Golden Boy President Eric Gomez: Hard work paid off

By Hesiquio Balderas

Eric Gomez, the president of Golden Boy Promotions, had a few minutes to talk to Fightnews.com® about his company, the struggles, and Canelo vs. Golovkin.

“We are finally here,” said Gomez. “It’s fight week, it’s a big event… I am very happy, very excited. A few years ago we were struggling, a lot of people didn’t believe in us. Some media members said we were done. The company was suffering, a lot of people left us, we had no fighters but we did what we know best and that’s to work hard. And “Oscar de la Hoya who is a great brand and was a great fighter reinvented himself. We worked hard as a company with what we had left and we are now here in Las Vegas. We put on the biggest fight of the year and we have the biggest star in boxing Canelo Álvarez.” Continue reading “Golden Boy President Eric Gomez: Hard work paid off”

By Hesiquio Balderas Eric Gomez, the president of Golden Boy Promotions, had a few minutes to talk to Fightnews.com® about his company, the struggles, and Canelo vs. Golovkin. “We are…
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Kennedy edges Santos, Khytrov victorious

Photos: Emily Harney

Undefeated Irishman Niall “Boom Boom” Kennedy won a controversial 10-round split decision versus defending champion Alexis Santos to capture the New England heavyweight championship in last night’s (Saturday) main event of Broadway Boxing held in Fox Theater, at Foxwoods Resort Casino, in Mashantucket, CT.

Kennedy (9-0, 5 KOs), fighting out of Galway, Ireland, by way of Boston, battled Santos in a competitive, action-packed brawl to be awarded the N.E. title by scores of 96-93, 96-93, 93-96. The majority of fans in attendance, outside of Kennedy’s Irish supporters, and the ringside media felt that Santos, from Lawrence, MA, had the edge and deserved the decision. Continue reading “Kennedy edges Santos, Khytrov victorious”

Photos: Emily Harney Undefeated Irishman Niall “Boom Boom” Kennedy won a controversial 10-round split decision versus defending champion Alexis Santos to capture the New England heavyweight championship in last night’s…
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Lee annihilates Quattrocchi in one

By Craig Wick at ringside

In the ballyhooed lead-up to the CBS Sports Network televised “Rosemont Rumble: Going for 20-0,” the only thing left unsaid was the manner in which undefeated light heavyweight contender Mike Lee (20-0, 11 KOs) would dispose of his opponent, Aaron Quattrocchi (10-2-1, 5 KOs), in their scheduled 10-round contest. The fact that Quattrocchi was hand-picked for the momentous occasion was of little concern to the legion of Lee fans that filled the ‘Dome at the Ballpark’ in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, IL, Friday night. And true to form, “Mendoza Mike,” as in Notre Dame’s College of Business, picked up his 20th win and perhaps propelled himself into a big money fight as a result.

Now for the bout’s highlights: A passive Quattrocchi down twice from right hands to the chin and stopped at 2:32 from a follow-up Lee flurry. There you have it! Continue reading “Lee annihilates Quattrocchi in one”

By Craig Wick at ringside In the ballyhooed lead-up to the CBS Sports Network televised “Rosemont Rumble: Going for 20-0,” the only thing left unsaid was the manner in which…
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Rojas KOs Marrero for WBA interim belt

Photos: Tom Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions

In an entertaining scrap, featherweight Jesus Rojas (26-1-2, 19 KOs) scored a seventh round KO to dethrone WBA interim 126lb champion Claudio Marrero (22-2, 16 KOs) on Friday night at the MGM Grand Marquee Ballroom in Las Vegas. Rojas dropped Marrero with a combination punctuated by a left hook and a dazed Marrero was counted out by referee Russell Mora. Time was 2:59.

“I’m super happy and super emotional,” said Rojas. “We knew that he [Marrero] was going to be aggressive and we purposely worked on our counterpunching, and that was what did the trick.” Continue reading “Rojas KOs Marrero for WBA interim belt”

Photos: Tom Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions In an entertaining scrap, featherweight Jesus Rojas (26-1-2, 19 KOs) scored a seventh round KO to dethrone WBA interim 126lb champion Claudio Marrero (22-2,…
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Lomachenko-Rigondeaux is on for Dec 9

Top Rank has confirmed that Vasyl Lomachenko and Guillermo Rigondeaux will meet December 9 in a clash of two-time Olympic champions. The fight will be for Lomachenko’s WBO super featherweight world title and take place at Madison Square Garden in New York City. ESPN will televise.

Vasyl Lomachenko: We are giving the fans what they want.

Guillermo Rigondeaux: Lomachenko didn’t take the easy way out like some cowards in boxing.

Bob Arum: Matching Lomachenko and Rigondeaux, each winners of two gold medals, is a milestone in my career.

Top Rank has confirmed that Vasyl Lomachenko and Guillermo Rigondeaux will meet December 9 in a clash of two-time Olympic champions. The fight will be for Lomachenko’s WBO super featherweight…
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Monroe reacts to low blows at weigh-in

Willie Monroe Jr. isn’t happy about being socked and kicked in the family jewels by the son of WBO middleweight champ Billy Joe Saunders at Friday’s weigh-in.

Willie Monroe Jr. isn’t happy about being socked and kicked in the family jewels by the son of WBO middleweight champ Billy Joe Saunders at Friday’s weigh-in.

WBO requests neutral referee for Parker-Fury

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBO President Paco Valcarcel has responded to the appointment of Terry O’Connor as referee to the WBO heavyweight title bout Joseph Parker vs. Hughie Fury on September 23 by Robert Smith, General Secretary of the British Boxing Board of Control requesting that neutral referee and judges be appointed from countries other than England or New Zealand according to WBO rules. Continue reading “WBO requests neutral referee for Parker-Fury”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing WBO President Paco Valcarcel has responded to the appointment of Terry O’Connor as referee to the WBO heavyweight title bout Joseph Parker vs.…
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JC Chavez Makes GGG-Canelo Pick

This photo was distributed by GGG’s team via email with the subject line “Julio César Chávez Makes his Golovkin vs. Canelo Pick.” Trainer Abel Sanchez first unveiled the shirt during a sitdown with reporters earlier in the week and it looks like El Gran Campeón got one too. Of course, Canelo is coming off a win over Julio’s son in May.

This photo was distributed by GGG’s team via email with the subject line “Julio César Chávez Makes his Golovkin vs. Canelo Pick.” Trainer Abel Sanchez first unveiled the shirt during…
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GGG, Canelo both 160 pounds

By Miguel Maravilla at the scale

Gennady Golovkin 160 vs. Canelo Alvarez 160
(WBC/WBA/IBF middleweight title)

Joseph Diaz Jr. 126 vs. Rafael Rivera 127
(Rivera one pound over, has one hour to lose it)
Diego De La Hoya 122 vs. Randy Caballero 121
Ryan Martin 135 vs. Francisco Rojo 135.5
(Rojo a half-pound over, has one hour to lose it)

Non-PPV Bouts
Serhii Bohachuk 150 vs. Joan Jose Valenzuela 154.5
Vergil Ortiz 140 vs. Cesar Valenzuela 140
Marlen Esparza 111.5 vs. Aracely Palacios 110
Nicola Adams 115 vs. Alexandra Vlajk 114.5

Venue: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: PPV

By Miguel Maravilla at the scale Gennady Golovkin 160 vs. Canelo Alvarez 160 (WBC/WBA/IBF middleweight title) Joseph Diaz Jr. 126 vs. Rafael Rivera 127 (Rivera one pound over, has one…
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Fortuna Outpoints Javier

By Robert Coster

Former two division world champion, WBA#4, IBF#8 Javier Fortuna (33-1-1, 23 KOs) won a clear-cut 10 round decision over fellow Dominican jr lightweight Nicolas Javier (16-1, 9 KOs) in Santo Domingo. Fortuna hurt his right hand in the very first round and had practically to fight one-handed the rest of the bout. In spite of this handicap, Fortuna scored a knockdown in the 5th round and pitched a shutout decision over his young opponent. Said Fortuna after the fight, “I would have liked to score a knockout but hurting my ring hand so early in the fight changed my game plan.”

In another bout, former lightweight title challenger Argenis Lopez (22-1-1, 7 KOs) returned to ring action after a 9-month layoff to score an unpopular decision over Venezuelan veteran Pedro Verdu (20-17-3, 14 KOs).

The card was promoted by Manguita Promotion and Sampson Lewkowicz and held at the Jaragua Renaissance Hotel and Casino.

By Robert Coster Former two division world champion, WBA#4, IBF#8 Javier Fortuna (33-1-1, 23 KOs) won a clear-cut 10 round decision over fellow Dominican jr lightweight Nicolas Javier (16-1, 9…
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Kennedy ready for “Must Win” battle with Santos

By Matt V. Thompson

Heavyweight prospects Alexis Santos and Niall Kennedy will square off tonight in a crossroads matchup at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Ledyard, CT. Santos vs. Kennedy is the main event of a special “Broadway Boxing” card promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Murphys Boxing. Santos, the New England Heavyweight champ, brings an impressive record of 18-1, 15 KOs into the ring, his sole loss due to a torn ACL in his June 2014 bout with Daniel Martz, which he avenged two years later.

Photo: Emily Harney

Niall Kennedy (8-0, 5 KOs), hailing from Gorey, County Wexford, Ireland has made Boston his home away from home, fighting half of his bouts here under the Murphys Boxing banner. Continue reading “Kennedy ready for “Must Win” battle with Santos”

By Matt V. Thompson Heavyweight prospects Alexis Santos and Niall Kennedy will square off tonight in a crossroads matchup at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Ledyard, CT. Santos vs. Kennedy…
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Smith, Skoglund make weight

Callum Smith 167.5 vs. Erik Skoglund 167.5
(WBSS super middleweight quarter-final)

Photo: World Boxing Super Series

Venue: Echo Arena, Liverpool, England
Promoter: Matchroom, Team Sauerland

Callum Smith 167.5 vs. Erik Skoglund 167.5 (WBSS super middleweight quarter-final) Venue: Echo Arena, Liverpool, England Promoter: Matchroom, Team Sauerland

Saunders, Monroe make weight

Billy Joe Saunders 160 vs. Willie Monroe Jr 160
(WBO world middleweight championship)

Photo courtesy Frank Warren

Venue: Copper Box, London
Promoter: Frank Warren
TV: YouTube

Billy Joe Saunders 160 vs. Willie Monroe Jr 160 (WBO world middleweight championship) Venue: Copper Box, London Promoter: Frank Warren TV: YouTube

Terry O’Connor to ref Parker-Fury

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker’s co-promoter Duco Events have lodged their disproval of the appointment of referee Terry O’Connor for Parker’s defense against Hughie Fury on September 23 in Manchester but the British Boxing Board of Control General Secretary Robert Smith is sticking with his pick.

“Our standard policy is to have a British referee, a British judge, an official from the country where the boxer is coming from and another from a neutral country [on the judging panel],” Smith told Sky Sports. We advised the WBO some time ago our referee we want to appoint is Terry O’Connor and the judge being Marcus McDonnell. Continue reading “Terry O’Connor to ref Parker-Fury”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker’s co-promoter Duco Events have lodged their disproval of the appointment of referee Terry O’Connor for Parker’s defense against…
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Pinoy Pride 42: Melindo, Budler make weight

Milan Melindo 108 vs. Hekkie Budler 108
(IBF jr flyweight world title)
Note: Melindo first weighed in at 109.25, but made weight the second time he stepped on the scale.

Photo: ALA Promotions

John Riel Casimero 115 vs. Zorro Sultan 114.75
(IBF jr bantamweight eliminator)

Jason Pagara 146 vs. James Onyango 145
Arthur Villanueva 119 vs. Richie Mepranum 118.5
Kevin Jake Cataraja 114 vs. Wiljan Ugbaniel 114
Virgel Vitor 123 vs. Alvin Bais 120
Kenneth Gentallan 116 vs. Jeffrey Stella 115
Jeno Macapobre 111 vs. Mel Ando 112

Venue: Waterfront Hotel and Casino, Cebu City, Philippines
Promoter: ALA Promotions

Milan Melindo 108 vs. Hekkie Budler 108 (IBF jr flyweight world title) Note: Melindo first weighed in at 109.25, but made weight the second time he stepped on the scale.…
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Weights from Chicago

Mike Lee 175 vs. Aaron Quattrocchi 175
Tommy Hughes 167.5 vs. Joshua Kuhn 167
Matt Cameron 199.5 vs. Taylor Deurr 195
Gorjan Slaveski 168 vs. Emmauel Sanchez 167
Sarah Curran 153 vs. Jenna Johlin 153
Nick Brindise 137.5 vs. Matt Murphy 140
David Latoria 237.5 vs. Travis Fulton ??

Venue: The Dome at the Ballpark, Rosemont, Illinois
Promoter: Hitz Boxing
TV: CBS Sports Network

Mike Lee 175 vs. Aaron Quattrocchi 175 Tommy Hughes 167.5 vs. Joshua Kuhn 167 Matt Cameron 199.5 vs. Taylor Deurr 195 Gorjan Slaveski 168 vs. Emmauel Sanchez 167 Sarah Curran…
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Weights from Foxwoods

Alexis Santos 221 vs. Niall Kennedy 224
Shelly Vincent 128 vs. Angel Gladney 129
Mykquan Williams 142 vs. Evincii Dixon 144
Ievgen Khytrov 164 vs. Derrick Findley 166
Adrian Sosa 139 vs. Francisco Medel 140
Nicholas DeQuattro 140 vs. Timothy Wheeler 143
Raymond Moylette 139 vs. Donte Bryant 138
Hurshidbek Normatov 155 vs. Fabian Lyimo 152

Venue: Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, CT
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
TV: Facebook

Alexis Santos 221 vs. Niall Kennedy 224 Shelly Vincent 128 vs. Angel Gladney 129 Mykquan Williams 142 vs. Evincii Dixon 144 Ievgen Khytrov 164 vs. Derrick Findley 166 Adrian Sosa…
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Jack-Bivol WBA purse bid ordered

The World Boxing Association Championships Committee notified today the teams behind WBA light heavyweight champion Badou Jack and interim champion Dmitry Bivol that they must go to purse bids on September 25. The WBA Championships Committee had ordered negotiations between then-champion Nathan Cleverly and Bivol on July 27. However, on August 12, Cleverly was granted a special permit to face Jack on the condition that the winner would have to fight the Russian boxer. Thus, the WBA complies with its issued resolutions by calling Jack and Bivol to purse bids.

The purse bid will be held in the WBA offices located in Panama City, Panama, on September 25, and will be directed by Aurelio Fuego, who is part of the WBA Directorate.

The World Boxing Association Championships Committee notified today the teams behind WBA light heavyweight champion Badou Jack and interim champion Dmitry Bivol that they must go to purse bids on…
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Special WBA belt for GGG-Canelo winner

The World Boxing Association will award a special belt to the winner of the match between Gennady Glolovkin and Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez, who will fight for the WBA middleweight “super” championship.


The belt keeps its elegant black-gold color. However, the silhouette of both boxers bathed in gold with the date and place of the fight was added to the sides. Thus, tribute is paid to two great boxers who will fight in one of the most important divisions in boxing.

The World Boxing Association will award a special belt to the winner of the match between Gennady Glolovkin and Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez, who will fight for the WBA middleweight “super”…
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Marrero, Rojas make weight

Claudio Marrero 126 vs. Jesus Rojas 126
(WBA Interim Featherweight Championship)

Photo: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

Rashidi Ellis 147 vs. Juan Carlos Abreu 147
(IBF NA welterweight title)

Ryan Garcia 130 vs. Miguel Carrizoza 129.6
Horacio Garcia 123.6 vs. Diuhl Olguin 121.8
Damon Allen 136.8 vs. Jayro Duran 137
Ryan Garcia 130 vs. Miguel Carrizoza 129.6
Alexis Salazar 159 vs. Evan Torres 160

Venue: MGM Grand Resort and Casino in Las Vegas
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: ESPN Deportes, ESPN2 (delayed)

Claudio Marrero 126 vs. Jesus Rojas 126 (WBA Interim Featherweight Championship) Rashidi Ellis 147 vs. Juan Carlos Abreu 147 (IBF NA welterweight title) Ryan Garcia 130 vs. Miguel Carrizoza 129.6…
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Q&A: Heavyweight Alexis Santos

By Jason Marchetti

Heavyweight Alexis Santos (18-1, 15 KO’s) from Lawrence Massachusetts, headlines Broadway Boxing card at Foxwoods Resort and Casino this weekend promoted by DiBella Entertainment. Fighting for the third time in the past year, Santos will step up to fight Niall Kennedy (8-0, 5 KO’s) from Gorey, Ireland.

Photo: Emily Harney

Santos has won 5 fights in a row since his lone loss, the result of an injury sustained in the first round against Daniel Martz in 2014. Santos destroyed Martz in the rematch two years later, knocking him out in the 7th round of their scheduled 10 round bout. Continue reading “Q&A: Heavyweight Alexis Santos”

By Jason Marchetti Heavyweight Alexis Santos (18-1, 15 KO’s) from Lawrence Massachusetts, headlines Broadway Boxing card at Foxwoods Resort and Casino this weekend promoted by DiBella Entertainment. Fighting for the…
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[Updated] GGG-Canelo purses, rematch, officials…

Update on purses: Per Yahoo Sports, the amounts reported to the NSAC were $6 million for Canelo, $3 million for GGG.

Both WBC/WBA/IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and former champ Canelo Alvarez had been reportedly guaranteed $15 million each with Canelo taking the lion’s share of the PPV upside.

If Golovkin wins, Canelo can enforce a contractual rematch clause. However, if Canelo wins, he’s under no obligation to grant “GGG” a rematch.

The NSAC has assigned Kenny Bayless to referee the bout. Judges are Adalaide Byrd, Dave Moretti and Don Trella.

Update on purses: Per Yahoo Sports, the amounts reported to the NSAC were $6 million for Canelo, $3 million for GGG. Both WBC/WBA/IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and former champ…
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Nov 11 ESPN world title card announced

World championship boxing comes to Fresno. On November 11 at Save Mart Center, undefeated WBO jr. featherweight champion Jessie Magdaleno (25-0, 18 KOs) will be defending his world title against #1 contender and mandatory challenger Cesar Juarez (20-5, 15 KOs). Local jr welterweight hero and 2012 U.S. Olympian Jose Ramirez (20-0, 15 KOs) will be facing Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed (23-0, 12 KO) in the main event. Both fights, plus the Artur Beterbiev-Enrico Koelling IBF light heavyweight title elimination bout, will be televised live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes and stream live on the ESPN app.

Promoted by Top Rank, tickets go on sale Friday, September 15, at 10 a.m. PT. Priced at $150 (floor), $88, $58 and $33, plus applicable fees, tickets may be purchased at select Save Mart Supermarkets, online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 800 or at the Save Mart Center Box Office.

World championship boxing comes to Fresno. On November 11 at Save Mart Center, undefeated WBO jr. featherweight champion Jessie Magdaleno (25-0, 18 KOs) will be defending his world title against…
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GGG vs Canelo Odds and Ends

Odds courtesy of Bovada…

Gennady Golovkin vs Saul Alvarez
Gennady Golovkin -155 (20/31)
Saul Alvarez +125 (5/4)

Props

Will the fight go the distance?
Yes -140 (5/7)
No EVEN (1/1)

Method of Victory
Draw or Technical Draw 16/1
G. Golovkin by KO, TKO or DQ 8/5
G. Golovkin by Decision or Technical Decision 11/4
S. Alvarez by KO, TKO or DQ 11/2
S. Alvarez by Decision or Technical Decision 2/1

Continue reading “GGG vs Canelo Odds and Ends”

Odds courtesy of Bovada… Gennady Golovkin vs Saul Alvarez Gennady Golovkin -155 (20/31) Saul Alvarez +125 (5/4) Props Will the fight go the distance? Yes -140 (5/7) No EVEN (1/1)…
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