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Undefeated Super-featherweight Sensation Mario Barrios Returns Sept 6 in Corpus Christi

 Photos By Lucas Noonan – PBC
SAN ANTONIO, TX (August 26, 2015) – Unbeaten rising star, Super-Featherweight Mario Barrios(10-0, 5 KOs), will make a quick return back to the ring on Sunday, September 6, 2015 against Jonathan “Popeye” Perez (33-12, 27 KOs).  The 8-round bout will take place at the American Bank Center, in Corpus Christi, Texas.
This past July, Barrios went the distance in his first eight round bout, proving to himself that he can fight effectively in the later rounds if need be.
“My last night I went eight rounds for the first time, and to be honest, I felt I could’ve went twelve easily. That’s a testament to my team and everyone around me that’s helping me get better. I’m still have a lot to learn but I feel my jab is getting much better. I’m starting to set up my combinations with my jab and I can see why that punch is so important. I’m steadily working on using my height and reach advantage.”
Managed by Al Haymon, Barrios is staying busy as this will be his fourth fight of the year.  As his career is ascending, Barrios is grateful for the great team around him.
“I’m very thankful to be fighting so soon. I want to thank Al Haymon, as well as my core team, for all their hard work. Everyone is doing a fantastic job guiding my career and I couldn’t be more pleased with my progress.  I know I’m a long way from my dream of becoming a world champion, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  With a lot of hard work, I know I can accomplish that dream.”
The event is headlined by former world champion Anthony “The Dog” Dirrell (27-1-1, 22 KOs) taking on Mexico’s Marco Antonio “El Veneno” Rubio (59-7-1, 51 KOs) and features the rematch between bantamweight world champion Jamie McDonnell (26-2-1, 12 KOs) and exciting brawler Tomoki “El Mexicanito” Kameda (31-1, 19 KOs).  Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on CBS will air the event live from the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas Sunday, September 6. The telecast kicks off at 4 PM ET/1 PM PT.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Leija Battah Promotions and Warriors Boxing, are priced at $109, $93, $49, $38 and $15, not including applicable service charges and taxes and are on sale now. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com, the American Bank Center Box Office or by calling Leija Battah Promotions at (210) 979-3302. To charge by phone call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000

Travis Kauffman takes on Epifanio Mendoza on Friday, September 18 at the Claridge in Atlantic City

Plus the return of former Heavyweight title challenger Eddie Chambers as well as undefeated Dauren Yeleussinov, Keith Tapia, John Magda, Earl Newman and Carlos Gongora
For Immediate Release

Reading, PA (August 26, 2015)– On Friday night, September 18, boxing returns to the Claridge Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City as Kings Promotions returns for a big night of action.
In the main event, Travis Kauffman will take on former world title challenger Epifanio Mendoza.
Kauffman of Reading, PA has a record of 29-1 with 21 knockouts and is riding an 11-fight win streak that has spanned 5 and a half years.
Kauffman has defeated the likes of Malachy Farrell (16-1), William Shahan (7-1), Chris Koval (24-6), Vincent Thompson (13-1) and in his last bout he took out Richard Carmack in one-round on August 14 in Newark, New Jersey.
Mendoza is a grizzled veteran has fought everybody from Jr. Middleweight to Heavyweight.  He has prodigious knockout power as his record stands at 41-21-1 with 35 knockouts.
The native of Baranquilla, Colombia has wins over Tukunbo Olajide (17-0), Rubin Williams (19-0), Alejandro Garcia (7-1), Carlos Negron (13-0) & Ray Recio (6-0).  He is coming off a 3rd round stoppage over Tomas Orozco Rodriguez on July 25 in Barinquilla, Colombia.
The co-feature will be an 8-round Heavyweight bout that will feature the American return of former world title challenger “Fast” Eddie Chambers (41-4, 22 KO’s) taking on Galen Brown (41-31-1, 25 KO’s) of St. Joseph, Missouri.
Also appearing in an 8-round bout will be Heavyweight Keith Tapia (15-0, 10 KO’s) of Santurce, Puerto Rico taking on Roberto Santos (12-2, 5 KO’s) of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.

Ivan Golub (8-0, 6 KO’s) of Brooklyn, NY will fight Javier Castro (27-8, 22 KO’s) of Chihuahua, Mexico in a Super Welterweight bout.

John Magda (11-0, 7 KO’s) of Rutherford, NJ will fight Francisco Reza (14-14, 11 KO;s) of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico in a Super Middleweight bout.
In 6-round bouts:
Dauren Yuleussinov (3-0, 2 KO’s) of Brooklyn, NY fighting Miguel Munguia (31-33-1, 25 KO’s) in a Super Middleweight fight.
Earl Newman (6-0, 5 KO’s) of Brooklyn, NY will fight Ricardo Campillo (9-8-1, 7 KO’s) of Sonora, Mexico in a Cruiserweight bout.
Danny Kelly (8-1-1, 7 KO’s) of Washington, DC will battle Jimmy Suarez (3-6, 3 KO’s) of Aguada, PR in a Heavyweight bout.
Former Olympian, Carlos Gongora (2-0, 2 KO’s) will take on Juan Carlos Rojas (10-12-1, 8 KO’s) of Saltillo, Mexico in a Super Middleweight bout.
Tickets can be purchased for $100, $75 and $50 by clickingwww.claridgeboxing.eventbrite.com or by calling call 610 587 5950 or 609 868 4243
Photo by Joe Tarlecky

Young Prospects Sambou and Wood Battle For Supremacy This Saturday

On Saturday night, at York Hall in London, two young prospects, Matar Sambou and Chris Wood are set to go toe-to-toe against each other, on the Mark Lyons and Billy James-Elliott promoted LORDS OF THE RING II event.


How refreshing to see two young prospects willing to go toe-to-toe against each other so early in the careers, rather than the accepted normality of facing off against a journeyman for the first six or seven fights of their career.


Kent based Senegalese Sambou, who on his pro debut sensationally stopped Lithuanian hard-man Tadas Stulginskas in just one minute and forty seconds of the first round, had already built up quite a reputation, of being a one of the toughest, big punching youngsters around, during his extensive amateur career back home in Senegal, where he was spotted by no less than former Heavyweight World Champion David Haye, as well as on the unlicensed circuit here in the UK.


His opponent on Saturday, Middlesbrough’s Chris Wood, whose record stands at two wins and single split decision loss, also has built up quite a reputation as a tough young fighter that is willing to fight anyone, anywhere, anytime, and his willingness to enter into the Lions den was well and truly proved, when he traveled to Scotland to box former unified World Kick Boxing Champion Sam Allan on his home show at Wishaw on just his second pro bout.


Promoter Mark Lyons spoke earlier about the prospect of such a mouthwatering match up taking place on his upcoming event.


“What can I say, this is likely to be a truly memorable fight, probably will be the fight of the night as these two boys are true warriors.


We know all about Matar, we know that he is as tough as they come and is one of the most avoided young boxers around, nobody wants to fight him, well usually nobody wants to.


We had heard so many good things about Chris, but when he was approached by Matar’s matchmaker Ben Frankham we still didn’t really expect him to take the fight, but he did.


What can I say, Chris is a real fighter, he’s not looking to artificially build his record, he wants to fight the best, he wants to beat the best and get himself to the top by fighting other prospects, not being mollycoddled for six or seven fights, you can’t help but respect the kid for that.


Have to say, we’re all really looking forward to watching these two warriors against each other, it will be an out and out war, that’s for sure.”


Matar Sambou versus Chris Wood features on the Mark Lyons and Billy James-Elliott Wise Guys promotions LORDS OF THE RING II event that will take place at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London this coming Saturday, the 29th August 2015.


This event is sanctioned courtesy of the Malta Boxing Commission (MBC) www.maltaboxingcommission.com


Tickets, priced £35 (standard seated) and £65 (Ringside) are available direct from any of the boxers taking part, on-line atwww.tkoboxoffice.com and www.wiseguypromotions.com or call 07960 850645 or 07807 282559.

GSS announces that Radio Rahim, Diego Magdaleno and Rebecca Grant to make up broadcast team for Inaugural stream this Friday night’s “Best in Boxing”card live from Tijuana, Mexico

 11 bout card Live on YouTube at
10:30 PM ET

Las Vegas, NV (August 25, 2015)This Friday night, it will be a special night of boxing when Global Sports Streaming (GSS) will present the first broadcast of a brand new sports streaming service and the premier edition of Best in Boxing (BIB)
The first broadcast on Friday, August 28, 2015 will feature the IBU Middleweight title bout between Tony Hirsch (18-6-2, 8 KO’s) taking on Rolando Paredes (9-2-2, 8 KO’s)
The entire 11 bout card, which is promoted by Borizteca Promotions, will stream live beginning at 10:30 PM ET on YouTube and will feature the likes of popular female light flyweight Kenia Enriquez (13-1); lightweight Demond Brock (9-3) as well as undefeated prospects super featherweight Jesus Trujillo and Jorge Escalante (2-0)
GSS is pleased to announce that boxing reporter Radio Rahim, world title challenger and Diego Magdaleno and actress Rebecca Grant will comprise the broadcast team.
Radio Rahim has been a boxing reporter from the Bay area and has been covering the sweet science for over twenty years.  He is known for his hard-hitting interviews and was on hand in Macau, China when the controversial skirmish broke out between the camps of Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios.  Rahim was the first reporter on the scene with exclusive interviews with members of both teams.  Rahim is a respected journalist whose work can be found on secondsout.tv and boxingscene.com
Magdaleno is the number-one ranked Lightweight in the world and on October 10, he will be making the 2nd attempt at a world title when he takes on undefeated Terry Flanagan for the WBO Lightweight world title in Manchester, England.  In his previous title opportunity he lost a split decision to WBO Jr. Lightweight champion, Rocky Martinez in Macau, China.
Grant is an American actress who has done extensive work in television sports.  She worked as a host for the Buffalo Bills on the Empire Sports Network.  She then went on to work as a reporter for the NFL on Fox and ESPN and then worked on the popular NFL Under the Helmet.
Grant has been a staple on Network television as an actress and has been on 3rd Rock from Under the Sun as well as Third Watch.  She also has appeared on many shows on major networks NBC, CBS and ABC as well working on movies such as Brothers.
In 8-round bouts:
Demond Brock (9-3, 3 KO’s) of Kenner, Louisiana will fight Hector Garcia (4-3-1, 3 KO’s) of Tijuana, Mexico in a Lightweight bout.
Brian Jones (11-3, 5 KO’s) of Los Angeles, CA will fight Andres Valdez in a Welterweight bout,
Kenia Enriquez (13-1, 6 KO’s) of Tijuana, Mexico will take on Lorena Arias (3-7) of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in a  female Light Flyweight bout.
In 6-round Bouts:
Jorge Ruiz (8-2, 3 KO’s) of San Diego, California will take on Antonio Villa (1-14, 1 KO) of Tijuana, Mexico in a Featherweight fight.
Michael Ruiz Jr. (9-4-2, 3 KO’s) of Fresno, California will square off with Alfonso Sandoval  (0-8) of Tijuana, Mexico in a Bantamweight fight.
Amaris Quintana (8-2-2, 1 KO) of San Diego, CA will fight Lesley Villanueva (0-1) of Tijuana, Mexico in a Light Flyweight fight.
In 4-round bouts:
Jesus Trujillo (1-0, 1 KO) of Los Angeles, CA will take on Ulises Jimenez (0-1-1) of Tijuana, Mexico in a Super Featherweight affair.
Armando Tovar of San Diego, California will make his pro debut against Andres Marroquin (0-1) of Rosarito, Mexico in a Welterweight clash.
Michael Haigood (0-3) of San Diego, California will box Manuel Sandoval (0-3) of Tijuana, Mexico in a Featherweight fight,
Jorge Escalante (2-0,1 KO) of San Diego, California will rumble with Angel De Jesus Estrada (0-3) of Tijuana, Mexico in a Cruiserweight battle.
All Bouts Subject to change


Premier Boxing Champions on CBS is Headlined By Super Middleweights
Anthony Dirrell and Marco Antonio Rubio With The Co-Main Event Featuring 
Jamie McDonnell vs. Tomoki Kameda 2
CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS (August 25, 2015) – Former two-time world champion Daiki Kameda (29-4, 18 KOs) takes on Mexican slugger Victor Ruiz (19-5, 14 KOs) in bantamweight action in a stacked lineup of undercard attractions as Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on CBS airs live from the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas Sunday, September 6.  The telecast kicks off at 4 PM ET/1 PM PT.
The event is headlined by former world champion Anthony “The Dog” Dirrell (27-1-1, 22 KOs) taking on Mexico’s Marco Antonio “El Veneno” Rubio (59-7-1, 51 KOs) and features the rematch between bantamweight world champion Jamie McDonnell (26-2-1, 12 KOs) and exciting brawler Tomoki “El Mexicanito” Kameda (31-1, 19 KOs).
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Leija Battah Promotions and Warriors Boxing, are priced at $109, $93, $49, $38 and $15, not including applicable service charges and taxes and are on sale now. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com, the American Bank Center Box Office or by calling Leija Battah Promotions at (210) 979-3302. To charge by phone call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.
The action inside the arena will feature top undefeated prospects putting their unblemished records on the line as Miguel Flores (16-0, 7 KOs) faces John “Bam Bam” Johnson(31-10, 23 KOs) in an eight-round super featherweight bout, Mario “Golden Boy” Barrios (10-0, 5 KOs) battles Jonathan “Popeye” Perez (33-12, 27 KOs) in eight rounds of super featherweight action and Ryan “Cowboy” Karl (8-0, 6 KOs) competes in a six-round welterweight affair.
Additional early action will also see 25-year-old New Jersey-born Rickey Edwards (7-0, 2 KOs) against 19-year-old Marco Solis (3-1, 1 KO) of Round Rock, Texas in a six-round lightweight attraction, 23-year-old Corpus Christi-born Jeremy Longoria (7-5, 1 KO) squaring off against 28-year-old Alberto Espinoza of San Antonio in six rounds in the super featherweight division and Corpus Christi’s own Robert Vela in a six-round super featherweight contest.
Kicking-off the undercard will be 23-year-old Kingsville native Omar Rojas (3-3, 1 KO) as he takes on 30-year-old Alberto Espinoza (3-7) of Laredo, Texas in six rounds of super welterweight action and Rickie Gutierrez (1-0) of Robstown, Texas in a four-round super featherweight bout against San Antonio’s Theo Johnson (1-8).
The middle brother of the fighting Kameda brothers, the only group of brothers to simultaneously hold world titles, 26-year-old Daiki will make his U.S. debut on September 6 in Corpus Christi. Fighting out of Tokyo, he won world titles with victories over Denkaosan Kaovichit and Rodrigo Guerrero. He will return to the ring for the first time since 2013, looking to make another run at a world title beginning with the 24-year-old Ruiz out of Tijuana, Mexico who most recently delivered a first round knockout over Felix Rubio.
An undefeated fighter from Michoacan, Mexico, but fighting out of Houston, Flores has not lost since turning pro in 2009 at just 17 years old. The 23-year-old made his 2015 debut in May with a victory over German Meraz and followed that up by defeating Juan Ruiz in July. He will take on Johnson who fights out of San Antonio.
Fighting in his home state and representing San Antonio, Barrioslooks for his fourth victory of 2015 on September 6. The 20-year-old hopes to build on his momentum and continue to grow his fan base in his home state when he takes on the 28-year-old Colombian Perez.
An undefeated prospect representing Houston, Karl had an excellent amateur career that ended with him ranked third in the nation in the 141-pound division. The 23-year-old has already won three times in 2015 and most recently stopped Rigoberto Flores in July.
For more information visit www.premierboxingchampions.com andwww.americanbankcenter.com, follow on Twitter @PremierBoxing @AnthonyDirrell, @MAVenenoRubio, @JamieMcDonnell1, @TomokiKameda, @SHOSports,  @WarriorsBoxingProm, @LeijaBattahPR, @AmericanBankCtr and @Swanson_Comm,

GH3 Promotions O’Shanique Foster and Lavarn Harvell score 1st round knockouts in Washington, DC

Nutley, NJ (August 25, 2015)This past Saturday night at North Hall at East Market in Washington, D.C, two fighters under the GH3 Promotional stable scored first round stoppages and are now looking forward to big fights in the fall.

The card was promoted by Jeter Promotions.
Light Heavyweight Lavarn Harvell (15-1, 8 KO’s)of Atlantic City, New Jersey took out Quincy Miner of Kansas City, while Jr. Lightweight O’Shanique Foster (7-0, 4 KO’s) of Houston, Texas stopped Frank Jordan.
The bout was the first for Foster under the GH3 Promotional banner.  He registered two knockdowns in the 86-second fight.
Harvell dropped Miner with a hard right hand and Miner could not beat the count and the fight was stopped at 2:35 of round one.
“Both Lavarn & O’Shanique did good jobs on Saturday and now they are both set up to come right back in September.  We tentatively have Lavarn penciled in forSeptember 26 in Beach Haven, New Jersey and O’Shanique will be back onSeptember 18 and then in November 6,” Said GH3 Promotions, Vito Mielnicki
GH3 Promotions features undefeated Middleweight Antoine Douglas, Super Middleweight’s Jerry Odom & Derrick Webster, undefeated Super Bantamweight Adam Lopez as well as Boxcino 2015 Jr. Middleweight Champion John Thompson, Jr., undefeated Welterweight’s Jerrell Harris & Keenan Smith,undefeated Super  lightweight Bienvenido Diaz, Heavyweight Natu Visinia, Light Heavyweight Lavarn Harvell, Jr. Lightweight O’Shanique Foster & Super Middleweight Andrew Hernandez to the GH3 Promotions stable.

Inspired by close friends Broner and Warren, Brandon Bennett inching closer to world title shot


Brandon Bennett takes on Jonathan Maicelo in 10-round Main event this Friday night at Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC


For Immediate Release

Washington, DC (August 25, 2015) This Friday night, August 28 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in the nation’s capital of Washington, DC, King’s Promotions will present a spectacular night of boxing that will feature some of the best talent in the United States.

In the main event, Brandon Bennett (19-1, 8 KO’s) will square off with former world title challenger Jonathan Maicelo (21-2, 12 KO’s) in a Lightweight bout scheduled for 10-rounds.

Bennett of Cincinnati, Ohio has been training hard for Maicelo, who has challenged for an interim world title.

“Training has been good. I been on weight for a few days. It’s been 2 hard months but the difficult part of training and dieting is over and I am ready to fight,” said Bennett.

When asked about Maicelo, Bennett was not concerned with his opponent, despite Maicelo having wins over Art Hovhannisyan and former world title challenger Fernando Angulo.

“He is an orthodox fighter. He likes to come in and he likes to counter punch. He may have fought for the title but I am the more experienced fighter. I have fought good guys and I get the best sparring. All of that doesn’t matter, because at the end of the day, we have to fight. ”

Bennett realizes that a win over Maicelo will push him very close to a fight for a world title and a win on Friday will give him another quality win to add to his resume.

“Hopefully in the next fight or two, I will be in position. Beating him should have me considered to be a top contender.”

If that is the case, Bennett will join gym mates and close friends, Adrien Broner and Rau’Shee Warren as the next fighter from trainer, Mike Stafford’s Cincinnati gym to fight for a world title. Bennett gets world class sparring and advice every day from Broner, a three-division world champion and Warren, a three-time U.S. Olympian and world title challenger.

The three have been inseparable for two decades

“I got into boxing at age eight. I was a football player. Rau’shee lived down the street from me and asked me to walk to the gym with him. He had already been boxing and Mike Stafford asked us to spar. He got the best of me that day but I stuck with it. Ironically, Adrien came in the next day and started boxing the very next day and Rau’shee sparred with him as well. Being around them is definitely an inspiration. I see what my friends have done and achieved and I know I will be next to have those accolades.”

A terrific undercard is taking shape that will feature some of the best prospects in the country.

In 10-round Bouts:

Phil Jackson-Benson (15-2, 14 KO’s) of Brooklyn, NY will take on Jinner Guerrero (8-5, 4 KO’s) of Sucumbios, Ecuador in a Super Middleweight bout.

2012 U.S. Olympian Jamel Herring (12-0, 7 KO’s) will fight Ariel Vasquez (12-8-2, 8 KO’s) of Managua, Nicaragua in a Lightweight bout.

Robert Easter (14-0, 11 KO’s) of Toledo, OH will take on Osumanu Akaba (32-8-1, 25 KO’s) of Accra, Ghana named in a Lightweight bout.

In 8-round bouts:

Demond Nicholson (13-1, 13 KO’s) of Laurel, MD battles Antonio Baker (8-12, 4 KO’s) of Fayetteville, NC in a Middleweight bout.

David Grayton (11-0, 8 KO’s) of Washington, DC will fight Jose Valderrama (4-10, 3 KO’s) of Arecibo, Puerto Rico in a Welterweight clash.

In 6-round bouts:

Kareem Martin (5-0-1, 3 KO’s) of Washington, DC battles Anthony Prescott (5-6-2, 2 KO’s) of Cherry Hill, NJ in Welterweight bout.

2012 U.S. Olympian Raynell Williams (8-0, 4 KO’s) of Cleveland, OH takes on Jose Miguel Castro (5-5, 3 KO’s) of Carolina, Puerto Rico in a Lightweight tilt.

Patrick Harris (6-0, 4 KO’s) of Washington, DC will take Irvin Hernandez (3-12-2, 1 KO) of Carolina, Puerto Rico in a Lightweight bout.

Leo Hall (6-0, 6 KO’s) of Detroit, MI will box against Edgar Perez (6-15, 3 KO’s) of Carolina, PR in a Light Heavyweight bout.

In a 4-round Bout:

Shynggyskahn Tazhibay (1-0, 1 KO) of Karaganda, Kazakhstan will fight an oppont to be named in a Welterweight bout

All Bouts Subject to change

Tickets are on sale for $100 (Front Row); $75 (Ringside) $50 (General Admission) by calling 301-899-2430 or by logging on to www.beltwayboxing.com

More fight information is available at www.kingsboxing.com





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Photo Credit: Gene Belvins-HoganPhotos/Roc Nation Sports/Golden Boy Promotions


Watch Full Press Conference Here: https://youtu.be/DZq2QJLoc3c


Tickets on Sale Today 10 a.m. PT!


LOS ANGELES (August 25, 2015) – Reigning WBC, Ring Magazine and Lineal Middleweight World Champion, Miguel Cotto, and former WBC and WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez, launched their four-city press tour yesterday in Los Angeles, at the Hollywood and Highland Center ahead of their highly anticipated championship showdown. The fight will take place Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View. At yesterday’s event, Cotto, the first native of Puerto Rico to become world champion in four different weight classes, , and Mexican Superstar Alvarez were joined by their promoters and hundreds of pumped-up, chanting fans.


Tickets for the mega fight will go on sale today, at 10:00 a.m. PT, it was announced onsite, and are priced at $2,000, $1,750, $1,250, $650, $350 and $150, not including applicable service charges, and can be purchased at the Mandalay Bay box office, ticketmaster.com, mandalaybay.com, all Ticketmaster locations or by calling (800) 745-3000.  Ticket orders are limited to four per person.


Below is what their fighters and teams had to say.


MIGUEL COTTO: WBC, Ring Magazine and Lineal Middleweight World Champion:


“I don’t really care what the critics say. I am prepared to give Canelo a fight on November 21stand that’s all that matters.


“I’m not here asking for any sympathy. I know who I am and I’m here to be Miguel Cotto on November 21st and give the fans a good fight.


“I have my eye on my career and this is the best fight for my career right now, so I’m ready to do what needs to be done to be on top.”



CANELO ALVAREZ: Former WBC & WBA Super Welterweight World Champion:


“I want this to be an historic fight. I’m honored to be fighting a true warrior.


“It’s an honor and I’m going to prepare very well because I want to win this fight.


“There’s a great history between Mexico and Puerto Rico and this is going to be an historic fight, another one for the storybooks.  I have a lot of pride to be fighting for my country. It’s going to be a great fight.


“I’m a disciplined fighter and a disciplined person and I think with that kind of drive I’ll be able to achieve a lot.


“I don’t like to predict knockouts, but I’m going to be ready for this fight. I will be well prepared.


“I’m a stronger, more mature fighter. For me, the time is right for this.”



MICHAEL YORMARK: President and Chief of Branding & Strategy, Roc Nation:


“This is the fight that the fans want. On November 21st we will have the ‘fight of the year.’


“Roc Nation and Golden Boy share a passion for creating the biggest fights in history. We want to give boxing fans what they deserve: a show of epic proportions.”



OSCAR DE LA HOYA: Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions:


“Boxing fans across the globe are waiting for a fight. It’s no secret that people were disappointed by May 2nd. The global fight community will be reignited by this fight.


“This will be one of the most exciting match ups. If I had to link this to one of my own fights, I would say that it is like my fight with [Fernando] Vargas. The same energy and passion will be evident here.


“Canelo doesn’t want to prove anything here. He just wants to knock Cotto out.


“The world is talking about this fight. The rich history between Mexico and Puerto Rico makes this truly exciting.”



FREDDIE ROACH: Hall of Fame Trainer, Seven-Time Trainer of the Year Award Winner and Trainer of Miguel Cotto:


“We have hard preparation ahead of us, but we will be ready and Cotto will win by knockout.”



 EDDY REYNOSO: Head Trainer of Canelo Alvarez:


“When you talk about history, this fight will be mentioned as one of the great fights and these two fighters will be mentioned as two of the greats.


“Canelo is a fighter with a lot of discipline and a lot of heart.”



HECTOR SOTO: Vice President of Miguel Cotto Promotions:


“It’s not a super fight anymore, it’s a super event!


“This is a true classic fight. Puerto Rico vs. Mexico and on November 21st, Cotto will take Canelo to school!”



CHEPO REYNOSO: Manager and Trainer of Canelo Alavrez: 


“Two warriors will be in the ring on November 21st and the crowd will get a war. The winner will be Mexico.”


MARK TAFFETT: Senior Vice President of HBO Pay-Per-View:


“This is a fight that we will all be talking about for years to come.”



MAURICIO SULAMAN, President of the World Boxing Council:


“When there is a Puerto Rican in the ring it’s guaranteed to be something exciting.It will be no different here.


“I believe Canelo has worked hard to get where he is. He’s very popular.  He signs autographs. He’s very good looking, but when he gets in the ring, he’s a machine.


“When its Mexico vs. Puerto Rico, you know the blood is going to be boiling both in the ring and in the crowd.”



Cotto vs. Canelo, a 12-round fight for Cotto’s WBC and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Championships, takes place Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The fight is presented by Roc Nation Sports, Golden Boy Promotions, Miguel Cotto Promotions and Canelo Promotions and sponsored by Corona Extra; Mexico, Live it to Believe it!; O’Reilly Auto Parts and Tequila Cazadores. The Cotto vs. Canelo press tour is sponsored by JetSmarter. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. Follow the conversation using #CottoCanelo.


AUG 25th, RENO, — Flyweight Oscar “Chapito” Vasquez (9-1 2 KOs) earned his ninth victory by stopping San Diego’s Jose Toribio (6-2) Saturday night in Fallon, NV.


The scheduled eight-round contest was action packed from the opening bell with both fighters having their moments.  Vasquez’s stuck to boxing while Toribio pushed the action.  As the bout moved to the final rounds, Toribio began to land more punches than he had been able to in previous rounds.  In the seventh round, uncharted territory for both fighters, Vasquez landed a vicious left hook to the body, which paralyzed Toribio.  He was unable to recover.


This was the first scheduled eight-round contest for both.  It was a tough and entertaining fight that got the Northern Nevada crowd on it’s feet.  Although Fallon is practically Vasquez’s hometown, the fans enthusiastically expressed their appreciation for the game Toribio afterward.


With the victory, Vasquez continues his impressive win-streak, and also continues to grow his profile in the flyweight division.


Saturday’s fight card was presented by Top Rank Inc., Let’s Get It On Promotions, and The City of Fallon as part of the annual “Rural Rumble.”


Photo credit: Erik Killin

Photo 1. Vasquez launches attack to Toribio.

Photo 2. Vasquez with promotional team (left to right) Vasquez advisor, Jesse Carstairs. Vasquez’s Promoter Tommy and Terry Lane of LGIO.






Reno, Nevada based “Let’s Get It On Promotions” was founded in 2000 by Hall Of Fame boxing referee Mills Lane. In early 2005 he was joined by sons Terry and Tommy in the operations of the company. Sine then, they have promoted boxing and mixed martial arts events nationwide. They have worked with several of the world’s top prospects, and have guided fighters to world title opportunities.

Fight Network joins fantasy sports explosion at this weekend’s Monmouth Park event in NJ  

NEW YORK / TORONTO (August 25, 2015) – Fight Network, the world’s premier 24/7 television channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports, is joining the  fantasy sports explosion, starting with this weekend’s special fantasy sports event celebrating the kick-off of the NFL fantasy draft season, at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, New Jersey.
FNTSY Sports Network, the first and only television network devoted entirely to coverage of fantasy sports, is teaming with Monmouth Park to offer a memorable weekend’s worth of fun and informative fantasy sports activity for dedicated fantasy players and newcomers.
Fight Networkis dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports, airing programs focused on the entire scope of the combat sports genre, including live fights and up-to-the-minute news and analysis for boxing, mixed martial arts, kickboxing, professional wrestling, traditional martial arts, fight news, as well as fight-themed drama series, documentaries and feature films.
More than 55-million Americans are projected to play fantasy sports this year, up from more than 40-million in 2014, many of whom are combat sports fans.
“The popularity of fantasy sports is growing exponentially across all sports, including combat sports like MMA and boxing,” Fight Network vice president Chad Midgley said. “We also know that most fantasy players follow more than one sport, so there is a need for expert content in every category, including combat sports. We are honored to be at this fantasy sports event with our sister company, FNTSY Sports Network, celebrating fantasy football and introducing sports fans to Fight Network.”
Fight Network will have a booth at this weekend’s event with professional wrestler Eric Young as a football draft expert on Saturday, plus recent International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini the following day, in addition to other Fight Network representatives.
More than two dozen fantasy draft experts, analysts, writers, television personalities and celebrities will be participating this weekend’s unique event.  Confirmed sports celebrities include NFL Hall-of-Famer Chris Doleman, former New York Yankees and New York Mets catcher Rich Cerone, and former NY Jets wide receiver Wayne Chrebet, plus a host of highly respected fantasy sports experts including Scott Engel, Chris Vaccaro, Lisa Ann and “Tommy G” Gelati.
Many of the top players in fantasy sports will compete for the inaugural FNTSY Cup, making selections for the upcoming football season in a competitive invitation-only draft that will be open for public viewing.  Advanced fantasy players will be able to watch and hear firsthand how experts rank players to help them prepare for their own upcoming drafts, while newcomers will be introduced to the basics of how to begin playing fantasy sports.
Family Fun Day, this Sunday, will offer more access to FNTSY Network experts, as well as an opportunity to participate in a live Fantasy Football broadcast on FNTSY Radio, along with football-themed carnival activities.
Hours of operations for this weekend’s event are Saturday, 3 p.m.-7 p.m. ET, FMTSY Cup Draft followed by FLEX Draft; Sunday, 12 p.m.-6 p.m. ET, Fantasy Football Family Fun Day.
Admission is $3.00 to the grandstand, $5.00 clubhouse; general and grandstand preferred parking is $4.00, $5.00 clubhouse parking.  FREE admission for children 12 and under.  As a special offer, anyone wearing a football jersey will receive free grandstand admission.
For more information go online and visit www.fantasyfootballweekend.com.
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ABOUT FIGHT NETWORK:  Fight Network is the world’s premier combat sports network dedicated to 24/7 coverage, including fights, fighters, fight news and fight lifestyle. The channel is available in the U.S. on Cablevision in parts of New York, Connecticut and New Jersey, Texas-based Grande Communications, Armstrong Cable in Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio, as well as on Shentel Cable in Virginia, West Virginia and portions of western Maryland, and Suddenlink Communications in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina.  Fight Network is also on Roku set top boxes throughout North America, streamed live on website KlowdTV.com, and available on all major carriers in Canada and more than 30 countries across Europe, Africa and the Middle East.