’s Fenomeno Studios. The Ring TV live stream will begin at approximately 5:30 p.m. PT through 7:00 p.m. Mark your calendars and buy your tickets for the upcoming shows on July 14, August 10, September 1, October 6, November 3 and December 1.
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BERCHELT VS. MIURA / CORRALES VS. CASTELLANOS / SMITH, JR. VS. BARRERA

Jul 12, 2017 0
BERCHELT VS. MIURA / CORRALES VS. CASTELLANOS / 
SMITH, JR. VS. BARRERA CAMP NOTES AND PHOTOS
STACKED TRIPLEHEADER TAKES PLACE THIS SATURDAY, JULY 15
AT THE “FABULOUS” FORUM AND TELEVISED LIVE ON 
HBO BOXING AFTER DARK® 
Photos/Videos
Credit: Golden Boy Promotions
Fight Week Events!
LOS ANGELES (July 10, 2017) The all-action fighters participating on the stacked tripleheader this Saturday, July 15 have wrapped up camp and begun their journey to Los Angeles for their championship bouts at The “Fabulous” Forum.  The night will feature the rugged Miguel “El Alacran” Berchelt (31-1, 28 KOs) defending his hard-earned WBC Super Featherweight belt against Takashi Miura (31-3-2, 24 KOs) in a scheduled 12-round main event championship bout. Serving as chief support in the co-main event, Panamanian super-star and newly signed Golden Boy Promotions fighter Jezreel “El Invisible” Corrales (21-1, 8 KOs) will make his U.S. debut against Robinson “Robin Hood” Castellanos (24-12, 14 KOs) in a 12-round super featherweight bout for Corrales’s WBA Super World title. Opening up the HBO telecast, current two-time WBC International light heavyweight Champion Joe Smith, Jr. (23-1, 19 KOs) will put his belt on the line in a 12-round fight against Miami’s Sullivan Barrera (19-1, 14 KOs). The action will be televised on HBO Boxing After Dark® beginning at 9:50 p.m. ET/PT.
Hear what the teams had to say about their upcoming bouts:
OSCAR DE LA HOYA, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions:
“We saw what Miguel Berchelt is capable from his slugfest earlier this year against the rugged Francisco Vargas, and that level of action is what fans should expect to see on July 15 when he takes on former world champion Takashi Miura. With Jezreel Corrales facing Robinson Castellanos, who had an impressive upset over Yuriorkis Gamboa in May, plus Joe Smith, Jr. taking on the heavy-handed Sullivan Barrera, this triple header on HBO Boxing After Dark will surely deliver the type of non-stop action fans crave from boxing.”
MIGUEL “EL ALACRAN” BERCHELT, Current WBC Super Featherweight World Champion:
“I am ready to defend my title and very excited to fight in a big city like Los Angeles with the support of all my countrymen. We have prepared a great deal and next Saturday you will see the best Miguel Berchelt.”
 
“This by no means will be an easy fight – Miura has gone to war many times in his career and I am expecting nothing less in this fight. I want to prove that winning this belt was no fluke, and defending it against a warrior like Miura is the perfect opportunity to do that.”
TAKASHI MIURA, Former WBC Super Featherweight World Champion:
“I have had a great training camp for this fight.  The training is going well.  I am preparing myself for a tough fight.” 
“This will be my third fight in the United States, and I feel comfortable in getting myself acclimated to the time difference.  I am looking forward to being on HBO again and putting on an exciting fight for the boxing fans.”
“If I am able to get the belt back Saturday, and the opportunity is there, I would want to unify the belts in the super featherweight division.”
JEZREEL “EL INVISIBLE” CORRALES, Current WBA Super World Super Featherweight Champion:
“I’m going up against a boxer who doesn’t like to waste his punches. I know that he has also watched my fights and that he has studied me well. I know that he will come forward to attack me, and to look for opportunities to get his lost chance back in the sport.”
 
“He will try to overwhelm me, and he will try to throw punches to knock me out, but, that’s why they call me ‘El Invisible’ (The Invisible). I won’t let him catch me. Like we say here in Panama, he will be left unsatisfied and wanting more after meeting me in the ring.”
ROBINSON “ROBIN HOOD” CASTELLANOS, Super Featherweight Contender:
“I’ve enjoyed this preparation; however, the work has been intense. There is a motivating environment in the team, and I am very encouraged.”
 
“We have been working with several left-handed sparring players to fine-tune the strategy. I know that Jezreel is surely doing his part to win, and I hope it turns out an attractive fight for fans and HBO for both him and me. This fight opens doors for me to take part in huge cards like this one.”
JOE SMITH, JR., Current WBC International Light Heavyweight Champion:
 
“It feels great to be fighting on HBO. I’m looking forward to it, and I’m in great shape and ready to put on a tremendous performance against Sullivan Barrera. It’s not like fighting at home but I’m looking forward to fighting at the Forum again, I was treated very well there and it’s a tremendous and legendary venue. I like Los Angeles; the fans were very good to me as well.”
“I saw Sullivan Barrera’s fight with Andre Ward, and I’ve seen a few of his other fights. This fight is a huge challenge to me as he’s got a lot of experience but I’ll be ready on July 15.”
 
“I’d still like to fight Adonis Stevenson. I was ready this year, and I’ll be ready at any time but now my focus is solely on this fight. Joe DeGuardia has done a great job of getting me these opportunities, particularly with Fonfara and Hopkins and now with Barrera, it’s my job to take care of business in the ring.”
SULLIVAN BARRERA, Former USNBC Light Heavyweight Champion
“This is going to be a very interesting fight, and it is a great fight for my career. When I come out victorious, it should either give me a shot at the title or get me one step closer to fighting for a title. Smith beat a legend in Bernard Hopkins, but [Hopkins] had been out of the ring for a long time before their fight.”
 
“Down the road, I would like to fight for a title next. But if I cannot fight for a title in my next fight, I would like to fight Eleider Alvarez or Nathan Cleverly.”
“July 15, I am going to come out victorious. I want to let all the fans know that they should tune-in to HBO. With the help of God, on July 15 I will be coming back home with the WBC International light heavyweight belt.”
Berchelt vs. Miura, a 12-round fight for the WBC Super Featherweight World Championship, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Zanfer Promotions and Teiken Promotions. Corrales vs. Castellanos is presented by Golden Boy Promotions. Smith vs. Barerra is presented by Star Boxing in association with Main Events. The event is sponsored by Tecate, BORN BOLD and Casa Mexico Tequila and will take place on Saturday, July 15 at Los Angeles’ “Fabulous” Forum and televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 9:50 P.M ET/PT. The livestream portion will begin at approximately 6:50 p.m. ET/3:50 p.m. PT through 9:50 p.m. ET/ 6:50 p.m. PT on RingTV.com.
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CHARLES HUERTA FIRMA DE NUEVO CONTRATO PROMOCIONAL CON GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS

Jul 7, 2017 0

  CHARLES HUERTA FIRMA DE NUEVO CONTRATO PROMOCIONAL CON GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS

(Charles Huerta muestra el contrato promocional con Boy Promotions)
 
Crédito: Golden Boy Promotions
 
LOS ÁNGELES, California 7 de julio de 2017. – Golden Boy Promotions anunció hoy que ha vuelto a firmar al contendiente superpluma Charles Huerta (19-5, 12 nocáuts) a un contrato promocional multianual. Huerta, de 30 años de edad, y quien representa a Paramount, California, fue visto por última vez anotándose un emocionante nocaut en el tercer episodio sobre el fuerte y aguerrido peleador Iván “Striker” Delgado (11-1-1, 4 nocáuts) que dejo perplejos a los cientos de aficionados que llenaron el Belasco Theatre el 14 de abril en la edición de LA FIGHT CLUB televisada en vivo en Estrella TV de Boxeo Estelar. Huerta realizará su siguiente aparición como el evento estelar en una pelea a ocho asaltos en peso superpluma el viernes 10 de agosto en LA FIGHT CLUB desde el Belasco Theater con la transmisión en vivo en Estrella TV Boxeo Estelar.
 
            “Estoy muy agradecido de volver a firmar con Golden Boy Promotions. Creciendo, admiré a Óscar de la Hoya y vi todas sus peleas, así que es un sueño hecho realidad combatir bajo su bandera”, dijo Charles Huerta. “No hay nada como el boxeo en Sur California, y espero ver a todos los fanáticos locales salir a verme en más eventos”, puntualizó.
 
“Después de haber presenciado la última pelea de Huerta [Charles], está claro que él es un peleador que atrae a los aficionados en el ring”, dijo Óscar de la Hoya, presidente y Jefe Ejecutivo de Golden Boy Promotions. “Huerta tiene el don de atraer a los leales fanáticos del sur de Los Ángeles, y no podemos esperar a verlo en enfrentamientos de guerra y llenos de acción”, reconoció.
 
            Huerta, quien realizó su debut profesional a los 21 años de edad, ha sido un reconocido púgil experimentado en la escena del boxeo del sur de California, habiendo sostenido 22 combates profesionales en su casi una década de carrera. Conocido por su participación en los prospectos y contendientes del sur de California, Huerta se ha medido coa peleadores favoritos de los aficionados como Christopher “S.D. Kid” Martin, Carlos “The Solution” Morales e Iván “Sriker” Delgado en algunos de sus enfrentamientos más memorables.
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Floyd Mayweather & Conor McGregor Embark On International Press Tour

Jul 7, 2017 0

Floyd Mayweather & Conor McGregor Embark On International

Press Tour Announcing August 26 Blockbuster

 

Mayweather & McGregor Meet for the First Time in Four Open-to-the-Public Press Conferences Delivering Global Superstars Directly to Fans in Three Countries Over Four Days

 

Tour Begins Tuesday, July 11 in Los Angeles

Before Visiting Toronto, New York City & London

 

SHOWTIME Sports® Releases First Official Mayweather vs. McGregor Video: http://s.sho.com/2srb7oI

 

LAS VEGAS (July 7, 2017) – In anticipation of the unprecedented showdown between legendary boxing champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather and UFC ® champion “The Notorious” Conor McGregor, the fighters will embark on a four-city international press tour beginning Tuesday, July 11 in Los Angeles where Mayweather and McGregor will square off for the very first time.

 

Each of the four celebratory events will be OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, fitting for a fight that was made by and for the fans that have demanded it, and allow media availability* with each fighter.

 

The Mayweather vs. McGregor world tour will touch down in four cities in three countries across four days—Los Angeles, Toronto, New York City and London—in promotion of this once-in-a-lifetime event on Saturday, August 26.  The event will be produced and distributed by SHOWTIME PPV®.

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¡BOLETOS AGOTADOS PARA CANELO VS. GOLOVKIN!

Jul 7, 2017 0
¡BOLETOS AGOTADOS PARA CANELO VS. GOLOVKIN!
 
VENTA MASIVA PARA LA PELEA MÁS GRANDE EN EL BOXEO ENTRE CANELO ÁLVAREZ Y GENNADY ‘GGG’ GOLOVKIN EN LA T-MOBILE ARENA DE LAS VEGAS
 
LUGARES PARA EL CIRCUITO CERRADO SERÁN ANUNCIADOS EN BREVE
 
‘SUPREMACY’, LA PELEA DEL 16 DE SEPTIEMBRE, ES TRANSMITIDA EN VIVO POR HBO PAY PER VIEW®
Canelo vs. Golovkin tickets sold out!

         LOS ÁNGELES, California 7 de julio de 2017. – Tal como se esperaba y confirmándose como la pelea más grande de 2017, los boletos para el enfrentamiento del 16 de septiembre entre Canelo Álvarez (49-1-1, 34 nocáuts) campeón mundial mediano lineal y Ring Magazine y Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 33 nocáuts), monarca mundial mediano FIB/AMB/CMB/IBO están vendidos en su totalidad en la flamante T-Mobile Arena que albergará este histórico combate.

“El público del boxeo entiende plenamente que ésta es la pelea más grande en muchos años, y todos van a experimentar una emoción única en la vida el 16 de septiembre en la T-Mobile Arena, de poder ver a las dos estrellas más grandes en el deporte en un mano a mano”, dijo Óscar de la Hoya, presidente y Jefe Ejecutivo de Golden Boy Promotions. “A la misma vez que queremos tantas personas como sea posible en Las Vegas para el fin de semana de la Independencia de México para que disfruten esta inolvidable batalla, pronto anunciaremos los lugares que presentarán la pelea en Circuito Cerrado. Y, por supuesto, la mejor red deportiva en el mercado, HBO, transmitirá ‘Supremacy: Canelo vs. Golovkin’ en su plataforma de Pay Per View”, subrayó.
Estamos agradecidos por la respuesta de los aficionados y emocionados de anunciar todos los boletos han sido vendidos”, dijo Tom Loeffler, promotor de Golovkin. “Cuando usted enfrenta a dos de los mejores boxeadores y dos de los mejores vendedores de boletos juntos, este es el resultado que obtiene. ‘GGG ha vendido arenas en Nueva York, Los Ángeles, Mónaco y Londres. Ahora podemos agregar Las Vegas a su currículum. Es la más grande respuesta que hemos visto de los aficionados y medios de comunicación, y este evento debe ser tan emocionante en el ring la noche de la pelea como lo ha sido su estructuración de cara a la misma”, puntualiz
              El evento co estelar, así como el resto del respaldo de Pay Per View y las peleas restantes serán anunciados en breve.
 
Canelo vs. Golovkin es un combate a 12 rounds por el Campeonato mundial mediano presentado por Golden Boy Promotions y GGG Promotions y patrocinado por Tecate, BORN BOLD, Hennessy, Never Stop, Never Settle y O’Reilly’s Auto Parts, Fred Loya Insurance Tsesnabank y Capital Holding. El evento se realizará el sábado 16 de septiembre en la flamante T-Mobile Arena y será producido y distribuido en vivo por HBO Pay Per View®.
 
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Exciting Night of Undercard Action Highlighted by Irish Stars Katie Taylor & Noel Murphy in Separate Attractions on Saturday, July 29 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn

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Exciting Night of Undercard Action Highlighted by Irish Stars

Katie Taylor & Noel Murphy in Separate Attractions on

Saturday, July 29 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn

 

Local Prospects George Arias, Kenny Robles & Richardson Hitchins, Plus Australia’s Billy Dib & Unbeaten Alejandro Guerrero, Round Out Action-Packed Card

 

BROOKLYN (July 6, 2017) – A stacked night of undercard bouts will be highlighted by unbeaten rising Irish stars Katie Taylor and Noel Murphy in separate showdowns on Saturday, July 29 from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™.

 

The July 29 event is headlined by a super lightweight showdown between four-division world champion Adrien Broner and unbeaten three-division world champion Mikey Garcia, in a 12-round bout presented by Premier Boxing Champions. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast will also feature unbeaten Jermall Charlo facing Argentina’s Jorge Sebastian Heiland plus highlights of the heavyweight matchup between former title challenger Gerald Washington and unbeaten Jarrell Miller.

 

Taylor will compete in an eight-round lightweight bout while Murphy enters the ring for an eight-round welterweight affair. Additional action will see Australian contender Billy Dib (42-4, 24 KOs) in an eight-round lightweight fight and unbeaten prospect Alejandro Guerrero (3-0, 2 KOs) in a four-round lightweight match.

 

Rounding out the night will be a trio of unbeaten local prospects as the Bronx’s George Arias (7-0, 3 KOs) steps into the ring for a six-round heavyweight bout, plus Staten Island’s Kenny Robles (2-0, 1 KO) competing in a four-round welterweight attraction and Brooklyn’s Richardson Hitchins (2-0, 1 KO) in a four-round junior welterweight matchup.

 

Tickets to the event, which is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, are priced at $950, $750, $350, $300, $250, $150, $75, and $50 (not including applicable fees), are on sale now, and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, barclayscenter.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.

 

“Katie is clearly one of the biggest stars in Irish boxing and her presence on this card further evidences the rise in women’s boxing,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “She joins five-time, five weight division Puerto Rican world champion Amanda Serrano and US star Heather Hardy in continuing our commitment to include the best women on the best cards at Barclays Center. While Katie will appear on the international telecast, the local Irish community and US-based fans will need to join us at Barclays Center on July 29 to see her in action. Undefeated Noel Murphy, from County Cork, Ireland, further bolsters this card for fans of Irish boxing while Australian former world champion Billy Dib and young local talent, such as Bronx heavyweight George Arias and former Golden Gloves champions Kenny Robles and Richardson Hitchins round out the card.”

 

“I’m so pleased to see Katie make her American debut on such an outstanding card,” said Eddie Hearn, Group Managing Director for Matchroom Sport. “I believe Katie is the most entertaining and dangerous fighter in women’s boxing and has already lit up many venues in her professional journey, most recently Wembley Stadium on the Joshua v Klitschko card in front of 90,000. She is one of the biggest stars in Ireland and we are expecting fantastic support from the Irish community on the east coast for her first US experience.”

 

A rising star overseas, Bray, Ireland’s Taylor will make her U.S. debut on July 29 and conduct her training camp in Vernon, Connecticut after five pro fights in the United Kingdom dating back to her pro debut last November. Taylor has already picked up three victories in 2017, including her most recent triumph over previously unbeaten Nina Meinke in April. Taylor seeks a professional world title after a sensational amateur career that saw her twice represent her country in the Olympics, including a gold medal-winning performance in 2012, in addition to five gold medals in the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships.

 

Originally from Cork, Ireland, Murphy returned to his home country to fight as a professional for the first time in February when he won an eight-round decision over Avelino Vazquez. The 22-year-old fights out of Woodlawn, NY and will look to pick up his fourth victory this year after most recently earning a decision over Brian Jones in May. Murphy seeks his third professional win at Barclays Center and second this year after beating Maxito Sainvil in January.

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UFC® ANNOUNCES FIRST-EVER GLOBAL RETAIL PARTNERSHIP WITH LEGENDS HOSPITALITY

Jul 6, 2017 0

UFC® ANNOUNCES FIRST-EVER GLOBAL RETAIL PARTNERSHIP WITH LEGENDS HOSPITALITY

 

Las Vegas – UFC® today announced a multi-year partnership with Legends Hospitality, LLC (“Legends”), where the world-class fan service provider will serve as the premier mixed martial arts organization’s first-ever “Official Global Event Retail Partner.” The partnership, negotiated by IMG, will see Legends manage UFC retail shops at all events and fan experiences, both domestic and international.

 

“We are thrilled to partner with Legends Hospitality,” UFC Chief Operating Officer Ike Lawrence Epstein said. “As one of the most prominent and well-respected sports and entertainment brands in the marketplace today, we’re confident that Legends will utilize their fan-centric approach and retail acumen to provide fight fans around the world with the best possible experience.”

 

“Today’s announcement will play an important role in continuing to set new expectations for sports fans around the globe,” Legends President and Chief Executive Officer Shervin Mirhashemi said. “We are excited that UFC selected Legends as its exclusive global partner to operate more than 40 events annually.”

 

“We strive each and every day to be the global leader in fan services and today’s announcement is further evidence of our progress,” said Dan Smith, President of Legends’ Hospitality Division. “Together with UFC, we will create industry-changing retail benchmarks in sports and live events.”

 

Legends is among the most heralded and established companies in sports and entertainment that is renowned for delivering a variety of services at premier venues, including Yankees Stadium, AT&T Stadium, One World Observatory and nearly 40 Live Nation properties.

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Robert Guerrero Training Camp Quotes & Photos

Jul 5, 2017 0
Robert Guerrero Training Camp Quotes & Photos
 
Former World Champion Meets Unbeaten Omar Figueroa in Main Event of Premier Boxing Champions on FOX & FOX Deportes Saturday, July 15 from NYCB LIVE’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
on Long Island

Photos from Andy Samuelson/Premier Boxing Champions

GILROY, CA. (July 5, 2017) – Former world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero is hard at work preparing for his main event showdown with unbeaten Omar Figueroa that headlines Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes Saturday, July 15 in the first boxing event at the newly renovated NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Televised coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and features a matchup of unbeaten light heavyweights Marcus Browne and Seanie Monaghan plus an all-Polish heavyweight showdown between Artur Szpilka and Adam Kownacki.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, start at $50 (not including applicable fees) and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.ticketmaster.com, www.nycblive.com, or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the Ticketmaster Box Office at NYCB LIVE. Group discounts are available by calling 516-231-4848.
See below for what Guerrero had to say about training camp, his July 15 showdown and more:
On his recent training camp:
“I feel great going into this fight. Me and my dad have been working really hard on all aspects of my game. I hired a new CrossFit coach, Greg Amundson, and he’s gotten me in great shape. Everyone will see an improvement in my all-around game. With my back against the wall going into this fight, I did everything possible in camp to be ready for Figueroa.”
On facing another undefeated fighter in Omar Figueroa:
“I’m always looking to battle the best possible fighters out there and Omar Figueroa is no different. He’s undefeated and looking to take his career to the next level but I have other plans. Figueroa has a come forward style that I’ll be prepared for. Stylistically, we both like to go for it so fans should expect to see a lot of hard shots being thrown in this fight. It’s going to be a war.”
On fighting in front of a national TV audience on FOX & FOX Deportes:
“Fighting on FOX and FOX Deportes again is going to be incredible and I can’t wait to let my hands go and give the fans the entertainment they deserve. This fight is going to be one those fights where everyone will be on the edge of their seat. The fans deserve to see non-stop action from the opening bell, and this is going to be that type of battle. Everyone tuning in will witness a great action-packed fight.”
On traveling to New York to fight in front of the east coast fans:
“This will be my second time fighting on the east coast. The fans out there love boxing so I’m expecting a rowdy crowd. I love that we are fighting on neutral territory.  I just want to put on a great show and come out victorious with my hands raised.”
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DIEGO DE LA HOYA OUTPOINTS ALAN LUQUES TO RETAIN WBC YOUTH SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE SOLD-OUT CROWD IN ARGENTINA

Jul 3, 2017 0
DIEGO DE LA HOYA OUTPOINTS ALAN LUQUES TO RETAIN
WBC YOUTH SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
BEFORE SOLD-OUT CROWD IN ARGENTINA
 
OSCAR DE LA HOYA HONORED IN ARGENTINA WITH STAR IN THE TOWN OF VILLA MERCEDES – HOME OF FAMOUS FIGHTER JOSE GATICA
(ABOVE: Team Diego De La Hoya celebrates in the ring following his victory over Alan Luques to retain the WBC Youth Super Bantamweight Title at Parque La Pedrera in Argentina on July 1.)


Photo Credit: Golden Boy Promotions
 
VILLA MERCEDES, Argentina (July 1, 2017) Fighting outside the U.S. for the first time in his professional career, WBC Youth Super Bantamweight World Champion Diego De La Hoya (19-0, 9 KOs) successfully defended his title and undefeated record with a unanimous decision victory over Alan Luques (21-6, 90 KOs) of Cordoba, Argentina before an electric, sold-out crowd at the Parque La Pedrera.
“Many thanks to all the people of Argentina for their great support and affectionate love that they offered us while here for this fight,” said Diego De La Hoya. “Thanks to Mario Arano and Parque La Pedrera of Villa Mercedes for being part of this historic inauguration also.”

Preceding the fight in the town of Villa Mercedes, Golden Boy Promotions Chairman and CEO Oscar De La Hoya, who was in Argentina to watch Diego De La Hoya’s fight, was honored by local dignitaries as the first boxer to get a star in its town square. The special event was hosted by the San Luis Province Governor Alberto Rodriguez Saa and was significant as Villa Mercedes is the home of famous Argentine boxer Jose “El Mono” Gatica who is also one of the country’s most well-known sports idols.
Back at Parque La Pedrera in the first of their 10-round main event bout, De La Hoya positioned himself as the bigger fighter, dominating Luques in the ring. The second round saw more activity with Luques showing agression and Diego putting in good combinations, looking for the knockout. With the action from round to round, the sold-out crowd at Parque La Pedrera continued to go crazy, screaming and chanting loudly for the fighters.
The third round produced great action, with Luques working his jab and counter punching though De La Hoya continued to lead. By the seventh round, De La Hoya remained ahead on the judges’ scorecards and continued to lead with Luques showing heart and good counterpunches.
De La Hoya showed good stamina through the ninth round and kept the momentum going. Luques, knowing he was behind on points, pushed forward to demonstrate his skills and abilities but came up short. The fight went the full 10 scheduled rounds, with De La Hoya declared the victor by unanimous decision with scores of 98-92, 97-93, 98-92.
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Weigh-In Video PACQUIAO vs HORN from Brisbane Australia

Jul 3, 2017 0
  Weigh-In Video PACQUIAO vs HORN from Brisbane Australia
Fighter of the Decade and reigning WBO welterweight champion MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO, and his opponent, undefeated No. 1 contender JEFF “The Hornet” HORN, hosted a media Q&A on Tuesday in Brisbane, Australia, just days before their historic fight.  They were joined by their respective trainers, Freddie Roach and Glenn Rushton, and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum
Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KOs), of General Santos City, Philippines, boxing’s only eight-division world champion and the only sitting Senator to capture a world championship belt, and Horn (16-0-1, 11 KOs), from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia,, a 2012 Olympian and Pacquiao’s mandatory challenger, collide This Saturday, July 1, at Suncorp Stadium in front of a national record 60,000 fans.  ESPN will televise the Pacquiao-Horn world title tilt and an all-action three-bout undercard, live, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.
 
FRED STERNBURG:  The biggest fight in Australian history is just days away.  Fighter of the Decade and Eight Division World Champion Senator Manny Pacquiao will be defending his WBO welterweight title against undefeated and No. 1 mandatory challenger Jeff “The Hornet” Horn.  It is a huge event and it will be televised live to the U.S. on Saturday, July 1, on ESPN, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.  We have both Jeff and Manny on and we will begin with Jeff as well as his trainer/manager Glenn Rushton and his promoter Dean Lonergan.  To set the table, it is a pleasure to introduce Hall of Fame Promoter Bob Arum.
BOB ARUM:  Thank you very much.  We are here is Brisbane and it is approximately 9 am on Wednesday morning and Tuesday afternoon in Los Angeles, early Tuesday evening in New York.  There is tremendous excitement for this fight – it is something really special.  The whole country has caught on.  Every newspaper — front page, back page — all over the television, the country has really embraced this event.  The event will be held Sunday afternoon, July 2 in Suncorp Stadium and it will be televised live, including a tremendous three-fight undercard, in the United States by our friends at ESPN.  I am very, very excited about this event between welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn.  It’s is going to be a very, very good battle.  I watched Jeff train – I think he’s up for a performance of his life and you are going to see a great, great fight on Saturday night.
JEFF HORN:  I m feeling very excited and I can’t wait for Sunday to come and I am ready to go to war.
GLENN RUSHTON:  I can’t elaborate too much on the ten-point-plan we developed – it is very much a secret — but we are exceptionally confident that if Jeff follows that ten-point-plan, he will emerge victorious.  He has trained incredibly hard and he is as fit as he has ever been.  He is injury fee.  His jaw is as hard as granite.  His heart is as big as Suncorp Stadium, and he is technically very proficient, so it is going to be one heck of a fight come Saturday night over there (USA) and Sunday  afternoon over here.  I think the crowd is going to be shocked as to how good a fighter Jeff is.  I think some have thought this will be a relatively easy fight for Manny Pacquiao and that certainly won’t be the case.  We are looking forward to the biggest boxing event is Australian history.
What was going through your mind when you heard that this fight would happen, and in your hometown?
JEFF HORN:  Yes, it was very unexpected.  I actually couldn’t believe it when I got it but I was thankful that I got it and I jumped at it and said I’ll do it. I said yes, but then I heard it was going to be at Suncorp, it has been more than my dream come true – a world title shot against Pacquiao in my hometown.
Glenn, could you give me your thoughts on that?  When they called and said Jeff would be fighting Manny Pacquiao?
GLENN RUSHTON:  Actually, it felt true to me – it felt correct.  When we sat down with Dean Lonergan of Duco Events, our promoter, I said, ‘Dean, I envision Jeff Horn fighting at Suncorp Stadium for a world title in front of full house.  That’s my dream.  I envisioned it.”  I said ‘can you see that?’  And he gulped a little bit and said ‘well yes I suppose I could see that,’ so he slowly bought into that dream.  It’s a dream that I have had and it felt right.  It felt like everything deserved to be.  I have always believed this would happen.  We are very pleased with it and looking very much forward to seeing this turn into an historic event.
Jeff, what is the largest crowd you have fought in front of?
JEFF HORN:  The largest crowd I have fought in front of would be about 10,000 – that was on the undercard of Parker-Ruiz last December.  This is next level for sure.
What makes you think that you can beat many Pacquiao?
JEFF HORN:  I think I have a style that Pacquiao has not fought before.  I think he is going to struggle with my style.  I am bigger than him.  He may be faster than me but I am pretty quick as well.  I could hit him with the right shot and nobody knows what could happen.
Do you feel like you are fighting a peak many Pacquiao?
GLENN RUSHTON:  We do believe that Manny Pacquiao is at his peak.  Certainly I do not feel he is far off his peak – he is fairly close – he did a terrific job against Jessie Vargas – he was incredibly sharp there – he was picking him off very well.  He did not look like a 38-year-old man, that’s for sure.  He looked very, very good against Tim Bradley and very sharp as well, so if he has fallen from his peak, he has come from such a hard place, he has fallen very slightly, he is still far better than his opposition.  We are looking to fight the best Manny Pacquiao.  We are not looking to fight someone that is past his prime – we are not thinking that way at all – that would be very foolish.  We are preparing to fight the Manny Pacquiao that Freddie Roach has been saying in his training has been looking sharp and knocking people down in sparring and so forth.  So we are here to fight Manny Pacquiao at his best and we are going to bring our own game and there will be no excuses – just two great warriors out there and we are looking forward to this amazing contest.
JEFF HORN:  I think Manny has looked good in his last couple of fights, he probably doesn’t pull the trigger a little bit when he had the chance.  Look, he is still a super fast fighter that has easily taken apart his last few opponents.  I don’t know if he has a knockout in him but who knows?  I will finally find out though.
Jeff – who do you think is the toughest opponent you have fought thus far?
JEFF HORN:  That’s a hard one.  I have fought a lot of tough guys.  Randall Bailey was certainly the hardest puncher I have ever fought – for sure the hardest puncher.  I have fought a lot of tough guys – they have all been really strong.  Rico Mueller was very strong.  Even Ben Rabeh was a really tough fighter.  I could name a heap of my past fights that were tough.
How much of a step up do you think this is from past opponents?
JEFF HORN:  Yes this is definitely jumping a few steps at a time.  I have fought some tough guys – some high-level competition, but Manny Pacquiao has that legendary status.
GLENN RUSHTON:  It is a step up but you’ve got to understand we can only fight the toughest guys we can get hold of.  I spoke to Duco’s matchmaker and I said “Jeff is legit and I want to go up against world-class opponents’ and this is the last ten, they have all been world-ranked.  They all had at least 20 fights under their belt and they must have at least a 90% win record.  The matchmaker thought I was crazy he said most trainers don’t want to fight anyone that’s got a pulse and you want to fight all of these really tough guys.  I said there is a reason for that I’m trying to put Jeff up against as tough an opponent as I can so I can harden him for days when we get an opportunity against a Manny Pacquiao.  I want him to be ready to fight against the toughest guys.  Of course along the way we would have loved to fight a Jessie Vargas or a Tim Bradley but in this game those guys are going to say ‘what’s the upside for me?’  So we fought the toughest people we can and Jeff has risen because of that to become the No. 1 contender – so he is in this position and a lot of people are saying that and after this fight everyone will know who Jeff Horn is come Sunday is Brisbane and Saturday night in the USA – they will all know who Jeff Horn is.
Who do you think gave him the most difficult time in the ring?
GLENN RUSHTON:  I personally feel that having been in the corner for all of his fights – the toughest fight was probably Naoufel Ben Rabeh – remember this was just Jeff’s seventh fight and Rabeh was 35-2 and his two losses were for world titles and some say his loss to Juan Urango was a little bit curious but he was a tough fight to have in only your seventh fight.  It was a winner tale all fight and we took it on two weeks notice and we went to Rabeh’s hometown to fight him.  It was a very tough fight and Jeff lost the first round and after that when I said, ‘Jeff this is winner take all’ – he was covered in blood – it was a very hard first round – there is no second prize here – you could go home with no money in your pocket.  He won every round after that and apparently, well he retired Ben Rabeh, put him in the hospital and he said he suffered more damage in that fight than in either of his two world title fights.  And that was on two weeks notice.  That gives you some idea on how Jeff will look against Pacquiao.  Whatever Manny wants to throw at Jeff, Jeff will rise to the occasion.
There are two ways these fights usually go – the underdog pulls the upset or the underdog looks very bad…
JEFF HORN:  I have just been putting everything into it – training very hard and I think all of that is going to pay off for me.  Manny Pacquiao is going to be surprised about what I take to him in the ring.
Do you think being a lesser known fight is an advantage for you?
JEFF HORN:  I think in the last couple of fights Pacquiao has not lost too much.  To me not being known as a fighter – that might be handy in this fight, as in Manny has not been able to study what I can do and maybe underestimate me in this fight, and in the same way, Pacquiao has fought so many tough guys, that we all know and have watched, so he has definitely got the experience on me.  But will he use that experience?  We will see.
How much motivation do you get from being the underdog, to win this fight?
JEFF HORN:  It does give me massive motivation – it makes me train harder knowing that no one gives me a shot, but I have experienced that throughout my whole career.  I guess this is on another level and there are a lot more people saying I’ve got no chance at all.  I like being the underdog.  It’s fun.
GLENN RUSHTON:  Jeff is a fierce competitor.  He is very determined especially with his big heart he is probably one of the really key factors, he hates losing at anything, whether it is poker or table tennis or whatever it is – he is one of those people that just has to win and I think that has been a real motivating factor – people saying that I’m not going to win is dangerous.  We know we are fighting one of the greatest fighters of all time and we are very mindful and respect Manny Pacquiao’s abilities.  That KO against Marquez, that’s a stone cold KO that takes something out of a fighter – getting knocked out cold like that – that’s got to be haunting to a fighter in the back of his mind.  We have the young hungry lion here – big and mean who is technically very good – he made the finals in the Olympics and won two national titles so he knows he is technically very good, he’s tough and he knows he’s got a great chin.  He knows all of this and he has come off not too long ago loss against Marquez and that’s going to haunt him a little bit when he gets hit with Jeff’s power and it’s going to change things.  There is going to be a time in this fight that there will be a change and you’ll sense that this is a very young guy that is tough and he is going to startle.  We love being the underdog.  It is terrific.  It takes a lot of pressure off Jeff and at the end of the day Manny Pacquiao is just a man.  He is just a man so when we get out there on the night of the fight it’s going to come down to who wants it the most and one thing is for sure, and I assure you, there is no one on this earth that wants it more than Jeff Horn.
MANNY PACQUIAO:  Hello to everyone wherever you are – good evening, good afternoon and good morning.
FREDDIE ROACH:  Don’t miss this fight it is going to be fun.
With all of the other champions and top fighters at welterweight, why did you decide to fight Jeff Horn?
MANNY PACQUIAO:  It is good to fight in a country that you haven’t fought in before and to give a chance to Jeff – he is undefeated and it is good to give him a chance.  He has earned it.
Were you interested in fighting one of the other champions?
MANNY PACQUIAO:  Yes, but also Jeff is the mandatory champion.
Would you like to once again fight in the Philippines?
MANNY PACQUIAO:  We are working on fighting in my country of the Philippines — we would like to do that.
Do you think we could see a Manny Pacquiao knockout against Jeff Horn?
MANNY PACQUIAO:  Different fighters and Freddie and I work to focus on the knockout but we don’t know if it will come but we prepare for safety first and defense and not being careless and doing our job.  If the knockout comes it will come and if I have the chance to knock him out I will grab that opportunity.
FREDDIE ROACH:  It’s been a good training camp and there has been a few knockdowns in this camp and it’s been a while since we have had that and Manny has been looking really sharp in camp and he has had a great camp and he is 100% ready for this fight.
How do you get Manny Pacquiao up for a fight like Jeff Horn compared to all of the huge opponents he has faced in the past?
FREDDIE ROACH:  One thing about Manny we don’t take anyone lightly – Jeff is not that well known but he does have 16 wins and he has fought a couple of names out there, but again, we get ready for everyone and we are in great shape for this fight as we would be for anybody else in the world.
Do you think that with the huge ESPN audience is is a good opportunity to show fans you are still an elite fighter?
MANNY PACQUIAO:  Yes this is a great opportunity to show the fans of boxing that we are still here and not done in boxing so this is a good chance and we believe that a lot of people will be watching and we spoke to Bob (Arum) and we decided to give the people a chance to watch the fight on a free station in America.
Do you think you can be the fighter to bring back the glory days of boxing to free television?
MANNY PACQUIAO:  Bob and I decided to show this fight on free television so people can watch without paying the pay per view for the fight, because I have fought in America many times and people had to pay to watch the fight on television.  For this fight we are giving the people the chance to watch it for free.  It will be live on ESPN.  This is a very exciting fight because it is the first time I am fighting in this country so we are very excited for this fight.
BOB ARUM:  It’s more than that.  Manny is a level above the ordinary fighter.  He is now in the Senate in the Philippines.  He thinks in terms of the people and he did say to me ‘I want this fight seen in America, which has been so good to me, by as many people as possible, for free.’  We were able to make a deal with ESPN and we will have, by far, the most people to ever watch a Manny Pacquiao fight will be Saturday night, July 1 – the start of the 4th of July weekend.  So in effect I think it should be viewed as a gift to the American public, by Manny Pacquiao, who has spent so much time and has done great things in the United States.  I think it’s wonderful that this fight is being shown on free television – on ESPN — and yes I hope that many more fights will be shown on free to air television.
Horn’s trainer said earlier that Manny is not the same after the Marquez KO . . .
FREDDIE ROACH:  The Marquez punch, Manny stepped into that right hand and I think since that fight he has fought wonderfully.  That fight was so long ago to me and since then Manny has been ready for every fight and we waited for Marquez to give us a rematch and he wouldn’t give us one so we are on with Jeff Horn right now.
MANNY PACQUIAO:  For me I am still the same – I am still a boxer – and I disagree.
What do you expect it to be like going into a stadium with a full crowd rooting against you?
MANNY PACQUIAO:  I am a person that loves to fight against my opponent with focus and determination. It gives me extra motivation to have 50,000 to 60,000 fans cheering for him, so that is good for me.  Like when I fought Marco Antonio Barrera in San Antonio, Texas in 2002, I had only five fans for me, and four of them were Freddie and my corner.  It gives me more inspiration and focus.
FREDDIE ROACH:  Well, you know there is going to be a big crowd there and at the beginning they may be rooting against Manny Pacquiao but at the end of the fight everyone in the building will be on Manny’s side.  EVERYONE.
MANNY PACQUIAO:  Thank you so much for everything and for this opportunity to speak to all of the media from around the world and thank you to Bob and to the promoter Dean Lonergan and ESPN.  Thank you
FREDDIE ROACH:  Brisbane is a great place, a wonderful city and it’s great to see the world and make sure you tune in Saturday night on ESPN.
FRED STERNBURG:  Watch it live on ESPN, Saturday at 9 pm ET
BOB ARUM:  And 6 pm where I live on the west coast.
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            ESPN’s coverage of “The Battle of Brisbane” will begin on Friday, June 30th, and includes live coverage of the Pacquiao and Horn weigh-in at 7 p.m. ET within SportsCenter on ESPN and within Golpe a Golpe on ESPN Deportes.  During the week of June 26, classic Pacquiao fights will also be available on demand and streaming via the ESPN app, on both ESPN and ESPN Deportes, including Pacquiao vs. Ricky Hatton (5/2/2009), Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Márquez (11/12/11) and Pacquiao vs. Tim Bradley (4/12/14).
            The July 1 telecast will also feature Irish Olympic hero Michael Conlan (2-0, 2 KOs), from Belfast, in a six-round featherweight bout against Jarrett “Juarez” Owen (5-4-3, 2 KOs), of Brisbaneand International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior bantamweight world champion Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas (24-1-1, 16 KOs), of Cavite City, Philippines, defending his title against top-rated contender Teiru Kinoshita (25-1-1, 8 KOs), of Kobe, Japan.  The live telecast will open with an eight-round middleweight rumble between Shane Mosley, Jr. (10-1, 7 KOs), of Pomona, Calif. and son of former three-division world champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley, and David Toussaint (10-0, 8 KOs), of Canberra, Australia.
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