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Cotto/Mayorga Tix Info; Plus, Godfrey A Free Agent

BY The Sweet Science ON January 14, 2011
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TSS_LOGOWBA Super Welterweight Championship
MIGUEL COTTO  vs.  RICARDO MAYORGA
Super Welterweight Rumble
YURI FOREMAN  vs.  PAWEL WOLAK
Special Attraction
CHRISTY MARTIN
Saturday, March 12 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas
LIVE on SHOWTIME PPV®

Tickets Go On Sale This Monday! January 17


LAS VEGAS, NEV. (January 14, 2011) – For the first time in five years, Hall of Fame promoters Bob Arum and Don King will join forces to present “Relentless” -- the first major pay-per-view world championship boxing event of the season -- featuring the Pride of Puerto Rico, MIGUEL COTTO (35-2, 28 KOs), of Caguas, Puerto Rico, defending his World Boxing Association (WBA) super welterweight title against two-division world champion RICARDO “El Matador” MAYORGA (29-7-1, 23 KOs), of Managua, Nicaragua, on Saturday, March 12, at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev.

Cotto vs. Mayorga will be produced and distributed Live on SHOWTIME PPV®, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.  The pay-per-view broadcast will also feature the return of former WBA super welterweight champion and future rabbi and Israeli native YURI FOREMAN (28-1, 8 KOs), of Brooklyn, NY,  who will be taking on Top-10 contender and Polish native PAWEL WOLAK (28-1, 18 KOs), of Mount Arlington, NJ,  in a 10-round super welterweight rumble, and World Boxing Council (WBC) female super welterweight champion CHRISTY MARTIN (49-5-3, 32 KOs), of Orlando, Fla., going for her landmark 50th professional victory.

Cotto vs. Mayorga will be promoted by Top Rank, in association with Cotto Promotions, Don King Productions and MGM Grand.  Tickets, priced at $400, $300, $200, $100, and $50, not including applicable service charges, go on sale This Monday!  January 17, at 10 a.m. PT, and can be purchased at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino.)  Ticket sales are limited to 16 per person.  To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000.  Tickets are also available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

The Cotto vs. Mayorga pay-per-view telecast has a suggested retail price of $49.95. The live pay-per-view telecast will be available in HD-TV for those viewers who can receive HD.  For Cotto vs. Mayorga fight week updates, log on to www.sports.SHO.com or www.toprank.com
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PROVIDENCE (January 15, 2011) – World title challenger and former U.S. amateur standout, Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey (20-2, 10 KOs), is a promotional free agent prepared to get right back into the cruiserweight picture with the right promoter in his corner.

Godfrey was stopped for the first time in his pro career last August when he unsuccessfully challenged World Boxing Organization champion Marco “Kapt’n” Huck in Germany

The 29-year-old Godfrey, fighting out of Providence, is a full-blooded Native American (Wampanoug) who was rated No. 10 by The Ring magazine before his fight with Huck.   Matt had held a number of regional titles including, NABF, NABA, USNBC, WBA Continental Americas and Sovereign Nations Boxing Council. His most notable victories as a pro have been against  Felix Cora, Jr., Danny Batchelder, Shaun George, Shawn Hawk, Ernest Mateen and Jermell Barnes.

Years ago, Matt started boxing at Manfredo’s Gym in Pawtucket (RI) with Peter Manfredo, Jr., another world title challenger and finalist in the original reality television series, The Contender, as well as 2004 U.S. Olympian Jason Estrada.
Godfrey possesses incredibly quick hands and feet, especially for a 200-pounder, in addition to a complete set of sound boxing skills developed during his outstanding amateur career, in which he had a 194-23 amateur record, capturing six national championships, four open tournaments including the 2004 Everlast U.S. Championships, plus two in the Junior Olympics.

Matt was a Bronze medal winner at the 2001 Pan-American Games, Silver Medalist in all four of that year’s national major tournaments – National Golden Gloves, PAL (Police Athletic League), U.S. Championships and U.S. Challenge -- six-time New England Golden Gloves champion and second heavyweight alternate on the 2004 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team.

Godfrey is managed by Bret Hallenbeck and trained by “Iceman” John Scully. Promoters interested in signing Godfrey may contact Hallenbeck (bhconnrestoration@snet.net).

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