LOS ANGELES (November 18, 2012) – Fighter of the Decade Congressman MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO purchased a truckload of turkeys and pumpkin pies today. He and his team of Pinoy Pilgrims will be handing them out Today!Sunday, November 18,to fans preparing for Thanksgiving.
Pacquiao will begin the turkey and pumpkin pie giveaway at 1:00 p.m. PT, following Sunday services (which begin at 11:00 a.m. PT) at the Westside Shepherd of the Hills Church, located in the Wadsworth Theatre on the grounds of the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VAGLAHS) (11301 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, Calif. 90073.) Fans are asked to line up at a designated roped off area in front of the church, beginning at Noon PT. Each fan will be given a wristband that can be exchanged for one (1) turkey and one (1) pumpkin pie while turkeys and pies last. Ample parking for fans will be available.
“Thanksgiving is a wonderful American holiday for families to get together and celebrate God’s blessings. I chose Westside Shepherd of the Hills to do this because a house of God, where I attend services, seemed an appropriate place to share my blessings,” said Pacquiao. “I am very thankful for the many friends I have made here in this great country. "I can't think of a better way to express my appreciation to my American-based fans, who have embraced me, than by sharing my good fortune with them.”
Pacquiao, who is in deep training for Act Four of his exciting and fistoric rivalry with Juan Manuel Márquez, will not have Thanksgiving off. Trainer Freddie Roach has planned on stuffing 10 rounds of sparring into the holiday before fighter and trainer join family and friends to celebrate.
Pacquiao and Márquez, who have won world titles in 12 weight divisions between them, will go mano a mano and toe-to-toe in a high-stakes welterweight showdown, Saturday, December 8, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with MP Promotions, Zanfer Promotions, Márquez Boxing, Tecate and MGM Grand, Pacquiao-Márquez 4 will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®.
JAYSON VELEZ AND SALVADOR SANCHEZ II TO BATTLE FOR
VACANT WBC SILVER FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE
THE COMEBACK OF DANNY JACOBS CONTINUES AGAINST
CHRIS FITZPATRICK AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
IN NEW YORK CITY
LOS ANGELES, November 16 - The December 1 event at Madison Square Garden just became an explosive tripleheader with the addition of unbeaten Puerto Rican phenom Jayson Velez taking on Mexico's Salvador Sanchez II in a 10-round fight for the vacant WBC Silver Featherweight title in a classic Puerto Rico vs. Mexico battle. In the second co-featured attraction, one of boxing's top young talents, middleweight Danny "Miracle Man" Jacobs, will face Cleveland's Chris "The Irish Ghost" Fitzpatrick in a 10-round middleweight fight as Jacobs returns for his second fight after winning a harrowing battle against a cancerous tumor that attacked his spine. The tripleheader will be televised on SHOWTIME from Madison Square Garden.
A native of Juncos, Puerto Rico, 24-year-old Jayson Velez (19-0, 14 KO's) has shown the potential to follow in the championship footsteps of Puerto Rico's most famous resident, Miguel Cotto. A sharp puncher who can take out opponents with either hand, Velez is coming off of a sixth round knockout over Leivi Brea in August. On December 1, he returns to Madison Square Garden for the first time since stopping Jesus Bayron in June of 2009.
Hailing from Tianguistenco, Mexico, Salvador "Sal II" Sanchez II (30-4-3, 18 KO's) is carrying on his pugilistic family name following the tragic death of his uncle, the legendary featherweight champion Salvador Sanchez, in 1982. The winner of 11 straight, the 27-year-old Sanchez will pay homage to his uncle on December 1 by wearing the trunks, shoes and robe the Hall of Famer wore in his final fight against Azumah Nelson at Madison Square Garden in July of 1982, making this more than just a fight for this promising Mexican warrior.
A highly-decorated amateur boxer with several titles and accolades to his name, Brooklyn's Danny Jacobs (23-1, 20 KO's) was achieving the same success in the professional game, soaring to the top of the middleweight division at breakneck speed, with the only hiccup being an upset loss to Dmitry Pirog for the vacant WBO Middleweight title in 2010. Jacobs quickly rebounded from the defeat, winning two subsequent fights by knockout, but shortly after defeating Robert Kliewer in March of 2011, he was faced with the biggest fight of his life against cancer. Thankfully, the 25-year-old fought just as hard out of the ring as he does inside of it and is now cancer-free after a battle that lasted over a year. Even more amazing is that after being told he would never fight again, he fought his way back into the ring and looked as sharp as ever when he knocked out Josh Luteran in just 73 seconds on October 20 of this year. Now he will step things up once again when he faces Fitzpatrick on December 1 at The Garden.
Chris "The Irish Ghost" Fitzpatrick (15-2, 6 KO's) has been boxing since the age of eight and this lifelong passion has finally led him to the Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden for the biggest fight of his career on December 1. A boxer-puncher who always shows up to scrap, the 25-year-old from Cleveland, Ohio has been fighting professionally since 2008 and he's looking forward to testing Jacobs while showing that he's ready for the next level of competition in the talent-rich middleweight division.
"Showdown: Cotto vs. Trout" is a 12-round battle between Four-Time and Three-Division World Champion Miguel Cotto and WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Austin Trout taking place on Saturday, December 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The co-featured fights will see Jayson Velez take on Salvador Sanchez in a 10-round fight for the vacant WBC Silver Featherweight title and Danny "Miracle Man" Jacobs battle Chris "The Irish Ghost" Fitzpatrick in a 10-round middleweight fight. The event is promoted by Miguel Cotto Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions in association with Greg Cohen Promotions, sponsored by The Puerto Rican Tourism Board and Corona and will be televised live on SHOWTIME.
SAN DIEGO (November 16, 2012)—This Saturday, one of the most anticipated bout of 2012 will take place at the Los Angeles Sports Arena as WBO flyweight champion Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria takes on WBA champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez in a unification bout that will prove 112 pound supremacy.
In the co-feature, one of boxing’s best fighters, Roman “Chocolatio” Gonzalez (33-0, 28 KO’s) of Managua, Nicaragua will look to make the fifth defense of the WBA light flyweight title when he takes on fellow power puncher Juan Francisco Estrada (22-1, 18 KO’s)
Below are videos from Thursday’s Press conference which feature the press conference plus exclusive interviews with Viloria, Marquez and Gonzalez
Viloria – Marquez
Roman Gonzalez Press Conference
The bout can be seen live in the United States on WealthTV and www.wealthtv.com beginning at 9pm eastern.
This fight card begins a five week stretch of some of the best boxing action in the world on WealthTV and www.wealthtv.com nationally on Verizon FiOS TV channel 169 and 669 in HD, AT&T U-Verse TV channels 470 and 1470 in HD, along with over 100 cable systems across the country as well as on line viewing on numerous connected devices and via www.wealthtv.com.
The fighters who’ll compete in the co-feature tomorrow/Nov. 16, on ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla., had to be separated by their camps after a mini-melee broke out Thursday during the weigh-in.
The fracas between super welterweights Joey “Twinkle Fingers” Hernandez (22-1-1, 13 KOs), of Miami (pictured at the left), and James “Shotgun” Winchester (15-5, 5 KOs), of Greensboro, N.C., came after Hernandez shoved Winchester before they were to pose for cameras after they both weighed in.
Their 10-round clash, which will open the telecast, was just added to the televised portion of the event late Wednesday.
No one enjoyed the commotion more than Hall of Fame promoter, Don King.
Both fighters made weight; Hernandez tipped the scale at 156 pounds, Winchester 155¾.
Undefeated lightweights Angelo “La Cobra” Santana (13-0, 10 KOs), of Miami, Fla., and Johnny Garcia (13-0, 8 KOs), of Holland, Mich., collide in the ShoBox main event.
Garcia made the contracted weight (135 pounds) easily, coming in at 133¾ pounds. Santana came in 1¾ pounds overweight, however, and had two hours to shed the excess poundage.
Tickets priced at $25, $50, $100 and $200 are on sale and can be purchased online at www.gulfstreampark.com or by calling the Gulfstream Park box office at (954) 457-6201.
TOTOWA, NJ - November 14, 2012 - NBC Sports Network's popular "Fight Night" TV boxing series starts 2013 off with a bang on January 19th when Sergey Kovalev, 19-0-1, 17 KOs, takes on Gabriel Campillo, 21-4-1, 8 KOs, in an international 10-round light heavyweight main event. The nationally televised fight will be held at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT. The NBC Sports Network telecast will begin at 9PM ET.
Kovalev, the 175-pound punching machine from Chelyabinsk, Russia, aptly nicknamed "Krusher", always brings the power when he steps into the ring. Only three of his opponents have gone the distance during his three year career. His last start was a typical Kovalev affair, a three round blowout of Lionell Thompson in Bethlehem, PA. He will look to make similar short work of Campillo in January.
Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev Campillo is Spanish southpaw from Madrid who once reigned as the WBA 175-pound world champion. In his last fight, he boxed circles around undefeated IBF champ Tavoris Cloud, but lost a highly controversial split decision. Campillo, known as the "Handsome Man" is a beautiful boxer looking to get back to another world title bout. Kovalev is standing in his way.
Gabriel "Chico Guapo" Campillo
This caliber of competition has become the benchmark for the NBC Sports Network "Fight Night" series. "Fight Night" matchmaker, J Russell Peltz said, "This is a classic boxer-puncher fight between world-class fighters. On paper it doesn't get any better than this, in person it could be even better." Tickets go on sale to the public Saturday, November 17 at 10AM ET. They are priced at $125 and $40 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster 1-800-745-3000. Ticketmaster Link to January 19 NBCSN Fight Night at Mohegan Sun. For ADA accessible sales, call Mohegan Sun Box Office 1-800-862-8499.
PHILADELPHIA - The NBC Sports Network's nationally televised Fight Night boxing series returns to the city where it all began last January - the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, PA. After five important and exciting boxing events throughout 2012, the series closes out the year with another Philly Fight Night on December 8th at Temple University's Pearson / McGonigle Hall. Headlining in December is Bryant Jennings, the winner of the very first Fight Night main event. The NBC Sports Network telecast will begin at 9PM ET. "We are very excited about the success we have had with Fight Night on NBC Sports Network. The collaboration with Main Events and J Russell Peltz has allowed us to produce strong match-ups and compelling shows." said Jon Miller, President, Programming, NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network. "The NBC Sports Group is committed to the property and we are looking forward to our Fight Night schedule in 2013." Kathy Duva of Main Events said, "I love the idea that we are closing out the first NBC Sports Network Fight Night year with the fighter who helped us start the series." Duva added, "We have fulfilled our promise to deliver competitive, crossroad fights. I'm really looking forward to December 8th and I can't wait for everyone to see what we have coming next year!" The series kicked off January 21st in South Philly when Jennings and Maurice Byarm rumbled for the Pennsylvania state title. Both fighters entered the ring with unbeaten records, but after a nip-and-tuck, all action 10-rounder, Jennings left with his "0" intact and the PA State Belt around his waist. An NBC Sports Network star was born. In the co-feature that night Philly's Gabriel Rosado kicked his career into high gear with a head-turning performance against the tough Jesus Soto Karass in a junior middleweight bout. No one had ever stopped Karass before this fight, but Rosado pulled off the feat in round five. The series returned in March from Brooklyn, NY with former multi-champion, and hometown hero, Zab Judah dominating rugged and undefeated Vernon Paris in a scheduled 12-round IBF junior welterweight title eliminator. Judah turned back the clock and secured another crack at the title with a convincing TKO in round nine. Bryant Jennings also won that night, beating former heavyweight champion Sergei Liakovich by ninth round stoppage. The win for Jennings brought him a world ranking, and prompted broadcast analyst and trainer Freddie Roach to call Jennings the best American heavyweight on the scene. Also on the card that night, former two-time champion Tomasz Adamek bounced back from his heavyweight title challenge with a solid win over Nagy Aguilera. Gabriel Rosado returned to the NBC Sports Network airwaves by popular demand on June 1st, and won the WBO Intercontinental junior middleweight title with a TKO over Sechew Powell in nine rounds in Bethlehem, PA. The victory cemented Rosado's reputation as a world-class all-action fighter with KOs on his mind. He dismantled Powell that night with his aggressive 'take no prisoners' style. Also on the card that evening, Bethlehem's Ronald Cruz remained undefeated with a mature points win over fellow rising star Prenice Brewer. The thrilling chess match brought Cruz the vacant WBC continental Americas welterweight crown, and won him new fans all over the USA. Two weeks later, Tomasz Adamek and Eddie Chambers fought a memorable fight at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, in the fourth installment of the series. Chambers injured his left arm in the first round and had to fight the remaining eleven rounds one-handed. He came close to winning the fight, but the always-pressing Adamek took the decision and defended his IBF North American heavyweight title. Bryant Jennings returned to the series with a dominant unanimous decision over Steve Collins to capture the USBA heavyweight title. This third appearance on NBCSN showed the boxing world that Jennings was a real title threat, and pushed him further up the rankings. On September 21st, Fight Night returned to Bethlehem, PA again with Gabriel Rosado in the spotlight. He fought the wily Charles Whittaker in an IBF title eliminator, and with another brutal beat down, became the mandatory challenger for IBF champion Cornelius Bundrage. Whittaker fell in round ten, and Rosado rose to #1. Bethlehem's Ronald Cruz faced seasoned Antwone Smith in the welterweight co-feature, and after ten tough rounds lost for the first time in his career. Smith fought a little more slick and smart to go home with the victory. In the third feature of the night, Russian light heavyweight bomber Sergey Kovalev brought the pain to Lionell Thompson with a third round TKO. Five big fight cards down and just one more to go for 2012. On December 8th, Fight Night returns with another terrific double feature. Series staple Bryant Jennings, 15-0, 7 KOs, defends his USBA heavyweight title against Bowie Tupou, 22-2, 16 KOs, in a 12-rounder. For Jennings, now ranked #5, the homecoming fight caps his breakthrough year that took him from prospect to contender. A win over the hard-punching Tupou just may set him up for a title shot in 2013. In the co-feature, Philly's Teon Kennedy, 17-2-2, 7 KOs, clashes with undefeated Texan, Jerry Belmontes, 17-0, 5 KOs, in a 10-round junior lightweight fight. Kennedy, one of Philly's most exciting boxers, is coming off a world title try and will have his hands full against the undefeated "Corpus Christi Kid", who is looking to make a name for himself on national television the way so many others have done this year on the NBC Sports Network.
HOBOKEN, N.J. (October 30, 2012) -- With a rematch against former World champion Lucian Bute still on the cards, as well as potential grudge rematches against Andre Ward and Mikkel Kessler in International Boxing Federation (IBF) super middleweight champion Carl "The Cobra's" Froch's future, the 34-year-old British favorite admitted that his November 17th title defense against Yusaf Mack, headlining the "True Brit" pay-per-view event (in the U.S.), could be his last fight at home in Nottingham, England.
"If the Bute fight happens," Froch explained, "it will be in Canada, and rematches with Ward and Kessler could well happen in America and Denmark, so this could well be my last fight in Nottingham."
Froch and Mack headline an exciting night of boxing on Nov. 17 with Tony Bellew aiming to seal his second World light heavyweight title shot in a World Boxing Council (WBC) title eliminator against Argentine invader Roberto Bolonti.
"True Brit," presented by Matchroom Boxing, will be distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 3:00 PM/ET - 12:00 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, DISH Network and Avail-TVN for a suggested retail price of only $29.95.
"True Brit" will also be available to view via Fight Now TV, America's only 24-hour combat sports and entertainment channel, on Cablevision channel 464 as part of the iO Gold package.
Froch (29-2, 21 KOs), rated by The Ring Magazine as the No. 1 contender in the world, captured the IBF title in his last fight on May 26 with an impressive fifth-round technical knockout of previously undefeated champion Bute (30-1). In the past four years, his last eight fights have been against a Who's Who of the 168-pound division with victories over Bute, Glen Johnson (DEC12), Arthur Abraham (DEC12), Andre Dirrell (DEC12), Jermain Taylor (TKO12) and Jean Pascal (DEC12). Froch's only losses were by 12-round decisions to unbeaten World Boxing Council (WBC)/World Boxing Association (WBA) king Ward in the final of the Super Six Tournament, and four-time World champion Kessler during the aforementioned tournament. Seven of his last eight opponents, excluding Dirrell, have been world champion.
IBF No.5-ranked Mack (31-4, 17 KOs) has been fighting as a light heavyweight since 2008. He lost his only world title shot to IBF 175-pound champion Tavoris Cloud by eighth-round technical knockout in 2006.
"I'm in fantastic shape and itching to get in there again," Froch said. "The Bute fight was special and the best night of my career, but there's no chance I'll take my foot off the pedal on November 17. Yusaf is a dangerous customer and he has nothing to lose coming here and everything to gain. Yusaf has fought for a World title at light heavyweight and he is going to be doing everything he can to prove himself at super middleweight."
Bellew (18-1, 12 KOs) and South American champion Bolonti (30-1, 19 KOs) will fight in the 12-round co-feature, an official WBC eliminator to become champion "Bad" Chad Dawson's mandatory challenger, with the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver light heavyweight championship on the line.
Bellew, rated No. 10 by The Ring Magazine and No. 14 by the World Boxing Organization (WBO), has lost only once as a professional, last year in his only World title challenge fight to undefeated WBO champion Nathan Cleverly by 12-round majority decision.
Bolonti will be going for his 27th consecutive victory on Nov. 17. Fighting outside of his native Buenos Aires, Argentina for the first time, Bolonti is rated No. 5 by the WBC, No. 10 by the WBA and IBF.
The PPV card, pending time restrictions, will also showcase some of Britain's top, young fighters, including bantamweight prospect Khalid "Kal" Yafai (3-0, 2 KOs), a 2008 Great Britain Olympian, vs. TBA, lightweight Scott "Scotty" Cardle (5-0, 1 KO) vs. Joe Elfidh (7-2), former European middleweight champion Kerry Hope (17-4, 1 KO) in a six-round tune-up vs. TBA prior to his December 8th showdown with Darren Barker, lightweight Martin J. Ward (2-0) vs. TBA, middleweight Ryan "Tank" Aston (7-1, 3 KOs) vs. Tyan Booth (11-6-1, 2 KOs), and featherweight Leigh "Leigh-thal" Wood (4-0, 1 KO) vs. Gavin Reid (6-16-1, 3 KOs). All fights and fighters are subject to change.
November 15, 2012, Union City, NJ -- Ardash Sahaghian, the man responsible for designing boxing's championship belts, was inducted into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame on the evening of 8 November 2012. In a beautiful banquet and ceremony held at The Venetian in Garfield, New Jersey, Sahaghian was recognized for creating the emblematic belts of the boxing industry.
Edward S. Majian, President of Sartonk Designs, the company founded to preserve Sahaghian’s legacy, introduced his grandfather. Indicating that his grandfather values a person’s character above anything else, Majian spoke not only about Ardash Sahaghian’s accomplishments in boxing, but also “the person -- his character.” He described Sahaghian’s long journey from Romania to New Jersey, with striking examples of his humanity and compassion: “He is a man who responded to apartheid in South Africa by driving his workers home each night, so they wouldn’t sleep in the factory away from their families. He is a man who nurses birds back to health, who feeds stray alley cats daily because, as he once said to me, we need to leave the earth a better place.”
Majian highlighted Sahaghian’s commitment to his family and to his craft. “For as much as Ardash Sahaghian has melted, filed, and polished metal into iconic symbols, the metal has also shaped his character. Working with his hands has taught him the virtue of patience... For Ardash, work is problem-solving, creation, meditation and dedication.”
Majian thanked New Jersey fans and supporters for “lifting [Sahaghian] up, and documenting the Armenian man from Romania, who came to America and crafted ‘those belts’ -- those belts that are now iconically worn all over the world.”
To thunderous applause, Sahaghian approached the podium where a translation of his remarks were read. He thanked the NJ boxing community, particularly “long-time friend,” Henry Hascup, President of the NJ Boxing Hall of Fame Committee, for his friendship and support. He expressed his heartfelt appreciation to family, friends, and clients. Sahaghian was especially grateful to and proud of his grandson for “keeping my work alive and taking this company to places that I couldn’t have even imagined.”
The Sahaghian family and Sartonk Designs thank the NJ Boxing Hall of Fame Committee for recognizing Ardash Sahaghian’s unique contributions to boxing. As Hascup remarked aptly, “Ardash is a part of boxing history!"
Pictures from the event can be seen at SARTONK's Facebook and Twitter pages: www.facebook.com/sartonk and www.twitter.com/sartonk.
The Oscar De La Hoya Foundation will host its 16th Annual Turkey Giveaway on Saturday, November 17 at the Oscar De La Hoya Animo Charter High School. Join Abner Mares, Daniel Ponce De Leon, Leo Santa Cruz, Victor Ortiz and Vicente Escobedo as they help distribute hundreds of turkeys, fixings and other products to the East Los Angeles community.
WHEN:Saturday, November 17
Turkey Giveaway: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm PT
WHERE: Oscar De La Hoya Ánimo Charter High School (Side Entrance on Garnet St.)
SAN DIEGO (November 14, 2012)—This Saturday night one of the most anticipated bouts of 2012 will take place at the Los Angeles Sports Arena as WBO Flyweight champion Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria takes on WBA champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez in a unification bout that will prove 112 pound supremacy.
The bout can be seen live in the United States on WealthTV and www.wealthtv.com beginning at 9pm eastern.
This fight card begins a five week stretch of some of the best boxing action in the world on WealthTV and www.wealthtv.com.
On November 30th, undefeated heavyweight sensation David Price (14-0, 12 KO’s) takes on former world title challenger Matt Skelton.
The very next day, undefeated heavyweight Tyson Fury (19-0, 14 KO’s) takes on American proven veteran Kevin Johnson.
December 6th, WealthTV and Wealthtv.com will be re-broadcasting the WBC Super Featherweight championship bout between Takahiro Ao and Gamaliel Diaz.
On December 8th, European super middleweight champion James DeGale (13-1, 9 KO’s) defends his title against an opponent to be named.
Finally on December 14th, WealthTV and wealthtv.com ventures back to Montreal for the return of former light heavyweight champion of the world Jean Pascal as he returns to the ring against former world title challenger Aleksy Kuziemsky. Also on that card will be Eleider Alvarez fighting Edison Miranda, plus knockout artist David Lemieux.
“We have some terrific fights over a five week stretch,” said WealthTV president Charles Herring.
“WealthTV promised the boxing fans that we’d be one of the most active networks in providing the highest quality bouts from all over the world without any associated premium channel fees. The next several weeks provide just a glimpse into what we have planned for 2013. And US boxing fans that don’t receive WealthTV via their cable provider can watch these fights for just 99 cents a month on wealthtv.com. We aren’t aware of another network that offers high quality fights for such a price.”
Viloria (31-3, 18 KO’s) is thirty-one years old of Waipahu, Hawaii was a 2000 United States Olympian and won his first seventeen bouts before scoring an explosive first round knockout over Erick Ortiz to win the WBC Light Flyweight crown. After one defense, Viloria lost the crown to Omar Nino Romero. Viloria and Romero fought to a disputed draw in the rematch which was later ruled a no-contest after Romero failed a post-fight drug test. Viloria then lost to Edgar Sosa in a bout for the vacant title. Viloria went on to win five straight bouts before winning the IBF belt with a majority decision over Ulises Solis. Viloria defended that belt once before being stopped by Carlos Tamara in the twelfth round of a memorable war.
Viloria moved up to Flyweight and won two fights before winning the WBO Flyweight championship with a twelve round unanimous decision over Julio Cesar Miranda. Viloria has had two impressive defenses which includes stoppage wins over classy world champion Giovanny Segura and his old nemesis Romero.
Marquez (34-2, 25 KO’s) is twenty-four years old of Emplame, Sonora, Mexico turned professional in 2005 and won his first twenty-seven bouts. Marquez was stopped in eight to pound for pound ranked fighter Nonito Donaire. Marquez won two straight bouts before winning the WBA belt with an eleventh round stoppage over Luis Concepcion. That bout was of the best bouts of 2011 where both fighters inflicted vicious punishment to each other to the point where the bout was one of the most brutal fights in the past decade. Marquez defended the title twice which included a first round stoppage over Concepcion in the rematch.
Marquez has won seven in a row which includes two non-title wins and he is ready to add the WBO title to his collection.
In the co-feature, one of boxing’s best fighters, Roman “Chocolatio” Gonzalez (33-0, 28 KO’s) of Managua, Nicaragua will look to make the fifth defense of the WBA Light Flyweight title when he takes on fellow power puncher Juan Francisco Estrada (22-1, 18 KO’s)
Saturday’s night evening of boxing can be enjoyed on WealthTV nationally on Verizon FiOS TV channel 169 and 669 in HD, AT&T U-Verse TV channels 470 and 1470 in HD, along with over 100 cable systems across the country as well as on line viewing on numerous connected devices and via www.wealthtv.com.
ATLANTIC CITY, November 14 - Unbeaten Canadian welterweight star Phil Lo Greco and junior middleweight veteran Demetrius Hopkins, along with a host of east coast talent, will stack the Adrien Broner vs. Antonio DeMarco undercard at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City this Saturday, November 17, making it a must see night for fight fans throughout the region.
In the featured undercard bouts both scheduled for eight rounds, Toronto's Lo Greco faces Highland, New York's Daniel Sostre, and Philadelphia's Hopkins battles York, Pennsylvania's Keenan Collins.
Broner vs. DeMarco, a 12-round fight between Adrien "The Problem" Broner and Antonio DeMarco for DeMarco's WBC Lightweight World Championship will take place Saturday, November 17 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The event is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and R & R Promotions in association with Gary Shaw Productions, sponsored by Caesars Atlantic City, Corona and AT&T and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. The co-main event will be a 12-round heavyweight clash between Seth "Mayhem" Mitchell and Johnathon Banks for Mitchell's NABO title and the vacant WBC International Heavyweight title.
Tickets priced at $200, $100, $50 and $25, plus applicable taxes and service charges, are available for purchase at the Boardwalk Hall box office, by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 736-1420 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
Nicknamed "The Italian Sensation," Phil Lo Greco (24-0, 13 KO's) has thrilled fans in his native Canada as well as in Italy, but now he's on a quest to conquer the United States as well. A six year pro who won the WBC International Welterweight title in 2010, the 28-year-old Lo Greco has won both of his fights in the United States in 2012, decisioning Hector Orozco in April at Boardwalk Hall and most recently, knocking out 16-1-1 Brandon Hoskins in the first round at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Saturday night, he will battle Daniel Sostre (11-7-1 4 KO's), a seven-year professional looking to end the year with a win over the undefeated Lo Greco.
The nephew of boxing legend Bernard Hopkins, 32-year-old Demetrius Hopkins (31-2-1, 11 KO's) got back in the saddle in September after an 18-month layoff from the ring, and he looked sharper than ever in scoring a shutout unanimous decision victory over Doel Carrasquillo. Comfortably set in his new weight class of 154 pounds, "The Gladiator" is expected to get a stiff challenge from fellow Pennsylvanian Keenan Collins (14-7-3, 9 KO's), an eight-year vet of the sport who is as tough as they come on the East Coast.
Also representing the City of Brotherly Love is 22-year-old junior middleweight prospect Julian Williams (9-0-1, 4 KO's), who will be looking to extend his three fight winning streak at the expense of Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico's Jonel Tapia (8-2-1, 5 KO's) in their eight round match-up.
In light heavyweight action, Fort Washington, Maryland's Thomas Williams Jr. (10-0, 7 KO's) will travel north to Atlantic City to take on Philadelphia's Taneal Goyco (4-4-1, 2 KO's) in a six round bout.
This hard-hitting night of fights will kick off with a pair of four round bouts, with New York junior welterweight Zachary Ochoa (2-0, 2 KO's) facing Casa Grande, Arizona's Michael Salcido (1-4) and Terron Grant (3-0, 2 KO's) of White Plains, Maryland squaring off against Abraham Esquivel (5-2, 3 KO's) of Monterey, Mexico in a lightweight bout.
November 13, 2012 - Gary Shaw Productions, in association with Grange Old School Boxing and Black Venom Promotions, are happy to announce the date and location for the epic IBF Middleweight championship bout between Daniel "Real Deal" Geale (28-1, 15 KOs) and Anthony Mundine (44-4, 26 KOs). The Sydney Entertainment Centre in Australia will host the larger-than-life rematch on January 30, 2012.
"In all my years in boxing, this is the biggest fight in Australian boxing history and we are delighted to be able to bring it to Sydney," said Gary Shaw. "This city has a proud history of staging big fights and let me assure you they don't get bigger than this. Daniel Geale is considered to be, by many, one of the best Middle Weights in the World, after winning 2 World Titles from German Fighters on German soil. Daniel is desperate to avenge his controversial loss to Mundine in 2009."
"For Mundine, this is an opportunity to not only claim a fourth world title, but also put on a show for the millions of fans who will be watching this fight around the globe. This is a once in a life time fight that will captivate not only fans in Sydney, but across Australia and the rest of the world. I'd like to thank Destination NSW for their support in bringing this fight to Sydney and look forward to working together to ensure the event becomes a truly memorable sporting event."
"I'm happy we are able to move forward with the promotion now that we have a date and venue sorted," said Daniel Geale. "The Sydney Entertainment Centre is a fantastic place to hold this fight. The whole country is talking about this fight and I can't wait to put Mundine in his place after all the trash talking he's been doing. I encourage everyone to get their tickets now because January 30th will be a night to remember."
"This fight is going to be a blockbuster event for the people of Australia and I'm expecting an explosive night of boxing," said co-manager Garrie Francisco. "My partner Bill Treacy and I are excited to be part of this historic event."
Today's announcement marks a homecoming for Anthony Mundine, who returns to his 'spiritual home' for the eighth time as a professional.
"I've had some of my best fights in this venue and I can't wait to get back here again on January 30" Mundine said. "I made my pro debut and won my first world title here, it's a special place for me and in January I'm going to write another chapter in my legacy by stopping Daniel Geale."
The Sydney Entertainment Centre has capacity of 11,500 guests and is located 35 Harbour Street, Darling Harbour NSW 2000, Australia. Tickets priced Cat 1-$1000, Cat 2-$500, Cat 3-$300, Cat 4-$200, Cat 5-$100 and Cat 6-$75 can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com from 9am AEDT Friday, November 16.
CompuBox President Bob Canobbio announced today that CompuBox will donate $5 to the LI Disaster Relief Fund for every landed punch during the HBO telecast of the Antonio Demarco vs. Adrien Broner and Seth Mitchell vs. Jonathan Banks fights this Saturday night in Atlantic City.
“I was born and raised on Long Island and still live here,” said Canobbio. “I’m very saddened by this tragedy and want to give something back to the good people of Long Island in any way possible.”
Fight fans, promoters, trainers, fighters and managers wanting to participate can send their contributions—check made out to: Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Fund
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (November 13, 2012) - Limited tickets are still available to purchase for Saturday night's (Nov. 17) 8th annual Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame (CBHOF) Gala Induction Dinner in the Uncas Ballroom at Mohegan Sun.
All of the 2012 CBHOF Hall of Fame inductees, as well as this year's CBHOF award winners, will be honored this Saturday evening. Tickets, priced at $75.00, are on sale now by calling Kim Baker at Mohegan Sun (1.860-.862.7377) or Sherman Cain at the Manchester Journal Inquirer (1.800.237.3606 X321). Doors open at 5:30 p.m. ET, cocktails at 6 p.m. ET, followed by dinner.
The incoming class of CBHOF inductees include former World Boxing Association (WBA) light middleweight champion "Tremendous" Travis Simms, former World Boxing Union (WBU) middleweight titlist "Dangerous" Dana Rosenblatt, five-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach, promoter Jimmy Burchfield (Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc.), manager George Cruz and the late manager/promoter Lou Viscusi.
The 2012 award winners are Tony "TNT" Grano, Conn. Professional Boxer of the Year; Elvis Figueroa, Conn. Amateur Boxer of the Year; Dick Flaherty, Official of the Year; Mitchell Etess, Contributor To Boxing
Go online to www.ctboxinghof.com for more information about the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame.