GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS PLACES SPOTLIGHT ON FOUR-DIVISION WORLD CHAMPION MIGUEL COTTO

COTTO VS. KAMEGAI HEADLINES HBO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® LIVE FROM STUBHUB CENTER ON AUG. 26

I will be attending this event as part of media, and again will be bringing you the best in updates, video and of course my fight night images! I will be sharing official press releases and video. I will be in California starting my coverage at weigh ins on August 25th.

-“Amazing” Amanda Armstrong (Triple A)

Video Credit: Golden Boy Promotions

LOS ANGELES (Aug. 15, 2017) Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs), the only boxer from Puerto Rico to earn five world titles in four weight divisions, will look to capture his sixth world title when he takes on Yoshihiro “El Maestrito” Kamegai (27-3-2, 24 KOs) for the WBO Junior Middleweight title. Cotto will make his triumphant return to the ring after a layoff of nearly two years and will appear on HBO for an astounding 23rd time. The event takes place Saturday, Aug. 26 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing® beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT. The future Hall of Famer spoke about the importance of his extensive career, his partnership with Golden Boy Promotions, and his father in developing his family-first outlook.

Here is what Miguel Cotto had to say in an exclusive Q&A Session:

“I have proved my whole career that I have been ready for anyone. I am a good boxer and I have no doubt that I can match anyone. As I look at my career, I have no regrets, everything has worked out and I am proud of the legacy I have built. I think one of the more satisfying fights I’ve been in was my victory against Antonio Margarito — I got my revenge against him then.”

“In my time off, I feel like I’ve become a more mature, more focused, complete fighter. Our partnership with Golden Boy Promotions is part of that — Oscar De La Hoya and his company have always been there to support me and my team, and I am glad I get to share the last leg of my career with them in the best way possible. We have already seen the positives of working with them, and we are excited for the partnership we have developed that goes beyond this fight.”

“I became the man I am today because of my father. He taught me the way you have to be, to put your family first in your life. I have no doubt that my father, mother and whole family are proud of me. The discipline that my family has taught me is the same that I want to show my kids, that they too can achieve their goals and dreams just as I have. I think above being a great boxer, I take a bigger pride in being a great father.”

“Kamegai is the best opponent for me right now in my career — he is a warrior in the ring. When we were looking through our options, he was one of the first names that popped up. I don’t really worry about what or how my opponent trains – all that matters is how well our team prepares. Freddie Roach has always been good to me, has been critical to my preparation over the years, and our team has always enjoyed working together like a family. I will be prepared for Kamegai on August 26 mentally and physically. It will be a great fight.”

Cotto vs. Kamegai, a 12-round fight for the vacant WBO World Junior Middleweight Championship, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions in association with Teiken Promotions and sponsored by Tecate “BORN BOLD,” Casa Mexico Tequila and Fred Loya Insurance. Rey Vargas vs. Ronny Rios is a 12-round world championship fight for the WBC Super Bantamweight Title, and is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Promociones del Pueblo. The event will take place Saturday, Aug. 26 at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.

Tickets for the almost sold-out Cotto vs. Kamegai are still available and priced at $200, $100, and $50, plus applicable taxes, fees and services charges. Tickets can be purchased at AXS.com, by phone at 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849), and at StubHub Center Box Office (Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. PT to 6 p.m. PT). VIP Suites are available by calling 877-604-8777. For more information on group discounts or VIP packages, call 877-234-8425

INSIDE BOXING “SUMMER HEAT” MISAEL LOPEZ VS GEORGE ROYBAL “INSTANT BREAKDOWN”

BY EVAN HERTZOG

6-16-17

MAIN EVENT: MISAEL LOPEZ(6-0) VS GEORGE ROYBAL(0-2)

WEIGHT: 133LBS PRO

ROUNDS: 6 THREE MINUTE ROUNDS

RD1: Misael Lopez looks to keep his young undefeated record perfect as he looks to be in great shape just a month out from his last fight with Lance Williams. George Roybal comes out to the ring, seemingly unaffected by the praise and deserved hype in Misael Lopez.

As the opening bell sounds, Lopez finds himself in a feeling out stage similar to the last few fights we’ve seen him in. A big right hand lands for Lopez and Roybal answers back but that just awakens Lopez and his power punching. Roybal does look game for the fight though but the speed of Lopez may prove to be too much from the looks of it.

Roybal lands his first right hook clean and that again gets a response from Lopez in the way of shoe shining action as he worked his way upstairs. Lopez is now coming forward with mass aggression and lands multiple power shots upstairs on Roybal and the only thing that saves him from the first-round finish is the bell itself.

RD2: Lopez picks up where he left off in the first as he begins to stalk and look for his over hand right. Roybal lands a left but it is answered with two shots from Lopez. Misael feeds off the crowd.As they begin to get loud he starts to pick up the pace. The body work is really hurting Roybal at this point. To Roybals’ credit though, he seems to be recovering quick after the onslaughts of Lopez. Roybal lands his most meaningful shot but once again Lopez answers with three to four power punches of his own. Roybal is showing a lot of toughness against the young rising star and survives the second round.

RD3: Lopez has done some great body work through the first two rounds and I expect we start to see the consequences of that, already, here in the third round. Roybal eats a jab at the start of the third and then both fighters settle in yet again. Circling in the middle Lopez seems to be waiting for an opening for another offensive and he finds it at about one minute of round three. Roybal is now returning less than he was in the first two rounds and Lopez is staying relentless to the body as he looks to finish his second straight opponent with body shots in the third round. Which is exactly what he does after a devastating flurry in the corner flattens Roybal on the canvas and finishes the fight. Misael Lopez does what Lopez is beginning to be known for. Dispatching his opponents from the fight as fast as he can. The mean streak is real. Lopez by TKO in the third.

LIZA AMAYA MAKES HER UNDEFEATED RETURN JULY 8TH IN DENVER (VIDEO INCLUDED)

By Evan Hertzog

5-5-17

Photo Credit: Trihex Photography

September 19th, 2014. This date marks the last time Liza Amaya stepped into the ring for a professional boxing match. On that night, she would go to war with Elizabeth Anderson at the “Salon Madrid Event Center”, in Commerce City Colorado. Amaya would exit her fifth professional fight that evening, with a perfect record of 5-0. A split decision victory kept the ferocious TLC boxer unbeaten and full of confidence moving forward in her career.

Life and this wonderful universe that we live in had other plans.

Going into the fall of 2015, Amaya and team were readying for the next big fight. They were poised and ready to stay undefeated and move her record to 6-0 with title shot opportunities sure to come soon. Two weeks or so into camp, Liza found out she was 13 weeks pregnant. The pregnancy was completely unexpected as they were already sparring in preparation for her next war inside of the boxing ring.

Instead she would put the gloves up for an unknown amount of time and take on a different type of “fight”, if you will, in her pregnancy. It was a draining process for the young fighter and extremely trying on her, health wise. Amaya would be put on bedrest and was restricted from working out throughout the entire pregnancy, which was very hard on her considering she considers the gym her life line and a place of therapy, but crediting Donald Camarena, she was able to get through it and is looking to be a much better fighter for it.

Although many other people in her life told her it was time to step away from boxing for good after having her child, Amaya claims that returning to boxing was always in the cards and always a main goal of hers going forward. She hasn’t lost any confidence and feels as though she can only be a better version of herself now, as she has grown as a human during her two-and-a-half-year layoff and is so thankful for those that stood by her and encouraged her to return.

Like many of you, I too am excited to see the return of Liza Amaya to professional boxing and expect a huge night for the TLC fighter when she completes her return on July 8th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Denver. I personally would be worried about the ring rust and nerves of a fighter making their return after such a long time away but with Liza Amaya I just don’t have the same worries. Weather that be because of her constant connection to boxing, or the coaches and gym she keeps. Three years away for Mrs. 2Slick 2Quick, may look like three weeks. Only time will tell.

Enjoy my quick sit down interview with Liza Amaya below and stay up to date on her fight camp and the lead up to July 8th right here at the Fight Magazine!

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(VIDEO!!!) Juan “Chago” Santiago and “Red Hot” Rob Frankel Sparring session March 2017(VIDEO!!!)

BY EVAN HERTZOG

5-5-17

PHOTO CREDIT: Trihex Photography/ Amanda Armstrong

Juan Santiago (15-16-2), is set to face Robert Rodriguez (7-6), in the main event of Airtight Boxing Presents: “Knocked out Cold” summer boxing series on July 8th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Denver. Both fighters are sure to be hungry for a win after long layoffs for both warriors.

I was able to snag a few rounds of sparring on video, in late March between Santiago and Rob Frankel down at AFA boxing gym, as Frankel prepared for his Colorado State title fight with Jonny Rodriguez for Airtights’ April 8th show earlier this year.

Enjoy one of those rounds right now and right here! Take care fight fans!

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SCL BOXING RETURNS THIS SATURDAY IN DENVER WITH “YOUNG GUNS” FEATURING UNDEFEATED COLORADO PROSPECT MISAEL LOPEZ

Sparta Combat League is set to make its return to the boxing world, as they get ready to invade the “Crowne Plaza Hotel Convention Center”, once more with their “Young Guns” card. Although the card isn’t exactly what it was built to be originally (we will touch on that in a moment), the final line up of fighters and matchups is very nice and will be well worth the price of admission I’m sure.

The card will consist of six fights in all, five professional and one amateur. “Young Guns”, will be main evented by up and coming and undefeated Colorado boxing prospect, Misael Lopez. Lopez (4-0 1KO) will put his young undefeated record on the line when he squares off with Rene Marquez (5-3) who also started off his career at 4 and 0 but has since dropped 3 of his last four fights. This should be a nice test for Lopez as it is his first 8 round fight of his career and he is fighting an 8-fight veteran who knows exactly what it is like to have the pressure of defending an undefeated record early in your career on your shoulders.  With that said I do believe Colorado boxing fans will be in for quite a treat when the main event of the evening takes place this coming Saturday night.

The CO-Main event of the evening will feature a nice little matchup taking place at 142lbs, scheduled for 6 rounds, when Jonny Jarabek (4-1 1KO) takes on Emilio Hernandez (2-6 2KO). I look for Jarabek to bounce back in a very big way on Saturday night, coming off of the first loss of his career last December to Guy Smith in Nebraska for the Nebraska state welterweight title. The loss was drenched in controversy after the fight was stopped due to a cut over the eye of Jarabek in the third round of a scheduled six round fight causing the Colorado native to take his first loss of his career. Jarabek has had ample amount of time away in my opinion to come back with a clear mind and a path and plan to fighting smart and not emotional after such a hard way to take your first loss of your career with many people having him ahead three rounds to none when the fight was stopped in Nebraska late last year. Combine the determination to come back better and even more prepared than ever, with the fact that Hernandez is on a five-fight losing streak, not tasting victory since 2013, gives Jarabek a great opportunity to shine back at home and move forward with the Guy Smith fight far in his rearview mirror.

With Lopez and Jarabek fighting on this card, they alone make for must see boxing in the state of Colorado, but I would be lying if I wasn’t a little worried at first of the fate of this card as we saw a few fights fall off over the last few weeks, with really pleasing names attached to those fall outs but I gradually grew to love this set six fight card. I went ahead and asked SCL Boxing match maker Chris Maclean-Maestas for a statement on the fights that fell off the card during the build up to fight night, his thoughts on the card and his take on the main event of the evening and Misael Lopez in general. Chris was so kind to give me the statement I asked for and it reads as follows.

                SPARTA COMBAT LEAGUE BOXING MATCH MAKER

                CHRIS MACLEAN-MAESTAS:

                “Unfortunately, we have had a couple of fights fall out due to injuries and pull outs. The highly-anticipated bout between Melik Elliston and Freddy Marquez. The Andrew Strode and Nicholas Brand fight and the return of Manny Lopez is off, but we still have a loaded 6 fight card for Colorado boxing fans, with solid matchups and the best up and comers in the state!

Misael Lopez will be facing a hard-hitting Rene Marquez who will be making his super featherweight debut after fighting as high as 154lbs! Lopez who hasn’t had an easy touch yet seems primed and ready to take on Marquez Saturday night.”

Maclean-Maestas added, “Also there will be a treat for fight fans when number 1 ranked junior welterweight Terrance “Bud” Crawford, number 4 ranked junior welterweight Adrian “El Tigre” Granados and former world champion and local hero “Mile High” Mike Alvarado will be in attendance!”

As you see the excitement is still high and should be for many of the reasons I stated in the main and co main event fights on the evening. The rest of the card will consist of another set of up and comers putting undefeated records at stake when Jose Arrelano (1-0) fights Marco Ambriz (1-0 1KO) in a scheduled 4-round bout taking place at 133lbs.

As I said before this card is packing quite the punch with only six fights because of fighters like Treven Coleman (5-0 3KO) of Nebraska coming to the mile-high city to take on Demetrius Wilson (0-2) in what is sure to be a non-stop four round contest at 135lbs. 

The pro fights are rounded out by Antonio Flores (2-0) who is looking to stay unbeaten against Nick Robinson who is making his pro debut in this four-round contest taking place at 135lbs. The last fight to be mentioned for this fight card is also the only amateur fight taking place at SCL “Young Guns Boxing”, and will be between Milton Rogue and Sergio Lujuan in a 3-round fight at 147lbs.

Tickets are still available for this event online and can be purchased on Saturday night at the door of the event as well. Stay locked in to the Fight Magazine for all the results of this event and more that are taking this place this weekend in Colorado and beyond.

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(VIDEO)THE HALF-GUARD: FIDEL MARTINEZ SR- FROM DAD TO COACH TO DAD(VIDEO)

BY EVAN “HERTZY” HERTZOG

4-7-17

PHOTO CREDITS: TRIHEX PHOTOGRAPHY- AMANDA ARMSTRONG

Catch my exclusive interview with “Dad” Fidel Martinez, instead of Coach Fidel Martinez. Tomorrow night at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Denver Colorado, although still in the corner, Fidel will be known as dad instead of what we are all used to hearing, “coach”. His son Fidel Martinez Jr. will be making his pro boxing debut against Brenton Swanson at Airtight Boxing Presents: “Warzone”. The debut has been long anticipated by many but maybe none more so than Fidel Sr, as he has been there every step of the way in Jr’s maturation from the amateur ranks into the start of his professional boxing career.

We also had a chance to take a quick minute to speak on what to expect out of Manny Perez in the next few months and this year in general and what we can look forward to for Tim Ibarra as he looks to bounce back quickly from his fight with Michael Conlan last month at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Check out everything “Dad”, had to say in my multi-part video interview that took place this last Saturday, exactly one week out from fight night. I enjoyed the interview as it was not the normal “coach” interview and I hope you all enjoy it as well!

See you at the fights!

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(VIDEO!!!) ARTURO MELO FRESH OFF THE SCALES 4-7-17 (VIDEO!!!)

BY EVAN “HERTZY” HERTZOG

4-8-17

PHOTO CREDIT: TRIHEX PHOTOGRAPHY- AMANDA ARMSTRONG

I was able to track down Arturo Melo right after he stepped off the scales on Friday night, as he is now officially set to fight tonight at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Denver Colorado at Airtight Boxing Presents: “WARZONE”.

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(VIDEO!!!) FIDEL MARTINEZ JR FRESH OFF THE SCALES 4-7-17 (VIDEO!!!)

BY EVAN “HERTZY” HERTZOG

4-8-17

PHOTO CREDIT: TRIHEX PHOTOGRAPHY- AMANDA ARMSTRONG

AIRTIGHT BOXING WEIGH-INS 4-7-17

Check out my interview with Fidel Martinez Jr directly after he stepped off the scales for his pro boxing debut weigh in!

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(VIDEO!!!) ROB FRANKEL FRESH OFF THE SCALES 4-7-17 (VIDEO!!!)

BY EVAN “HERTZY” HERTZOG

4-8-17

PHOTO CREDIT: TRIHEX PHOTOGRAPHY- AMANDA ARMSTRONG

AIRTIGHT BOXING WEIGH-INS 4-7-17

Rob Frankel was gracious enough to give me a couple minutes of his time after he stepped off of the scales for his fight with Johnny Rodriguez at the Airtight Boxing weigh in event last night.

Check it out here!

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(VIDEO!!!) MARTHA HERRERA FRESH OFF THE SCALES 4-7-17 (VIDEO!!!)

BY EVAN “HERTZY” HERTZOG

4-8-17

PHOTO CREDIT: TRIHEX PHOTOGRAPHY- AMANDA ARMSTRONG

AIRTIGHT BOXING WEIGH-INS 4-7-17

Check out my exclusive interview with Martha Herrera from last nights weigh ins, as she gets set to make her pro boxing debut tonight at the Crowne Plaza in Denver Colorado!

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