NEWS ON: Golden Boy April 28 Card, Steve Smoger, Erislandy Lara



LOS ANGELES (April 24) – The FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes’Golden Boy Live! event at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico will be even more action-packed with the addition of a stacked undercard of Puerto Rico’s top talent. Headlined by Michael “The Artist” Perez’ WBA Fedelatin Super Lightweight Title defense against Mexico’s tough Jorge “Koky” Romero and an eight-round bantamweight co-main event between unbeaten McJoe Arroyo and fellow Puerto Rican David Quijano the Monday, April 28 fight cardwill be one to remember.

Opening the televised portion of the card will be Caguas, Puerto Rico welterweight John Karl Sosa who will face Carolina’s Victor Perez in a six-round contest. Highlighted on the non-televised undercard will be Puerto Rican power hitters Jayson Velez and Prichard Colon featured in separate bouts.

Awarded a top Puerto Rican prospect award by the WBO earlier this year, John Karl Sosa (9-0, 6 KOs) has been compared to island star Juan Manuel Lopez and the 21-year-old’s exciting style has boxing fans eager to see more. On Monday, he meets Victor “Picu” Perez (3-1, 1 KO), a 20-year-old who will enter the ring on a two-fight winning streak.

Caguas’ Jayson “La Maravilla” Velez (21-0, 15 KOs) is the current WBC Silver Featherweight Champion and while his title isn’t on the line against Arecibo’s Miguel Soto (11-2, 11 KOs), expect to see this Boricua bomber keep the momentum going from his recent wins over Salvador Sanchez and Dat Nguyen. The 25-year-old Soto is a southpaw slugger who has ended each of his professional wins by knockout. Velez and Soto will battle in a 10-round featherweight contest.

A talented amateur who earned a spot on the 2012 Puerto Rican Olympic squad, 21-year-old Orocovis native Prichard Colon (8-0, 8 KOs) has yet to let an opponent hear the final bell as a professional and with six first-round knockouts, most don’t even make it to the second round. Looking to break this streak will be Gurabo’s Javier Garcia (6-4-1, 2 KOs) when the two square off in an eight round super welterweight bout.

In a four round lightweight contest hoping to get on the television broadcast if there is time will be a clash between Humacao’s Jose Lopez (1-0, 1 KO) and San Juan’s Roberto Rivera (2-1, 1 KO).

Also, in a lightweight bout scheduled for four rounds, Caguas’ Rafael “El Pollo Blanco” Gonzalez (8-1, 6 KOs) will face an opponent to be named. Plus, Caguas super bantamweight Josue Declet (2-0-1) takes on Edgardo Marin (0-1) of Humacao in a four-round matchup and in the four-round welterweight opener, Tampa’s Willie Jones (3-0, 2 KOs) faces Caguas’ Juan Castillo (2-2, 2 KOs).

Perez vs. Romero is a 10-round bout for Perez’ WBA Fedelatin Super Lightweight Title, presented by Golden Boy Promotions and PR Best Boxing and sponsored by Corona and O’Reilly Auto Parts. The Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez doors open at 6:00 p.m. ET and the first fight begins at 6:30 p.m. ET. The FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes broadcast airs live at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

Tickets priced at $30 and $40 plus applicable taxes and service charges are on sale now at or by calling (787) 792-5000.

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Panama’s former World WBA Champion Chanttall “La Fiera” Martinez is shown here at Rockers Gym with Steve Smoger

TORONTO (April 24, 2014) — Steve Smoger’s popular and informational Referee Clinic, recently conducted in St. Maarten, Delaware and Toronto, Ontario, Canada, will next be held May 26 at the historic Colonial Hotel and Casino in the heart of Panama City, Panama.

With respect to the Toronto clinic, Executive Director of Boxing Ontario, Matthew Kennedy, commented as follows: “What a pleasure it was for me and our team. Besides the boxers, no one is more scrutinized than the official and, more specifically, that third man in the ring. That position requires its own brand of poise, courage, confidence, integrity, and elegance. With two combatants in the ring, opinionated observers feel the referee is wrong at least half the time; but, with Steve Smoger, even the most hardened critic sees Steve being right all the time. With such pedigree and distinctive accomplishments at the highest level, it was our great pleasure and benefit to have him share that knowledge and experience.”

“It was truly my honor and pleasure,” Smoger spoke about the Toronto clinic. “The enthusiasm shown by the group of Canadian officials was refreshing and stimulating. There was excellent participation by attendees and questions were on point and made for a stimulating and educational clinic for all of us. It also made my role as the presenter easier. I was very impressed with the great city of Toronto. I enjoyed everyone I met and look forward to having the opportunity to return in the near future. A special thanks goes to the host facility, the Marquis of Granby Pub & Restaurant/Banquet facility as the location host of the event, Boxing Ontario and Matthew Kennedy, of course, and the event coordinator, Jensen Strauss Agency Limitée, who helped put together a seamless and enjoyable visit. It was also a thrill to attend a post-event get together viewing party of Pacquiao vs. Bradley, hosted by Cornerstone Courier, in the presence of legendary George Chuvalo.

“I look forward to returning to the beautiful country of Panama, where people have exhibited such warmth and hospitality to me in the past, and a country that is truly, in a boxing historical context, the Cradle of Champions.

Recognized as one of boxing’s most prolific referees, Smoger’s 30-year career includes refereeing more than 850 bouts, averaging 27+ boxing matches refereed per year, and highlighted by more than 165 world title fights.

A New Jersey and Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame inductee, Smoger is also this year’s Ring 10 Arthur Mercante Award winner as the referee who exemplifies honesty and integrity in the sport of boxing and who attempts to do the best of their ability to keep the sport safe and at the same time entertaining.


MIAMI (April 24, 2014) – Tonight WBA Light Middleweight Champion, Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara, will be attending the 25th Anniversary Billboard Latin Music Conference and Awards at the JW Marriott Marquis in Miami, FL.

The 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards, presented by State Farm, will air live tonight on Telemundo at 7pm/6c. Stars performing this evening will be Enrique Iglesias, Marc Anthony, Prince Royce, Juanes, Andrea Bocelli and many more.

Tonight’s show will be co-hosted by Raul Gonzalez, Roselyn Sanchez, and Laura Flores. For more information, please visit: or follow the event on: Facebook/Billboard and Twitter: @Billboard with the hashtag #BBLATIN.

“The Billboard Latin Music Conference and Awards is a magnificent event and I’m thrilled to have been invited,” said Erislandy Lara. “The fact that this is its 25th anniversary says a lot about the popularity of Latin artists’ around the world. I’m looking forward to seeing all the great performers as they will be putting on a great show for the world to see.”