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March 9, 2015
March 9, 2015
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THE sold-out debut of LA FIGHT CLUB made an explosive impression at The Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles on March 6, and had no shortage of drama and action in the ring. The event drew celebrities and fans, filling The Belasco Theater to capacity. An electric crowd chanted and screamed for their favorite fighters all throughout the night, creating a true “fight club” feel in the venue. The excitement in the ring carried from bout to bout as fighters delivered exciting fights to please the crowd. Special guest host, long-time boxing fan and EXTRA host Mario Lopez joined the announce team   alongside play by play announcer Brian Custer, color commentator Paulie Malignaggi and ringside reporter Jessica Rosales for the fights that were broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports Deportes.

In the headlining event of the night, 2012 Olympian and Los Angeles native Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz dominated over Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico’s Juan “La Perla Negra” Hernandez in a one-sided 10-round featherweight fight. Diaz came down hard on Hernandez, knocking him down four times in the second round and wining by technical knockout with a devastating blow to the abdomen as the bell rang to keep his undefeated status.

“My plan was to cut the guy off and break him down,” said Joseph “Jojo” Diaz Jr. “I wanted to dictate the pace of the fight with body shots and that’s what I did. It feels great to keep my undefeated status.”

“I wanted to try him out for the first three rounds and see what he was made of,” said Juan Luis Hernandez. “Unfortunately, he delivered a lucky blow that was too hard for me.”

In the co-main event of the night, Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez and Julio Cesar Sarinana engaged in a brutal showdown for a six-round lightweight match. Both fighters cornered each other on the ropes delivering damaging blows to the head that resulted with Gonzalez down on the second round and Sarinana with a severe swollen right eye. After six brutal rounds, Gonzales was declared the victor by technical knockout.

“I’m glad I got the win but it was a hard fight for me and a learning experience,” said Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez. “I need to go back to gym and work on some things; making sure I keep my knees bent, keep my hands up when I step back and focus on using my jab.”

Starting off the televised portion of the night, Santiago “El Lobito” Guevara faced the seasoned fighter Carlos “The Solution” Morales in a six-round super featherweight match.  Both fighters were relentless and battled it out on the ring evading each other with great defensive footwork and delivering devastating punches.  Morales received a cut on the right eye in the second round and ultimately won by majority decision with a score of 57-57, 59-55, 58-56.

“I train to fight 365 days, and I came ready to fight,” said Carlos Morales. “Santiago is a tough, solid fighter, and I respect him. The fight was very close and if he wants a re-match, I will give it to him.”

“I thought the fight had a good pace, and Morales was elusive, harder to catch than I thought,” said Santiago Guevara. “The fight was close. I don’t feel like it was a bad loss.  All I can do is learn from this. I am still young. I have time to come back.”

In a four-round middleweight TV swing bout, Jason Quigley (4-0, 4 KOs) put a quick end to Lanny Dardar (2-3-2, 1 KOs) knocking him down three times in the first round to win by knock out.

“My strategy was to really take my time. That didn’t really happen because I landed a few shots and as soon as I landed them I saw they hurt him so I had to take him out as soon as I could,” said Jason Quigley.

Roy “The Pitbull” Tapia took the offensive from the first round attacking Ali Gonzalez around the ring. Gonzalez fought back hard keeping busy throughout the six-round super bantamweight bout,. Tapia continued his attack cornering Gonzalez on the ropes and delivering hard punches to his opponent’s body. Ultimately, the bout was too tough to call and called a draw.

Fernando Vargas’ new prospect Cesar “The Great” Quinonez impressed crowds in the first round as he delivered devastating blows to Oscar Rojas in the second lightweight bout of the night. Quinonez dominated all four-rounds winning by unanimous decision in a spectacular showing of his second professional fight since debuting on the undercard for Stiverne vs. Wilder at the MGM Grand in January.

In the first lightweight match of the evening, the undefeated Jesus Delgado dominated all four-rounds releasing powerful punches to Rocco Espinoza’s body.  Delagdo used the ring to his advantage cornering Espinoza on the ropes to win the bout via unanimous decision.

In the night’s opening featherweight bout, Emilio Sanchez came out like a roaring bull as he knocked down Luis Cosme three times in the first round winning the fight within two minutes.

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March 9, 2015
March 9, 2015
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CARSON, Calif. (March 9, 2015) – The return of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (48-1-1, 32 KOs) comes to StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., on Saturday April 18 as the Mexican superstar makes his SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® debut against exciting brawler Andrzej Fonfara (26-3, 15 KOs) in a 12-round light heavyweight bout, live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. PT).

Tickets for the event, which is co-promoted by Goossen Promotions and Chavez Promotions, are priced at $200, $150, $100, $50 and $25, plus applicable taxes, fees and service charges, go on sale today at 12 p.m. PT and are available for purchase online at AXS.com.

“I’m excited to get back in the ring and remind everyone that I’m one of the best fighters in the world,” said Chavez Jr. “I have a tough test on April 18, but I am going to pass with flying colors and I look forward to taking on any challengers after that.”

“This is another great opportunity for me and I’m very thankful to have it,” said Fonfara. “I’ve been in there with the best fighters in the world and as always I’m going to try to put on a show for the fans and walk out victorious.”

“Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Andrzej Fonfara are two of the hardest punching boxers in the sport” said Tom Brown of Goossen Promotions. “This fight will be an epic battle of wills and will add another chapter to the long list of outstanding fights that have taken place at the StubHub Center.”

“As a fight fan, I love watching Julio fight.  As a network executive, I’m thrilled for him to make his SHOWTIME debut on April 18,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President & General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports.  “Julio is one of the most exciting and popular boxers in the sport today, and with a new team behind him, we expect big things from him in 2015.  But Andrzej Fonfara is a real test, and he’s proven he’s not intimidated by any opponent.”

The oldest son of the legendary Julio Cesar Chavez, the 29-year-old is a former middleweight world champion looking to earn himself another world title shot. Born in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico, Chavez Jr. turned pro in 2003 and won his first 23 fights. His first blemish came against Carlos Molina, who he fought to a draw in 2005, before coming back to beat him two months later. After running his record to 41-0-1, he earned a middleweight world title shot against Sebastian Zbik, which he won by majority decision. He would go on to successfully defend his belt against Peter Manfredo Jr., Marco Antonio Rubio and Andy Lee before losing a decision in 2012 to Sergio Martinez. Most recently Chavez Jr. defeated rugged contender Bryan Vera twice, first in 2013 and again in their 2014 rematch.

Born in Warsaw, Poland and fighting out of Chicago, Fonfara is a late-bloomer who has put together a string of impressive recent performances. Last year, the 27-year-old battled lineal light heavyweight world champion Adonis Stevenson for 12 tough rounds and despite dropping a decision, he impressed a lot of fans with his grit and determination. Victorious over former world champions Byron Mitchell, Glen Johnson and Gabriel Campillo, Fonfara’s most recent win came in November 2014 when he dominated Doudou Ngumbu in his adopted home of Chicago, earning him this chance against Chavez Jr.

Chavez Jr. vs. Fonfara, is a 12-round bout that takes place at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. and will air on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT). The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast will also be available in Spanish via secondary audio programming (SAP).

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March 6, 2015
March 6, 2015
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JIMMY KELLY is the Clark Kent of Manchester boxing. Mild-mannered and with the look of an accountant rather than a prizefighter, the Mancunian epitomises the old adage that ‘looks can be deceiving’ for – make no mistake – Kelly can fight.

Unbeaten in 13, with five KOs, the big-hitting light-middleweight wants to do a number on opponent Nodar Robakidze when they meet for the vacant WBC Youth light-middleweight belt on March 14. The pair headline at the Victoria Warehouse and, with Robakidze stopped by peers Shayne Singleton and Michael Lomax previously, Jimmy is determined to rack up a similar result live on VIPBOXING.TV.

Vastly more experienced, with 10 defeats from 25 outings, Georgia’s Robakidze should prove a decent test but the Wythenshawe banger says nothing will stand in his way of making it to 14-0. “He’ll be tough, they usually are from that part of the world,” explained the 22-year-old.  “I’ve prepared for him though, have got sparring partners with his style that are better than him, so it should be sound on the night.

“I saw him fight Lomax and Singleton and I want to match and surpass what they did.  I’m a bigger puncher but won’t go looking for the KO because it never happens when you do that.

“Since first starting boxing I’ve always been a fan of the WBC and had a picture of Lennox Lewis with his belt on my wall.  The WBC has got a lot of prestige and it will be massive for me to win this.”

Liverpool’s Liam Smith is the current front-runner on the domestic scene.  With VIP stablemates Rick Godding and Rick Skelton both currently jostling for a crack at his crown though, Jimmy is determined to wow the Warehouse crowd and stake his claim for a future shot.

“Later this year I’ll be ready to make a move for a British or Commonwealth attempt.  This fight is a 10-rounder and will set me up in good stead for pushing on and challenging for bigger honours.  One hundred per cent I’ll be at that level and if an opportunity comes I’d take it in a breeze.”

Promoter Steve Wood stated: “Jimmy is laid back outside the ropes, but changes when he’s in the ring.  He’s very heavy-handed and can deal with all styles of opponents.  This fight will be good for him, and the title – if he wins – is a good one to have.  We had a show at the Victoria Warehouse a few months ago which was a real success, there were some great fights on that night and the crowd can expect the same again.”

VIP Promotions present a night of top-class boxing at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse on March 14.  Topping the bill will be Wythenshawe’s Jimmy Kelly competing for the WBC Youth light-middleweight belt.

Also appearing will be: Middleton’s Liam Taylor and Alex Rutter; Liverpool’s Andy Colquhoun; Derbyshire’s Jack Massey; Sale’s Sam Hyde; Manchester’s Charlie Schofield; Gorton’s Ryan Doyle; Oldham’s Andy Kremner; New Moston’s Chris Conwell; Failsworth’s Jake Bulger; Accrington’s Artif Ali, and Alex McCoy from Blackpool.

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March 6, 2015
March 6, 2015
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THE final press conference for the inaugural Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC show took place today at MGM Grand as fighters, announcers and executives spoke to the media ahead of their primetime network television debut on Saturday, March 7 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

See below for what the participants had to say about the huge night of fights:

KEITH THURMAN

“This is such a beautiful card and such a beautiful fight. We’ve wanted this for a while and we’ve been waiting patiently.

“Robert is a great fighter, a multiple world champion and I’m a current world champion. I know the fans wanted me to step up in class and this is my chance to do that. You know what I’m about, it’s ‘KOs for life’.

“I’m just really excited and happy. I can’t wait to step on the scale tomorrow, re-hydrate and go to work.

“If my fight goes two, six or eight rounds – I’m looking for the knockout. I’m waiting for him to slip up and for me to deliver that one time blow.

“I am going to open up my mouth and say that I am coming to knock him out. I want to be the first fighter to ever knock out Robert ‘The Ghost’ Guerrero. I appreciate him for taking this fight and for all that he has done. I know he’s coming to fight and get this victory, and it’s my job to not let that happen.”

“My brain can’t compute how big of an opportunity this is for me. It’s a blessing and an honor to be on this big of a stage. There are many world champions that could have opened up this show. This is a beautiful card and I am honored to be the main event.

“This is what boxing needs. This stage is what is going to propel my career. We’re trying to bring back the golden generation.”

ROBERT GUERRERO

“This truly is a blessing. Being on this stage is incredible. I’m coming to fight. On Saturday night I’m ready to go.

“It’s a great day because you don’t need cable TV to watch boxing anymore.

“My last opponent was tough and I was dealing with some injuries but you have to be able to overcome and make adjustments. I got a little wild and just started slugging it out with him.

“There were doubters when I went to 147, people thought I was nuts. Every time people don’t think I can do something, I prove them wrong.

“If you live the lifestyle of a fighter; you should be able to fight regularly.

“I’m ready to go. I had a great training camp and worked very hard. It’s time to take care of business Saturday night. We did a lot of different work in training camp to prepare for this fight.

“Keith Thurman is talking about coming out and becoming the first person to knock me out. I like that type of challenge.

“[Keith] Thurman is very strong and has great lateral movement. He can box, fight on the inside. There are also a lot of flaws with his game and we are going to take advantage of his flaws.

“This fight card is incredible. The exposure that we are going to get is unprecedented. Not just the fight story but my back story as well, with what kind of men we are outside of the ring.

“Being out there talking to everybody and showing off, that’s just not me. So sometimes I’m not always in the public eye, because I’m more of a private man who takes care of his family. But I’m glad this stage will get my story and my wife’s story to the general public.

“Mentally the whole experience of what my wife went through makes me tougher. Watching her fight for her life, it makes me realize that I step into the ring because I love this sport.”

ADRIEN BRONER

“I’ve been through a lot but I’m still here and my name has only gotten bigger, even through the bad times.

“Now we have ‘AB on NBC.’ I’m Mr. NBC, everybody is coming to see the AB Show.

“I’ll takeover whatever television channel I’m on, I don’t care if its Cartoon Network, I’m going to bring it.

“John Molina is a tough world class fighter, he wouldn’t be in this position if he wasn’t. He always beats the odds and comes out on the right side of the stick, but this is the time where he’s going to be on the bad end of the stick.

“We’re ready for a dog fight, it doesn’t matter how big the ring is. We’re not running from John Molina. I’m not scared of power.

“We’ll see Saturday night, I’m stopping John Molina and I’m putting my word on that.

“The preparation during this camp was great, I feel strong and ready. It’s going to be a great fight.

“At the end of the day if people say I haven’t looked my best because I haven’t stopped my opponents, but when you look at those fights I outclassed every opponent in front of me. As long as I keep winning, that’s what matters.

“John Molina is going to come to fight, but they all come to fight, he’s not going to beat me.

“The sky is the limit for me, I’m still young and I’ve done so much at a young age. I’m going to mature in the sport but at the end of the day I’m still me.”

JOHN MOLINA JNR.

“It’s an honor to be part of this show that will bring boxing back to the forefront. We’re well prepared and excited to be on this platform.

“It’s a great card with a can’t miss show and PBC and NBC is doing it right. I can’t wait to be a part of it and for that bell to ring March 7.

“Camp went well and we’re 110 percent ready to bring it. It’s a great card with a can’t miss show and PBC and NBC are doing it right. I can’t wait to be a part of it and for that bell to ring March 7.

‘This is going to be dogfight on Saturday night.

‘He’s the same Broner, he can say whatever he wants. He’s made his own bed with his comments and now he has to fight. His mind games that’s he trying to play won’t work.

“Once we get in the ring, the talking stops, two hands just like me.

“I’ve got the power and the skills to win this fight.

“Enjoy the show and I promise you guys fireworks.”

ABNER MARES

“I’ve been a three-time world champion and I have Arturo Reyes in front of me. It’s with honor and please and excitement to be fighting on NBC.

“No disrespect to the other guys up here, but I plan to steal the show. I want to look good. I’ve stolen the show before and it’s going to happen again on Saturday night.

“I hope everyone tunes in Saturday night, everybody better watch out because Abner Mares is going to impress.

“Any of these fights could be main events, no matter the order, so I’m just happy to be a part of it. A lot of people are going to be tuning in so you have to fight to grab the attention of the viewers.

“It takes two to dance and it takes two to fight. When you have a fighter who is going to give you his all, it brings the best out of you. I’m fighting someone who’s never been knocked out and he’s going to bring the best Abner Mares out.

“I’m going to make it a spectacular fight and I’m definitely going for the knockout.”

ARTURO SANTOS REYES

“I’m happy to be on the card and I’m excited to be here around such great fighters.

“It’s going to be a great show and I’m looking forward to giving the fans their money’s worth.

“Abner Mares is a great fighter, but I don’t fear anybody. He better come to fight.

“We’re both Mexican warriors and Mexican Olympians, so you know there’s going to be fireworks in the ring and I just hope everyone in the arena and on TV enjoys.”

SUGAR RAY LEONARD, PBC on NBC Analyst and Legendary Boxer

“I’m just as excited as everyone else, because this is long overdue. Getting boxing back on primetime. These incredibly talented boxers know that this Saturday night is like a major audition and the fans will be the judges.

“I remember being in this position and It’s more than physical, it’s mental. These boxers have what it takes to be superstars. Saturday will be a great day for boxing.”

JON MILLER, President, Programming NBC Sports & NBCSN

“On behalf of NBC sports we’re exited to be here, we’re fortunate to have 22-time Emmy-award winner Sam Flood overseeing the event and an A-list group of on-air talent.

“I think America is ready to see boxing in primetime and Saturday you will see and hear an unbelievable event.

“We’re thrilled that these fighters and their great teams are part of the NBC family and we can’t wait to get going.”

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March 5, 2015
March 5, 2015
Joe Joyce

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SUPER heavyweight, Joe Joyce, will continue his bid for Olympic qualification this Friday when he boxes for the British Lionhearts against the China Dragons, in Sanya, in the World Series of Boxing (WSB).

Londoner, Joyce has won all three of his bouts in the current season of WSB and sits joint third in the super-heavyweight rankings with 14 points, one behind Filiip Hrgovic of Croatia and Azerbaijan’s Arlanbek Makhmvdov.

The top ranked super-heavyweight boxer at the end of the regular season will automatically qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

“Qualifying for the Olympics is the main goal for me with WSB, so all I can do is keep on winning and hopefully that will get me to the top of the rankings,” explained Joyce.

“The two boxers that are ahead of me will probably have to box each other at some point, so that does give me an opportunity to overtake at least one of them, provided I keep on winning.”

Joyce is joined on the China trip by two fellow members of the GB Boxing squad, Ekow Essuman at welterweight and John Newell at light-heavyweight.

Essuman, who is part of GB Boxing’s Podium Potential squad, has been one of the surprise packages of the season so far and has adapted superbly to the five round format of WSB defeating Bogdan Shelestyuk on his debut in Ukraine and following it up with a commanding victory in the British Lionhearts 4-1 home win against the Algeria Desert Hawks when he outpointed Sofiane Tabi.  Essuman’s only defeat was against world and Olympic champion, Roniel Iglesias Sotolongo of the Cuba Domodores, when he gave an excellent account of himself against one of the best boxers in WSB.

Newell has one win from a walkover against the Algerian Deserts Hawks and a loss from the Lionhearts’ away defeat in Havana when, like Essuman, he gave a very creditable performance in losing to another lavishly talented Cuban, Julio Cesar De La Cruz.

Two overseas selections, Spain’s Kelvin De La Nieve at flyweight and French lightweight, Oualid Belaoura, complete the line-up for the British Lionhearts trip to China.

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March 4, 2015
March 4, 2015
Andy Lee

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BOXNATION will air a host of top fights from the Premier Boxing Champions series, starting this weekend with rising superstars Keith Thurman and Adrien Broner.

‘The Channel of Champions’ has three great fights cards as part of the deal, with the highly-touted Thurman to get the ball rolling when he takes on the unrelenting Robert Guerrero this Saturday night, in a glittering lineup which also sees the return of Mexican ace Abner Mares.

The former world champion will go toe-to-toe with the tricky Arturo Santos Reyes, before the flash and often brash Broner looks to get his year off to a bang when he challenges the tough John Molina in a mouth-watering showdown, live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

In addition to this, on March 13th, BoxNation will bring subscribers an exciting night’s action when welterweights Andre Berto and Josesito Lopez share the ring at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California.

All-action 147-pounder Shawn Porter will also be out that night when he faces the dangerous and hard-hitting Roberto Garcia, with heavyweight hitman Chris Arreola also set to appear.

The world’s best boxing channel will also air the thrilling April 11th card which sees Irish star Andy Lee make the first defence of his WBO middleweight world title when he battles the undefeated and former champion Peter Quillin.

There will be high UK interest in that fight with the victor eyeing a potential clash with WBO mandatory challenger Billy Joe Saunders later this year.

Furthermore, the April 11th bill at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn will witness one of the most eagerly anticipated fight’s so far this year when light-welterweight kingpin Danny Garcia goes up against IBF champion Lamont Peterson.

The card will also see cancer survivor and miracle man Danny Jacobs make his first title defence following his win over Jarrod Fletcher last August, when he lays it all on the line against 31-year-old Caleb Truax.

BoxNation’s multi-fight agreement with Premier Boxing Champions demonstrates the channel’s continued commitment to delivering the very best fights to UK boxing fans.

Jim McMunn, Managing Director of BoxNation, said: “BoxNation continuously looks to deliver the very best fights out there for our viewers. This agreement once again demonstrates our commitment to boxing and our aim of airing the very best shows, both domestically and internationally, to our loyal subscribers. These are three thrilling fight cards and we’re delighted UK fans will be able to watch them live and exclusive on BoxNation.”

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March 4, 2015
March 4, 2015
Anselmo Moreno

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JO JO DAN has told Kell Brook that his reign as IBF World Welterweight title will end on March 28 at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield in ‘Unbreakable’ presented by FX World, live on Sky Sports.

Mandatory number one challenger Dan travels to the Steel City as Brook’s first opponent for the belt he won in style in California against Shawn Porter in August.

Brook is looking to land a major fight in the summer as he looks to stamp his authority on the lucrative 147lb division – but the 31 year old Canada-based Romanian has other ideas.

“Kell has not fought anyone like me,” said Dan. “I believe in myself and I don’t think he can bring anything I can’t deal with on fight night.

“I am on schedule with my work and I will be in top shape on March 28. I saw his last fight where he won the world title and it was a great performance, but I just let my team study him in depth and come up with a winning strategy.

“I want us to put together a super fight for all boxing fans. We both train and aim for the win, so the fans should expect fireworks.

“I have waited a long time to get a World Title shot so I am determined to take advantage of this opportunity. My prediction for the fight is simple – Jo Jo Dan becomes the new IBF Welterweight World champion.”

Dan’s clash with Brook is part of a huge night of boxing in Sheffield as local favourite Adam Etches defends his IBF International Middleweight title against Sergey Khomitsky and Gavin McDonnell continues his fairy tale story challenging Ukrainian Oleksander Yegorov for the vacant European Super Bantamweight title.

Frankie Gavin makes his Sky Sports return as he prepares for his crunch clash with Chris van Heerden on May 9 in Birmingham and former World Bantamweight king Anselmo Moreno makes his UK debut against Wales’ Robbie Turley. Kal Yafai continues his march towards a World title and GB Podium squad member Charlie Edwards fights for the second time in the paid ranks on the bill.

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