FIGHT TALK: SCL BOXING MATCH MAKER CHRIS MACLEAN-MAESTAS

EVAN HERTZOG

9-23-17

Sparta Combat League brings the boxing side of their promotion back to “The Grizzly Rose”, on Saturday September 30th in Denver. Known mostly for their MMA promotion, SCL has continued to make waves in boxing in the region as they continue to put on great fight nights with some of Denver’s best young boxing talent on display at every event. I look forward to seeing show announcements from the promotion, more and more on the “sweet science”, end of things. The cards have gotten better with each announcement and next Saturdays lineup is no different.

SCL is bringing a total of 12 boxing matches to the Griz, including 6 professional bouts. Three of which I am very excited for in Jarabek(5-1) vs Antonio Flores(3-0)/ Jose Arellano(3-0) vs Ruben Tellez(2-1) and Mario Quezada(2-0) vs Andrew Strode(1-0). I was able to catch up with SCL Boxing match-maker Chris Maclean-Maestas earlier this month to get his perspective on this great card and a little insight into what SCL has in store moving forward.

I started by asking for a general statement on the card and Chris was kind enough to give me that as follows.

                We are very excited about our September 30th card as it is probably one of the strongest we have held to date. We Pride ourselves on putting together quality match ups and I believe we hit the mark and exceeded that with the card on September 30. We have the best young fighters in Colorado showcasing their skills on the day.

The card usually comes together with just spit bawling back-and-forth between myself and Jeff(Cisneros) then throwing feelers out to see what we can actually make happen. This go-round a lot of it really worked out as we have some quality local match ups, as well as quality opposition coming in from out of town to challenge our Colorado fighters. I just would like to thank all of the SCL family because it is all a team effort and couldn’t be done without each and every one of us.”

I then asked him if he could point out a couple bouts on the card that really stood out to him and could prove to be fan favorite type of fights.

                “Absolutely, the two that stick out to me the most would probably be the Andrew Strode versus Mario Quezada fight and Jonny Jarabek versus Antonio Flores. The Strode Quezada fight is very intriguing as both young undefeated fighters with something to prove I think that is going to be full of action from the opening bell. As far as the Jarabek Flores matchup you have a clash of styles that can only present fireworks. Flores who is a come forward pressure type fighter with a great chin against A slick long rangy boxer in Jarabek with a chip on his shoulder makes for a very interesting matchup. Also any fight that Jose Arrelano is in will always be a treat!”

Finally I wrapped up our discussion by asking him for the outlook on SCL Boxing as we end 2017 and move into 2018 and what the fans could expect?

                “Not just SCL boxing fans but Colorado boxing fans in general can expect nothing but quality in our fights in our production and in our approach. With the young talent the state has mixed with some quality veterans you can expect some marquee match up’s with a few surprises here and there. We are primed and ready to make a big splash into next year.”

Keep checking in with the fight magazine this week as we continue coverage during “fight week”.

HERTZY OUT

My “look back” of Andre Ward

 

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By Amanda “Amazing” Armstrong

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As a traveling sports photographer I was so elated to be wrapped up in Ward VS Kovalev 1 & 2.  As much as I would love to see one more fight from him, it’s time to respect him. As much as I didn’t like the outcome of Ward Kovalev 2, I give him respect in his honestly about leaving the sport.

Andre Ward has put on the suit at ringside,  commandeered himself a microphone and a place.  He has made his career on his own terms, and he landed on top.

“From the bottom of my heart, thank you to everyone who has played a part in my journey,” Ward said. “You know who you are. I could not have done this without you. I want to be clear — I am leaving because my body can no longer put up with the rigors of the sport and therefore my desire to fight is no longer there.

“If I cannot give my family, my team, and the fans everything that I have, then I should no longer be fighting. Above all, I give God the glory, for allowing me to do what I’ve done, for as long as I have.” Andre Ward

 

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Mario Sierra “Pays it Forward” on Airtight Boxing: Ready 2 Rumble

Mario Sierra Charitable cause on Airtight Boxing: Ready 2 Rumble

By Amanda “Amanzing” Armstrong

Images: Amanda “Amazing” Armstrong / TrihexPhotography.com

Mario Sierra VS Arturo Melo, an exciting match up on the Airtight Boxing card “Ready 2 Rumble”. On September 29th Mario Sierra will be fighting for Riley Heasley ( get to know him below!). Clayton Pay It Forward is a smart way to donate as a fighter. The cause always benefit, if the fighter takes the W or the L.  Zak Clayton Founder and President  works tirelessly to help raise funds for multiple causes with multiple events.  It is wonderful to see fighters do good thing like this in the community.  Read below the official press release.

 

Dear friends,

Clayton Consulting & Event Planning LLC. (CCEP) is very proud to announce a partnership developed with Mario Jauritoz Sierra, effectively creating the Clayton Pay It Forward Fundraising Fighters. Mario and the ClaytonPIF Fundraising Program are working together to fight childhood illnesses and other life altering family issues while selling tickets to upcoming fights and promoting to Mario’s Northern Colorado home area. Effective immediately, every ticket sold by Mario or the ClaytonPIF Fundraising Program, Mario will donate 1% of his winnings to a sick child or company battling child illness, up to 25%. We are currently selling tickets for the Airtight Boxing Promotion, Ready 2 Rumble, at the Imperium Events Center in Westminster on September 29th .This is a group that will concentrate on reaching out to kids in Northern Colorado that are battling illness, depression, or other afflictions to promote the contact sports, introduce them to alternative activities, and show them that Northern Colorado Cares.

Mario, co-creator, is our first fighter to sign on board but negotiations are ongoing with other young women and men to join our group. CCEP LLC., ClaytonPIF Fundraising Program, or Northern Colorado Cares will not be receiving any money for these hardworking young women or men. It is our privilege that they give of themselves to help Northern Colorado families in need of a helping hand. Mario will be fighting for Riley Heasley, a courageous young man who is fighting to defeat Pantothenate kinase-associated neurodegeneration (PKAN). A rare neurological disease that affects both children and adults. People with PKAN lack a chemical necessary to metabolize a vitamin in the brain. Without normal levels of this metabolite, part of the brain degenerates, causing severe problems with walking, coordination, vision, speech and swallowing. The illness is particularly cruel in childhood, when uncontrollable twisting movements can be extreme, causing pain and even bone fractures. Awareness is not affected, making the suffering imposed by the disease especially poignant. Many children with PKAN die before the age of 10. Riley needs therapeutic equipment to help relieve 2 muscle and joint tension due to a strenuous physical therapy regimen. After the whirlpool is purchased we will direct the remaining funds to the Spoonbill Foundation. The Spoonbill Foundation is the leaders in finding a cure for PKAN.

This group was founded to bring upon action.We at CCEP strive to help people that have emergency needs, our United States Veterans, local underfunded 501c3’s, children’s fundraising efforts, and our little warriors fighting roadblocks placed in front of them. We encourage all companies to donate or even better match Mario’s donation.

If you have any questions please contact us: Zak Clayton, info@ClaytonPIF.com, (970) 584- 6315, my direct phone. I am available from 6 AM until 7 PM on most nights. If I do not answer please leave a name and number with brief description. I will return your call ASAP.

Sincerely,

Zak Clayton

https://www.claytonpif.com/

 

AIRTIGHT BOXING:”READY 2 RUMBLE” – MELO AND SIERRA:”READY 2 SHINE”

BY EVAN HERTZOG

9-12-17

PHOTO CREDIT: AMANDA ARMSTRONG “TRIHEX PHOTOGRAPHY”

Colorado boxing starts its ferocious march into the fall of 2017 with multiple cards and many talented boxers up and down each of them. We get the fight filled fall of ’17 kicked off at the “Imperium Event Center” in Westminster Colorado on September 29th, with Air Tight Boxing’s “Ready2Rumble”. The first of many planned boxing events under the powerhouse promotions banner lead by the Colorado Boxing mainstay, Steve Mestas.

As always Steve will be giving a platform to the upcoming talent that the amateur boxing scene has to offer in the Rocky Mountain state and the surrounding territory. These fights will give us a glance into the states boxing future and provide for some fun action, no doubt, but for now it is the top two bouts atop the poster that should be intriguing to any fight fan in the area. Including a must see collision course of two of Colorado’s best young talents’ in the lower weight divisions when Arturo Melo (3-2) of Colorado Springs’ “Hustle Hard Boxing” and Mario Sierra (2-0-1) of Greeley and the “Top Notch Boxing Gym”, square off in the main event of the evening.

Before we are treated with a possible fight of the year candidate between Melo and Sierra, we will have a chance to see young undefeated prospect Seville Hasan (1-0) return to the ring for the first time since scoring a TKO victory in his debut in early 2017 over Henry Silva. This time the hungry Hasan will be stepping in with Tommy Roque, which should make for a stellar co main event and leave us wanting more as we head into one of the more highly anticipated fights in the region at the end of 2017, in the main event.

Although both fighters in the main event call other Colorado cities home, they will meet on familiar ground in Denver as it acts as a meeting point between these two young guns. Both fighters have spent the better part of their early careers fighting in Denver and have started to garner respect from neutral fight fans in the mile high in each’s case, which should make for a great crowd on the 29th at the Imperium, only adding to the esteem of this fight.

The Imperium is a great venue for boxing and with its tight walls the fight fans are right on top of the action in the very intimate setting in Westminster. The heat turns up as the building feels up and it feels as though you are just as much a part of the fight as the two warriors that entertain inside of the ring. Many great fights have taken place in the Imperium and it’s in my humble opinion that we will be able to add another to the list after Melo and Sierra finish the evening at ATB’s “Ready2Rumble”.

This fight is crucial for both fighters moving forward as the rest of their careers’ path will be determined by their early success or failures. Both fighters should be credited for making this fight happen for just that reason. The thing is though, neither of these guys are strangers to taking the tough fight early on. Both having gone to battle with one of Colorado’s other up and coming fighters in Adan Gonzales (3-1-1) of “TLC Boxing Gym”. Melo lost a close decision to Gonzales and Sierra fought him to a draw, both within the last year. With this common opponent and with the outcomes for each of them, this fight could act as an elimination bout for a possible rematch with Gonzales down the road, something I’m sure both fighters hold great interest in.

The good thing for both guys is that neither of those bouts with Gonzales were their last bouts. Melo is coming off a big first round KO of Greg Gallegos and Sierra, not to be outdone, is coming off of his own first round knockout victory when he tore down Marco Alcaraz in the first round of their fight earlier this year. This is the perfect storm for a great fight and if all goes as planned over the next couple of weeks it will be a fight we will be able to see come to fruition in front of our very own eyes.

Tickets are available through any fighter that is on the card and through Steve Mestas. You can also get ahold of us here at The Fight Magazine and we will get you set away with the ticket of your choice.

Once again, the fights will be located at the “Imperium Event Center”, at 3051 W. 74th Ave. in Westminster Colorado on September 29th. Doors will open at 6pm and the first bell will sound at 7:30pm sharp.

See you there!

HERTZY OUT

GGG VS Canelo Undercard Includes One Of Denver’s Own.

UNDEFEATED CONTENDERS AND PROSPECTS

TO BE FEATURED ON CANELO VS. GOLOVKIN

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PAY-PER-VIEW UNDERCARD JOSEPH “JOJO” DIAZ, JR. AND JORGE “PILON” LARA TO BATTLE IN WBC FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE ELIMINATOR FOR CO-MAIN EVENT

RANDY “El MATADOR” CABALLERO TO FACE DIEGO DE LA HOYA IN CLASH OF UNDEFEATED CONTENDERS FOR NABF SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT TITLE

LIGHTWEIGHT CONTENDERS RYAN “BLUE CHIP” MARTIN AND FRANCISCO ROJO TO OPEN PAY-PER-VIEW TELECAST SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 AT T-MOBILE ARENA IN LAS VEGAS PRESENTED LIVE BY HBO PAY-PER-VIEW® BEGINNING AT A SPECIAL TIME OF 8:00 P.M. ET/5:00 P.M. PT LOS ANGELES (Aug. 28, 2017)

More than 20,000 fans at T-Mobile Arena and millions watching on HBO Pay-Per-View and www.RingTV.com will be treated to a stacked undercard line-up in support of the Sept. 16 showdown between lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) and WBC/WBA/IBF/IBO Middleweight World Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs).

In the co-main event, Joseph “JoJo” Diaz, Jr. (24-0, 13 KOs) of South El Monte, Calif. will take an important step towards a world title opportunity when he takes on Jorge “Pilon” Lara (29-0-2, 21 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico in a 12-round WBC Featherweight title eliminator.

“The Canelo vs. Golovkin undercard will feature some of boxing’s best contenders and rising stars the fans will be in for a treat and won’t want to miss the action,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “From Jojo Diaz to Randy Caballero, Diego De La Hoya, Vergil Ortiz, and Marlen Esparza, Golden Boy Promotions has stacked the undercard with some of the toughest fighters in the sport today that are determined to put on great fights for the fans.”

“It’s a dream come true to be fighting in the co-main event of the Canelo vs. Golovkin card,” said Joseph Diaz, Jr. “I finally get the opportunity to fight for a title eliminator! I’ve been waiting my whole life to become a world champion. On September 16, I’m going to give it everything I got, for all my fans out there.”

“I haven’t seen too much of [Joseph] Diaz, but I know that he’s a tough opponent,” said Jorge Lara. “I also know that he participated in the 2012 Olympic Games in London. More than anything else, I know that we have to give a great fight, and I hope that he throws punches and brawls.”

Also on the Pay-Per-View telecast will be a battle between two undefeated contenders in the Golden Boy stable. Former IBF World Bantamweight Champion Randy “El Matador” Caballero (24-0, 14 KOs) will face WBC Youth World Super Bantamweight Champion Diego De La Hoya (19-0, 9 KOs) in a 10-round super bantamweight battle for Caballero’s NABF Super Bantamweight title.

“I am so happy and grateful for the opportunity that Golden Boy Promotions has given me,” said Randy Caballero. “I promise to all my friends, family and fans that I will put on a great performance come September 16.”

“I’m very motivated and excited for another great opportunity on the biggest boxing event in some time,” said Diego De La Hoya. “Fights like this one versus Caballero are what bring out the best in me, and I guarantee I will give it my all to put on a great show for the fans. I’d like to thank Golden Boy Promotions, my manager, and Team DDLH for the continued support! See you September 16!”

Opening the Pay-Per-View telecast, lightweight contenders Ryan “Blue Chip” Martin (19-0, 11 KOs), and Francisco Rojo (20-2, 13 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico will battle it out for Ryan’s WBC Continental Americas and the vacant WBA Intercontinental lightweight titles.

“I realize there are a lot of big fights that can be made right now in the lightweight division,” said Ryan Martin. “There are lot of projections and talks for me to be a part of some of those bigger fights. But, right now I have to get past Rojo. Preparations are going good, and I will be as sharp as ever on that night. My team is amazing, and my trainers are pushing me really hard.”

“It is an honor to be fighting on the same Mexican Independence Day weekend card as the great Canelo Alvarez,” said Francisco Rojo. “It’s going to be a great night for Mexico when we both leave the ring with all the belts wrapped around us.”

“Ryan Martin is one of the fastest-rising stars of the lightweight division,” said Tom Loeffler, promoter of Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. “This battle between two hungry top-10 contenders is a great addition to the card and an exciting way to open the pay-per-view telecast.”

The non-televised undercard is stacked with action-packed bouts featuring Golden Boy Promotions’ strongest contenders and prospects.

Jesus Rojas (25-1-2, 18 KOs) of Caguas, Puerto Rico and Claudio Marrero (22-1, 16 KOs) of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic will clash in a 12-round fight for the vacant WBA Featherweight Title. Vergil Ortiz (6-0, 6 KOs) of Dallas, Texas will take on Cesar Valenzuela (7-1, 2 KOs) of Phoenix, Ariz. in a scheduled six-round super lightweight fight. Marlen Esparza, the 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist will take on Tania Cosme (5-6-1, 1 KO) of Denver, Colorado. Serhii Bohachuk (4-0, 4 KOs) of Los Angeles will fight in a scheduled four-round welterweight fight against an opponent that will be named shortly in the evening’s first bout.

Canelo vs. Golovkin is a 12-round fight for the middleweight championship of the world presented by Golden Boy Promotions and GGG Promotions and sponsored by Tecate “BORN BOLD”; Hennessy, Never Stop, Never Settle; O’Reilly Auto Parts. Better Parts, Better Prices…everyday!; Fred Loya Insurance; Interjet; Thor: Ragnarok; Fathom Events; Tsesnabank; and Capital Holdings. The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 16 at T-Mobile Arena and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at a special time of 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.

HBO Sports will air the special “Under The Lights: Canelo/Golovkin” Saturday, Sept. 2 at 10:00 p.m. (E/PT) on HBO. It’s the final time the two will see each other until fight week unfolds in Las Vegas.

Episode #2 of 24/7 Canelo/Golovkin premieres Saturday, Sept. 9 on HBO immediately following the live Boxing After Dark triple header from the StubHub Center at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT. Tickets for the closed circuit telecast of Canelo vs. Golovkin at Bellagio Resort & Casino, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, The Mirage Hotel & Casino, Monte Carlo Resort and Casino, New York-New York Hotel & Casino, Luxor Hotel and Casino and Circus Circus Las Vegas are priced at $75, not including applicable fees. All seats are general admission and are currently on sale. Tickets may be purchased at any MGM Resorts International Box Office, by phone with a major credit card at 1-800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

Cotto VS Kamegai (Golden Boy Promotions) Gallery and Quotes

Cotto VS Kamegai scorecardSaturday August, 26th 2017

StubHub Center, Carson, California

Photos: Amanda Armstrong/ TrihexPhotography.com

Miguel Cotto:

“I tried to do my best, and I think I did that tonight. I am happy with my performance. He’s a tough fighter, and was a tough opponent. It was during round 5 or 6 that I knew he was going to make it to the 12 rounds. Come December 31st, I will retire, I’ve did it and done it all. I’m 36 going on 37, and I think I’ve come to the end of my career. I will fight once more in December. I’ll let Freddie tell you who I want.”

Freddie Roach:

“We want the winner of Canelo-GGG”

Yoshihiro Kamegai:

“I felt so much frustration not being able to land any of my punches. I could not catch him at all. I couldn’t catch him at all. He is such a talented legend, I am so glad I got the opportunity to fight him.”

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Vargas VS Rios Weigh In, WBC Super Bantamweight Title

WBC Super Bantamweight Title 12 Rounds

Ray Vargas, Mexico City, MEX. 29-0 (22KO’s)

VS

Ronny Rios, Santa Ana, CA 28-1 (13 KOs).

Photos: Amanda Armstrong/ TrihexPhotography.com

Rey Vargas 121.6 vs. Ronny Rios 122

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Cotto VS Kamegai Weigh In

Weigh In results for August 26th 2017 for Cotto VS Kamegai for the

 WBO Junior Middleweight Title at the StubHub Center in Carson, California

Photos: Amanda Armstrong/ TrihexPhotography.com

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Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) weighed in at 153.6 pounds .

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Yoshihiro Kamegai (27-3-2, 24 KOs) weighed in at 153.8 lbs..

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HALL OF FAME TRAINER FREDDIE ROACH SHARES TRAINING CAMP DETAILS

Fight week countdown

Amanda Armstrong

It’s a busy fight week, conference calls are done, and now all that is left is the media arrivals and final live conference. The call this week was a very short and simple call. Cotto was calm and direct to the point. He is ready to fight, and that is all.

December 31st 2017 is the day Cotto retires from boxing. No matter who, or how they ask Cotto, there was no way his answer was going to change. December 31st, that is the date.

 Cotto stated in previous statements earlier this year that he wanted to fight two more times this year. This statement was made around the time the original fight date of February in Texas  VS Kirkland was on the books (see article here). It is now end of August… can we see one last fight spilling over into 2018? How will the Golden Boy multi-fight deal play out? Multi=2? But what ever plays out Cotto has had an amazing career and has a new journey ahead of him as “Promoter”.

Translated from cottopromotions.com

Mission

Working for the boxer and boxer, this being our priority, which will create an atmosphere of trust and improved performance by them. This in turn gives us the platform for Miguel Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment are leading boxing promotion in Puerto Rico, thanks to the humanization and respect given to the athlete through a fair and honest environment. This structure ensures new boxing stars that provide a profitable show for sponsors and audience appeal.

HALL OF FAME TRAINER FREDDIE ROACH SHARES TRAINING CAMP DETAILS AS MIGUEL COTTO PREPARES FOR YOSHIHIRO KAMEGAI IN BATTLE FOR VACANT WBO JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE

COTTO VS. KAMEGAI TAKES PLACE ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 26 AT STUBHUB CENTER TELEVISED LIVE ON HBO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®

LOS ANGELES (July 26, 2017): World renowned trainer Freddie Roach shared important details regarding the training camp of Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs), the only Puerto Rican boxer to ever win world titles in four divisions, as he prepares to go to war for the vacant WBO Junior Middleweight title against the Japanese slugger Yoshihiro “El Maestrito” Kamegai (27-3-2, 24 KOs). Cotto will attempt to obtain a sixth world title in four divisions and will appear on HBO for an astounding 23rd time. The event takes place Saturday, August 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.

Roach, a Hall of Fame trainer who was supervising a recent sparring session at the Wild Card Boxing Club, shared Cotto’s training camp routine, which consists of:

Strength and conditioning at 5:00 am with Gavin McMillan (exercises are done either at the gym, pool, nearby hills or at the track).

Breakfast at around 8:30 am. (Cotto likes to cook all his meals himself; his diet is normal, avoiding fried food).

 Light snack at around 11:15 am. Sparring three days a week at 1:00 pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Boxing routine on at 1:00 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

 Dinner at around 5:30 pm.

Roach also provided additional training camp details, including the strategy for taking advantage of the exciting and crowd-pleasing style of Kamegai.

“Kamegai [Yoshihiro] is very aggressive and I like that. I think it should make for a great fight because he’s coming forward all the time and always looking for a knockout. Guys who look for knockouts, get knocked out. So, we’re working on countering his attack, and it’s going really well so far,” Roach concluded.

“I feel great, everything is working perfectly in camp together with Freddie and Gavin on every workout session. Freddie has a great game plan and I just follow him and do my best every day at gym. We look forward to have a big win” Miguel Cotto said.

“For more than 16 years, Miguel Cotto has represented Puerto Rico. He has given fans incredible fights at a number of weight classes, and has won world titles in an astounding four divisions,” said Oscar De La Hoya. “Now, after nearly two years out of the ring, as he attempts to claim a sixth championship belt, we are fully expecting a tough war between him and Kamegai.”

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” and Casa Mexico Tequila. 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, August 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 Cotto vs. Kamegai are on sale and priced at $200, $100, $50 and $25, plus applicable taxes, fees and services charges. Tickets can be purchased at AXS.com, by phone at 888-9-AXSTIX (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.

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