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.

UPDATE! Moises Flores vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux

By Amanda Armstrong

Photos: Amanda Armstrong

Moises Flores (25-1, 17 KOs) vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux (18-0, 12 KOs)

RESULT: Guillermo Rigondeaux by TKO at 2:59 of the First Round*

UPDATED: 

Guillermo Rigondeaux’s win will be changed to a no-decision by NSAC

On Sunday morning, Bennett said he watched the replay with sound numerous times on a video HBO provided to him.

“I listened to it several times. I had a conversation with Vic on the phone and we went over the fight and it was quite clear to both of us that that the punch was thrown after the bell,” Bennett said.

*Bennett could not change the ruling, it had to be voted on by the four commissioners.

“Vic drafted a statement that has been provided to chairman Marnell and the other commissioners and they will also be provided with a copy of the fight, and next Monday morning we will have a commission meeting, where the result will be changed in accordance with Nevada code,” Bennett said.

“The evidence to me is quite clear,” Bennett said.

*The two camps did not dispute the Nevada State commission.

“It was unintentional, but we’ve seen the punch and it landed after the bell,” said Michael Yormark of Rigondeaux promoter Roc Nation Sports. “Both fighters were in a clinch and then were throwing punches at the same time. Rigo’s landed first and flattened him. We understand the commission’s position and respect the Nevada State Athletic Commission, and we’ll accept their decision. We respect Bob Bennett, and we don’t necessarily disagree with what the commission decision will be, and we’ll move on.”

Said Flores promoter Tom Brown of TGB Promotions: “Clearly, the punch landed after the bell, and I have complete faith in the Nevada Athletic Commission to overturn the decision. We’ll send an official protest to the athletic commission and wait for them to make their decision, and I’m sure it will be declared a no-decision. They still have to go through their hoops and then see what the WBA does.”

 This was a mandatory match, the WBA will probably ask for a rematch. 

Post Fight Quotes Below 

Rigondeaux: “The Mexican was a brave kid. I commend him for getting in the ring with me. He has more guts than a lot of these other guys. We both threw combinations at the same time at the end of the first round. But mine was quicker and more accurate. It was only a matter of time. I fight to give the best performance to the public and all the fans. I am making everyone disappear at 122. I am always available. Tell me who is next. I want all of them, and will take them out one by one. I hope the whole world sees what it is like to get in the ring with me. I am tired of the press and everyone saying I am boring. You see what happens when someone brings the fight to me.”

 

Flores: “It’s not fair. It’s clear that the bell rang. He didn’t throw a punch the whole round. I was winning the round and he waited for after the bell to throw punch when I dropped my hands down.”

 

Post bell punches in the Co Main/Results/Quotes

By Amanda Armstrong

Photos Amanda Armstrong

Moises Flores (25-1, 17 KOs) vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux (18-0, 12 KOs)

RESULT: Guillermo Rigondeaux by TKO

 

Rigondeaux: “The Mexican was a brave kid. I commend him for getting in the ring with me. He has more guts than a lot of these other guys. We both threw combinations at the same time at the end of the first round. But mine was quicker and more accurate. It was only a matter of time. I fight to give the best performance to the public and all the fans. I am making everyone disappear at 122. I am always available. Tell me who is next. I want all of them, and will take them out one by one. I hope the whole world sees what it is like to get in the ring with me. I am tired of the press and everyone saying I am boring. You see what happens when someone brings the fight to me.”

 

Flores: “It’s not fair. It’s clear that the bell rang. He didn’t throw a punch the whole round. I was winning the round and he waited for after the bell to throw punch when I dropped my hands down.”

 

Under Card Results/ Non Televised , Ward Kovalev “The Rematch”

Photos: Amanda Armstrong

Jonathan Steele (7-1, 5 KOs) vs. Enriko Gogokhia (5-0, 2 KOs)

RESULT: Enriko Gogokhia by Unanimous Decision

Enriko Gogokhia: “I thought it was a good fight. I really wanted to knock him out but I also wanted to play with him and make him go a little harder. He was just the fighter I thought he would be and I was prepared for him. I am happy with my performance.”

 

Jonathan Steele: “Hopefully I will get back in there, I want revenge so hopefully I will be looking forward to a rematch. It was a great fight. I really enjoyed my first time in Vegas, it’s a beautiful thing. It was a very humbling experience. I will go harder in the gym and I’ll come back out here and continue on my path to become the world champion.”

Alex Sandro Duarte (6-1, 4 KOs) vs. Bakhram Murtazaliev (9-0, 7 KOs)

RESULT: Bakhram Murtazaliev by TKO at 1:31 of the First Round

 

Bakhram Murtazaliev: “I’m very happy. The fight went so quickly that I didn’t have time to even think about how I felt. I didn’t intend to knock him out, it just happened.”

 

Alex Sandro Duarte: “He was taller and stronger than me. I was fighting in a weight class that was above my normal weight class. I am disappointed.”

Brando Sanudo (5-5, 2 KOs) vs. John Bauza (7-0, 4 KOs)

RESULT: John Bauza by TKO at 1:14 of the Second Round

 

John Bauza: “That knock down felt great! It was an easy win because I worked hard. I felt strong in the first round. Thanks to all my followers and supporters. I will keep up great work. Whatever my promoters tell me next, will be next.”

Brando Sanudo: N/A

 

 

CO Main Event at Kovalev Ward “The Rematch”

By Amanda Armstrong

Photo: Amanda Armstrong/ Trihex Photography LLC

Co Main event on the card features Guillermo Rigondeaux ( 17 – 0, 11 KO’s) VS Moises Flores (25-0, 17 KO’s)

Both fighters undefeated, and each had a fight in summer of 2016.

Rigondeaux was an elite amateur fight with almost 475 fights on his resume (loosing only 12). He has earned Gold Medals at the Pan Am Games, two World Amateur Championships, two world cups, and two Olympic Gold medals (2000 and 2004). November 2015 he was signed to Roc Nation Sports.

Flores, a noticeable tall 122 pounder standing 5 feet 9 inches tall,  from Guadalajara, Mexico. He made his pro debut in 2008, and has sepnt the majority of his career fighing in Mexico. He then did a U.S. debut in September 2014, winning a 6 round UD over Pablo Batres in Mesquite Texas. In April 2015 he won the WBA World Super Bantamweight (interim) title against Champion Oscar Escandon.  He has defended the WBA belt twice, and along the way picked up the IBO World Super Bantamweight title.

Tonight, on the Ward Kovalev card he hopes to claim full right to the title against  Rigondeaux in a 12 round championship co main event!

 

 

Kovalev VS Ward; Weigh In

By Amanda Armstrong

Photos: Amanda Armstrong/Trihex Photograph LLC

Today Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, and Andre S.O.G. Ward stepped on the scale at The Mandalay Bay Event Center, Las Vegas.  Both fighters came in at 175.  We have a fight! Both fighters confident, both fighters war ready. Kovalev even cracking a few jokes, even taking a stab at Ward.

Kovalev walked off the press conference stage yesterday, when asked today he simply stated, “I did not want to waste my energy on him..”

Sergey was all smiles at weigh in’s, and Andre came across trying to poke the Russian bear.

Pictures below.

 

 

 

Ward vs. Kovalev 2: “The Rematch, a 12-round mega-fight for the WBO/IBF/WBA Light Heavyweight World Championships, is presented by Roc Nation Sports, Main Events, Andre Ward Promotions, Krusher Promotions and Corona Extra, sponsored by Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Jetlux, Life10 Electrolyte, Zappos, D’USSÉ Cognac, ProSupps and Powered by Monster. The championship event takes place Saturday, June 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. Tickets for Ward-Kovalev 2: “The Rematch” are available on axs.com and at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Box Office.

 

 

DANIEL “TWITCH” FRANCO SUFFERS SERIOUS INJURY IN LOSS TO JOSE HARO!

DANIEL “TWITCH” FRANCO SUFFERS SERIOUS INJURY IN LOSS TO JOSE HARO!

 

Sloan, IA (June 11, 2017) –  Featherweight contender DANIEL “TWITCH” FRANCO suffered severe head injuries in his knockout loss toJOSE HARO on Saturday night, June 10 at the WinnaVegas Casino in Sloan, Iowa in a bout telecast on CBS Sports Network.

 

Following the eighth round stoppage, the popular 25-year-old Franco of Rancho Cucamonga, California was transported to a nearby hospital for emergency surgery to stop two brain bleeds.

 

Said manager Ray Chaparro from the hospital, “At this point the doctors have told us the next 48 hours will be critical in regards to him making a complete recovery. We ask for prayers from the boxing community at this time.”

 

“Roc Nation’s thoughts and prayers are with Daniel Franco and his family during this critical recovery period. He is a tenacious talent and champion, and will always have our support,” said Michael R. Yormark, Roc Nation President & Chief of Branding and Strategy.

ANDRE WARD VS. SERGEY KOVALEV 2 INTERNATIONAL MEDIA CONFERENCE CALL Part 2

ANDRE WARD VS. SERGEY KOVALEV 2  INTERNATIONAL MEDIA CONFERENCE CALL

Amanda Armstrong

Photos/Amanda Armstrong/Trihex Photography LLC

Part 2

Team Ward

 On the call: Virgil Hunter , Josh Dubin, and Andre Ward

The Rematch, always the most anticipated match in combat sports. The drama between fight one and two feeds the media and fan frenzy. Accusations, excuses,  and rumors go back and forth.  Tactics or truth, every one claims to know. But the one thing you always know, there’s is a pissed off camp and a happy camp.

Today was the “winning” camps’ turn on the international media call. A complete difference from the previous call with Sergey Kovalev and team. Team Ward more light hearted than Team Kovalev who was looking to: “punish.. (Ward)”. The confident teams’ only answer to any question of any new tricks was: “Oh boy you’ll see”, -Virgil Hunter 

The post fight talk about the score card from Team Ward about their previous match  was seeing it winning by 2 rounds. But then again, like Virgil noted,

 “When it comes to your fighter, you’re only going to see what they are doing. Not whats really going on.”  

So I guess that pertains to both corners, fans and media? Do we only see what we want to see? Can we ever separate ourselves from the emotion of the fight and look at it in a scientific way? If not, I guess we can’t call it the sweet Science, just Sweet, sweet drama! But I digress …

What one statement was said by Team Ward that this rematch:

“This will be a statement fight.” -Hunter

There wasn’t any mud slinging on this call, Ward stayed positive and even giving Kovalev respect.

“Once a champion always a champion.” -Ward

Some important notes from Ward as a take away speaks to every one.

“I am a Pro Fighter we are not just commodities.”

Ward carries on to talk about after the fight, all of the fights. Once the fans stop cheering. What is the fighter left with? Ward asks to humanize the fighter:

“What are you left with after your career is over. When the fans stop cheering. We need to humanize the fighter.”-Ward

Ward vs. Kovalev 2: “The Rematch,” a 12-round mega-fight for the WBO/IBF/WBA Light Heavyweight World Championships, is presented by Roc Nation Sports, Main Events, Andre Ward Promotions, Krusher Promotions and Corona Extra, sponsored by Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Jetlux, Life10 Water, Zappos and Powered by Monster. The championship event takes place Saturday, June 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegasand will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. Tickets for Ward-Kovalev 2: “The Rematch” are available on axs.com and at the Mandalay Bay Events Center box office.

Team Sergey Kovalev International Media Conference Call

Highlights from team Sergey Kovalev International Media Conference Call

By Amanda Armstrong

Photos: Amanda Armstrong/Trihex Photography LLC

On the call: Sergey Kovalev, John David Jackson, Egis Klimas, Kathy Duval.

Today I sat in on international media Q&A with Team Krusher. Of course the theme of the call; 11 days, June 17th… Kovalev Ward Rematch.  This was a very focused team and it stayed that way.

The first question fired,  their thoughts and opinions about the scoring from Sergey’s last meeting with Andre in the ring.

Sergey added, “it isn’t really his job (judging)”,  Sergey does see that he was not aggressive as much in the second half. But yet Andre still not doing enough to win, and only getting points for surviving.

John David Jackson saw the best at 8 out of 12 rounds.

Sergey stays passionate about his boxing fans. In his (getting better) English that in the first half he proved to his fans that he can out box Andre. But the camp is ready to move on to June 17th.

On HBO’s Road To Kovalev/Ward 24/7 Kovalev’s camp discussed how over training drained him in the second half. The camp discussed this to a lesser extent (on the call) this time compared to 24/7 . See that episode here.

Again assigned to the fight is three American judges, although  Kovalevs camp did petition for more of a  international flavor. Kovalevs camp has since moved on and hopes for the best from three new judges.  Sergey says, “I believe in the judges to to their job… this is my next test.”

Sergey Kovalev still proclaims he is the true World Champion… and he (Ward), will be punished.  Sergey goes on to repeat, he was empty in the second half… and it wasn’t his day.  This time he repeats, “He must be punished…” and added, “.. and I want my belt back.”

Talking about the future beyond June 17th, if it ties up 1-1, there will NOT be a Kovalev Ward 3. Kathy Duval proclaims, ” We have no obligation to a rematch.”

“I proved to my fans that I won”-Sergey Kovalev 

 

 

Video Alert: Light Heavyweight Champion Andre Ward Pays Tribute to Muhammad Ali

In remembrance of Muhammad Ali, Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion Andre Ward took to his twitter to post following: “My Champ, My Legend, Ali…”

 

Ward included the link to a special Ali tribute video that was created earlier this year by award-winning director David Finch for the 2017 Laureus World Sports Awards. The video is based on a posthumous letter that Ward wrote to the Greatest of All Time.

Andre Ward’s Ali Tribute Video Link:https://vimeo.com/203786247

Andre “S.O.G.” Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) will face Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs) in a highly-anticipated rematch on Saturday, June 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The championship event, presented by Corona Extra, will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. Tickets for Ward-Kovalev 2: “The Rematch” are available on axs.com and at the Mandalay Bay Events Center box office. Follow the conversation #WardKovalev.