PHILADELPHIA (July 25, 2005) – Former undisputed middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins, President of Golden Boy Promotions East, is ready to host the first official show of the east coast division and the start of a multi-event alliance between Hopkins, his partner Oscar De La Hoya, Golden Boy Promotions, and the Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
“I am extremely excited to introduce Golden Boy East and put on our first show,” Hopkins said. “We are committed to delivering quality fights to the Borgata and the many fight fans, showcasing established fighters as well as young and up and coming prospects. Golden Boy East will be the gold standard when it comes to action, excitement and entertainment in the ring.”
The August 4th fight card will feature Hopkins’ nephew, undefeated welterweight Demetrius Hopkins (19-0-1) vs. Paul Delgado (14-5-1) in the evening’s main event. In addition, the six bout card will showcase Larry Mosley (13-1) vs. Alexis Division (16-1) for the NABF middleweight championship. In addition, Olympian Rock Allen will be making his pro debut.The fight will take place at the Borgata, one of the preeminent casinos on the east coast, and will be shown live on HBO Latino.
“For a young company, it didn’t take us long to make a statement by forming this new relationship,” said Hopkins about his and Oscar’s relationship with the Borgata. “But I just think that it is really a testament to the excellent reputation of Golden Boy Promotions and our leading position in the sport of boxing.”
Oscar De La Hoya and Bernard Hopkins are firmly committed to reestablishing boxing as one of the top sports in the United States and have demonstrated this since forging their partnership last November. De La Hoya is a former Olympic gold medalist and multi-division world champion. Hopkins was the long-reigning undisputed middleweight champion and holds the all-time record for most successful middleweight title defenses at twenty. They have both made their marks outside the ring as well.
“Bernard Hopkins is one of the best fighters in recent history,” said De La Hoya. “His vision for the future of boxing and his deep love and respect for our sport will make him a huge success as a promoter.”
“Oscar is the man with the golden touch,” Hopkins added. “He has surrounded himself with a solid team and has made his mark already as a promoter of choice for current and future stars. Our combined knowledge of boxing and business will be available to our fighters to help them to further their careers and lives.”
Together, they’re an unbeatable team.