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 PUERTO RICAN AMATEUR STARS

RIVERA & PAREDES 

RETURN WITH KNOCKOUT VICTORIES

  Photos By Karen Marie Orsini

 

PUERTO RICO (June 30, 2014) – This past Saturday, Gary Shaw Productions hot prospects, Jean Carlos “Chapito” Rivera and Luis Paredes both scored sensational knockout victories to improve their records to (2-0, 1KO).

 

Rivera, who fights at bantamweight, connected with a powerful body shot, sending his opponent Jean Carlos Molina to the canvass in the first round.  Molina could not recover and the bout was stopped.

“I went to work right away,” Rivera said. “When I landed that powerful body shot to my opponent, I knew he wasn’t getting up.  I want to thank Gary Shaw for bringing me back to Puerto Rico where I get to fight in front of my people.  This was my first knockout and it felt fantastic.  I’m hoping I can get back in the ring very soon.”

Paredes landed a stunning left hook to the jaw of his opponent Jesus Feliciano to defeat him.  The devastating blow came in the first round and the contest was ended.  Paredes campaigns at junior featherweight .

 

“I came out here and accomplished my goal of getting a knockout,” said Paredes. “I wanted to show Gary Shaw that I have knockout power.  It felt good to get a win like this in front of my hometown fans. Fighting in Puerto Rico is incredible.  I can’t wait to return to the ring.”

“Both of these young men stepped up their game and came away with a couple of knockouts,” said Gary Shaw. “Bustillo and I know these kids can fight so we’ll continue to see them grow as they march up the latter.

Perez Captures A Portion Of The Light Weight Pie

DARLEYS PEREZ

CAPTURES WBA INTERIM LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE

 Photo Credit By Gary Shaw Productions

 

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (June 28, 2014) – Tonight in Dominican Republic, Gary Shaw Productions and Thompson Boxing Promotions’,  Darleys Perez (30-1, 19 KOs), captured the WBA Interim Title with a hard fought victory against Argenis Lopez (19-1, 7 KOs), who was fighting in his home country.

 

From the opening bell, Perez was the busier fighter as he threw more punches and landed the cleaner shots.  Lopez never really got into a rhythm and Perez took advantage of the situation by outworking him throughout the fight.  Neither fighter was seriously hurt.  Scorecards read 116-112 and 117-111 twice, all in favor for Perez.

 

With the win, Perez cements himself as a serious player in the lightweight division.  Many fights can be made with Perez challenging any of the world champions at 135lbs.  Promoter Gary Shaw feels Perez is on his way to a big time fight.

“This is a very big win for us,” said Gary Shaw. “Thompson Boxing and GSP are very thrilled to have another world champion to promote.  There are some big fights that can be made so we’ll get working on some great opportunities for Perez.  For Perez to win a decision in Lopez’s hometown is amazing.  He really earned this victory with tremendous heart and grandeur.”

“I knew I had to give it my all to come out here and earn a decision,” said Perez. “I felt I was in control of the fight from the very beginning.  I never let up and kept coming strong with controlled pressure.  I know my promoters, Gary Shaw and Thompson Boxing have some big plans for my future, so I’m going to just enjoy this win and get back to work when I get home.  I’m happy to bring this title home to Colombia.

Young Stars Shine

ERROL SPENCE, JR. IMPRESSES WITH RESOUNDING

UNANIMOUS DECISION VICTORY OVER RONALD CRUZ;

Dominic Wade Remains Unbeaten With Unanimous Decision Victory Over Nick Brinson

On ShoBox: The New Generation

Catch Replay Tuesday, July 1, at 9 p.m. ET/PT On SHOWTIME EXTREME

 

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LAS VEGAS (June 27, 2014) – Undefeated Errol Spence, Jr. didn’t lose a round and may have made the transition from prospect to contender in a dominating unanimous decision victory (100-90 three times) over the durable Ronald Cruz in the main event of ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME® from The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Spence (13-0, 10 KOs) was remarkably efficient with his power punches, landing 282 shots compared to Cruz’s 65 at a rate of 58 percent. Looking like a potential future world champion, the 2012 U.S. Olympian was technically sound and sharp with his punches, picking apart the courageous Cruz (20-4, 15 KOs) as he went past the eighth round for the first time in his career. Conditioning certainly wasn’t an issue for the 24-year-old, who threw more punches in the 10th and final round (114) than he did in any other round in the fight.

“After this fight, I learned that I can go the full 10 rounds and sustain my energy for all the rounds,” Spence said. “I blocked, banged, threw the punches, stayed composed, and stuck to the game plan. I came into this fight in great condition and I can attribute that to a great training camp.

“I honestly thought I was going to knock him out in the sixth or seventh, but he’s tough and he came to fight. I’ve seen his fights before and he always comes in with a lot of pride.”

Fighting a southpaw for the first time, it was impressive the outmatched Cruz made it to the final bell with the amount of punishment he was taking. He suffered a cut over his left eye due to accidental headbutt in the second round and another cut over the right eye from a punch in the seventh.

“I don’t know what went wrong in there. It was hard to see out of that eye from the cut and he kept landing that straight left. I didn’t want them to stop the fight because I still thought I had a chance.”

ShoBox color commentator Steve Farhood couldn’t think of anything bad to say about Spence following the impressive performance.

“For the entire fight, we had nothing but glowing praise for Spence to the point where I felt compelled to think of a negative and I was stumped,” Farhood said. “He’s good technically, he’s mature, and when you throw 114 punches the first time you’ve ever seen the 10th round nobody can question his condition either. Spence will be a contender soon and he’s a star in the making.”

In the opening bout of the telecast, undefeated middleweight prospect Dominic Wade kept his perfect record intact with a unanimous decision victory over previously once-beaten Nick Brinson, scored 96-94, 97-93 twice.

Wade (16-0,11 KOs), who went past six rounds for the first time in his career, was relaxed and controlled the pace from the opening bell. His speed and efficiency was the difference, as he kept Brinson (16-2-2, 6 KOs) at a distance and consistently landed power shots and combos with ease. Wade slowed a bit in the later round as he entered previously uncharted waters, but he fought carefully, kept his distance and didn’t allow Brinson to disrupt his game plan.

“I am happy with the way that I fought tonight,” said Wade, who looked tired but unscathed. “I felt good and strong in the ring. I have been training to go the distance and I wasn’t looking for a knockout.

“Brinson has an awkward style but I executed my routine and plan and it worked out in my favor. I kept my left hand low because I was worried about him coming up on top of me. Overall, I am proud of my performance.”

After losing his first 10-round fight and coming back from the second-longest layoff of his career (8 months), Brinson was disappointed by the result.

“I started a little slow tonight,” Brinson said. “He clearly won the first three rounds, but I felt like I came on strong in the middle rounds, especially with the body shots.

“I was the aggressor towards the end of the fight. I felt like maybe it was a draw, but the judges’ didn’t see it that way. I gave it my all and sometimes it just doesn’t fall in your favor.”

While not overly impressed with his performance, Farhood thought it was a valuable learning experience for Wade.

“It was a big step up for Wade and I thought that he responded reasonably well,” Farhood said. “He shined in the first half of the fight, decelerated a bit in the second half, but going the 10-round distance for the first time is a huge step for someone who had fought as few rounds as he had.”

In a non-televised bout, undefeated light heavyweight and 2012 U.S. Olympian Marcus Browne (11-0, 8 KOs) scored a first-round TKO against Donta Woods (8-3, 7 KOs) in a fight that lasted just 91 seconds. Browne was originally scheduled to oppose Yusaf Mack(31-7, 17 KOs) on the ShoBox telecast but the fight had to be canceled after Mack failed a pre-fight blood test.

Highlights of Browne’s fight against Woods were shown between rounds of the co-feature fight as Browne was interviewed by Farhood.

“We worked hard in this camp and it paid dividends,” Browne said. “I’m starting to get comfortable and starting to get in groove. I’m young in the sport of boxing and I’m here to stay for a long time.”

Erislandy Lara, who faces Canelo Alvarez on SHOWTIME PPV® on Saturday, July 12, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, was interviewed before the main event to talk about the biggest fight of his career and the influence that social media had on making the showdown a reality.

“I’ve never been in a big fight like this, but thank God I’m able to control myself and deal with the cameras and the press and everything that comes with it,” Lara said. “I used social media to challenge him. I knew the fans and the press would respond to that and that’s how I got the fight.

“Supposedly they say he’s the best at 154 pounds, but I think I’m the best.  I think it’s a good thing that the best are fighting the best.”

As ShoBox approaches its landmark 200th telecast next month, former IBF light middleweight champion, Ishe Smith, who appeared on the series five times, was interviewed by Farhood and asked about the impact ShoBox has had on his career.

“This series means everything to my career,” Smith said. “I started in 2002 and it’s just been a blessing to main event ShoBox four times. I went 4-1 on the series and watching Errol Spence take on a tough fighter this early in his career reminds me of when I foughtDavid Estrada when I only had 11 or 12 fights.”

Friday’s fights will replay on Tuesday, July 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME and will be available on SHOWTIME ANYTIME and On Demand through July 25.

Barry Tompkins called the ShoBox action from ringside withFarhood and former World Champion Raul Marquez serving as expert analysts. The executive producer was Gordon Hall with Richard Gaughan producing and Rick Phillips directing.

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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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.”

 

 

# # #

 

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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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!”