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NEWS ON: Broner Stream, Golovkin Ticket Sales, Tarver Comeback

BY The Sweet Science ON September 04, 2014
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SHOWTIME SPORTS® TO STREAM BRONER vs. TAYLOR WEIGH-IN LIVE VIA SATELLITE, YOUTUBE, USTREAM & ONLINE AT sports.sho.com/live TOMORROW/FRIDAY AT 2 P.M. ET / 11 A.M. PT

SHOWTIME® Sports will offer a live stream of Friday's official weigh-in for Broner vs. Taylor taking place this Saturday, Sept. 6, live on SHOWTIME® immediately following the premiere of "ALL ACCESS: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2" Episode 2 at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT.

The weigh-in will be available for viewing across multiple platforms, including LIVE via satellite feed, YouTube, Ustream,sports.sho.com/live. Friday's feed from Westin Hotel in Cincinnati will be hosted by Brian Custer and will be available in High Definition.

FRIDAY: OFFICIAL WEIGH-IN

2 - 3 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. - Noon PT

Feed Window Opens at 1:45 p.m. ET / 10:45 a.m. PT and closes at 3 p.m. ET / Noon PT

The Sweet Science

“MEXICAN STYLE”

WORLD MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN VS. MARCO ANTONIO RUBIO

TICKETS SELLING FAST,

OVER 50% SOLD IN FIRST WEEK

STUB HUB CENTER IN CARSON, CALIFORNIA

LIVE ON HBO®

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18

Los Angeles, CA (September 4, 2014) Ticket sales are moving at an extraordinary pace during the first week for “MEXICAN STYLE”, the World Middleweight Championship between Boxing’s fastest rising star, WBA/IBO Middleweight Champion, GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN and WBC Interim Middleweight Champion MARCO ANTONIO “El Veneno” RUBIO. The event will take place on Saturday, October 18th at the StubHub Center in Carson, California and will be televised Live onHBO World Championship Boxing®.

Presented by K2 Promotions and GGG Promotions in association with Promociones Del Pueblo, advance tickets priced at $210, $105, $53 and $27, plus applicable service charges are available online at AXS.com, by phone at 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849) and at the StubHub Center Box Office (Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. PT to 6 p.m. PT).

“Since putting tickets on sale last Wednesday during the Los Angeles Press Conference at Olvera Street we’ve seen sales skyrocket, this is the fastest selling boxing event that’s been held at the StubHub Center” said Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions. “I strongly encourage boxing fans to purchase tickets in advance so they don’t miss out on this great night of boxing.”

Continued Loeffler, “We always felt Gennady’s popularity on the West Coast would mirror his East Coast presence and the early ticket sales strongly validate that.” Golovkin has fought five previous times in the United States and on HBO over the last two years, most recently at Madison Square Garden.

“Southern California and the StubHub Center have a tremendous legacy of memorable boxing events and we anticipate “Mexican Style” to be at the top of that storied list.”

With his ability to headline at Madison Square Garden and the StubHub Center, Golovkin has proven to be one of the most active and marketable fighters in boxing, appearing on HBO in back-to-back world championship defenses in less than a three-month span.

The StubHub Center is located at 18400 Avalon Blvd. in Carson, CA 90746. For directions and further information, please visit their website at www.StubHubCenter.com Doors will open at 3:00 p.m. PT on the day of the event for a full program of world class boxing.

Sporting a record of 30-0-0 with 27 knockouts, “GGG” has the highest knockout percentage (90%) of any active world champion. He has become a must-see international attraction with his aggressive all-action style and breathtaking knockouts.

On July 26th at Madison Square Garden, Golovkin stopped two-time former world champion Daniel Geale in the third round with an extraordinary knockout punch that will be at the top of most “Knockout of the Year” media and fan lists.

Against Geale, Golovkin made his 11th title defense while scoring his 17th knockout in a row. Preparations for his fight are taking place in Big Bear Lake, California under the watchful eye of longtime trainer, Abel Sanchez.

Fighting out of Torreon, Mexico and training in Oxnard, California, with former world champion Robert Garcia, Rubio has compiled a record of 59-6-1 with 51 knockouts against some of the best fighters in the sport.

The hard-hitting Rubio has faced Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Kelly Pavlik, David Lemieux, Kassim Ouma, Frankie Randall and Jose Luis Zertuche.

The 34-year-old Rubio is currently 16-1 in his last seventeen bouts most recently stopping Italian veteran Dominico Spada in the tenth round on April 5th in Chihuahua, Mexico, winning the WBC Interim Middleweight Title.

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Antonio 'Magic Man' Tarver

Fighting for his legacy

Returns Sept. 29 vs. Johnathon Banks in Texas

MIAMI (September 4, 2014) - The long, arduous journey continues later this month for 5-time world light heavyweight champion and 2004 U.S. Olympian Antonio "Magic Man" Tarver (30-6, 21 KOs). The ultra-confident 45-year-old southpaw is on a mission to capture the world heavyweight title, undeniably securing his legacy as one of the greatest boxers of all-time.

Tarver returns to the ring September 29 against veteran Johnathon Banks (29-2-1, 19 KOs) in the 10-round main event, on a Golden Boy Promotions card, airing live on Fox Sports 1 from State Farm Arena in Hildalgo, Texas.

"Al (Haymon, his adviser) has given me this chance," Tarver explained. "If I retired tomorrow, I would feel unfulfilled despite so much I've done as a fighter. The only reason I get up every morning to train hard is to win the world heavyweight championship. I'm on a dream path again. Outside of falling a little short in Atlanta (he won a bronze medal, losing to eventual champion Vassiliy Jirov), I've never had a dream in or out of the ring that I didn't accomplish. I won the world light heavyweight title, made it to Hollywood (starring as Mason Dixon in Rocky VI), and did commentary for a major network.

"I will be world heavyweight champion and I'll break George Foreman's record as the oldest. I don't want to beat just any guy with the world title belt, I want Wladimir Klitschko, and to set-up that fight I will challenge and defeat David Haye, if he has the guts to fight me. Even at 45, I have so much fight in me, and there isn't a heavyweight I can't beat in a 12-round fight, unless they knock me out, something nobody's been able to do in my entire career."

First, though, Tarver needs to win in impressive fashion against Banks, who, ironically, also trains Klitschko. "Banks is a good fighter," Tarver continued, "but I'm going into this fight in top shape, weighing 220 pounds, and totally focused. I'll be sharp, quick, elusive and throwing combination punches should be the keys to victory. I will prevail and continue my journey."

Tarver, fighting out of Tampa, believes he's as much a threat today as he was during his "Murder's Row"-like 4-year, 9-fight stretch between 2002-2006, in which he had a 6-3 record, defeating Roy Jones, Jr. in two of three, splitting a pair with Glen Johnson, defeating Montell Griffin, Eric Harding and Reggie Johnson, and losing to Bernard Hopkins.

"I never won a close fight and in my mind I've lost only twice, one to a 14-years younger version of myself, Chad Dawson, and Bernard Hopkins. Kelly Pavlik's the only other fighter than me who knows what it's like to be decisively favored and beaten by Hopkins, who is going to beat (Sergey) Kovalev, too. I never got a rematch with Bernard.

"I've never gotten the credit I deserve. I'm going to quiet my critics who never mention me as a Hall of Famer. I'm the best defensive fighter in boxing history. I've never been cut or hurt and that's why I'm still here. Defense is a lost art. This is going to be sweet! I love boxing and I've forgotten more about it than kids today will ever know. I have a lot of experience. People have been sleeping on my abilities for a long time. I'm on a mission!"

Tarver will be headlining the card his 26-year-old middleweight son, Antonio Tarver, Jr., will making his professional debut. The Tarvers train at Brazilian Rocky Fight Club in Miami, under the guidance of head trainer Orlando Cuellar, who, ironically, trained Johnson for his two fights with Tarver.

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Tarver & Cuellar

"I believe in Antonio because of his dedication, discipline and willingness to do what it takes to do as well as he possibly can," Cuellar commented. "I've been sold on him since he walked in the gym and said he was 'in it to win it.' I'm not looking at his age. Hell, he's been pushing me in training camp. I studied him carefully when he fought Glen and now I'm training him. It's not so much about winning with Antonio, it's really how much he hates to lose. People can't write this guy off. There is a reason he's a 5-time world champion. When the lights come on, he's going to turn it up, and Banks is going to need his A game to deal with Antonio."

The clock is ticking for Tarver. Every fight for him is now a must win.

"My record speaks for itself," he concluded. "Writing me off is a big mistake. I'm going to do something big before I retire. People are going to see on September 29th the magic that's been missing for a long time. My last few fights I didn't scratch the surface of my abilities. I'm back...The Magic Man is back!"

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