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May 13, 2015
May 13, 2015
HOUSTON, TX - MAY 9: Saul "Canelo" Alvarez celebrates his 3rd round knockout win over James Kirkland (not shown) at Minute Maid Park on May  9, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Golden Boy/Golden Boy via Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***Saul Alvarez; James Kirkland

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AFTER an electrifying night at Minute Maid Park in Houston where more than 31,000 fans gathered to watch live on May 9, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. James Kirkland brought in a stunning number of viewers on HBO World Championship Boxing (WCB) with an average viewership of 2,146,000 for the live, first-time airing on HBO and peaked at 2,296,000 viewers. Canelo vs. Kirkland is the top-performing bout on HBO’s flagship boxing platform since the Antonio Tarver-Bernard Hopkins light heavyweight title battle delivered 2,460,000 viewers in 2006. This also marked the Mexican superstar’s first appearance as a headliner on the HBO WCB platform.

“With more than 31,000 people coming to Minute Maid Park and more than 2.1 million tuning in to watch on HBO, Canelo Alvarez is quickly making the leap from the biggest boxing star of the future, to the biggest boxing star of the present,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Founder and President of Golden Boy Promotions. “Given his sizzling, fan-friendly performance in knocking out James Kirkland, attendance and viewership will only continue to soar. Boxing’s future is now.”

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May 12, 2015
May 12, 2015
MayPac

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THE boxing blockbuster event,  Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao, shattered the previous record for total pay-per-view buys and now ranks as the highest-grossing pay-per-view of all time. Initial reports from distributors indicate that the event generated more than 4.4 million U.S. buys and more than $400 million in domestic pay-per-view revenue alone. With additional revenue from the live gate at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, international television distribution, sponsorships, closed circuit and merchandise sales, the event is expected to generate in excess of $500 million in gross worldwide receipts. The news was announced jointly by Showtime Networks Inc., a subsidiary of CBS Corporation, and HBO in conjunction with event promoters Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank.

The welterweight world championship unification bout nearly doubled the previous record of 2.48 million buys generated by the Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather boxing event in 2007 and nearly tripled the record $150 million in U.S. pay-per-view revenue generated by Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez in 2013.

Live gate receipts for the star-studded event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena produced more than $71 million in revenue, dramatically eclipsing the previous live gate record of $20 million (for Mayweather vs. Canelo) for both the sport of boxing and Las Vegas.

Additionally, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao set the record for closed circuit admissions and revenue both in Las Vegas and at establishments nationwide. The event sold nearly 46,000 closed circuit admissions at MGM Resorts International properties in Las Vegas alone and was available at more than 5,000 bars, restaurants and commercial establishments throughout the U.S.

Distributed in 175 countries worldwide, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao was available in essentially 75 percent of the world’s territories, setting the revenue record for international distribution.

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao drew enormous numbers on social media. For example, Facebook reported that 37 million unique people contributed more than 115 million interactions from the start of the event to 30 minutes following its completion, a new record for a boxing event.

The May 2 promotion included unprecedented marketing and cross-promotional support from distributors as well as record revenue from the event’s major sponsors.

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May 12, 2015
May 12, 2015
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AFTER Charlotte Church challenged Katie Hopkins to a boxing match on Twitter last weekend, BoxNation have offered to promote the fight. Here’s their statement in its full, unedited glory:

BOXING fans may have been left unsatisfied following the Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao May 2nd showdown but Charlotte Church and Katie Hopkins’ recent spat has created another superfight which is being demanded by the public.

As such, leading boxing channel BoxNation, which airs on Sky, Virgin, TalkTalk and online, has put up a £100,000 offer for the winner to their designated charity, and will provide adequate training, as well as showing the fight live and exclusive on the channel.

Welsh singer Church and TV personality Hopkins clashed over Twitter when the latter blasted 29-year-old Church for attending an anti-austerity march in Cardiff to complain about forthcoming Tory cuts.

Hopkins is a staunch Conservative supporter and the pair went at it back and forth before Church challenged the controversial figure to settle the argument once and for all by lacing up the gloves and meeting her inside the squared circle for a charitable cause.

BoxNation is now ready to make the fight happen, with the broadcaster prepared to provide the platform in which to turn fighting words into reality.

‘The Channel of Champions’ regularly broadcasts the biggest fights from around the world including Tyson Fury, Mayweather, Pacquiao and Wladimir Klitschko.

Hopkins’ namesake, the legendary Bernard Hopkins, is another regular featured on the channel and if the 40-year-old Sun columnist is half as good as the Philadelphian fighter then Church will certainly have bitten off more than she can chew.

Jim McMunn, Managing Director of BoxNation, said: “If these two want it to happen in the ring then BoxNation will make it happen. We immediately guarantee a purse of £100k for their nominated charities and we look forward to facilitating this showdown. Boxing is the ultimate one on one – Twitter and social media becomes a cowardly nonsense. BoxNation will ensure both fighters are ready to step through the ropes and face each other in a reality neither could ever have imagined. With role models like Nicola Adams and Katie Taylor boxing is an inspiration to all women who love sport and there is no doubt that if they want it to happen, the fiery personality of both Church and Hopkins will ensure this is a fight not to be missed.”

May 12, 2015
May 12, 2015
Quigg vs Martinez smaller

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SCOTT QUIGG will defend his WBA super-bantamweight title against Kiko Martinez at the Manchester Arena on July 18, live on Sky Sports.

Quigg makes the fifth defence of his crown having blasted away his first three challengers in devastating fashion before tough Japanese visitor Hidenori Otake bravely took him the distance in Liverpool in November, with Quigg securing a wide points decision.

The Bury star now faces the sternest test of his reign in the shape of former IBF World ruler Martinez, who landed his title in stunning fashion in August 2013 stopping the unbeaten Jhonatan Romero in America before stoppage wins in his first two defences against Jeffrey Mathebula and Hozumi Hasegawa.

Martinez is no stranger to the UK and Ireland having boxed Carl Frampton twice in Belfast and dramatically knocking out Bernard Dunne in the first round of their European title clash in Dublin.

After five fights in 13 months, Quigg was side-lined through hand surgery following the Otake fight, and the 26 year old says that time out of the ring has made him hungrier than ever.

“I was very busy and the break has done me good – I am refreshed,” said Quigg. “We know what Kiko brings, he’s been in everyone’s backyard and this is the toughest fight of my career – but there’s one thing I know, I will beat him on July 18.

“He’s strong, he comes forward and he’s a big puncher. It will be the best performance of my career and it will need to be, I predict a devastating victory.

“This is a dangerous fight and those are the ones I want. It’s the type of fight that you get out of bed for your morning runs for – the fear of losing that World title makes me work even harder.”

Heavyweight sensation Anthony Joshua MBE will feature on the bill and Chris Jenkins will face Tyrone Nurse for British Light Welterweight title – with further fights announced tomorrow.

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May 11, 2015
May 11, 2015
ArthurAbrahamPaulSmithII

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ARTHUR ABRAHAM (42-4, 28 KOs) is set to reignite his feud with super middleweight rival Robert Stieglitz (47-4-1, 27 KOs) on July 18 at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, Germany. The boxers meet for a fourth time, with the WBO crown on the line, following a memorable trilogy of world championship fights.

“The battle for super-middleweight supremacy continues,’’ said promoter Kalle Sauerland. “I’m hard pressed to think of any other trilogy in modern boxing history that has provided such a high level of drama. For that reason, we go again. On July 18, for an unprecedented fourth time, Arthur and Robert will contest the WBO super middleweight title.’’

Abraham and Stieglitz first met in August 2012, where a points decision earned Abraham the WBO strap. In a March 2013 rematch, Stieglitz got his revenge with a fourth-round technical knockout victory. The belt once again changed hands in March 2014 with Abraham flooring Stieglitz on his way to a split decision win. The stage is now set for a fourth battle between ‘King Arthur’ and his mandatory challenger Stieglitz at Germany’s famous Gerry Weber Stadium.

For the defending champion Abraham, July 18 offers him the opportunity to write the final chapter in his rivalry with Stieglitz. ‘’Robert is mandatory challenger, so of course he deserves his shot,’’ said Abraham. ‘’I’ve enjoyed our rivalry, but like all good things, this must come to an end. The Gerry Weber Stadium will provide the perfect venue for me to finish our feud. I had Robert down in the twelfth-round of our last encounter, but this time he will hit the canvas a lot sooner!’’

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May 11, 2015
May 11, 2015
HOUSTON, TX - MAY 9: Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (black/green trunks) and James Kirkland (black/red trunks) during their 12 round super welterweight fight at Minute Maid Park on May  9, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Golden Boy/Golden Boy via Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***Saul Alvarez; James Kirkland

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IN front of more than 31,000 raucous fans Minute Maid Park in Houston, light-middleweight sensation Mexico’s Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) knocked out Texas’ James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland (32-2, 28 KOs) with a thunderous right hand in the middle of the third round, capping a sensational performance that saw the 24-year-old drop Kirkland in the first and deliver a number of huge shots before the eventual end of the fight. The fight was broadcast live on HBO World Championship Boxing.

“This was one of the best knockouts of my career,” Canelo Alvarez said following the fight. “He came out with a little bit of a different style than I was expecting, but I was able to adjust and get the knockout. I knew he was strong fighter but he surprised me with his aggressiveness in the first and second round. I fight for the fans, and I’ll fight anyone, anywhere, anytime.” Alvarez connected on an astounding 60 percent of his power shots, landing 79 of them inside of three rounds.

“I didn’t know I was knocked out,” said James Kirkland. “I had him trapped and hurt in the corner in the first round but he escaped, I had him hurt in the second also. He’s a great champion, I’m proud that I was able to compete in such a terrific event, and I hope to fight him again some day. I’m a warrior, I’ll be back.”

“Canelo vs. Kirkland on May 9 was the real Cinco de Mayo weekend fight that fans wanted,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Founder and President of Golden Boy Promotions. “We promised them a war, we promised them action, and that is exactly what they got with this fight.”

“I’m proud of him, he’s a true warrior and I’m going to get him back with Ann Wolfe,” said Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Founder and Chairman of SMS Promotions, said of Kirkland after the fight.

“I am very happy about the fight, it was intense from round one. We want to thank Kirkland for taking this fight and for giving the fans an exciting night,” said Jose “Chepo” Reynoso, manager and trainer for Canelo Alvarez. “This fight showed the result of 17 intense weeks of training and we are very satisfied with the result.”

“I’m happy we won the fight,” said Eddy Reynoso, head trainer for Canelo Alvarez. “This is the result of a successful camp. Kirkland did surprise us in the beginning, but Canelo was able to find him and adjust to his rhythm and overpower him. I want to thank the team that made this fight happen and all the fans that continue to support us.”

With official attendance of 31,588, Minute Maid Park was rocking from the opening bell, and Alvarez delivered for them not only with a huge knockout, but with a pledge to fight in Texas once a year.

2012 U.S. Olympian Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz, Jr. (16-0, 10 KOs)closed the undercard with an electric performance, outlasting a savvy Giovanni “Lloviznas” Delgado (15-3, 9 KOs) in a 10-round unanimous decision.

“I feel great that I was able to go the distance and show more of my skills instead of just another knockout,” said Diaz. “Delgado was very tough and durable but my skills were better. I’m thrilled to fight here on such a big stage and look forward to getting back in the ring soon.”

“Diaz, is very fast and it was difficult finding my rhythm,” Delgado said.  “I did get very tired trying to keep up with his pace and it was difficult to find him, but I also feel like I did shake him in the last few rounds. I am disappointed that I lost all I can do now is go back to the gym and train harder.”

Heavyweight 7-foot-tall Chinese sensation Taishan Dong (4-0, 2 KOs) stayed undefeated in a four-round slugfest, outpointing Jamal Woods (6-19, 6 KOs), and winning by majority decision. “I feel really thrilled to be representing the millions of people in China today especially on one of the most attended cards of the year,” Taishan said. “I feel like my opponent had more experience than I do but that doesn’t mean he was more skillful. Today, my strength, reach and powerful jab was what got me the win.”

Slick, undefeated Welterweight KeAndre Gibson (13-0-1, 5 KOs) bolstered his record with a 10-round unanimous decision over a game Jorge Romero. In an impressive victory, Gibson pitched a shutout on all three judges’ cards. “I had a tough opponent, a veteran,” Gibson said. “I think I did well. I will fight whoever next. It was a good experience to fight in front of a crowd like this. Look at all these people.”

Savvy veteran Joshua “Grand Master” Clottey (39-4, 22 KOs) outlasted Jorge Silva (20-9-2, 16 KOs), in a 10-round match-up of Super Welterweights. Clottey, a former world title holder dominated the action from the get-go, shutting out Silva on two judges’ cards en route to a unanimous decision.

Up-and-coming and undefeated super lightweight Ryan “Blue Chip” Martin (13-0, 8 KOs) made it an early afternoon in Houston, knocking out Ivan “El Oso” Zavala (7-10-2, 3 KOs) inside two minutes of the first round. The Tennessee native was all over Zavala from the opening bell, ending the fight with a massive shot to the ear. “I’m sorry my fans didn’t get to see more of me, but I took care of business,” Martin said. “I’m looking forward to my next fight and showcasing my skills further.”

In a tight eight-round affair, Austin, Texas-based Super Lightweight Curtis Meeks (10-1-2, 3 KOs) fought through a shoulder injury to win a tough majority decision over Ramsey Luna (12-3, 5 KOs). Both fighters landed flurries of rights and lefts to the head and body, but Meeks was more precise with his punches, edging out the victory in front of the hometown Texas fans. “I’m winning, even if it’s with one arm,” Meeks said. [Luna] put on a good fight today, but I would have knocked him out inside four if I hadn’t hurt my shoulder.”

In his third fight as a professional, featherweight prospect Crescencio Ramos (3-0, 2 KOs) gave a sizzling performance in a one-sided victory, knocking down Cody Walker (1-5) twice before the referee stepped in to stop the fight before the end of the first round. “I wanted to use my speed; my speed and my body shots,” Ramos said.

Local fan-favorite Alfonso “El Tigre” Lopez (24-3, 19 KOs) landed a devastating counter left hook in the second round to deliver a huge knockout against Lester “El Cubanito” Gonzalez(12-17-4, 6 KOs).  “I wanted to stay consistent, stay relaxed and let the counter-shot come,” Lopez said. “We knew that he was slick, so I wanted to use my boxing skills, set up the shot. Only stages like this will being the absolute best fighting out of you.”

In a battle of undefeated super-featherweights, Joseph Rodriguez (9-0, 2 KOs) kept his ‘0’ with a hard-fought majority decision over formerly undefeated Luis Guevera (3-1-1, 2 KOs). Mixing speed, power and defense the San Antonio-based Rodriguez came out on top on two of the judges cards, including a shutout on one. “I picked my shots and the right times to turn it on. I took my time and was a savvy veteran.”

In an all-Mexican super-bantamweight showdown, Rodrigo “Gatito” Guerrero (23-5-1, 16 KOs) emerged victorious over Arturo “Fuerte” Badillo (20-7, 18KOs) when a barrage of shots from Guerrero forced Badillo to retire at the end of the seventh round. “It wasn’t an easy fight,” Guerrero, from Mexico City, Mexico said. “My focus has always been to fight for a world title, and I’m hopeful that’s next for me.”

In the opening fight from Houston, undefeated light heavyweight Armando “III” Pina (6-0, 6 KOs) stayed perfect with a second round knockout of Zacharia Kelley (4-11, 4 KOs). After working the body early in the second, Pina went upstairs to finish the fight. “He’s a short guy, so I know I had to take some air out of him,” Pina, a Chicago native said. About his future, Pina said, “I’m just staying dedicated and working real hard. There are no limits.”

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May 10, 2015
May 10, 2015
Buglioni-Markham

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Fight # 1
4 X 3 Minute Rounds Light-Heavyweight Contest
ANTHONY YARDE WKO2 (Time: 2:35) MITCH MITCHELL
Hard-hitting Anthony Yarde makes a successful pro debut with a second round stoppage of tough Lincoln man Mitch Mitchell. Yards was calm and composed as he stalked Mitchell, pumping a strong jabs and hard rights.  Yarde dropped Mitchell with a hard right to the body before the end of the first round and Mitchell was saved by the bell. In the second round Yarde started fast and dropped Mitchell with a big right hand for the ten count.

Fight # 2
4 X 3 Minute Rounds Heavyweight Contest
NICK WEBB WKO1 (Time: 1:57) MARTIN SZATMARI
Woking heavyweight talent Nick Webb follows up his successful debut with another KO win, this time against Hungary’s Martin Szatmari with a powerful performance.

Fight # 3
4 X 3 Minute Rounds Middleweight Contest
ALEX HUGHES WKO1 (Time: 2:43) GYORGY VARGA
Red hot Welsh prospect Alex Hughes, blasts out Yorgi Varga inside the first round with a hard right hand.  The Gary Lockett trained talent takes his record to 4-0 with three stoppages as he develops into a prospect to watch out for.

Fight # 4
8 X 3 Minute Rounds Light-Middleweight Contest
AHMET PATTERSON WKO4 (Time: 3:09) JOHN BRENNAN
Exciting talent Ahmet Patterson makes an explosive entry into the light-middleweight division with a fourth round KO over Slough’s tough John Brennan.  The former English Welterweight Champion was too quick for Brennan, landing fast right hands and long left hooks, mixed with some flashy defensive skills.  At the end of the fourth, Patterson landed a devastating body shot that left Brennan in pain and unable to rise.  Patterson takes his record to 15-0 and will look to home in on a title shot at his new weight.

Fight # 5
8 X 3 Minute Rounds Super-Featherweight Championship
GEORGE JUPP WPTS8 (80-73) BARRINGTON BROWN
Belvedere’s George Jupp outworks Barrington Brown over eight fast-paced rounds with plenty of action.  Jupp, the Southern Area Champion with title not at stake, wins his first fight of the year and looks toward English title honours later this year.

Fight # 6
4 X 3 Minute Rounds Super-Featherweight Contest
BOY JONES JNR WKO1 (Time: 2:00) AARON FLINN
Boy Jones Jnr follows up his debut with a hard-hitting performance to halt Aaron Flinn in the first 60 seconds.  Jones looked sharp with the jab and dropped Flinn with a right hand, up at the count of eight, Jones piled in against and Flinn went down with a hard left to the body, this time he didn’t rise and the referee waved it off.

Fight # 7
4 X 3 Minute Rounds Lightweight Contest
EDIZ HUSSEIN WPTS4 (38-37) JAMIE QUINN
Ediz Hussein, son of East London fight legend Mo, wins an entertaining four-round battle after flooring Quinn in the opening round and Quinn working his way back into the fight.  Hussein’s more accurate and higher work-rate just got him the decision with the referee.

Fight # 8
6 X 3 Minute Rounds Light-Middleweight Contest
JOE PIGFORD WTKO6 (Time: 2:30) SIMIONE LUCAS
Dynamite-punching Joe Pigford halts Nottingham’s Simione Lucas in the sixth round to record his fourth stoppage in a row and now seven out of eight opponents in his career have fallen early. Roared on by a wild crowd, Pigford dropped Lucas floored at end of fifth round with a left hook.  Pigford then  stormed out in the next round to the excitement of his fans and forced the stoppage.

Fight # 9
WBO EUROPEAN SUPER-MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
10 X 3 Minute Rounds at 12st (168lbs)
FRANK BUGLIONI DPTS10 (94-96, 96-94, 95-95) LEE MARKHAM
In a pulsating thriller, former amateur rivals Frank Buglioni and Lee Markham battled to a draw in a contender for Fight of the Year.  Both were promising beforehand that the fight would not go the distance, but the pair went at it for ten rounds at a relentless pace throwing punches non-stop for ten-rounds with Buglioni’s WBO European crown on the line.  Buglioni tried to use his longer arms and sharper boxing skills to keep Markham at bay, but Markham’s constant pressure and close in work using the uppercuts and body shots were eye-catching.

Fight # 10
WBO EUROPEAN WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
10 X 3 Minute Rounds at 10st 7lbs (147lbs)
BRADLEY SKEETE WRTD6 BRUNET ZAMORA
Penge’s Bradley Skeete retained his WBO European title with a perfect boxing display to force Brunet Zamora to retire on his stool before coming out for the seventh round.  Skeete’s jabs were fast and accurate and started reddening up Zamora’s face from the first round.  With Zamora unable to get past Skeete’s long arms, Skeete picked apart Zamora until he dropped him in the fifth round from a big right hand.  Bradley piled on the pressure in the sixth but couldn’t find the KO blow.  However, Zamora’s corner had seen enough and the referee waved it off.

Fight # 11
VACANT WBO INTERCONTINENTAL SUPER-FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
10 X 3 Minute Rounds at 9st 4lbs (130lbs)
MITCHELL SMITH WKO5 (Time: 1:49) CRISTIAN PALMA
Harrow Weald ace continued his unbeaten run and claimed the Vacant WBO Intercontinental crown with a fifth round stoppage of Cristian Palma. Mitchell was frustrated with the tricky Chilean’s tactics, but got through in the fifth to drop Palma who claimed he was hit when he was down.  With the win Mitchell should break into the WBO top ten rankings and adds the Intercontinental crown to his WBO European belt.