ESPN3 to Present Exclusive Live U.S. Coverage of Stieglitz vs. Abraham III on March 1
ESPN3 will present exclusive live coverage in the U.S. of the 12-round WBO Super Middleweight title bout between defending titleholder Robert Stieglitz (46-3, 26 KOs) and former titlist Arthur Abraham (38-4, 28 KOs) Saturday, March 1, at 5 p.m. ET. The fight, from the GETEC Arena in Magdeburg, Germany, will be the third meeting between the two boxers. Abraham won a unanimous decision over Stieglitz in their first fight in 2012 to win Stieglitz’s belt. Stieglitz scored a fourth-round TKO victory in their second meeting in 2013 to regain the title.
There’ll be no walking under ladders or opening of umbrellas inside Casal’s Boxing Club for the foreseeable future, as the bad luck for Nick Casal’s ring return continues. He last fought in October 2011, and was scheduled for a big stage fight in June 2012 against the Siberian slugger Ruslan Provodnikov in his hometown of Niagara Falls, NY, but was forced to cancel after being beaten ruthlessly with a crowbar by his then girlfriend’s ex.
In the meantime, he’s worked hard to stay in shape and gain medical clearance to restart his once-promising career. He’ll have to wait at least a few more months.
The Buffalo News is reporting that Casal’s opponent, Connecticut’s Shakha Moore failed his physical due to receiving LASIK vision correction surgery last year. Similarly, the Amherst, NY boxer Vincent Arroyo, who was also looking to restart his own once-promising career that got side-tracked by a protracted legal battle with his former promoter, faced the same grim news this week. His recently-announced opponent from Memphis, Marlon Lewis, also failed the physical, reportedly for concerns with a recent MRI.
In both cases, fight promoter Mercedes Vazquez-Simmons said the fighters were cleared to fight in their home states, the Buffalo News reported. Lewis last fought in November in Delaware and suffered a first round knock-out, while for Moore, it’s been almost a year since his last fight in Lowell, Massachusetts.
Hanging over the failed physicals is the tragic specter of Dagestani boxer Magomed Abdusalamov, who lapsed into a coma shortly after losing a ten round decision at Madison Square Garden on November 2. That Abdusalamov survived both the brain injury and stroke was a miracle, but doctors are still unsure whether Mago will ever talk or walk again. Abdusalamov’s wife last month filed a $100 million dollar lawsuit against the State of New York and it’s Boxing and Athletic Commissions for negligence and medical malpractice. It appears that it’s getting a little tougher to obtain a boxing license in New York.
But in Niagara Falls, the show must go in. In a gentlemanly show of respect, Vincent Arroyo allowed Casal to fight Lewis after Moore’s physical failed on Tuesday, but the news on Lewis broke a few hours before weigh-in on Wednesday leaving both fighters without a dancing partner.
Moving up to the main event position is a respectable, albeit six round, cruiserweight dust-up between Buffalo’s Greg Brady (4-1, 4 KOs) and Brooklyn’s Joel Shojgreen (8-0, 7 KOs) plus a few intriguing prospects including junior welterweights Emanuel Colon (3-0, 3 KOs) and Andre Byrd (2-0) and the heavyweight Milos Pantelic (6-0-1, 5 KOs).
Vazquez-Simmons is already attempting to press reset and give both Casal and Arroyo a show in the Falls as soon as May, while giving those who bought tickets for tonight’s fights a break on the next event.
Of course, Arroyo and Casal could fight each other as they’re only seven pounds apart, but neither feel it’s a smart decision considering this juncture of their careers and the money on the line for tonight’s fights.
San Diego, CA (February 27. 2014)--This Saturday afternoon, undefeated Terence Crawford will look to capture his 1st world title when he takes on WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns from Glasgow, Scotland in a bout that can be seen LIVE on AWE at 2pm eastern / 11 am pacific.
Boxing fans in the United States can enjoy this world championship bout live via PlayStation®3 system via the Sony Entertainment Network Live Events viewer.
Crawford of Omaha, Nebraska has a record of 22-0 with 16 knockouts and has traveled to the United Kingdom for one purpose, and that is to bring back the world championship.
"I am ready. Training went excellent," said Crawford after a workout on Tuesday.
The opportunity to fight for a world title will not add any pressure to the even keeled Crawford, he said. "I am treating like this any other fight."
He respects Burns but he does not believe that champion has anything that Crawford can't handle.
"Burns brings the belt and experience. Whatever else he has, I will be ready for."
Crawford is not worried about getting a fair shake from the judges but isn't necessarily looking for the stoppage.
"If I get the knockout then it comes. The only thing that I am looking for is being victorious. Just tune in Saturday and there will be a new champion."
Said manager Brian Mcintyre, "We started preparing for this when Terence won the NABO title in June. We have been training the whole time for this. We are not worried about the judges. Bob Arum has talked to (WBO President) Paco Varcarcel and we know there will be good experienced judges. We are just going over there handle our business. We know Burns does not want this fight. He tried offering us step-aside money for us not to take this bout to get out of it."
One of the men who help mold the career path for Crawford is Top Rank matchmaker Brad Goodman, who said, "The expected 10,000 fans won't phase Terence. Terence is a professional and he comes from a tough area and he will not be intimidated."
Brooklyn Brawl to be televised Nationally on Universal Sports Network
BROOKLYN, NY (FEBRUARY 17, 2014)-- Dmitry Salitas's Star of David Promotions is pleased to announce that Universal Sports Network will broadcast the February 27th Star of David Promotion show from the Millennium Theater in Brooklyn New York.
The National TV air dates will be announced shortly. "I am grateful to Universal Sports Network for televising our upcoming show," Salita said. "It's a card stacked with talent from top to bottom, with competitive crossroads fights. There is a lot of world class talent on our shows, now they will be able to get the exposure that they deserve."
In the main event, two-time New York City Golden Gloves champion and undefeated cruiserweight prospect Steve "Superman" Bujaj (10-0, 7 KO's) will fight fellow prospect and two- New Jersey Golden Gloves champion Elvin Sanchez (6-2-1, 5 KO's) for the New York state title.
Sanchez is coming of a career best win a 3rd TKO over previously undefeated 13-0 prospect Venroy July. Bujaj is billed as the New York City top prospect by trainer of champions Billy Giles and is looking to make statement with an impressive win and challenge for the world title later in the year. The show will also feature National Golden Gloves and three-time New York City New York Golden Gloves champion, and junior middleweight prospect Steven Martinez (13-1, 10 KO's), fighting the tough upset minded Rahman Yusubov (9-13, 7 KO's)of Dallas Texas.
Undefeated prospect Dimash Niyazov (4-0-2, 3 KO's)of Brooklyn, NY will fight the tough former New York State lightweight champion Jonathan Cuba (7-5-3, 4 KO's) in a 4 round Jr. Welterweight fight. Cuba is coming off a career best win when he stoped prospect Anthony Karperis. Niyazov participated in New York city candidate fight of the year in his last Brooklyn Brawl outing against veteran Raphael Luna.
Angel Garcia (6-2, 2 KO's) will fight Micah Branch (2-8-1) in a six round Super Featherweight bout.
Marcos Suarez(1-0-1) will fight Sam Moura (0-3) in a 4 round lightweight bout.
Akil Auguste (3-1, 3 KO's) will battle Lavon Slade (0-1) in a 4 round Middleweight bout.
This card will feature a New York State Cruiserweight title bout between two prospects in Bujaj and Sanchez. Bujaj was a 2-time New York Golden Gloves champion while Sanchez was a 2-time New Jersey champion, Sanchez also holds a stoppage over previously undefeated Venroy July.
Martinez was a 3-time New York Golden Gloves champion while Yusubov has a victory over former WBA Welterweight champion James Page.
Niyazov will take on former New York State champion Jonathan Cuba.
ALL ACCESS: CANELO VS. ANGULO PREMIERES THIS FRIDAY AT 9 P.M. ET/PT ON SHOWTIME
SHOWTIME Sports® Takes Fans Into the Lives of Canelo Alvarez and Alfredo Angulo In Advance of the SHOWTIME PPV® TOE TO TOE: CANELO VS. ANGULO
ALL ACCESS: CANELO VS. ANGULO, the latest installment of the critically acclaimed original series from SHOWTIME Sports, returns this Friday, February 28 at 9 P.M. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) with the first of three episodes in support of the SHOWTIME PPV TOE TO TOE: CANELO VS. ANGULO.
ALL ACCESS: CANELO VS. ANGULO chronicles the preparation of the main event fighters, Canelo Alvarez and Alfredo Angulo, for the first boxing blockbuster event of 2014, Saturday, March 8 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The series takes viewers behind the scenes of their training camps and into the lives of the power-punching Mexican countrymen as the intensity builds towards their 12-round super welterweight showdown.
Episode two of the series will premiere Wednesday, March 5 (10 P.M. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), just three days before the big event. The final episode, titled Epilogue, will premiere Saturday, March 15 (immediately following SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: Garcia vs. Herrera) and will feature unprecedented access from Fight Week in Las Vegas, highlights of the drama inside of the ring and a rare look inside of the minds of the fighters’ and their camps in the aftermath of the fight.
Click on the below graphic for a preview look inside Episode 1.
Bethlehem PA:In a little more than two weeks veteran heavyweight Tomasz "Goral" Adamek will take on 2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist Vyacheslav "Czar" Glazkov for the IBF North American Heavyweight title and the IBF #2 Eliminator at Sands Resort and Casino in Bethlehem, PA. The March 15th fight will be aired on NBCSN Fight Night along with the Chilemba v. Grachev co-feature beginning at 9:00 PM ET / 6:00 PM PT.The young challenger, Glazkov, 29, opened his training camp to the media and the general public yesterday for an inside look at his workout regime as he prepares to face the dangerous Adamek.
Czar began training at Underground Boxing and Fitness in Brooklyn, NY when he arrived from the Ukraine on Friday, February 21, 2014, but claims to have already adapted to the change in time zone and location: "We just came about three days ago. We have adapted a little bit. Now that we have had our second sparring I think the next two weeks of training before the championship are going to be great."
Photo credits to Mike Gladysz/Main Events
Glazkov's sparring partner yesterday, Newton Kidd, said "He's got that Klitschko punch." To which a humble Czar replied, "That is a great compliment but the ring will show the truth. I have prepared myself the most for this fight and we will see what happens after that." Despite being humbled by the compliment, Czar was not short on confidence. He said, "I don't see any other way to come into the ring than with confidence that I am going to win the fight. There is no other way for me."
Preparation is key for this fight because these two competitors are not strangers. Prior to Adamek's fight with Dominick Guinn on August 3, 2013, Czar sparred with Tomasz. However, Glazkov does not think this will give him any advantage on March 15th, "I think we are on equal grounds here since I sparred with him, he also sparred with me. So whatever I have learned about him, I am sure he learned about me as well."
Czar Glazkov with trainer Eduard Mienchakov
Photo credits to Mike Gladysz/Main Events
With so much at stake both men are at a crossroads in their careers. Adamek, 37, is looking to prove he still belongs among the elite members of the heavyweight division. A win for Vyacheslav will catapult him to the top of the heavyweight division. However, he tried to downplay its importance when he said, "I don't consider this fight to be anything out of the ordinary or special. I take each fight the same. I come responsibly, I train hard but after winning this fight I will take a #2 position in the heavyweight division and that is very important."
Both men are promoted by Main Events. This presents a bittersweet challenge for Main Events' CEO, Kathy Duva, who said, "I hate putting two of our fighters against each other. I feel like Archie Manning when the Giants play the Broncos! But we made this fight because it's the right fight for both guys and it will be fantastic in the ring. I won't enjoy it but the fans at the Sands and watching on NBCSN will see a great fight.
Boxcino 2014ContinuesFeb. 28 on ESPN Friday Night Fights and Noche de Combates withMiddleweight QuarterfinalsESPN2 Studio Show On-Site The February 28 edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra and ESPN Deportes’ Noche de Combates presentado por Corona Extra will feature the quarterfinals of the Middleweight portion of Boxcino 2014 sponsored by 1800 Tequila. Friday’s show, from Harrah's Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind., will air live at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2, broadband Spanish-language ESPN Deportes+ and WatchESPN. ESPN Deportes will televise the fights at 10:30 p.m. The card is promoted by Banner Promotions. Boxcino 2014: The tournament, which started last week, is a single-elimination, two-weight class competition featuring eight fighters in the Lightweight and Middleweight divisions. Tournament details, TV schedule and brackets can be found on ESPN MediaZone. ESPN senior director of programming and acquisitions Brian Kweder, who oversees content strategy and acquisition for ESPN’s soccer, boxing and bowling properties,discusses the tournament in a Q&A on ESPN Front Row.
Positive Social Media Reaction to start of Boxcino 2014:
Mark Ortega—Behind the Gloves, Ring TV, Boxing Monthly
Ramon Aranda—3 More Rounds, Oakland Examiner
Commentators: Joe Tessitore will be ringside with Teddy Atlas describing the action for ESPN2, while studio host Todd Grisham (@GrishamESPN) will be on site (see Grisham and Atlas preview this week’s action). Delvin Rodríguez and Pablo Viruega will call the fights for Noche de Combates (Fight Night)on both ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes+, while Leopoldo González and Claudia Trejos will anchor the studio. Bilingual reporter BernardoOsuna (@osunaespn) will present live interviews and reports for both shows.
Middleweight Quarterfinal Matchups: Six Rounds Each
The first round of the Middleweight tournament will feature: Donatas Bondas (18-4-1, 6 KOs) vs. Willie Monroe Jr. (15-1, 6 KOs) Cerresso Fort (17-2-1, 11 KOs) vs. Vitalii Kopylenko (21-0, 11 KOs) Daniel Edouard (23-4-2, 14 KOs) vs. Brandon Adams (12-0, 8 KOs) Raymond Gatica (13-2, 8 KOs) vs. Sena Agbeko (15-0,15 KOs)
"Finally tonight, no rants, no howls of protest about the increasing inequities in sports - just a few words from the Arizona desert, where I'm happy to report, a special man is still enjoying his very special life.
Despite the rigors of age, the progressive nature of Parkinson's, and some spinal difficulties that have impacted his gait and his balance, Muhammad Ali, according to his wife Lonnie, is doing OK in Arizona. She says she can tell because her husband is still feisty and is still flirting and that recently he actually joked about making a comeback. If only that were possible.
What prompted my call was the fact that tonight marks the 50th anniversary of the champ's first title; when, as Cassius Clay, he took the heavyweight crown from Sonny Liston on February 25, 1964.
When I asked Lonnie if they were marking the occasion in any way, she said no. That although Ali enjoys hearing about his past, he doesn't live in it. It's left for those who love him, to mark his golden anniversary in his golden years. It was the first of many unforgettable memories authored by the man who was, and always will be for me and millions of others, still the greatest of all time."
"I MET ALL OF HIS TERMS, YET HE STILL WON'T MOVE FORWARD WITH THE FIGHT!"
New York, NY (2/25/14) - Top-rated middleweight contender Matthew Macklin is getting a bit tired and frustrated, to say the least, on waiting to hear what direction IBF middleweight champion Felix Sturm is heading for his next bout. Macklin and Sturm's well documented and publicized history dates back to their first bout, which took place in Sturm's home country of Germany in 2011. The bout was Macklin's first world title opportunity and the Irishman made the most of it. Macklin took the fight right to the hometown hero Sturm, who was defending his title for the 10th consecutive time. It was a grueling battle, with Macklin seemingly having the clear advantage after the 12-round championship bout. CompuBox had Macklin averaging 92 punches thrown per round, doubling Sturm's output. Macklin also landed 127 more punches and outlanded Sturm in 11 of the 12 rounds. Unfortunately though, two of the three judges didn't see the fight that way, awarding Sturm a split decision and leaving Macklin longing for another shot at the champ.
After Sturm stopped Darren Barker last year to reclaim a piece of the middleweight crown, Macklin and Sturm immediately began trading verbal jabs on Twitter and the long awaited and highly anticipated rematch seemed to be a sure thing. Macklin spoke to promoter Lou DiBella and advisor Anthony Catanzaro and instructed them to make the fight at any and all costs. Macklin began training, anticipating the fight would happen sometime in the near future. Unfortunately though, he continues to wait on the German titlist.
"We met all of his demands, yet he still won't move forward with the fight," stated an agitated Macklin. "We agreed to fight him in his backyard for not much money at all. In fact, the purse was less than what I received against Lamar Russ. The money isn't what matters though. I just want the opportunity to show the world who the better fighter is. I know that I beat him in our first fight and I know that I will beat him again. I believed Sturm to be a great champion and a great warrior, and with everything that was said after our first fight, we felt that he would want this challenge. We are absolutely shocked that he continues to delay and not just come out and accept the fight. We accepted all of his terms, so what is his excuse? We realize that he has made an offer to fight Murray, but I want to publicly come out and say that if Murray doesn't accept the offer thenwe are ready, willing and able to make this fight happen right now! I know that I won the first fight, but I will assure him that if he gives me the opportunity for this second bout, which I know that I will win again, I will promise to give him an immediate rematch. The ball is in your court Felix. Be the great champion that you say you are and give me, and the fans, the fight they want to see."
Sherman Oaks, CA (February 25, 2014) Former world title challenger Vanes "The Nightmare" Martirosyan will have a new foe replacing Luciano Cuello in his bout titled "HOMEWARD BOUND" on Friday, MARCH 21 as hard-hitting Mexican Mario "Aguila" Lozano now enters the ring in the WBO Intercontinental 10-round Championship main event of an ESPN Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extraat Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, California, and promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions.
"Lozano brings the ability to end a fight with one punch," said Dan Goossen, President and Founder of Goossen Tutor Promotions. "With 21 of his 27 victories by knockout, you know he will be trying to add Vanes to his KO victims list."
Just 27-years-old the Armenian born Martirosyan, 32-1-1 (20 KO's), a native of Glendale, California is returning to action following his WBO Junior Middleweight Title challenge against undefeated, top rated contender Demetrius Andrade on November 9, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas. Despite dropping Andrade for the first time in his career in the opening round, the hard-hitting 2004 U.S. Olympian lost a very competitive 12-round split decision in a bout telecast on HBO.
Winner of nine of his previous 10 bouts (6 by KO), the 26-year-old Lozano, 27-4-0 (21 KO's), of Chihuahua, Mexico, clashed with hometown favorite Charles Hatley on November 7, 2013 in Dallas, Texas in his most recent start.
Also dropping his Texas based foe in the first stanza, Lozano appeared to win a clear 12-round decision, outworking Hatley throughout the battle. However, all three local judges awarded a highly unpopular decision and the WBCUnited States Junior Middleweight Title to the Dallas native.
The co-featured televised bout and full undercard will be announced shortly.
The March 21 event will be in held in the Morongo Ballroom, which is located at 49500 Seminole Dr. in Cabazon, California just off Interstate 10. Doors on the night of the event will open at 3:30 p.m. PT with the first bell at 4:30 p.m. PT. The show will air live at 9:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2, broadband Spanish-language ESPN Deportes' Noche de Combates and also available via the WatchESPN app.
LAS VEGAS (Feb. 24, 2014) – After weeks of speculation, including feedback from fans across an array of social media platforms, boxing's pound-for-pound superstar, pay-per-view king and WBC Welterweight World Champion Floyd "Money" Mayweather will face the dangerous, power-punching WBA Welterweight World Champion Marcos "El Chino" Maidana on Saturday, May 3, live on SHOWTIME PPV.
Mayweather vs. Maidana, a 12-round world championship unification bout for Mayweather and Maidana's respective 147-pound titles, is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions. The event will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV and is the third fight of a lucrative six-fight deal with Showtime Networks Inc.
Mayweather vs. Maidana will pit the brilliance of Mayweather against the power of the Argentine slugger.
Mayweather (45-0, 26 KOs), undeniably the sport's No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter and a 10-time world champion, is coming off of a spectacular 2013 in which he continued to display his ring prowess with dominating victories over Robert Guerrero and Canelo Alvarez. In Maidana, Mayweather is arguably facing the most demanding and troublesome opponent of his heralded, 17-year Hall Of Fame career.
"Marcos Maidana's last performance immediately brought him to my attention," said Mayweather, who celebrates his 37th birthday today. "He is an extremely skilled fighter who brings knockout danger to the ring. I think this is a great fight for me and he deserves the opportunity to see if he can do what 45 others have tried to do before him – beat me."
Maidana (35-3, 31 KOs), of Margarita, Santa Fe, Argentina, captured the attention of boxing and sports fans around the world with his thorough defeat of the highly regarded and undefeated Adrien Broner on Dec. 14, 2013. The 30-year-old impressively dominated Broner from the opening bell and registered two knockdowns against the three-time world champion. Maidana connected with a punishing 231 power punches in the bout en route to a unanimous decision by margins of 117-109, 115-109 and 115-110.
The resounding victory over the heavily favored Broner was the fourth in a row for the crowd-pleasing, offensive-minded Maidana. A former WBA 140-pound world champion, Maidana's hard-charging, aggressive style has earned him knockouts in 82 percent of his wins. The remarkable ratio of knockouts ties the late Diego Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo for the highest knockout percentage of any Mayweather opponent to date and is one of the highest of any current fighter at the world-class level.
"I am extremely happy to be facing Floyd Mayweather because it will give me the opportunity to show the world that I am the best welterweight in the division," said Maidana, who will represent throngs of Hispanic boxing fans on Cinco de Mayo when he faces the pound-for-pound king. "I just handed a great defensive fighter his first loss and I plan to do the same to Mayweather. I don't care whether he's the best and undefeated. I will bring some real Latino power to him on May 3rd."
"This is an extremely dangerous fight for Floyd as Marcos Maidana is a technical knock-out artist and continues to show us that he gets better with each fight," said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions. "Maidana showed so much in his last performance, he's clearly at the top of his game and a great match-up for Floyd."
Mayweather set in motion a flurry of online polls following a message posted to his Twitter and Instagram accounts (@floydmayweather) on Sunday, Feb. 2 asking fans to voice their opinion on his next opponent. Through the accumulation of more than 100,000 votes on the various online polls, more than 100,000 comments on Mayweather's Facebook and Instagram pages, as well as nonstop fan Tweets, Mayweather saw an overwhelming majority favor Maidana.
"In Marcos Maidana, Floyd Mayweather may be in for his toughest opponent ever," said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. "Maidana is the type of fighter who will find out if Floyd still belongs on top of the pound-for-pound list. He's strong, tough and aggressive. He in giving Adrien Broner his first loss, he showed that he won't be intimidated by talk, a big fight atmosphere or an unbeaten record. I give Floyd a lot of credit for stepping up to the plate and testing himself once again. He is a true warrior, and the fans will be the winners on May 3rd."
"The first two events in our partnership with Floyd Mayweather were incredible and SHOWTIME PPV is proud to present the next chapter in Floyd's remarkable career," said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports®. "Marcos Maidana is a boxer whose fearsome power can change the trajectory of a fight with a single punch. Couple that with his ferocity and perseverance and you have the recipe for an incredible fight on the grandest stage of the sport."
Undefeated Floyd "Money" Mayweather, (45-0, 26 KOs), a 10-time world champion in five weight divisions, reaffirmed his worldwide popularity when he faced then- undefeated boxing phenom Canelo Alvarez last September. The mega-event, which set the record as the highest grossing pay-per-view event in television history with over $150 million in revenue, showed once again that Mayweather's drawing power is unlike any other. During Mayweather's extraordinary career, he has amassed wins over numerous world champions, including Arturo Gatti, Zab Judah, Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Juan Manuel Marquez, Shane Mosley, Victor Ortiz, Miguel Cotto, Robert Guerrero and most recently Canelo, marking the 45th win. Over the course of his pay-per-view career Mayweather has generated more than 12.8 million buys and over $800 million in revenue. The Grand Rapids, Mich., native, who fights out of Las Vegas, averages more than one million pay-per-view buys per event, which is the highest pay-per-view buy average of any boxer in history, and is the only fighter to participate in two events which generated over 2 million pay-per-view buys each. In 2007, Mayweather co-headlined a pay-per-view event with De La Hoya which generated the largest number of PPV buys in history. Mayweather has also been listed by Sports Illustrated (2012, 2013) and Forbes (2012) as the world's highest paid athlete in any sport.
Thirty-year-old Marcos "El Chino" Maidana (35-3, 31 KOs) stunned the boxing world in December when he defeated up-and-coming superstar Adrien Broner with an unforgettable performance. Hailing from Margarita, Santa Fe, Argentina, Maidana first emerged on the world scene in 2009, when he won the interim WBA Junior Welterweight World Championship with a stunning sixth-round technical knockout over Victor Ortiz. After three defenses of his title, Maidana lost a 2010 Fight of the Year candidate to Amir Khan, but he regained the belt with another classic against future Hall of Famer Erik Morales in 2011. In 2012, Maidana joined forces with renowned trainer Robert Garcia (2012 Trainer of the Year) and has since gone undefeated at 4-0 with 3 knockouts.
More details about the event will be announced shortly.
CONTACTS: Kelly Swanson/Lisa Milner/Flo Jocou, Swanson Communications/Mayweather Promotions: (202) 783-5500