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October 22, 2014

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WBC Mexican Legend Awards 
Champs Receive Special Recognition
By Michele Chong

Several pound-for-pound warriors received "WBC Mexican Legend" Awards of Honor at Wednesday's Gennady Golovkin vs. Marco Antonio Rubio final press conference before their fight (which took place this past Saturday night in Carson, Calif.). Here's my special report and photos from the day.
Tying in with the "Mexican Style" theme for the Golovkin-Rubio main event, WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman presented WBC medals and plaques to a group of prizefighters invited to attend this presser held at the Marriott in Manhattan Beach.

 

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BOXING PUNDITS REVEAL THEIR

 "ALIEN VS. KRUSHER: HOPKINS VS. KOVALEV" PREDICTIONS

 

The Light Heavyweight Unification Bout Takes Place Saturday, Nov. 8 At Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City Live On HBO World Championship Boxing®

 

One of the most anticipated fights of the year, the light heavyweight unification bout between Bernard "The Alien" Hopkins and Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev, has the boxing world split with the fight just weeks away.

This will be one of the biggest obstacles of each man's career as they look to unify titles and stake their claim as the best light heavyweight in the world.

Take a look at how top media members see the Nov. 8 unification bout going:

 

(Answers compiled by Jack Obermayer for the official "Hopkins vs. Kovalev" program)

 

Read their picks

 

McKENNA ON KHAN

 

HOW THE NEXT SEVEN MONTHS WILL DEFINE AMIR KHAN'S CAREER

by Chris McKenna
Dailystar.uk

 

The Bolton fighter takes on Devon Alexander in his home away from home of Las Vegas in December.
It is a fight that could earn him the biggest payday of his career and also the chance to topple the greatest boxers of this generation in Floyd Mayweather Jnr.
Welterweight Khan, 27, cannot just win against American Alexander - he has to demolish the former world champion.
He has to send out a statement and make American TV company Showtime put pressure on Mayweather to take a fight with the fast-handed Brit.

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MAYFIELD RETURNS NOV. 2ND

 

Boxing returns to San Francisco as OPP & MoBetta Entertainment Present “Back To Business , War On The Wharf” Saturday November 2, 2014, at the Longshoreman’s Hall. In the main event, hometown hero, Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield (18-2-1, 11 KOs) and Michael Balasi (10-5, 7 KOs) of Honolulu, HI, will battle in an 8-round welterweight bout. The fight will commence at a catch-weight of 145 lbs. Women’s heavyweights Martha Salazar (12-4, 3 KOs) of San Francisco and Tanzee Daniel (4-3-1, 1 KO) of New York will clash in the 10-round co-main event.
 

PEREZ TO DEFEND WBA TITLE OCT 24TH

 

Interim WBA Lightweight World Champion Darleys Perez (30-1, 19 KOs) defends his title against fellow Colombian Jaider Parra (23-1-1, 12 KOs) this Friday, Oct. 24, in the 12-round main event from the Coliseo Universidad Del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia.
Perez, who is currently the WBA No. 1 ranked challenger to current world champion Richar Abril, understands the high importance attached to this interim title defense.
“This is simply another step I need to take to fulfill my goal of becoming an outright world champion,” said Perez, who captured the interim title against the previously undefeated Argenis Lopez in June. “I’ve been focused since day one of training camp and look forward to winning in front of my hometown fans. I know Parra will come out swinging, but I won’t let that affect my game plan.”
Perez is co-promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and Thompson Boxing Promotions

 

MURRAY ON CUSP OF TITLE SHOT

 

Martin Murray reckons he could be just one fight away from a third world title shot.

 

Murray faces Domenico Spada on Saturday, October 25, and is ranked the number one challenger by the WBC.
Murray hopes a convincing victory over the “rugged and awkward” Italian will help him to secure a fight with hard-hitting WBC king Gennady Golovkin early next year.
He previously drew with Felix Sturm in a world title bout in Germany and suffered a points loss against Sergio Martinez in Argentina - despite knocking his opponent down twice.
Murray said: “Training’s gone really well and I’m feeling focused and ready. I’ve been over to Dublin for a bit of sparring and my preparations have gone perfectly.

 

FIGHTER BANNED FOR LIFE

By Ognian Georgiev/Bulgaria Today

Croatian amateur fighter Vido Loncar, who knocked out the referee after his bout against Lithuanian Algirdas Baniulis, was arrested. The scandal took place following a 81 kg division match during the European Youth Championships in Zagreb, Croatia. Loncar was dragged from the ring by the officials and then was handed over to the police authorities. Currently he is in jail.
8 hours after the brutal beating, the Croatian Boxing Federation has banned the hooligan for life.
“This is the worst thing that could happen,” said the general secretary of the Croatian Federation Marko Marovic, as quoted by HINA agency. “This is a disgrace to Zagreb and Croatia. All our efforts that we put into organizing the event were trashed. The boxing image of Croatia was destroyed in seconds.”
Loncar’s coaches received temporary suspensions. Their fate will be decided after a hearing.
The Polish referee, who was beaten with almost a dozen brutal shots, is in the hospital with a concussion. He is in shock not only because of the beating, but from alleged death threats from Loncar. The Croatian didn’t agree with the stoppage of the fight and went berserk.

 

YAMANAKA RETAINS TITLE

 

WBC bantamweight champ, unbeaten southpaw Japanese Shinsuke Yamanaka (22-0-2, 16 KOs), 118, successfully kept his belt as he floored challenger Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (37-6-1, 16 KOs), 117.25, from Thailand, three times to win a unanimous decision (114-110, 116-108, 115-109) over twelve hard-fought rounds. Yamanaka, making his seventh defense, failed to extend his KO streak to six, but displayed his superiority in exchanging hot rallies, dropping the game and gallant Thailander in the seventh, eighth and ninth rounds.

 

KENTIKIAN TO DEFEND TITLE

 

Fireworks guaranteed! Two Female World Champions will collide when WBA World Flyweight Champion Susi Kentikian squares off with WBA World Super Flyweight Champion Naoko Fujioka on the Sturm vs. Stieglitz undercard on November 8, 2014 at the Porsche-Arena in Stuttgart, Germany.
“This will be one heck of a fight. She’s one of the world’s finest fighters”, Kentikian (27), who is currently preparing with her coach Magomed Schaburow in Cologne, Germany, said. “It’ll be a great challenge but those are the fights I want. I want to give the fans a great show and dominate a strong opponent. I can’t wait for fight night!”
The unbeaten Fujioka (39), from Japan, is regarded as one of the best female boxers. She currently holds the WBA World Super Flyweight title and is a former WBC World Minimumweight champion. She is looking to win her third championship when she moves down in weight to challenge Kentikian in Stuttgart.
Kentikian, of course, wants to erase the zero from Fujioka’s professional record. In her last fight, the “Killer Queen” defended her crown via a spectacular ninth round technical knockout on May 31 against Dan-Bi Kim, also from Japan. “I’ll be even better this time around”, Kentikian promised. “I’m in tremendous shape and I promise that Fujioka won’t stand a chance on November 8.”
Tickets for the huge Sturm vs. Stieglitz bill at the Porsche-Arena in Stuttgart, Germany, can
be bought by calling +49-711-2 555 555 or online at www.easyticket.de.

 

GGG SCORES BIG IN RATINGS

 

In addition to breaking all attendance records this Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, the acclaimed outdoor Southern California boxing venue, middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin also scored big in the TV ratings. Even with the highest rated college football game of the year airing at the same time on ABC, Golovkin delivered excellent audience viewership numbers on HBO per Nielsen Media Research. The Golovkin vs. Marco Antonio Rubio fight attracted 1,304,000 viewers to the live, first-time airing on HBO. That makes it the second best performing fight on cable television in 2014. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Bryan Vera II delivered 1,390,000 viewers in March on HBO.
So far, 13 of the top 15 fights on cable television this year have aired on HBO, including all of the top ten. Golovkin’s television performance vs. Rubio is a 33 percent increase over the audience that tuned in last July for Golovkin vs. Daniel Geale on HBO. That fight delivered 984,000 viewers. The Golovkin vs. Rubio fight peaked at 1,323,000 viewers.
1.1 million viewers tuned in this past Saturday for the electric opening fight between Nicholas Walters and Nonito Donaire. The fight peaked at 1,166,000 viewers on HBO.

 

DE LA HOYA KEEPS WORD

 

Golden Boy President and Boxing Hall of Famer Oscar de la Hoya promised to end the boxing cold war and now he is making good on that promise, working with Top Rank as well as with both HBO and Showtime.
On December 6, Golden Boy is planning an HBO-televised card featuring middleweight David Lemieux against Gabriel Rosado at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Also scheduled is a jr middleweight clash between James De la Rosa and Hugo Centeno.
On December 13, Golden Boy has a SHOWTIME-televised card in the works at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas with ex-world champions Amir Khan against Devon Alexander colliding in a welterweight battle, plus WBO jr middleweight king Demetrius Andrade defends against Jermell Charlo and WBA interim welterweight titleholder Keith Thurman will see action vs. Leonard Bundu.
Also on December 13, Golden Boy fighter Mauricio Herrera defends his WBA interim super lightweight belt against Jose Benavidez on Top Rank’s competing HBO-televised show down the street at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
 

October 21, 2014

BRADLEY RETURNS DEC. 13TH IN VEGAS

 


Photo Chris Farina/Top Rank

 

Surrounded by the Top Rank Knockouts, former two-division champion Timothy "Desert Storm" Bradley (ctr) poses with undefeated contender Jose Benavidez Jr. (L) and WBA Interim Super Lightweight world champion Mauricio Herrera (R) during a press conference to announce his upcoming return to the ring to battle Diego Chaves in a 12-round Welterweight rumble, Saturday, Dec. 13, inside the Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. Benavidez will take on Herrera for his WBA Super Lightweight belt.
Promoted by Top Rank in association with Golden Boy Promotions and Tecate, Bradley vs Chaves will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
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Bradley, who will be making his ring comeback against one-time interim world champion Diego “La Joya” Chaves (23-2, 19 KOs), stated “I’m very happy to be back. I’m very happy to be fighting against another tough guy. Bring him on man…I’m very highly motivated!” Chaves, from Argentina, wasn’t present.
Herrera and Benavidez collide in the co-feature.
Herrera said, “I’m going to show everybody what the true Maestro does. I figure you out an I get my way…he has a great style, but I give problems to all the conventional boxers and he’s going to figure it out that day. It’s gonna be a great fight.”
Benavides commented, “Mauricio is a tough guy, he’s been fighting tough opponents, but I think I’m ready for this….I’ve been watching a lot of YouTube, a lot of blogs saying Mauricio's gonna take me to school…we’ll see who’s gonna take who to school that night.”

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Golden Boy Promotions and Tecate, tickets to the Bradley-Chaves/Herrera-Benavidez world championship event go on sale  Friday,  October 24 at 10:00 a.m. PDT.  Priced at $40, $60, $100, $125 and $150, tickets will be available for purchase at www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com/ or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 and www.ticketmaster.com/.  Room/ticket packages will also be available.

 

2 GREAT SHOWS THE SAME NIGHT
BOTH IN LAS VEGAS

 

On Saturday, December 13th, two cable giants will stage fight cards on the same evening and in the same city, but at different locations and on different time slots.
Showtime Sports and Golden Boy Promotions is planning to announce a big tripleheader featuring Welterweights Amir Khan vs. Devon Alexander in the main event of the evening. The scheduled twelve round headliner will take place at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, with a brilliant Junior Middleweight Championship fight between WBO title holder Demetrius Andrade and undefeated prospect Jermell Charlo in the co-main event.
Undefeated and very avoided Welterweight Keith Thurman will kick-off the three fight telecast against an opponent that has yet to be determined in a scheduled twelve round defense of his WBA interim 147 pound title.
On the same evening, HBO will feature an entertaining triple header of their own at the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino, also in Las Vegas, Nevada, headlined by former two division world champion Timothy Bradley and former WBA interim Welterweight title holder Diego Chaves. (See article above)
Middleweight contenders, Matt Korobov and Andy Lee, will compete for the vacant WBO title in the co-main event of the evening, and the HBO broadcast will open up with a Junior Welterweight title fight between Golden Boy's WBA interim champ Mauricio Herrera and Top Rank's unbeaten prospect Jose Benevidez.
Eric Gomez of Golden Boy Promotions is excited to be working with both networks
 

GOOSSEN PROMOTIONS CARRIES ON

 

by Dan Rafael
ESPN.com

 

After promoter Dan Goossen died at age 64 on Sept. 29, just a few weeks after being diagnosed with liver cancer, there were many questions about what would happen to his company, Goossen Promotions.
Tom Brown, Goossen’s brother-in-law, close friend and the company matchmaker, said after Dan’s death that the family business would carry on even though it would be impossible to replace their beloved leader.

The first efforts of Goossen Promotions carrying on were unveiled Monday with the announcement of a card -- in Goossen’s honor -- Nov. 20 at the Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City, California.

 

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ARBITRATION DENIED FOR GOOSSEN

 

Arbitration Denied in Boxer-Promoter Fight
By MIKE HEUER/Courthouse News Service

 

Undefeated world champion super-middleweight Andre Ward won't have to arbitrate his fight over money with his late promoter Dan Goossen, a federal judge ruled.
Ward, 30, claimed Goossen and Goossen Tutor Promotions violated the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act by failing to disclose required financial information for several of Ward's fights over the past 10 years. Ward sued Goossen in August, seeking an accounting and damages.
Goossen in September demanded arbitration. On Oct. 15, U.S. District Judge Thelton E. Henderson denied the arbitration motion.
(Goossen died on Sept. 29, and Ward notified the court he will amend his complaint to name Goossen's estate as defendant along with Goossen Tutor Promotions.)

 

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VINNY PAZ'S STORY SOON TO BE A MOVIE

 

When the Champ smiles, you can still see where the quarter-inch metal screws were drilled into his forehead.
Vinny Paz was a two-time world boxing champion when he broke his neck in a car crash in 1991. Doctors told him that he would never fight again and that he was fortunate he wasn’t a paraplegic. They drilled four holes into his skull and fitted him with a halo, a metal-rod brace to immobilize his head.

But the Pazmanian Devil had other ideas. He secretly lifted weights and worked out, despite the searing pain. Within a year, he returned to the ring and went on to win three more titles.
Paz’s story will be turned into a movie, “Bleed for This,” which is scheduled to begin shooting next month in Rhode Island. He is thrilled.
“I’m going to be the main inspiration in the world for people, and how cool is that?” he says.

 

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