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January 28, 2015
January 28, 2015

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THE British Lionhearts have named four Commonwealth Games medallists in a strong line-up to face the Morocco Atlas Lions in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) this Friday (30 January 2015) in Casablanca.

It is the same team that defeated the China Dragons 3-2 in the opening match of the season and includes Antony Fowler (middleweight), Qais Ashfaq (bantamweight), Sam Maxwell (light-welterweight) and Ashley Williams (light-flyweight) along with Romanian heavyweight, Ionut-Mirel Jitaru.

Fowler, Ashfaq and Maxwell are looking to build on the good starts to the season which saw them earn victories in their opening contests against the Chinese team, whilst Williams and Jitaru are looking for their first win of the campaign.

Antony Fowler said: “I am really looking forward to getting back in the ring.  My opening bout was a bit of a scrappy affair that ended-up getting stopped on a cut, so I am looking forward to showing what I can do out there in Morocco and delivering a winning performance for the team.”

The Lionhearts currently sit third in Group A, following the win over China and a narrow 3-2 loss to the Ukraine Otamans last Friday in Kiev.

The Morocco Atlas Lions are yet to get off-the-mark following a 4-1 defeat by the Mexico Guerreros in Mexico City and a 5-0 loss to the Cuba Domodores in Havana.

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January 27, 2015
January 27, 2015

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MASHANTUCKET, CT: Before ESPN2 Friday Night Fights’ live audience witnesses the WBC Continental Americas Lightweight Championship battle between Karl “Dynamite” Dargan (17-0, 9 KOs) and Tony “The Lightning” Luis (18-2, 7 KOs), they will be treated to a stacked undercard that includes Shane Mosley, Jr. (2-1, 2 KOs), Cuban Sullivan Barrera (14-0, 9 KOs) and local prospects.

The undefeated Barrera is taking on veteran Jeff Lacy (27-5, 18 KOs) for eight rounds of action in the light-heavyweight division. Barrera had a stellar 2014 with four wins and three knockouts. In his last fight on the Kovalev-Hopkins undercard, he stopped Rowland Bryant in the fourth round. Lacy also defeated his last opponent, Timothy Hall, Jr.

Middleweight Mosley, Jr., of Pomona, CA, is taking on Rafael Machado for four rounds of action. Mosley has been training in Foxwoods with his father, Sugar Shane Mosley, as part of the reality television series Knockout. The 24-year old Mosley suffered his first career loss in his last fight against Marchristopher Adkins. Machado is still looking for his first career win.

In another eight rounder heavyweights Keith “Machine Gun” Tapia (12-0, 7 KOs) of Santurce, Puerto Rico and Jesse Oltmanns (10-4, 7 KOs) of Bartonsville, PA will square off. The undefeated Tapia is coming off an eight round unanimous decision victory over Paul Jennette in June of last year. Oltmanns is looking to snap a three fight losing streak. In his last fight he was stopped by Matt Godfrey in the fifth round.

Light-heavyweights Larry Pryor (9-8, 5 KOs) of Washington, DC and Charles Foster (6-0, 3 KOs) of New Haven, Connecticut will face off for six rounds. Pryor has won his last two fights in a row after suffering a six-round unanimous decision loss to Barrera at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA in April. In his last fight, he defeated Rayco Saunders via a six-round unanimous decision. The undefeated Foster knocked out Robert Jackson in the first round on the undercard of the Mchunu-Wilson card at Foxwoods in September.

Local favorite Cassius Chaney of New London, Connecticut will make his professional debut in a four-round heavyweight match-up with Antonio Assermelly (0-2) of Vesterly, Rhode Island. Assermelly is still looking for his first professional victory.

Finally, undefeated Philadelphian big man Khalib “Big Foot” Whitmore (6-0, 5 KOs) will square off against Carlos Reyes of (6-5-1, 4 KOs) of Kuarny, Arizona for four rounds of cruiserweight action. Whitmore has knocked out his last five opponents in a row. Most recently he stopped Lamont Capers in the fourth round at Sands in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania back in August of 2014. The southpaw, Reyes, is coming off a second round stoppage of Mike Bissett last month in St. Petersburg, Fl.

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January 26, 2015
January 26, 2015
John Ryder

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BILLI GODOY says he’ll draw on his wins over Jorge Sebastien Heiland and Carlos Baldomir as he challenges John Ryder for the WBO Inter-Continental Middleweight title at The O2 on Saturday (January 31), live on Sky Sports.

The Argentine is looking to upset Ryder’s plans of bursting into the top ten of the WBO rankings and charging to a title shot this year, and the visitor believes beating former world champion Baldomir and fellow countryman Heiland proves he has the class to defeat the Islington favourite.

“I am in good shape for this fight because I’ve had some good wins,” said Godoy. “I had a high ranking when I beat Carlos Baldomir and Heiland. I have belief that if I win on Saturday I’ll be up there in the rankings again.

“I was already training for a fight in Argentina but they called me to fight over in England for a title, which interested me. So we accepted the fight. I know John is a southpaw, he has good technique and he’s a good boxer so I’ll have to be very intelligent in the way that I fight him.

“Fights are fights. I always respect my rivals. I have my experience and a lot of confidence. I’m sure it’s going to be a great fight, I’m going to win as I always do.

“It was a very strange sensation being in the ring with Baldomir who was like an idol to me. He’s fought the likes of Floyd Mayweather, Arturo Gatti and Zab Judah so I never thought I’d be facing him in the ring in my life! Anyway, I had to fight him, he was my rival and I had to treat him as such.”

Godoy is no stranger to fighting in Europe after spending a lot of his early career in Austria and Germany after a chance meeting.

“I went to Austria just for a holiday where I then met a businessman, we got on well, he was involved in boxing and he liked how I fought so he offered me a chance to stay in Austria,” said Godoy. “I won four fights, I then went to live in Hamburg working with Universum Boxing. I was in Europe for nearly three years. It was a very good experience. My Dad took Aldo Nazareno Ríos to England to fight Ricky Hatton and then also to fight Jason Cook, but this is my first time in England.”

Godoy’s clash with Ryder is part of a great line-up in London as Kevin Mitchell faces Daniel Estrada for the vacant WBC Silver Lightweight title and an eliminator for the world title.

There’s a tasty pair of Light Welterweight bouts as John Wayne Hibbert and Tyler Goodjohn meet for Hibbert’s WBC International strap and Tommy Martin and Ricky Boylan square up for the vacant English title.

Team GB star Charlie Edwards makes his hotly anticipated pro debut on the bill, as does Cruiserweight Isaac Chamberlain, as Ohara Davies, Ben Hall and Lee Markham make their first appearances in 2015.

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January 26, 2015
January 26, 2015

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WBA World Lightweight Champion Richar Abril says Derry Mathews is out of his depth against him and will get knocked-out when they collide at the Liverpool Echo Arena on Friday March 6.

Abril travels to Mathews’s Merseyside hotbed to make the third defence of his world title and claims that the Liverpool hero has a weak chin and won’t be able to hold his heavy shots.

The Cuban, now based out of Florida, is the biggest test of Mathews twelve year career and although he’s had less fights than Mathews, he’s fought at a higher level with a ledger that includes  extending hard-hitting US star Brandon Rios the distance, plus two back-to-back title defences in his last two fights against unbeaten challengers.

“Mathews is a tough veteran and he is a smart fighter that pushes the pace….I rate him an 8 out of 10.  He has a good jab, and good defence but I don’t think his chin will stand up to my punches,” Said Abril.

“He has fought tough competition and has a lot of ring experience.  I believe I’ve fought more world class fighters than him, but he’s going to need every round of experience on March 6th.

“He is the one who has been KO’d 7 times in his career to my 0.  He is the one who should be worried about his chin and my punching power,”

“I definitely cannot leave it to the judges so I will be looking for the KO.  There is no way Mathews is taking my title.  I am coming to Liverpool to knock him out and I’m leaving with MY title.”

The IBF World Super-Flyweight Championship between Zolani Tete v Paul Butler and the WBA World Lightweight Championship between Richar Abril v Derry Mathews headlines Mersey Boys that also features Liam Smith’s Vacant WBO Intercontinental Light-Middleweight title challenge; Kevin Satchell’s defence of the European Flyweight Championship; Jazza Dickens v Josh Wale for the Vacant British Super-Bantamweight Championship; Jack Catterall’s defence of the WBO European Light-Welterweight Championship; plus the return of Tom Stalker in an eight-round contest and Stephen Lewis in a six-round contest.

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January 26, 2015
January 26, 2015
British Lionhearts v German Eagles - World Series of Boxing

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 14: Fred Evans of British Lionhearts (R) in action with Slawa Kerber of German Eagles during their 68-73kg bout in the World Series of Boxing between British Lionhearts and German Eagles at Earls Court on December 14, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Fred Evans; Slawa Kerber

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USA Knockouts remain undefeated, leaving Italia Thunder without a win this season

After an inconsistent season last year in the World Series of Boxing (WSB), USA Knockouts seem to be establishing themselves as a major threat in Season V of the competition, as they won their second match in a row against Italia Thunder.

Conversely, the Italians are struggling, having yet to win this season and their 3-2 loss in Miami to USA will cause major problems for potential qualification from Group B.

The night began with a bang, as USA Flyweight (52 kg) Brent Venegas III stopped India’s Gaurav Bidhuri in the first round to give the Americans an early advantage.

Lightweight (60 kg) US 2014 Junior and Youth Open Champion Carlos Balderas is just 19-year-old, but is already being talked about as a future superstar in this sport, and he showed why against Fabio Introvaia, dropping a solitary round on one scorecard en route to a dominant victory.

The evening was won for the Knockouts after just three fights, when Welterweight (69 kg) Brian Ceballo surprisingly defeated Italia Thunder’s Olympic silver medalist Fred Evans via a wide unanimous decision.

An Italian fightback of sorts occurred in the last two bouts, where at Light heavyweight (81 kg) Valentino Manfredonia won against Steven Nelson, while at Super heavyweight (91+ kg) Guido Vianello beat America’s Cam F. Awesome via disqualification in round four of their fight.

USA Knockouts have another home match in week three against Caciques Venezuela, while Italia Thunder look for their first win at home to Puerto Rico Hurricanes.

Cuba Domadores remain perfect in WSB after victory against Algeria Desert Hawks

After a dominant 5-0 week one victory over Morocco Atlas Lions, the defending World Series of Boxing (WSB) Champions Cuba Domadores maintained their perfect start to Season V with another shutout victory over Algeria Desert Hawks.

This time, the Domadores traveled to Africa, but they maintained their high standards from the very beginning against the Desert Hawks who were making their first appearance of the season.

Flyweight (52 kg) Yosbany Veitia is one of Cuba’s best boxers, and the superstar took his overall WSB record to 9-0 as he defeated Abdelhakim El Barka.

Lightweight (60 kg) Domadores fighter Lazaro Alvarez also won his opening WSB contest against Reda Benbaziz, and is now 7-1 in the competition.

Cuban Welterweight (69 kg) gold medal specialist Roniel Iglesias Sotolongo has a perfect WSB record, and now boasts a flawless 6-0 record after beating Sofiane Tabi.

A great light-heavyweight (81 kg) contest resulted in yet another win for Cuba, as Julio Cesar De La Cruz defeated two-time Olympian and 2007 All-Africa Games gold medalist Nabil Kassel.

The last fight of the evening was at Super heavyweight (91&kgs), and Cuba’s Lenier Eunice Pero made it 5-0 for the Domadores yet again with a win over Hamza Beguerni.

Cuba Domadores look to continue their perfect start in week three at home to Russian Boxing Team, while Algeria Desert Hawks travel to Mexico Guerreros.

The fairytale continues as Puerto Rico Hurricanes remain undefeated against Argentina Condors

Although the pedigree of Puerto Rican boxing is highly distinguished, few boxing insiders were tipping the Puerto Rico Hurricanes much success in their debut World Series of Boxing season, but the new franchise remains undefeated after an away win against Argentina Condors.

Their 3-2 victory in Buenos Aires comes after another win of the same scoreline against Rafako Hussars Poland, while Argentina Condors are still yet to taste victory in Group B.

Flyweight (52 kg) Jeyvier Cintrón Ocasio is one of Puerto Rico’s most promising boxing talents, and he won his WSB debut on all three scorecards against Argentina’s Cristian Alan Choque Chambi.

The Hurricanes roared in match number two, where Lightweight (60 kg) Jose Rosario won an even wider points victory over Brian Ivan Nunez.

Argentine Welterweight (69 kg) Alberto Ignacio Palmetta has been one of the most successful boxers in recent years from the South American nation, and he clawed back a win for his Franchise against Nicklaus Flaz.

The Condors made it 2-2 on the night at Light heavyweight (81 kg) when Marcos Escudero won by unanimous decision over Joseph Laboy.

With everything to play for in the final Super heavyweight (91+ kg), the Hurricanes powerful Cosme Henrique dos Santos Nascimento secured the win for his team as he stopped Facundo Cesar Ghiglione in round three of their fight.

Puerto Rico Hurricanes look to maintain their undefeated record in week three away to Italia Thunder, while Argentina Condors will try and regroup away to Rafako Hussars Poland.

Mexico Guerreros win at home to leave Morocco Atlas Lions still without a WSB victory

After defeat for both Mexico Guerreros and Morocco Atlas Lions in their opening Group A matches, their match in Aguascalientes was a crucial one, and the home Guerreros ultimately proved victorious, winning the night 4-1 to leave Morocco still without a win this season in the World Series of Boxing (WSB).

Flyweight Alam Yael de la Luz Galindo started the night off successfully against Morocco’s Achraf Kharroubi, winning on two scorecards, while the third judge had the fight even.

A dominant last round from the Mexican fighter established the victory, and he showed many skills throughout the contest.

Mexico’s Lightweight (60 kg) Lindolfo Delgado then made it 2-0 for his Franchise with a unanimous points win over Moroccan Abdellah Boudrar who won October’s Mohamed VI Trophy.

The Atlas Lions earned their lone win of the evening in fight three, as Mohammed Rabii caused a major upset against Mexico’s Marvin Cabrera who was the WSB Season III number one ranked Welterweight (69 kg).

Rabii had a lot of pressure going into the fight, and after winning in Mexico against one of the best fighters in the weight class, he is one to watch this season.

Ecuador’s Carlos Mina is competing at Light heavyweight (81 kg) for Mexico Guerreros this season, and he confirmed their opening win of the season by defeating Mohamed Assaguir on points.

Mexico’s young Super heavyweight (91+ kg) Edgar Ramirez has amazing potential, and he displayed huge amounts of skill in the last fight of the evening, as he won every round against Morocco’s Thierry Adolphe Ngueharoum.

The Guerreros are at home again in week three against Algeria Desert Hawks, while Morocco Atlas Lions look for their first win against British Lionhearts.

Rampant Russian Boxing Team secure opening WSB victory against China Dragons

Russian Boxing Team rebounded from the cancellation of their first week World Series of Boxing (WSB) bout by traveling to Sanya and defeating China Dragons 4-1 away from home.

This result means that the returning Chinese franchise is still yet to pick up their first victory of Season V, while victory in Asia will give the Russian team much confidence for the rest of the campaign.

The Dragons actually won the first fight of the evening at Flyweight (52 kg), as Hu Jianguan defeated Russia’s Vyacheslav Tashkarakov by TKO-I 42 seconds into the fifth round.

Jianguan was ahead on two scorecards, with the third drawn by the time of the stoppage.

Russia’s Adlan Abdurashidov has been one of the best boxers for his Franchise over the years, and he opened up his WSB campaign with a wide points victory over Wang Lei at Lightweight (60 kg).

The Russian revolution continued at Welterweight (69 kg) as Radzhab Butaev dominated the majority of the rounds against Liu Wei.

A closer battle was found in the Light heavyweight (81 kg) division, but another Russian victory was to be found, this time via split decision.

China’s Aolin Zhang began the fight impressively, but Vladimir Shishkin took control of the contest as the bout progressed, and two judges awarded him with 49:46 contests, while the third gave it to Zhang by a single round.

That result enabled a winning night for Russia, and they wrapped up the victory at Super heavyweight (91 kg) with Gasan Gimbatov winning every round against Wang Zhibao.

Russia’s win sees them assert themselves in Group A, and they travel away to Cuba Domadores in week three, while China Dragons will continue to look for their first WSB victory at home to Ukraine Otamans.

Knockouts, upsets and injuries help Ukraine Otamans remain undefeated at the British Lionhearts expense

After victory for both Ukraine Otamans and British Lionhearts in their opening Group A matches, the second week bout between the two undefeated sides was eagerly anticipated.

A night of incredible action ultimately ended with a 3-2 victory for Ukraine Otamans, which kept them undefeated and gave British Lionhearts their first defeat of Season V.

The Acco International Center in Kiev was the venue for this titanic tussle, which began with one of the biggest shocks in the history of the World Series of Boxing (WSB).

British Lionhearts Flyweight (52 kg) and two-time AIBA World Championships medalist Andrew Selby entered his match with Ukraine’s Azat Usenaliev defending a 9-0 WSB record, and a reputation as one of the best fighters in the world.

Four rounds later, Selby’s undefeated record was destroyed after he was pulled out after an eye injury.

Selby still would have lost had he managed to finish the bout, as he was behind by large margins on every scorecard, and Usenaliev deserves many plaudits for his excellent performance.

A close Lightweight (60 kg) contest followed, which saw Oleg Prudkyi defeated Lionheart Joseph Cordina on points.

Welterweight (69 kg) Haizel Ekow Tabiri-Essuman then pulled back a priceless victory for the Lionhearts when he won via split decision against Bogdan Shelestyuk.

The Otamans continued their assault however, and won the night in the fourth fight, with European Junior Championships silver medallist Oleksandr Khyzhniak stopping Aston Brown in the second round of their Light heavyweight (81 kg) contest.

Powerful Super heavyweight (91+ kg) Joseph Joyce then clawed back a valuable point for British Lionhearts in the final fight of the evening, as he sensationally stopped Viktor Vykhrest in round two.

Both Franchises return to action next weekend, with Ukraine Otamans looking to keep their undefeated run going away against China Dragons, while British Lionhearts also compete abroad, as they travel to Africa to face Morocco Atlas Lions.

Rafako Hussars Poland come so close to upset against Astana Arlans Kazakhstan

After five matches of intense quality in the World Series of Boxing (WSB), Rafako Hussars Poland narrowly missed out on one of the biggest upset victories in the history of the competition, as Astana Arlans Kazakhstan ultimately won the match 3-2.

Regionalne Centrum Sportowe Sp. Z O.o, Lubin was the location for this highly entertaining series of matches, which started with a win for Astana Arlans at Flyweight (52 kg) as Olzhas Sattibayev outpointed Germany’s Hamza Touba who represents Poland.

The upset became possible in the second fight however, when Lightweight (60 kg) Dawid Michelus, who won the bronze medal at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games added to his impressive résumé when he defeated former Kazakhstan National Champion Zakir Safiullin by a single point on all three scorecards.

Northern Ireland’s 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Steven Donnelly is competing for Rafako Hussars Poland this season, and achieved an impressive debut as he made it 2-1 on the night for his Franchise as he won by unanimous decision against Madiyar Ashkeyev.

Poland were so close to winning the match in the fourth bout, but a split decision went the way of Kazakhstan, when veteran Light heavyweight (81 kg) Hrvoje Sep impressed two of the judges against Mateusz Jerzy Tryc, who won the fight according to one scorecard.

With everything on the line coming into the last fight, Croatian Super heavyweight (91+ kg) Filip Hrgovic kept a cool head and won the night 3-2 for Astana Arlans Kazakhstan by winning every round against Pawel Wierzbicki.

The still undefeated Astana Arlans travel to Azerbaijan Baku Fires in week three, while Rafako Hussars Poland seek their first win of the season at home to Argentina Condors.

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January 26, 2015
January 26, 2015

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A very happy 2015 to all our associates in boxing.

Here, as follows, is our update on our forthcoming Championships and other general news :-


Congratulations are due to Ghana’s hot prospect Richard Commey who was voted ‘Sportsman of the Year’ by the Sports Writers Association of Ghana.

He is now due to defend his Title in South Africa, the first Commonwealth Championship there for over a decade, in March (see FORTHCOMING CHAMPIONSHIPS)


ENZO MACCARINELLI (Champion, Wales) v BOB AJISAFE (England)

Promoters and matchmakers are reminded that purse bids for the above contest are due to be opened by the Chairman at his Chambers in the Temple, London on :-

THURSDAY 29TH JANUARY 2015 at 12 45 pm.

Any interested party requiring a further copy of the Notice should contact the Hon Secretary without delay


BANTAMWEIGHT (Voluntary defence)

ROSS BURKINSHAW (Champion, England) v TERRY BROADBENT (England)

LIGHT-MIDDLEWEIGHT (Official Eliminator)

SAM SHEEDY (England) v RYS PAGEN (Scotland)

Both the above :-

21st February 2015. Sheffield. Promoter Dennis Hobson

SUPER-FEATHERWEIGHT (Official Eliminator)


28th February 2015. The Dome, Doncaster. Promoter Stefy Bull

SUPER-FEATHERWEIGHT (Voluntary defence)

LIAM WALSH (Champion, England) v JOE MURRAY (England)

28th February 2015. 02 Arena, London. Queensberry Promotions

CRUISERWEIGHT (Mandatory defence)

OVILL MCKENZIE (Champion, Jamaica) v MATTY ASKIN (England)

14th March 2015. Kingsway Leisure Centre, Widnes. Queensberry Promotions

LIGHTWEIGHT (Voluntary defence)

RICHARD COMMEY (Champion, Ghana) v THOMPSON MOKWANA (South Africa)

21st March 2015. Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, Gauten. Golden Gloves Promotions

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January 26, 2015
January 26, 2015

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Olympic gold medalist, 10-time world champion in six weight divisions and leading boxing promoter Oscar De La Hoya will launch a new Spanish-language sports, travel and lifestyle cable television channel called De La Hoya TV, the “Golden Boy” announced today at the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) annual conference in Miami.

Offering news, analysis and original programming surrounding combat sports including boxing and MMA, the multi-platform network will feature entertainment, travel, lifestyle and news on international sports, giving fans another level of access to the champions of the sports that they love.

“De La Hoya TV will be the premiere authority on boxing and other combat sports, providing fans with a behind-the-scenes look into the world and lifestyles of their favorite athletes,” said De La Hoya, chairman of De La Hoya TV. “The network aims to inspire all to live the life of a champion, delivering exceptional insight into the athletes and featuring entertainment, global destinations, news and more.”

Building on boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya’s brand, De La Hoya TV will launch with Spanish-language content and focus on engaging the U.S. Hispanic market.

Latino audiences, which now total more than 50 million in the U.S., have long fueled the popularity of combat sports, and De La Hoya TV will provide the Hispanic market with an experience that they’ve longed for. Among U.S. Hispanic audiences, boxing is the second most-popular sport after soccer, and recent data suggests that more than 50 percent of the Mixed Martial Arts’ fan base is Hispanic.

The multiplatform network will launch in the spring of 2015 and be available for cable and satellite distribution. Initially launching in Spanish, the network will in the future provide English content, offering today’s modern consumers with multiple options to engage with network programming.

De La Hoya TV is a partnership between Oscar De La Hoya, businessman and international boxing promoter José Alberto “Pepe” Gómez, and media executive and Fashion TV Latin America partner Victor Hugo Montero.

Gomez is a successful business owner and major promoter of Mexican and international boxing. Gomez operates several media companies in Mexico, including a popular newspaper and radio station.

Montero is an experienced television and cable executive, having launched Venezuela’s first cable channel, Sun Channel Tourism Television, which is currently available throughout Latin America. More recently Montero helped re-launched Fashion TV Latin America, an international cable channel.

“In my decades of working in television, I’ve seen few opportunities to connect with an untapped market with such an exponential opportunity for growth. For over a year we have worked on this project and are focused on expanding content from Spanish to include English and make it available to a larger audience, all to serve the consumer’s appetite,” said Victor Hugo Montero, CEO and general manager of De La Hoya TV.

“The popularity of combat sports continues to grow throughout the United States, Latin America and the globe, and now fans will finally have a unique resource to get news and analysis through De La Hoya TV,” said José Alberto “Pepe” Gómez, executive chairman of De La Hoya TV.

De La Hoya TV’s unique content, which will complement existing boxing programming on the established networks, like HBO, SHOWTIME, FOX, and Televisa will help continue to fuel the growth of the sport and the intensity of the fans.

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