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Ticket Opportunity

 

 

Golden Boy Promotions is back at Barclays Center on Saturday, August 9, with aSHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® tripleheader featuring the sport’s brightest young stars in pivotal world title fights. Boxing on Brooklyn’s biggest stage will be Unified Junior Welterweight World Champion Danny “Swift” Garcia who will meet “Lightning” Rod Salka, IBF 140-Pound Titleholder Lamont Peterson who will face New York’s Edgar “El Chamaco” Santana and Brooklyn’s own Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs will challengeAustralia’s Jarrod “Left Jab” Fletcher for the vacant WBA World Middleweight Championship.

 

The event is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and is sponsored by Corona and AT&T.Tickets priced at $250, $125, $75, $50 and $25, plus applicable taxes and service charges go on sale Friday, June 27 at noon ET and are available for purchase atwww.barclayscenter.com,  www.ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 800-745-3000 and at the American Express Box Office. For group tickets, please call 800-GROUP-BK.

 

PRE-SALE OFFER TO GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS VIP LIST

Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, June 27 at 12 Noon ET. but as a subscriber to the Golden Boy Promotions VIP List, you will have access to an exclusive pre-saleon Thursday June 26 at 12 Noon ET to Friday June 27 11:59am ET

 

To take advantage of this exclusive pre-sale offer, please click on the following link

http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/00004CD79E88E31D and enter the password:CHAMPION (all upper case) in order to choose your seats before they go on sale to the public.

Weigh In Results

ERROL SPENCE, JR. VS. RONALD CRUZ

& DOMINIC WADE VS. NICK BRINSON

SHOBOX: THE NEW GENERATION FINAL WEIGHTS, QUOTES & PHOTOS

ShoBox: The New Generation This Friday, LIVE On SHOWTIME® (9:30 p.m. ET/PT) Immediately Following The Premiere Of ALL ACCESS: Canelo vs. Lara

From Hard Rock Hotel & Casino In Las Vegas

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Photo Credit: Esther Lin / SHOWTIME

 

Click HERE To Download A PDF of the Final Bout Sheet

LAS VEGAS (June 26, 2014) – Undefeated welterweight prospect Errol “The Truth” Spence, Jr. weighed in at 146.6 pounds and young veteran Ronald Cruz tipped the scales at the contracted limit of 148 pounds during Thursday’s official weigh-in for their 10-round main event showdown tomorrow/Friday, June 27 on ShoBox: The New Generation, live on SHOWTIME® at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

 

Unbeaten middleweight prospect Dominic “Lights Out” Wade measured 161.6 pounds and once-beaten Nick “The Machine Gun” Brinson weighed in at 160.6 pounds for their 10-round co-feature bout from Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

 

Friday’s ShoBox telecast will immediately follow the premiere of ALL ACCESS: Canelo vs. Lara, the SHOWTIME Sports EMMY® Award-winning original documentary series that gives viewers exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the biggest boxing event of the summer.

 

Spence (12-0, 10 KOs), of Dallas, Texas, was a 2012 U.S. Olympian, but he’ll be facing his toughest opponent to date in Cruz, (20-3, 15 KOs), of Bethlehem, Pa., an experienced veteran who is coming off a hard fought loss to former world champion Kermit Cintron.

 

Wade (15-0, 11 KOs), of Washington, D.C., is fighting in his first 10-rounder and looking to continue his ascension from prospect to contender status against New York’s Brinson (16-1-2, 6 KOs), a more experienced fighter just one fight removed from a career-best win overJorge Melendez last June on ShoBox.

 

Here’s what the fighters had to say during Thursday’s weigh-in at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino:

 

ERROL SPENCE JR.:

“I think he’s probably the toughest guy I’ve faced.  He’s a real tough, durable fighter and he’s going to come to fight.  I know he’s a pressure fighter and I think he’ll be my toughest test to date.

 

“I think everything in this sport is about timing and preparation, and I think I’m taking this fight at the right time in my career.  I’m going to show up tomorrow and it’s going to be a great fight.

 

“I’m going to take whatever comes in the ring.  If the knockout comes, then I take the knockout.  But, if I have to go 10, I’m ready to go 10.  I’ve been sparring 12 rounds in the gym with 30 seconds rest so it’s not a problem.

 

“From the opponents I’ve watched, I don’t think he’s faced anyone like me before, anybody with my pedigree.  He’s fighting someone new, too, and he’s going to see a lot of new things from me.  Kermit Cintron is a slower fighter than me.  Of course he can punch, but he’s slower and at the end of his road.  I wouldn’t have any problems with a guy like that.

 

“I think by early next year I’ll be ready for a shot at a title.  After this fight I’d like to have probably two more fights this year.  And then, by early next year, I’ll be a contender and fighting some top quality names like Shawn Porter or somebody like that.

 

“I’m excited.  I want to give SHOWTIME a reason to bring me back so I’m definitely looking to make a statement and put on a great show.”

 

 

RONALD CRUZ:

“They’re obviously taking this fight because they feel like they can beat me.  But the experience I have as a professional will cause problems for him and ultimately win the fight for me.

 

“I’ve definitely fought much tougher competition.  He has an impressive amateur record, but fighting as a professional is a whole different ballgame.

 

“I’m not worried that I haven’t faced a southpaw before.  I’ve been sparring with a lot of different southpaw styles and I feel comfortable against them.  He won’t bring anything I haven’t seen before.

 

“I definitely think I need a knockout to win.  This can’t be a close fight.  I’m not saying I’m going to go out there and look for a knockout – if it comes, it comes – but I’m going to go out there and try to cause a lot of damage.

 

“I’m definitely here to make a statement.  I thought my fight against Kermit Cintron was a bad decision, but I respect the judges’ decision.  That fight made me a much better fighter.

 

“I feel like I’ve never shown the best of me and I feel confident that my best will come out tomorrow.  This is my shot and I need to take advantage of it.”

 

 

DOMINIC WADE:

“Training camp been great, I’ve been working hard.  My brothers have been here with me, pushing me. Everything has gone according to plan.

 

“I’ve never gone 10 rounds before, but I don’t plan to go 10 rounds. You always have a different mindset going into each fight, but, when I train, I train to go 12 rounds, so I’m not really worried about it because I spar 10-12 rounds.

 

“Brinson slings his punches around; besides that, I don’t know too much about him. He has a wild-style, he comes forward basically just like a street fighter, with no skill. I’m going to box him, time him and pop my jabs to exploit him. There will be plenty of openings with a fighter like him, so when I see them I’ll just take him.

 

“I’ve been training with Adrian Davis since I was a young boy and he has taught me everything that I know. We had a little break, but that was a personal issue, but other than that everything is great and we get along very well.”

 

 

NICK BRINSON:

“Training camp has been good.  They gave me about a month for this fight to prepare so I am in excellent shape. I am a gym rat and everything has been great, everybody is clicking.

 

“A month is enough time to prepare for a fight like this.  In the past when I fought on the big scene I would have about a weeks’ notice, so a month is plenty of time.

“I don’t necessarily need a knockout.  Hopefully, the judges will score the fight fairly and see who wins. If it comes down to a knockout, then so be it.

 

“His team obviously doesn’t believe he took this fight too early and I’m not the matchmaker. He has confidence in himself so we’ll see what happens tomorrow.

 

“My biggest strength against him is that I am the more experienced fighter and I have gone the distance. I’m sure he has questions in his head about this because I don’t think he has ever gone past six rounds.

 

“The experience alone is going to carry me through the fight.  My stamina and mentality is stronger because I’ve seen those rounds. I don’t know what type of condition he is in, but I know I am more prepared mentally.

 

“Hopefully big things are ahead for me.  We are all here to change our lives; that’s why I am in this business.

 

“I do this all for my daughter, this is everything.  I wear her name on my trunks and she’s the reason why I have turned around my career.  I’ve taking boxing much more seriously since she was born. I am trying to give her everything; she is my biggest inspiration and motivation to do bigger and better things.”

 

 

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Spence vs. Cruz is a 10-round middleweight bout presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona.  Doors open at 2 p.m. PT on fight night with the first bell sounding at 2:30 p.m. PT and the first televised bout starting at 6:30 p.m. PT. The ShoBox: The New Generation telecast will air live on SHOWTIME beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast), immediately following the premiere of ALL ACCESS: Canelo vs. Lara.

Tickets priced at $100, $75, $50 and $25, plus applicable taxes, fees and service charges, are on sale now at The Joint Box Office, online at AXS.com or by calling 888-9-AXS-TIX

Weigh In Results

WEIGH-IN RESULTS FOR TOMORROW’S

ESPN FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS CARD 

FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2014

AMERISTAR CASINO RESORT & SPA

ST. CHARLES, MO

 

St. Charles, MO (6/26/14) – All of the fighters for tomorrow nights ESPN’s Friday Night Fights/ESPN Deportes’ Noche de Combates card weighed in earlier today at the Ameristar Casino Resort and Spa in St. Charles, MO.

 

 

The card, promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Rumble Time Promotions, in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, is headlined by red-hot lightweight contender Ivan “El Terribel” Redkach (right in photo) (16-0, 13KO’s) putting his undefeated record on the line against former title challenger Sergey “The Surgeon” Gulyakevich (41-2, 17KO’s) in the 10-round main event of the evening.

 

 

In the eight-round co-feature bout, WBA #11-rated junior lightweight Ryan Kielczweski (left in photo) (19-0, 4KO’s) puts his undefeated record on the line against once-beaten Ramsey Luna (12-1, 5KO’s).

 

Opening up the card will be promising hometown favorite Stephon Young (9-0, 4KO’s), from nearby St. Louis, MO, looking to improve to a perfect 10-0 when he squares off against Vicente Alfaro (6-3, 1KO) in a six-round junior featherweight showdown.

ESPN will begin live coverage at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN.

Tickets are currently on sale and are priced at $80 for ringside and $40 for general admission. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1(800) 293-5949 or by visiting www.metrotix.com. Doors open at 5 p.m. CT with the first bout scheduled for 6 p.m. CT.

 

 

Below is the complete bout sheet for tomorrow night’s card with the official weights included.

 

 

BLUE CORNER                                    RED CORNER

MAIN EVENT

10 ROUNDS –  SUPER LIGHTWEIGHTS

 

Ivan Redkach                                                      vs.                                             Sergey Gulyakevich

Los Angeles, CA                                                                                                  Minsk, Belarus

16-0, 13 KO’s                                                                                                       41-2, 17 KO’s

138.9 lbs.                                                                                                               138 lbs.

 

CO-FEATURE

 

8 ROUNDS – JUNIOR LIGHTWEIGHTS

 

Ryan Kielczweski                                               vs.                                            Ramsey Luna

Quincy, MA                                                                                                         Corpus Christi, TX

19-0, 4 KO’s                                                                                                         12-1, 5 KO’s

126.8 lbs.                                                                                                               126.9 lbs.

 

OPENING BOUT

 

6 ROUNDS – JUNIOR FEATHERWEIGHTS

 

Stephon Young                                                    vs.                                           Vicente Alfaro

St. Louis, MO                                                                                                      Northfield, MN

9-0, 4 KO’s                                                                                                           6-3, 1 KO

120.6 lbs.                                                                                                               119 lbs.

 

6 ROUNDS – SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHTS

 

Eduardo Alicea                                                  vs.                                             Demetrius Walker

Cleveland, OH                                                                                                    Kansas City, MO

6-0, 3 KO’s                                                                                                          7-4-1, 4 KO’s

162 lbs.                                                                                                                 165.7 lbs.

 

6 ROUNDS – MIDDLEWEIGHTS

 

Paul Littleton                                                      vs.                                           Jeff Combs

Lombard, IL                                                                                                         St. Louis, MO

8-0-1, 4 KO’s                                                                                                       Veteran of 10 fights

165.6 lbs.                                                                                                              167 lbs.

 

4 ROUNDS – MIDDLEWEIGHTS

 

Ivan Golub                                                           vs.                                           Javon Wright

Brooklyn, NY                                                                                                      St. Louis, MO

Pro Debut                                                                                                            1-2

161.5 lbs.                                                                                                              155.8

 

4 ROUNDS – FEATHERWEIGHTS

 

Derrick Murray                                                 vs.                                            Joseph Mueller

St. Louis, MO                                                                                                     St. Louis, MO

6-0-1, 3 KO’s                                                                                                       Pro Debut

126 lbs.                                                                                                                 127.6 lbs.

 

4 ROUNDS – WELTERWEIGHTS

 

Kent Cruz                                                             vs.                                         Guy Smith Jr

St. Louis, MO                                                                                                    Omaha, NE

5-0, 3 KO’s                                                                                                          2-0

141.6 lbs.                                                                                                             140.9 lbs.

4 ROUNDS – LIGHTWEIGHTS

 

Samir Simpson Bey                                           vs.                                           Devon Hostler

St. Louis, MO                                                                                                      St. Joseph, MO

2-0-1, 2 KO’s                                                                                                       1-4

135.7 lbs.                                                                                                              127.7 lbs. 

There’s No Place Like Home

Nothing beats a world championship fight in a city who has a hometown hero battling for the title.

This Saturday’s rumble in Omaha, featuring WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford in a world title defense homecoming against Cuban superstar Yuriorkis Gamboa (Live on HBO at 10 p.m. ET/PT) in a battle of undefeated champions, will be Omaha’s first world championship fight in 42 years — when Joe Frazier exited a ring as world champion for the last time — after stopping Omaha’s Ron Stander.

 

It seems a good time to look back at Frazier vs. Stander.  Below, please find links to Mark Kram’s feature for Sports Illustrated and footage of the fight.

ENJOY!

Mark Kram, Sports Illustrated:  “The Bluffs Butcher Gets Tenderized.  A Wild Publicity Buildup Sends Obscure Ron Stander Bouncing into the Ring with Joe Frazier.  After That, His Head Did the Bouncing.”

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:GOu9qHqOTxwJ:sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1086158/+&cd=7&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us  

You Tube:  Frazier vs. Stander

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOjcDBH6wb8  

Quotes

ERISLANDY “THE AMERICAN DREAM” LARA

LAS VEGAS MEDIA WORKOUT QUOTES & PHOTOS

 

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Photo Credit: Ray Spencer – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

 

LAS VEGAS (June 26, 2014) – Before he steps into the ring to face Mexican-superstar Canelo Alvarez, WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara worked out for the media and talked about his upcoming PPV main event on “Honor & Glory”.

 

Lara on if he was surprised that Canelo took the fight…

“Originally I thought he would never take the fight because I confronted him in person and he said, ‘No this is not how you make fights.’  Then after the fans saw that he was ducking me on Twitter, he had no choice but to be a man and take the challenge.”

 

Lara on what he has to do differently in this fight…

“Nothing has to change. I just need to do the same things I always do and train.  If I focus on training to win, there’s no one in the world that can beat me.”

 

Lara on what a win against Canelo means to him…

“It means everything to me.  For me to demonstrate to the world that I’m not just better than him, but that I’m 150 percent better than him, means everything to me.   Like I said before, I’m going to take him to Cuban school.”

 

Lara on Canelo saying he was scared and trembling when he approached him after the Mayweather fight…

“He’s talking nonsense.  He knows I’m not scared of anyone so he’s trying to pump himself up to make him believe that I’m scared of him.  The fact is he’s a very insecure fighter who knows he’s going to lose.  For him to say these things is a bad sign for him.  He’s lost and confused.”

 

Lara on why Canelo refused to fight for the belt and if he felt disrespected…

“Canelo can’t make the weight so he refused to fight for the title.  It’s very disrespectful and my motivation to beat him has increased because of it.”

 

Lara on fighting Floyd Mayweather in one of his last three fights…

“Right now my focus is on Canelo and once I beat him then I’ll be looking at other options.  For sure 100 percent I want Floyd Mayweather after this fight.  He’s considered the best fighter in the world and I want to be the first one to dethrone him.”

 

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“Honor & Glory: Canelo vs. Lara” a 12-round junior middleweight fight taking place Saturday, July 12 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. In theco-main event Abner Mares returns to face Puerto Rico’s Jonathan Oquendo in a 10-round featherweight bout. In the SHOWTIME PPV opening bout, Johan Perez defends his interim WBA World Junior Welterweight Title against Mauricio Herrera in a 12-round match up. Also featured, Juan Manuel “JuanMa” Lopez meets Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas of Mexico in a 10-round bout for the WBO International Super Featherweight Title.

 

Tickets are still available at the $750, $500, $250, $150 and $75 price ranges, not including applicable service charges.  Tickets are limited to eighteen (18) per person with a limit of eight (8) at the $75 price ranges.  To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

The 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). For information visit www.SHO.com/Sports. Canelo vs. Lara will be shown on the big screen in movie theaters across the country via Fathom Events. Information will be available at www.fathomevents.com.

 

For more information, visit www.goldenboypromotions.com, and www.mgmgrand.com, follow on Twitter at @GoldenBoyBoxing, @CaneloOficial, @LaraBoxing, @abnermares00, @jonathanoquen, @juanma_lopez, @elbandido130, @elmaestro1, @mgmgrand,@SHOSports and @Swanson_Comm, follow the conversation using #CaneloLara and become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing andwww.facebook.com/SHOBoxing.

Golden Boy Honored

LEGENDARY BOXER OSCAR DE LA HOYA HONORED BY CALIFORNIA LAWMAKERS IN SACRAMENTO  

 

Recognition follows De La Hoya’s recent induction into
the International Boxing Hall of Fame

 

SACRAMENTO, Calif.-June 26, 2014 – California Assembly Speaker Emeritus John A. Pérez and State Senator Kevin de León today honored Olympic gold medalist and 10-time world champion boxer Oscar De La Hoya for his many accomplishments in boxing and business, and contributions to the California community. Assembly Speaker Emeritus Pérez and Senator de León recognized De La Hoya from the senate and assembly floors during a presentation at the California State Capitol.

“I am pleased to join my colleagues in honoring Oscar De La Hoya for his many contributions to the sport of boxing, and for being a strong example of what can happen when one works hard to succeed, regardless of their background,” said Assembly Speaker Emeritus John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles). “We are proud to celebrate his accomplishments, especially his recent induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, as well as an athlete, businessman, community leader, Latino and Californian.”

“Oscar De La Hoya is an incredible athlete who has never forgotten where he came from,” said Sen. Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles). “He has given back so much to the community in East Los Angeles, and his continued success following his athletic career serves as an inspiration for all Californians.”

De La Hoya thanked his family, friends, fans, and community in brief remarks from the California State Senate and Assembly floors following the recognition presentation.

“I’m honored to receive this recognition in my home state of California,” De La Hoya said during the presentation. “I’m proud to represent my hometown of East Los Angeles today. I wouldn’t be standing here without the continued support of my family, friends, mentors, and amazing fans.”

De La Hoya, known as “The Golden Boy,” was born to Mexican immigrants in Montebello, California. Raised in a family that included amateur and professional boxers, he began boxing at the age of six. De La Hoya is one of the most popular and talented athletes in the history of boxing, having won a gold medal at the 1992 Olympics at 17 years old and 10 world titles in six different weight classes. He was inducted in to the International Boxing Hall of Fame on June 8, 2014 in Canastota, NY as part of an All Star class that included rival Felix “Tito” Trinidad and undefeated Super Middleweight World Champion, Joe Calzaghe.

De La Hoya invested back in his community of East Los Angeles following his success in the ring. In 1995 the Oscar De La Hoya Foundation was created to bring a better quality of life to thousands of people in East Los Angeles. The Foundation supports the Oscar De La Hoya Ánimo Charter High School, and the Cecilia Gonzalez De La Hoya Cancer Center and Oscar De La Hoya Children’s Medical Center at White Memorial Medical Center. The Foundation also supports numerous after-school programs that guide young people toward leading positive lives and away from gang violence, juvenile delinquency, and substance abuse.

In addition to boxing, De La Hoya is an accomplished businessman and singer. He established Los Angeles-based Golden Boy Promotions in 2002 and became the first Hispanic to own a national boxing promotional company. In 2000, he released his first album, in English and Spanish, which topped Latin dance charts and had a single, ‘Ven a Mi,’ that was nominated for a GRAMMY award.

Back With A Bang

ROBERT GUERRERO

2014 “FIGHT OF THE YEAR”

Photo By Ping Nepo – CrossFit

GILORY, CA (June 26, 2014) – In one of the most exciting fights in boxing history, 6-time and 4-division world champion, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (32-2-1, 18 KOs), reflects on his tantalizing  war with Yosihiro Kamegai (24-2-1, 21 KOs), which is on its way to being 2014 “Fight of The Year”.

“I hope the fans enjoyed the fight as much as I did,” said Guerrero. “I know I could have made the fight easier by boxing, but then the fans would have not gotten their money’s worth.  I love to fight, it’s in my blood, and it’s what I do…I’m a fighter. One thing you can take to the bank is when you tune into watch me, or pay for a ticket to any of my fights, you’re going to get excitement. There’s nothing better than a toe to toe battle!”

“My name stands for Warrior in Spanish so that’s what I like to do…go to War,” Guerrero continued. “To my future opponents I can’t wait to get in there and bang it out!”

Guerrero, who won his first title at featherweight, has crossed over several weight classes, winning numerous world championships along the way.   Guerrero has established himself as one of the elite fighters in boxing. 

In closing Guerrero says, “I love to fight, it’s all about pleasing the fans!”

Transcript

TERENCE CRAWFORD and YURIORKIS GAMBOA

WORLD LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

CONFERENCE CALL TRANSCRIPT

With Top Rank’s Carl Moretti and Crawford Co-Managers

Brian McIntyre and Cameron Dunkin

Wednesday, June 25

 

            OMAHA, NEB (June 26, 2014) — World Championship Boxing returns to Omaha for the first time in 42 years!  Undefeated world champions TERENCE CRAWFORD, the Pride of Omaha, and Cuban sensation YURIORKIS GAMBOAwho boast identical 23-0 (16 KOs) professional ring records, will be battling for Crawford’s newly-won World Boxing Organization (WBO) lightweight titleThis Saturday! June 28, at the the CenturyLink Center in Omaha (455 North 10th St., Omaha, Neb. 68102).  This will be the first world championship fight Omaha has hosted since Joe Frazier successfully defended his heavyweight title against Nebraska’s-ownRon Stander on May 25, 1972.  It will also be a professional homecoming for Crawford, who has not fought in his home state since 2011.  The fight will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark®, in its first-ever visit to Omaha, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. The telecast will open with undefeated Top-Five contenders MATT KOROBOV and JOSE UZCATEGUI battling in a 10-round rumble for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental middleweight title.

 

            This exciting all-action doubleheader features four undefeated gladiators with a combined record of 91-0, 63 KOs. 

 

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CARL MORETTI:  First I would like to say there is no truth to the rumor that we banned Bob Arum from the conference call.  Bob is home resting comfortably from his knee replacement surgery and I know he’ll be watching the show on Saturday night.  We pass along our well wishes.  We have four undefeated fighters fighting Saturday night live on HBO [10 p.m. ET/PT]  Their combined records are a perfect 91-0 with nearly 70% of those victories coming by way of knockout.  Matt Korobov and Jose Uzcategui, world-rated No. 1 and No. 4 by the WBO, respectively, open the HBO telecast up and to the victor should go on to become the mandatory challenger to Peter Quillin.  And in the main event, Terence Crawford, the local hometown kid, makes the first defense of his title he won over is Scotland against Ricky Burns, battling one of the greatest amateurs ever and undefeated as a pro and a worthy contender for this title.

YURIORKIS GAMBOA:  I am very anxious to get to the fight.  I met all the objectives that  I needed to in training camp to get our game plan together for this fight on Saturday night.

CAMERON DUNKIN:  I am just very excited for Terrence and Brian both.  They were out in Omaha and we had a plan and it worked out – we knew we would get here and a lot of people thought we were crazy.  We’re here and I’m really excited for them.  We look for a great fight – Gamboa is a great fighter and it’s going to be a terrific fight.

BRIAN McINTYRE:  I first would like to say thank you to Yuriorkis Gamboa for accepting the fight.  I am excited for Terence that he will be able to showcase his skills at this level and he being in his hometown.  I am expecting a great fight.

TERENCE CRAWFORD:  I’m feeling good and I’m ready.  This is what I have been asking for all along and I am just ready for the moment.

When you won the title in Glasgow, was it a plan to defend it in your hometown?

TERENCE CRAWFORD:  Yes, that was my goal, to make my first defense in Omaha and I was real pleased with Bob [Arum] keeping his word.  Now that we are here I am just happy for everything.  I am in my hometown where my fans have never really got to see me perform as a professional and I am ready for the moment

There are always stories of distractions, tickets etc., when a fighter fights in his hometown.  Have you experienced that?

TERENCE CRAWFORD:  I don’t handle any of that – no tickets or t-shirts, so they can’t call me for nothing.  So I am not worried about the distractions.

BRIAN McINTYRE:  Well, we already have a game plan planned out – what everybody’s job is going to be as far as the tickets go and the t-shirts.  We are keeping Terence secluded so he has no distractions.  We talked about that months in advance and now we are just executing the plan.

Do you have knowledge of the last world championship fight that took place in Omaha? [Joe Frazier vs. Ron Stander World Heavyweight Championship, May 25, 1972]

TERENCE CRAWFORD:  It was news to me.  I never knew about it until a few years back.  I know about it now and that’s all that matters.

You looked much bigger than Gamboa at the initial press conference.  Do you feel you have a big size advantage?  Do you think you will use it?

TERENCE CRAWFORD:  Like I tell everybody – you never know.  Gamboa is a real skillful fighter and he can make adjustments in the ring as the fight goes on.  We just have to wait to see what happens.

Gamboa, you are shorter than most of your opponents, but this seems more so…

YURIORKIS GAMBOA:  I answer that question by going back to all of the fights in my professional career.  I have been pretty much the smaller fighter in all of my fights, so I don’t think it will have much of an affect.  I know how to adjust and I know how to come in with a game plan.  It’s just something I have dealt with since I was an amateur – I have always been the smaller guy.

Will the layoff affect you – you fought once in 2012 and once in 2013?

YURIORKIS GAMBOA:  Basically no, not as long as I am focused.   I have stayed active – maybe not in the ring but I have done what I need to do outside of the ring to be prepared for Saturday night.  I have remained active in the gym.

Gamboa has been tweeting some odd things towards you – how do you feel about that?

TERENCE CRAWFORD:  I just look at it as being part of boxing.  That’s something he feels he wants to do and I don’t take it personally.  I am going to go in there, come Saturday, and look at him eye-to-eye and see what he has to say then.

Does Gamboa pose a big challenge to you?

TERENCE CRAWFORD:  He is going to be a big challenge.  He is a great fighter, like myself.  I never got hit by him so I don’t know about his power.

How is he different than Burns?

TERENCE CRAWFORD:  Gamboa has a lot more amateur experience, but at the same time they are two different fights.  One is tall and one is short and they fight two different styles.

How do you feel about fighting in your hometown?

TERENCE CRAWFORD:  My managers, Cameron Dunkin and Brian McIntyre – they came in and got the job done.  I am just blessed to be able to fight in Omaha.

Do you feel this is a career-defining fight for you?

YURIORKIS GAMBOA:  Like in any career, obviously it is a defining moment and I plan to take full advantage.

Where does Yuri feel that Terence falls talent-wise?

YURIORKIS GAMBOA:  Until I fight him on Saturday I really can’t answer that question.

How have you dealt with the demands on your time while fighting in your hometown?

TERENCE CRAWFORD:  We’ve been keeping a low profile.  When we got back into town from training camp [in Colorado Springs] there wasn’t a big entourage.  I actually didn’t let anyone know when I was coming back into town.  It’s been kind of cool – just chillin’ and waiting on the fight.

Cameron?

CAMERON DUNKIN:  I leave that up to Brian.  These guys have lived there their whole lives.  Brian and I were concerned about it and we had a long talk about it.  He told me he would set everything up and keep all the distractions away.  Brian has done a great job, giving everyone jobs so Terence is just focused on the fight and ready to go.  He hasn’t had any distractions and Brian has assured me he is ready to go.

Do you get a feeling, by walking around town, the magnitude of the event?

TERENCE CRAWFORD:  Yes, I can tell it is big.  Big not just for me but for the city of Omaha, Nebraska.  It’s not just the boxing community; it is all the people in Omaha.  I can also tell that I give the people hope – that they can be what they want to be, if you believe and work hard at it.

How do you characterize yourself?  Some say you are a southpaw and some say you are a switch-hitter?

TERENCE CRAWFORD:  I don’t look at myself as one-dimensional.  I can fight a lot of different ways – I’m very flexible.

What type of challenge does Terence pose to you?

YURIORKIS GAMBOA:  It’s part of the sport.  Obviously you are going to fight guys that can switch up on you.  Some can master either the southpaw or orthodox stance, but it’s something you have to deal with.  You have to prepare to face that challenge.

When was the last time you went to fight in someone’s back yard – or as the B-side of the promotion?

YURIORKIS GAMBOA:  In Kazakhstan is the last time I can remember, in 2006.

Do you plan to attack Gamboa, since he has been off for a while and he may have a suspect chin?

TERENCE CRAWFORD:  I never go into the ring thinking that’s the way he is going to be – I just go in to fight my fight.  I don’t go in there looking for the knockout.  If it comes it comes and if it doesn’t it doesn’t.

Who made the decision to take this fight against Crawford?

YURIORKIS GAMBOA:  I think it is well known that the dialogue and conversation between my team and Top Rank was a fight with Mikey Garcia, but that was not going to happen – there are some legalities between them that wouldn’t let the fight take place, and that’s when Top Rank suggested we make this fight happen and we decided that was a good option as well.

Terence, what do you think you will bring to the table that will give Gamboa problems?  He mentioned that he has been fighting guys like you since his young amateur days in Cuba…

TERENCE CRAWFORD:  We are going to have to wait until Saturday.  The guys he has fought, I am pretty sure don’t have the same style as me.  He may have fought guys with similar styles but no one has the same exact style as me.  So we will have to see on Saturday.

What one thing that you will bring to the table will get you the victory?

TERENCE CRAWFORD:  Just me being myself.  Me going in there and fighting my fight.

YURIORKIS GAMBOA:  I would say that my boxing IQ I think is very high – that is one thing that a lot of people underestimate in me.  My boxing abilities give me an advantage in a lot of fights that I go into.  My speed and my reflexes – a combination of a lot of those things I think will lead me to a victory on Saturday.

TERENCE CRAWFORD:  I say good luck to Gamboa.  I know we are going to be ready and he’ll be ready and to all of the fans out there support Gamboa and me and buy tickets to the fight, support the fight and thanks for having me.

CARL MORETTI:  Obviously this is a hot event here in Omaha and we have opened up the remaining seats in the upper level to accommodate the demand.   Fans are welcome to watch the live-stream of Thursday’s final press conference at www.toprank.tv [3 p.m. ET / Noon PT] and attend Friday’s Official Weigh-In, which will take place at the CenturyLink Center Omaha, beginning at 3:00 p.m. local time.  We are looking forward to it.

 

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“ALL ACCESS: Canelo vs. Lara” Episode 1 Premieres 

Friday, June 27 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME®

 

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All Access: Canelo vs. Lara – Episode 1 Clip

 

SHOWTIME Sports EMMY® Award-winning original documentary series ALL ACCESS returns in advance of the SHOWTME PPV® event “Honor & Glory: Canelo Alvarez vs. Erislandy Lara,” a showdown between the No. 1 and No. 2 world-ranked fighters in the junior middleweight division on Saturday, July 12 from MGM Grand in Las Vegas.  “ALL ACCESS: Canelo vs. Lara” Episode 1 will premiere Friday, June 27, on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

ALL ACCESS gives viewers exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage as Canelo and Lara prepare for the biggest boxing event of the summer.  Episode 1 takes viewers aboard their private jets and follows the stars as they embark on a four-city kickoff press tour to announce the PPV event.  ALL ACCESS cameras join Lara at his home in Houston to meet his family and visit Canelo in San Diego as the fighters enter training camp for “Honor & Glory.”

 

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Rockin Fights Returns

JOE DEGUARDIA’S STAR BOXING PRESENTS

ESPN FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS/”ROCKIN FIGHTS 14″

JULY 18 AT THE PARAMOUNT

EMANUEL TAYLOR VS. KARIM MAYFIELD

PLUS THE RETURN OF CLETUS SELDIN

PLUS A TRIBUTE TO NEW WORLD CHAMPION

CHRIS ALGIERI

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

   

 

Bronx, NY (June 25, 2014)
Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing returns to The Paramount in

Huntington

 

, New York on

 

FRIDAY, JULY 18th with ESPN FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS/”ROCKIN FIGHTS 14″ headlined by an outstanding ten round junior welterweight clash between top rated contenders

 

EMANUEL “The Tranzformer” TAYLOR of Baltimore, Maryland and

 San Fransico’s

 KARIM “Hard Hitta” MAYFIELD.

 

Co-featured on the nationally televised event is the return of popular knockout artist, “The Hebrew Hammer” CLETUS SELDIN of Long Island, making his national television debut, in an eight round junior welterweight clash against an opponent to be announced.

 

As part of the sensational evening of world class professional boxing, Star Boxing will also pay tribute to “The Fighting Pride of Huntington“, new World Boxing Organization Junior Welterweight Champion CHRIS ALGIERI.

 

Advance tickets for ESPN FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS/”ROCKIN FIGHTS 14″ starting at $50, are on sale through Ticketmaster (Ticketmaster.com), the Star Boxing website (StarBoxing.com) and The Paramount Box Office, phone (631) 673-7300. Doors on the night of the event will open at 6:30 p.m. with the first bell at 7:00 p.m.

 

“We’re very excited to return to The Paramount with another outstanding nationally televised card. Taylor and Mayfield is a true cross-roads fight with the winner getting right back in the upper tier of the world rankings” said DeGuardia. ‘Each is coming off a tough loss and looking to gain the terrific momentum their careers previously held.

 

“For Cletus, the fans on Long Island already know the electricity he brings to the ring, he truly epitomizes the term ‘all-action fighter’. Fighting on ESPN gives him the opportunity to show the boxing world that he belongs among the top echelon of prospects in the junior welterweight division.”

 

Continued DeGuardia “We are also going to pay special tribute to our new champion, Chris Algieri. He made his bones fighting at The Paramount, selling it out numerous times and his story of winning the title over Ruslan Provodnikov on June 14 has captured the interest of boxing fans all over the world.”

 

Despite being dropped twice in the first round and  a closed right eye, Algieri valiantly fought on to win the world championship title. The fight, which was telecast LIVE on HBO from the Barclays Center in front of massive crowd of Long Island fight fans, the broadcast was the third highest rating boxing event of the 2014.

 

“This is our 14th event at The Paramount and we’re very proud to have led the renaissance of boxing on Long Island. With each of our prior events selling out, I’d strongly encourage fans to purchase their tickets in advance.”

 

Sporting a record of 17-2-0 with 12 knockouts, the 23-year-old Taylor will look to return to the win column following a ten-round decision loss to Algieri on February 14, also telecast on ESPN FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS from The Paramount.

 

Prior to the battle with Algieri, Taylor had two outstanding performances, knockouts of world ranked Victor Cayo and once-beaten Ray Serrano.

 

Mayfield, 18-1-1 (11KO’s), will also look to return to the win column following the first loss of his career, a very close, HBO televised decision to Thomas Dulorme on March 29th in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

 

Over the course of his eight-year professional career Mayfield has fought and beaten numerous top names including Steve Forbes, Mauricio Herrera, Ray Serrano and Patrick Lopez.

With a record of 13-0-0 with ten knockouts, the 27-year-old Seldin has built a reputation among Long Island fans as a must-see attraction for his show-stopping knockouts.

 

On April 24th, Seldin stunned the standing room only crowd at The Paramount with an explosive seventh round knockout of Wilfredo Acuna.

Additional undercard bout for ESPN FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS/”ROCKIN FIGHTS 14″ will be announced shortly.

The Paramount is located at 370 New York Avenue in Huntington, New York, 11743.