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Caleb Plant Talks Ring Return, Sparring George Groves, Commentating Debut

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LAS VEGAS, NV (February 2, 2017) – Undefeated super-middleweight contender, Caleb “Sweet Hands” Plant (14-0, 10 KOs), will be making his 2017 debut on the Deontay Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) vs. Gerald Washington (18-0-1, 12 KOs) card, taking place at the Legacy Arena, in Birmingham, Alabama on February 25th.  Plant will headline his own show on Fox Sports 1 against an opponent TBA on February 25th as part of a multiple telecast event.
Plant, talks about his upcoming fight, sparring with world title contender George Groves (25-3, 18 KOs), and his commentating debut.
“On February 25th, I’ll be making my ring return,” said Caleb Plant the IBF #15 contender. “I’m really pumped up to be headlining on Fox Sports 1.  Nashville, Tennessee, my hometown, is only a few hours away from Alabama, so I’m looking forward to seeing a lot of my family and friends in attendance.”
“Last week I got great work sparring with George Groves when he was in town for the Frampton fight.  He’s a class act and I learned a lot from being in the ring with him.  I held my own and my confidence is at an all-time high.  I know I can compete with anyone in the world.  I’m just going to take it one fight at a time.  I’ll be ready for whoever they put in front of me.”
In addition, Plant will be commentating side by side with Brian Custer during the Sammy Vasquez (21-1, 15 KOs) vs. Luis Collazo (36-7, 19 KOs) showdown tonight on Fox Sports 1.
“My career is headed in the right direction and I’m excited to be commentating tonight on Fox Sports 1,” Plant continued. “Commentating is something I’ve always wanted to do.  Vasquez and Collazo are two fighters looking to make a statement and I believe it’s going to be a great fight for the fans.  I have a great team around me and I’m very grateful for all the opportunities that have come my way.  I’m going to take full advantage of the situation.”

Exciting Welterweight Contender Sammy Vasquez Jr. Takes On Former World Champion Luis Collazo in Main Event of Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 & FOX Deportes Special Edition Thursday, February 2 From Horseshoe Tunica Hotel & Casino in Tunica, Mississippi

 
Plus! Hard-Hitting Welterweights Yordenis Ugas & Levan Ghvamichava Collide While Ryan Karl & Eddie Ramirez Meet in Battle of Unbeaten Super Lightweights
 
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TUNICA, MS (December 22, 2016) – Exciting welterweight contender Sammy “The Sergeant” Vasquez Jr. (21-1, 15 KOs) is set to battle former world champion Luis Collazo(36-7, 19 KOs) in the 10-round main event of a special three-hour edition of Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 and FOX Deportes Thursday, February 2 from Horseshoe Tunica Hotel & Casino in Tunica, Mississippi.
Televised coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and will feature Cuba’s Yordenis Ugas(17-3, 8 KOs) meeting Georgia’s Levan Ghvamichava (17-2-1, 13 KOs) in a 10-round matchup of hard-hitting welterweights plus Houston’s Ryan “Cowboy” Karl (13-0, 9 KOs) taking on Chicago’s Eddie Ramirez (15-0, 10 KOs) in a 10-round battle of unbeaten super lightweights
“I’m eager to get back in the ring and give the fans a great fight,” said Vasquez Jr. “Fighting a tough veteran like Luis Collazo, who has a lot of heart and experience, is the type of fight I’m looking for.  The fans are going to see a good fight between two guys who are hungry to get a victory.  I can’t wait till the bell rings.”
“I’m totally stoked about this fight against Sammy Vasquez” said Collazo. “He is a talented fighter and I’m excited to test his abilities and the will that he has to win. This will be a good one.”
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Warriors Boxing, are priced at $150, $75 and $35 and are on sale Thursday, January 5. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster atwww.Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.
Vasquez has fought professionally since 2012, after serving two tours of duty in Iraq as a member of the National Guard. He made it to the semifinals of the 2012 U.S. Olympic trials and won gold at the 2010 and 2011 Armed Forces Boxing Championships. The fighter out of Monessen, Penn., notched big victories in 2015 over Wale Omotoso in June and Jose Lopez in September. In PBC on FOX action in January, Vasquez stopped veteran contender Aron Martinez in the sixth-round in Los Angeles before suffering his first professional defeat to Olympic Gold medalist Felix Diaz in July.
One of Brooklyn’s most respected fighters,Collazo looks to make the most of his showdown with Vasquez on February 2. A world champion in 2005, Collazo has faced top fighters his whole career. Most notably in recent years, he delivered an electrifying second-round knockout over Victor Ortiz in December 2014. Collazo gave world champion Keith Thurman trouble in his last outing, staggering him with a body shot in the middle rounds before eventually losing to the undefeated fighter.
Ugas returned from a two-year layoff in August and has looked sensational in defeating undefeated prospects Jamal James by decision and Bryant Perrella by fourth-round stoppage. A sensational Cuban amateur, Ugas picked up a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics and also owns gold medals from the 2005 World Amateur Championships and 2007 Pan American Games. Now fighting out of Miami, the 30-year-old looks to further establish his credentials for a world title shot.
Ghvamichava returns to the ring after an emphatic knockout of Breidis Prescott in July that saw him move up in weight and rebound from a defeat to top unbeaten contender Sergey Lipinets. Trained by Virgil Hunter in California, Ghvamichava is originally from Poti, Georgia. Before the Lipinets bout, he carried a five-fight winning streak that included wins over previously unbeaten fighters Chris Singleton and Jonathan Garcia plus veterans Cosme Rivera and Sergio Reyes.
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 24-year-old won six times in 2015 including an October domination of Alfonso Olvera at the Dancehall in San Antonio. Now he is primed to reach contender status after dominating tough Mexican Luis Solis in June and stopping previously unbeaten Jose Felix Quezada in September.
A Chicago Golden Gloves champion, Ramirez knocked out seven of his first nine professional opponents and picked up five victories in 2015 including a decision over former world champion Cristobal Cruz. The 24-year-old most recently picked up his most impressive pro victory when he knocked out previously unbeaten Kevin Watts in September.
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PBC’S DEBUT ON FOX DELIVERS RATINGS KO

 
Boxing’s Return after Almost 20 Years Overwhelming Success
Los Angeles – Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) brought championship boxing back to FOX in prime timeSaturday night after an almost 20-year absence and delivered a resounding ratings knockout. The PBC on FOX, headlined by an intense 12-round battle for the vacant welterweight title between victor Danny Garcia and Robert Guerrero, delivered PBC’s best audience since April 2015.
Fueled by three exciting bouts, the PBC on FOX averaged a 1.5/3 household rating/share with 2.5 million viewers from 8:00 – 10:37 PM ET, according to Nielsen, +36% in rating and +39% in audience compared to PBC’s last primetime telecast (1.1/2, 1.8 million viewers on NBC, 12/12/15).
Ratings and viewership built throughout the evening’s broadcast. FOX’s first bout featuring a hard-hitting heavyweight bout between Dominic Breazeale and Amir Mansour delivered a 1.3/2 with 2.2 million viewers, while ratings increased slightly for Sammy Vasquez’s TKO win over Aron Martinez with a 1.4/2, with 2.2 million viewers. Ratings then jumped for Danny Garcia’s spirited win vs. Robert Guerrero by unanimous decision that averaged a 1.8/3 with 3.0 million viewers.
                                                                                          
Additional Highlights
 
              ·        The PBC on FOX ranks as the most-watched PBC event on any network since
          April 11, 2015 on NBC (2.9 million).
     ·        Ties as PBC’s highest-rated event among Adults 18-49 since its broadcast premiere           on March 7, 2015.
·        The fight card peaked at the end of the main-event between Garcia and Guerrero         with 3.5 million viewers from 10:15-10:30pm, to tie as the second-best peak                   audience for a PBC event since its broadcast premiere.
·        An estimated 6.2 million viewers watched all or part of Saturday night’s fight card.
– FOX SPORTS –

Cosio to Face Barrionuevo in WBC Welterweight Tournament Quarter Final on Saturday, January 30, in Mexico

 

The WBC Welterweight Tournament will continue on Saturday, January 30, when Azael “Turbo” Cosio (20-3-2, 17 KOs) of Santa Marta, Panama, faces Cesar Miguel “El Zurdo” Barrionuevo (28-3-2, 19 KOs) of Catamarca, Argentina.
The winner of this fight will face Pennsylvania’s Sammy “The Who Can Mexican” Vasquez in the semi-final in late Spring.
Promoted by Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing and Reginaldo and Oswaldo Kuchle of Promociones del Pueblo, the 12-round Cosio vs. Barrionuevo showdown will be held at Hotel Ixtapa Azul, in Guerrero, Mexico, and will be televised live on Mexico’s Televisa and TyC Sports of Argentina.
According to Lewkowicz, in the other leg of the tournament, new WBC Welterweight Champion Danny Garcia has been mandated to face Amir Khan. The winner of that fight will then face the winner of the Cosio/Barrionuevo vs. Vasquez semi-final fight.
“This tournament is a great move by the WBC,” said Sampson Lewkowicz. “I’m very happy for the great opportunity that the WBC has given all the participants to compete for the prestigious green belt.”
Lewkowicz says he loves the tournament format to unclog the top levels of the welterweight division and is looking forward to their next move, a super welterweight tournament beginning in late Spring.
“What the WBC is doing is good for boxing and gives some talented fighters their chance to fight for a championship they might otherwise be forced to wait years for or be shut out of totally. I commend them for this move.”
About Sampson Boxing
After a very successful run as a matchmaker and adviser, Sampson Lewkowicz switched over to the promotional side of professional boxing in January 2008.
Sampson Boxing has grown into one of the world’s most prestigious promotional firms, representing many of the world’s best fighters and most promising young contenders.

Sampson Boxing has promotional partners all over North and South America, Africa, Asia, New Zealand, Australia, Europe and Central America and Sampson Boxing events have been televised on such premiere networks as HBO, Showtime, ESPN, VS. and several international networks.

DANNY GARCIA SCORES 12-ROUND UNANIMOUS DECISION OVER ROBERT GUERRERO IN FIRST PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS ON FOX EVENT FROM STAPLES CENTER

 
 
SAMMY VASQUEZ AND DOMINIC BREAZEALE EARN STOPPAGE VICTORIES IN CO-FEATURED BOUTS
 
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Los Angeles, CA (January 23, 2016) Before a crowd of 12,052 at STAPLES Center in downtown Los Angeles, Danny “Swift” Garcia, (32-0, 18 KOs) of Philadelphia won a unanimous 12-round decision over Gilroy, Calif.’s Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, (33-4, 18 KOs). Scores were 116-112 on all three judges’ scorecard.
Fighting for the vacant WBC Welterweight World Title in the first Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on FOX event, Guerrero came out aggressively in the first four rounds using a solid jab and strong over hand left hands to control the action.
Garcia acclimated well to the pressure in the fifth round, finding his range and using potshotting right hands to halt the oncoming Guerrero. The theme would play itself out during the second half of the fight as well with Garcia dominating the action. Sensing the fight slipping away, Guerrero came on strongly in the final round with both combatants fighting to the bitter end as the crowd stood and roared with approval.
Said Garcia following the victory, “It was what I expected. I knew I would win at least eight or nine rounds. I knew there would be some head butts in there. He head butted me so much on my forehead.
“I was throwing my combinations, using my legs like my dad told me to do. I knew he was going to come to fight. He’s a rugged warrior. I’m back where I belong. I am now a two-division world champion.
“Guerrero is tough. No one has ever stopped him. He came to fight; he was in shape. I’m taking nothing away from him. I am glad it went the way it went. I just want to take some time off, let my body heal and take one day at a time.”
Father/trainer Angel Garcia said, “I thought it was a good fight. There were a lot of head butts. He is a dirty fighter. At the end of the day, Danny pulled it off, it doesn’t matter what people say.
“I knew Robert was going to be at 100. It was a world title fight. Anytime it is a world title fight, no one is going to slouch. When you come to fight a former champion or champion, it’s going to be a battle. These are elite fighters and there is always going to be a great fight.”
Stated a disappointed Guerrero, “I want a rematch and that’s it. Not one person out there thought Danny won, but his team. I pressured him, I nailed him, busted his body up. I
out-jabbed him.
“I thought I won the fight. The crowd thought I won the fight. It was a great fight. I am happy I’m healthy. I will be back.
“It’s all for the fans. That’s why they bring me back. They love it and they enjoy it. They were entertained tonight. They thought I won the fight.”
Continued Robert’s father and trainer Ruben Guerrero, “”I know we won it. He kept running and holding, running and holding. How are you going to win a fight when you run and hold every time?
“We wanted to win every round and I think we won every round. I want a rematch. That wasn’t fair. I want a rematch as soon as possible.”
Punch stats showed Garcia with a wide margin of power shots landed, 33 percent to Guerrero’s 24 percent.
In a 10-round welterweight battle, “Sergeant” Sammy Vasquez of Monessen, Pennsylvania improved to (21-0, 15 KOs) with a sixth round stoppage of Aron Martinez, (20-5, 4 KOs) of Michoacan, Mexico.
Peppering Martinez with a piston like jab, Vasquez controlled the action using his full skillset to
score points at will against the slower Martinez. Staying the aggressor through round four and five, Vasquez continued to beat Martinez to the punch using a battering right hook.
The bout ended abruptly as Martinez was not able to continue following the sixth round due
to a left elbow injury.
Said Vasquez, “Of course I won the fight, but Martinez is a tough competitor, a tough Mexican fighter. I tried to mix it up with him a little bit, but there was no sense in me trying to do that. I could have easily outboxed him, which I started to do, but I wanted more. I was just starting to warm up.
“A victory feels good of course, but I wanted more. I wanted to go 12 rounds, if it would have lasted that long. I wanted a very decisive win. Unfortunately, he got hurt, but every fight is a learning experience for me.
“It’s on to the next chapter and I’m ready for all of the guys at the top. Eventually, I’m going to get them.”
A disappointed Martinez stated, “I hurt my elbow. I couldn’t throw my jab. I started to feel it in the third round. The doctor stopped it.
“I was doing okay. Not my best. I tried, but once I hurt my elbow, I knew it was going to be tough to continue.”
Opening the telecast was an outstanding heavyweight back and forth brawl between
2012 U.S. Olympian Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale, (17-0, 15 KOs) of Glendale, California and Amir “Hardcore” Mansour, (22-2-1, 16 KOs), of Philadelphia.
From the first bell it was readily apparent that both big men would throw bombs throughout
with Mansour in particular throwing caution to the wind.
Swinging wildly Mansour dropped Breazeale early in the third stanza, badly shaking the former
college football quarterback.
However, Breazeale confidently kept his composure, fighting his way back in the fourth. With Mansour apparently running out of gas in the fifth round Breazeale went to work, drilling the
muscular southpaw with battering uppercuts and hooks on the inside.
Following the fifth round, Mansour bit through his tongue and cited a jaw injury (which was not broken) and could not continue as the valiant Breazeale was awarded the well-earned victory.
Said a happy Breazeale, “I didn’t know what happened. Usually when they wave off a fight, it’s over.  Shows I have punching power after all.
“I’ve been on the canvas before. I just had my hand in the wrong place. I knew I could get back up. I’m in great shape. It happens to the best of us.
“I’m a fighter at heart and I wanted to just get in there and brawl, but I new I had to stick to the game plan and box him.”
The event was promoted by TGB Promotions and sponsored by Corona.
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PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS ON FOX & FOX DEPORTES FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES & PHOTOS

 
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LOS ANGELES (January 21, 2016) – “Fight Week on FOX in L.A.” heated up Thursday afternoon as fighters hosted a final press conference before Saturday’sPremier Boxing Champions (PBC) on FOX and FOX Deportes showdowns taking place at STAPLES Center in downtown Los Angeles.
The press conference culminated with choice words between the main event fighters’ fathers Ruben Guerrero and Angel Garcia. Both fathers, known to be more outspoken than their sons, did not back down and caused quite the scene and security was forced to break up the scuffle.
Televised fights begin at 4 p.m. PT inside of the arena with the FOX and FOX Deportes broadcast beginning at 5 p.m. PT. The main event of the evening pits undefeated Danny “Swift” Garcia against former world champion Robert “The Ghost’ Guerrero in a welterweight world title battle. Also featured in televised action is a welterweight showdown between Sammy “The Sergeant” Vasquez and Aron Martinez plus a heavyweight match-up between Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale and Amir “Hardcore” Mansour.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions, are priced
at $300, $200, $100, $50 and $25, not including applicable fees and service charges, and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased at AXS.com or by phone at 888-929-7849 or at STAPLES Center.
 
Here is what the participants had to say at Thursday’s press conference at the Conga Room:
DANNY GARCIA
“I want to thank Ruben Guerrero because he’s awakened the devil. I can’t wait forSaturday night to show the world what Danny Garcia is all about. I feel fast, I feel strong and I’ll see everyone Saturday.
“My dad and I are chilling right now, we’re business men. They set it off and they woke us up. That’s the last thing you want to do to us. I’m going to bring the heat. He never faced a guy like me. I’m sending a message.
“I haven’t felt this way in a long time. It’s that feeling you get when you know you’re going to put on a great performance.
“I feel great. I’m keeping my composure and staying focused. Saturday night will be another night of work for me.
“I’m the type of fighter where I can be cool, but certain things bring out the anger in me. I don’t feel any pressure. I’m going to go in there and be Danny Garcia.
“I’m going to make adjustments. I know he wants to get dirty but we have an answer for everything he has.”
ANGEL GARCIA, Danny’s Father & Trainer
“Danny had a great camp. It was a beautiful camp. He looked great sparring. This is a new beginning in his life. There’s a new man in town.
“There’s no doubt Robert’s coming to fight. This is boxing. He’s supposed to come to fight. I know he’s not going to come in here and play with Danny. We’re ready for anything he brings to the table.
“We’re not going to let Robert take away what Danny has worked his whole life to get. I worked hard to make Danny the man he is today.
“Danny is going to be the new champion of the world Saturday night. After that we’re going after the other belts. Fight night is going to be about Danny and Robert.”
ROBERT GUERRERO
“We’re really ready to go. We trained hard and did everything we had to do. There’s nothing left now but to do it.
“I have to go out there and show my heart. Everything I put into this, I want to get even more out. I’m a hard worker and it will translate into the ring.
“I’m excited to get to the fight and take care of business. As my dad says, ‘we’re ‘letting the roosters go.’ It’s time to fight.
“I’m very grateful to be fighting on this show as the return of boxing is back on FOX. I’m ready to settle our business in the ring.
“All the talking is done. He said he’s going to knock me out…well we’re going to see. I’m ready to represent the Mexican people and bring the fans a great, action-packed fight.
“A title is on the line and I’m extremely motivated to silence the critics who are doubting me.  I’m ready to become a champion once again”
RUBEN GUERRERO, Robert’s Father & Trainer
“I wish the fight was today, because we’re ready. Danny Garcia better be ready. It’s over. It’s time to fight. It’s going to be a bloody and rough fight. We’re bringing everything.
“Same thing that happened to Andre Berto is going to happen to Danny. His dad better be ready to throw the towel in.”
SAMMY VASQUEZ
“This is going to be my first time fighting in L.A., and so far it’s been a blessing. Everyone has accepted me with open arms.
“Training camp has gone amazingly well. I know Aron is going to bring it. He’s that type of fighter. He’s got a lot of heart, a lot of grit and he’s going to come at me. It’s going to be an incredible fight.
“To me, I’m supposed to be at the top with the top guys. I’m not like the guys that Aron Martinez has beat. I know he’s on a high right now and it’s my job to knock him off of it.
“This is probably the biggest stage I’ve been on. Fighting in primetime is huge. The city has accepted me and I’m going to take that feeling into the ring Saturday night.
“Somebody is going to get stopped and I’m pretty confident in myself. We’re ready. I’m excited and I feel like I’m going to win. We’re going to do it.”
ARON MARTINEZ
“I’m just really happy to be here. I’m thankful for everyone who got me here. Everything has run smoothly and we’re feeling ready.
“My team is calm and ready to go. This is where I grew up. What else can I ask for? I have a lot of people coming to support me and I’m excited.
“It feels like I’ve been training for a whole year. I have no problem with the southpaws, I’ve been preparing for that in camp. We’re so focused and ready for this opportunity.
“We respect each other. We’re here to do a job. I respect Sammy. He’s a veteran. But once you get in the ring, it’s a different story. Everything goes out the window. He’s a boxer and a good counter puncher. But we have a plan and there won’t be any excuses.
“I’ve never been more ready than I am for this fight. I had a good training camp. My whole team has really gone above and beyond. It’s going to be a war. There’s nothing else to say.”
DOMINIC BREAZEALE
“I’ve been waiting to get into the ring for a long time. I’m chomping at the bit. I’m anxious to get in there.
“This has been one of those camps. We had a fight in December. Charles Martin got away from me, but we’re going to get him back.
“They say you can’t go from the football field to the boxing ring, but I’m doing it. Undefeated and going for another knockout.
“That’s the first time I’ve seen him in person. He’s a midget compared to me. I don’t think he has any chance at all on Saturday night. I’m looking for a great knockout.
“Anytime you get a chance to fight on primetime TV is amazing. I fought on primetime during the Olympics and I’m looking forward to doing it here in front of my fans. If you’re not a fan of mine yet, you will be after Saturday.
“I hope Amir Mansour had a great camp as well because I’m going to bring it. It’s going to be fireworks.”
AMIR MANSOUR
“I’d like to thank everyone who helped me get this opportunity. PBC is doing a great thing with boxing and this is going to be another great fight.
“I’ve been winning fights, knocking guys out. We’ve all had trials and tribulations, I certainly have. But I’m a real fighter and a true fighter. I love the sport of boxing and I dedicate myself to the things that have gotten me here.
Saturday I’m going to go in there and do my thing. You can’t come from a football field into the ring with me. It’s not going to work for you. I’m not going to allow it. I have a history of putting everything on the line in that ring and Saturday will be no different.”
TOM BROWN, President of TGB Promotions
“This fight is about finding out who the best is. All great fighters want the opportunity to be in a fight like this.
“The show is headlined by one of the most exciting undefeated boxers, Danny Garcia, against a former world champion in Robert Guerrero. We know for sure that this is going to be a battle of two great warriors. Both men are going to bring everything they’ve got to this fight.”
DAVID NATHANSON, Head of Business Operations for FOX Sports
“This will be first of many events we will be doing with PBC on the FOX Network this year. It’s the first of some great things to come. Thanks to PBC for being such great partners and we’re thrilled to bring this fight into every home in America.”
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PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS ON FOX & FOX DEPORTES MEDIA WORKOUT QUOTES & PHOTOS

 
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LOS ANGELES (January 20, 2016) – “Fight Week on FOX in L.A.” continued on Wednesday as fighters competing on Saturday’s Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on FOX and FOX Deportes card held a media workout before they enter the ring at STAPLES Center.
Wednesday’s workout featured undefeated star Danny “Swift” Garcia and former world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero as they prepare for their welterweight world championship showdown. Also in attendance and competing on Saturday are welterweights Sammy “The Sergeant” Vasquez and Aron Martinez plus heavyweights Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale and Amir “Hardcore” Mansour. Televised fights begin at 4 p.m. PT inside of the arena with the FOX and FOX Deportes broadcast beginning at 5 p.m. PT.
 
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions, are priced at $300, $200, $100, $50 and $25, not including applicable fees and service charges, and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased at AXS.com or by phone at 888-929-7849 or at STAPLES Center.
 
The fighters worked out with their trainers at City of Angels Boxing gym in Los Angeles. Here is what the participants had to say Wednesday:
DANNY GARCIA
“This is another fight that is going to make me a bigger star. Come Saturday night, I will be at my best.
“I’ve had 31 professional fights. A lot of them have been big fights. This is another fight to me. There’s nothing you can say that gets to me.
“I feel like I represent all the Latino people. Not just Puerto Rican-Americans or Mexican-Americans. I’m excited to go out there and show everybody a great fight.
“I’m not the kind of person that talks a lot. I like to speak with my left hand and my right hand.
“At the end of the day, all the fans want to see is good fights and they’ll appreciate that.
“I always go for the knockout, but we’re ready for a war.
“I don’t put any pressure on myself. I just go in there and take it one fight at a time. I’m not thinking about my record when I step in the ring, I just want to get the job done round-by-round.”
ANGEL GARCIA, Danny’s Father & Trainer
“We left 140-pound as the champ and now we’re looking to do the same at 147. When you come to fight Danny Garcia for a title, you better come 100 percent ready.
“We know Guerrero is going to be ready and we know what he brings to the table. We have an answer for everything he’s got.
January 23, it’s going to be for all Latinos in L.A. and all of America. Danny is going to be the welterweight world champion.”
ROBERT GUERRERO
“Having the world title on the line just adds fuel to the fire. We’ll find out Saturday night how it all plays out.
“We’ve been training hard. We derailed off the tracks a bit, but we went back to square one in camp, back to what got me here in the first place. We put it back together.
“Going up against an undefeated fighter adds motivation to my drive. I want to defeat the undefeated guy, especially with this opportunity. I want to raise everybody’s eyebrows.
“We’re not going to let the fans down. If the opponent doesn’t come to fight, I will. That’s just the way I am. Whenever somebody watches me it’s always exciting.”
RUBEN GUERRERO, Robert’s Father & Trainer
“We’re going to show the world. We’re warriors. We come to fight. The fans are going to love this fight.
“It all depends on if Danny comes to fight. I’ll give him credit if he does. They’re going to find out where Robert is at after this fight.
“Robert is a full-fledged welterweight. We’re coming in light and ready to go.
“I don’t get heated. I’ve been there before. I just say it as it is. Whatever comes out of my mouth comes out. They better be ready, because we’re ready. Angel Garcia better be ready to throw in that towel, because Danny is going to take a beating.”
SAMMY VASQUEZ
“My time in the military helped turn me into a man. I joined at a young age and it’s made me the person I am today. Boxing in front of thousands of people is an honor and I’m going to enjoy it.
“We’re here to take care of business come Saturday night. Hopefully I can keep fighting people above me in the rankings. This is a great stepping-stone for me. Eventually we want one of these guys in the main event.
“Boxing died out in Pittsburgh a little bit until Paul Spadafora brought it back a little bit. I’m trying to be the next one. I’m a fun guy to follow for a lot of reasons and I just want to make myself known.
“I made it through two tours all in one piece and there are a lot of people who weren’t as lucky. To be able to give anything back is truly special.
“We have to shine on Saturday night. This is our chance to show that we belong. Being able to stop Aron Martinez would put me on a bigger stage.
“I don’t know where I’ll be at on the welterweight scale if I get this win. But I’d love to fight either Danny Garcia or Robert Guerrero. Time will tell. I intend to fight for a world title by the end of the year.”
ARON MARTINEZ
“Every fight gets harder and harder. We’ve had a great training camp and we’re ready to brawl. Expect a good fight on Saturday night and expect some fireworks.
“I thought I won the fight with, Robert Guerrero but it’s boxing. You have to move on and use it as motivation the next time you’re out there.
“This is my backyard. I started my career here and it’s a great opportunity for people to get to see me. I want to put on a great show.
“Vasquez is like any other fighter. Only thing special is that he’s undefeated. He doesn’t want to lose that but nothing worries me about him. This will be tougher than my last two fights, but we’re ready.
“I think we’re going to steal the show. He’s undefeated, a southpaw and he definitely doesn’t want to lose. It’s my hometown though, so I’m going to put up a good fight and make it a war.”
DOMINIC BREAZEALE
“It’s been a great training camp. My trainer, Manny Robles, has done a great job. He’s worked on helping me establish my jab and got me ready for a very tough fight.
“I talked to Gerald Washington myself and he said he let it slip away in his fight against Mansour. The first four rounds he was really controlling the range. It’s definitely something that I’ve been studying.
“In the heavyweight division, everyone can throw punches. Anyone who believes I’m not tough enough will be proven wrong Saturday. Mansour is a really experienced guy and I’d like to knock him out and put on an exhibition.
“I’ve got the age on him and I’ve got some height and weight. I have a great pedigree and he has the pro experience. He’s been in a lot more rounds than I have but I’ve been in a lot of tough fights.
“My heart is definitely set on Charles Martin after this fight. After pulling out of the fight and everything that happened there, that’s on my mind after this fight.
“Mansour is a big, aggressive guy so we’re ready for anything he can bring. My athletic background will help me as will my mind because it’s all about making adjustment in the ring.
“You’re not going to see me hanging out on the ropes because I’m going to move around the ring. My skills will be the difference.
“It’s a dream come true to be fighting at STAPLES Center. I’m so close to family and friends. It’s going to be a livelier fight week than I’ve been in before.
“I always try to turn it up around the third round. I never look for the knockout, but I’ll turn it up and try to hurt him.”
AMIR MANSOUR
“I let my trainers watch the opponent, they give me the game plan and I take it from there.
“There’s no pressure. I know how to transform everything that we do in the gym into the ring and block out all the pressure.
“My team knows a lot about Dominic. My team has helped me get prepared for what I need to do to get this victory.
“I can’t sit here and say I’m not nervous, everyone is nervous before fight day. You have to embrace that and overcome that. This is my dream, this is where I want to be and this is my moment.”
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FOX Sports and NextVR Bring Virtual Reality To Live Championship Boxing


 
Premier Boxing Champions Card on Saturday to be first
North American
boxing matches broadcast live in Virtual Reality
Laguna Beach, Jan. 20, 2016NextVR, the leader in live-action virtual reality broadcast technology, and FOX Sports will offer the Saturday, January 23 Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) matches, airing on FOX (8:00 PM ET), live in virtual reality.
The Saturday PBC card is headlined by one of the most exciting undefeated fighters in boxing, Danny “Swift” Garcia (31-0, 18 KOs), facing former three-division world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (33-3-1, 18 KOs), live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.
NextVR will set up multiple cameras around the ring, including ringside, to capture the action in immersive, high-definition virtual reality, providing fight fans the best seat in the house and compelling views they never had access to before. Additionally, fight commentary and graphics will be included in the virtual reality live stream.
“This is the latest example of NextVR’s commitment to bring the most compelling live content to sports fans in virtual reality,” said Brad Allen, executive chairman of NextVR. “We strive to deliver a great virtual reality experience and the key is great, exciting content.”
In 2015, NextVR collaborated with FOX Sports to broadcast the Auto Club 400 NASCAR race in Fontana, Calif., and the United States Open Golf Championship from Chambers Bay in Washington.
“We continue to explore ways to offer FOX Sports viewers the most current and immersive technology available,” said David Nathanson, Head of Business Operations for FOX Sports. “Sports fans expect FOX to be on the cutting edge with all of our broadcasts, and through the FOX Lab initiative, we will continue to experiment with new and exciting technologies with all of our partners.”
The NextVR PBC boxing broadcast will be available free through the NextVR portal. To watch the live stream of PBC boxing card in virtual reality, Samsung Gear VR owners can download the NextVR app and access the fight through any Gear VR headset compatible phones.
About NextVR: NextVR enables the transmission of live, long-form virtual reality content in broadcast quality – leading the way for live and on-demand VR to become a mainstream experience for sporting events, concerts, cinematic productions and more. Launched in 2009, NextVR has more than 26 patents granted or pending for the capture, compression, transmission, and display of virtual reality content. NextVR’s platform allows the fully immersive content to be streamed with pristine quality using current home and mobile Internet connections. NextVR was founded by veterans in stereoscopic imaging technology, software development and an award-winning filmmaker.  For more information, go to www.nextvr.com.
About FOX Sports: FOX Sports is the umbrella entity representing 21st Century FOX’s wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets.  Built with brands capable of reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, FOX Sports includes ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing partnerships.  FOX Sports includes the sports television arm of the FOX Broadcasting Company; FS1; FS2; Fox’s 22 regional sports networks, their affiliated regional web sites and FSN national programming; FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2Go; FOX Deportes and FOX College Sports.  In addition, FOX Sports also encompasses FOX Sports Digital, which includes FOXSports.com, FOX Sports GO, Whatifsports.com and Yardbarker.com.  Also included in the Group are FOX’s interests in joint-venture businesses Big Ten Network and BTN 2Go, as well as licensing agreements that establish the FOX Sports Radio Network.

 FIGHT WEEK ON FOX KICKS OFF WITH ACTION-PACKED CARD AT CLUB NOKIA AT L.A. LIVE ON FS1 & FOX DEPORTES

 
Jamal James, David Benavidez, Caleb Plant and Malcolm McAllister Score Impressive Victories
 
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LOS ANGELES (January 19, 2016) In front of a packed house at Club Nokia at L.A. LIVE on Tuesday night in downtown Los Angeles, Premier Boxing Champions kicked off PBC On FOX Fight Week In Los Angeles with an exciting fight card on TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes.
Headlining the card, undefeated welterweight Jamal James of Burnsville, Minnesota (19-0, 9 KOs), won a 10-round unanimous decision over local favorite Javier Molina, (17-2, 8 KOs). Scores (99-91, 98-92 and 97-93) were surprisingly wide as most ringside observers thought it was a much closer fight.
Battling from the opening bell, James and Molina each had success with swift jabs and power shots throughout the first half of the fight. The intensity continued in the second half with both fighters sensing the bout was hanging in the balance of each stanza.
 
Said James, “I thought when he first came out in the first couple of rounds, it was pretty close. He was making it a tough fight. As the fight went on, I got him to fight my fight. I kept him on the outside.
“I stuck to my game plan. I felt like I should have been busier. He had some tricky movement with his feet. The range was tough. I had a hard time finding my range, but once I found it, everything fell into place.
“I believe I did gain a lot of fans tonight and I can’t wait to get back in the ring.”
Stated Molina, “I thought it was a close fight. I had a game plan, but I should have stayed inside more. He got wild and I stayed there and let him go out I started locking up. He would throw some punches that I shouldn’t have let him. I didn’t really do what I had to do.
“I didn’t feel like the scorecards were fair. One judge only gave me one round. No way that was right. Either way I think I fought a good fight.
“I felt like I had a lot of people behind me. I am bummed out and I feel like I let them down. I didn’t pull it off. I just hope I gave them an exciting fight.”
Middleweight prospect Caleb Plant of Nashville, Tenn. (12-0, 9 KOs) stayed undefeated with an entertaining sixth-round stoppage of Spain’s Adatar Rodriguez (11-5-2, 7 KOs).
Plant showed excellent technique and defense keeping Rodriguez off-balance with an array of power shots. Battering the valiant Rodriguez who suffered two facial cuts, Plant earned the stoppage as the one-sided bout was stopped at 2:37 of the sixth round.
“My performance was great. We are always looking to get better. I stayed patient,” said Plant. “I’ve fought on five or six PBC cards. It’s a blessing.
“I want to dedicate this to my daughter Leah in heaven. She passed last year on January 29. The anniversary is 10 days away and she gives me a lot of motivation.
“I want to get back in the gym and get back as soon as I can. I’m not interested in taking time off. I’m a professional and this is what I do day in and day out.”
In a scheduled six round super middleweight clash, knockout artist  Malcolm McAllister(7-0, 7 KOs) who represented nearby Long Beach knocked out Tyrone Selders of Baton Rouge, LA (9-7-1, 6 KOs) in the third stanza. Dropped in the first round, Cobb also suffered a cut over his right yet as McAllister set a relentless pace.
Continuing to batter Selders in the next two rounds, McAllister was awarded the victory as referee Zachary Young stopped the bout at the 2:39 mark of the third round.
Stated McAllister, “I am always going to do what I have to do. I’m happy I beat a tough guy.  I’m a fighter. I come to fight. I don’t care where it is, we come to fight. It’s a great opportunity and being on TV is a bonus.
“This is my backyard. There were more people here supporting me and cheering me on than I expected. That was a great feeling.”
Opening the telecast, undefeated super middleweight prospect David Benavidez of Phoenix (12-0, 11 KOs) stopped Burlington, VT’s Kevin Cobb, (10-2, 4 KOs) in the second round of their scheduled eight-round battle. Using heavy handed left hooks to the body, Benavidez controlled the action from the opening bell.
Staggering Cobb with an overhand right in the middle of the second round, Benavidez followed up with a full arsenal of power shots causing referee Raul Caiz Jr. to stop the bout at the time of 1:08.
About the victory, Benavidez said “I feel great we had a great training camp. If you saw my fight, I looked great as well. Phoenix has always had a lot of great talent, but not that many guys come out of Phoenix and I am proud of making a name for myself.
“I knew I was going to get my opponent out that fast. I saw him fight. He doesn’t have that many skills. He was running a lot in the first round and that’s why I didn’t get him out there sooner. As soon as I got my hands on him…it was goodnight.”
Four of the fighters featured on this Saturday’s Premier Boxing Champions on FOX event were also on hand enjoying the fights to kick off their fight week.
Danny Garcia
“There are some great fights tonight. I am happy my fighter Tommy Velasquez won by fourth round knockout. I am happy to be here.
“I am proud of my fighter, he had an excellent performance and got the guy out of there.
“This is a great week to start off my fight week, with a team win. The momentum is building and I can’t wait for Saturday night.”
Sammy Vasquez
“There are some great fights here and tough competitors. It makes me more excited for Saturday’s fights.
“This is where you need to showcase your skills. On TV is where you need to be dominant, you need to be 100 percent on your A game. If you’re not, it gives someone else an opportunity to take your spot.
“I don’t get to watch fights as a fan as much as I would like so this is a real treat for me.”
Dominic Breazeale
“This is a great way to kick off fight week. FS1 is here in town in downtown LA.
“I am excited about the workout tomorrow, press conference and the weigh-in. All of the activities coming up.
“These fights have been great so far. Guys going punch for punch, blow for blow, cut for cut.”
Amir Mansour
“My last fighter was Gerald Washington and he was taller than Breazeale. So you have to make adjustments for taller guys, but I’ve been fighting taller guys. you will see some definite changes in my game plan.
“I thought I won my last fight. I want to take the judges out of the equation.
“It’s sad that you’re putting your all into something. You’re making sacrifices and then you get in a situation that you have to knock the guy out.
“I’m surprised Breazeale took this fight. I’ve faced better competition.
“I’m really happy to be here and cheer on these up and coming fighters and start fight week watching some great fights.”
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UNDEFEATED HEAVYWEIGHT DOMINIC BREAZEALE TALKS MATCHUP WITH AMIR MANSOUR, TRAINING CAMP,  HEAVYWEIGHT PREDICTIONS & MORE BEFORE PRIMETIME BATTLE ON PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONSON FOX & FOX DEPORTES SATURDAY, JANUARY 23 FROM STAPLES CENTER IN LOS ANGELES

 
  
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LOS ANGELES (January 15, 2016) – 2012 U.S. Olympian and undefeated heavyweight Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale is nearing a world title shot and took time recently to discuss his upcoming showdown with Amir “Hardcore” Mansour and weigh-in on the heavyweight action this weekend before he enters the ring Saturday, January 23 from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.
Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on FOX and FOX Deportes is headlined by the welterweight world championship showdown between Danny “Swift” Garcia and Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero and features a welterweight scrap that pits undefeated rising starSammy “The Sergeant” Vasquez against Los Angeles’ Aron Martinez. Televised bouts begin at 4 p.m. PT inside the arena.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions in association with Swift Promotions, are priced at $300, $200, $100, $50 and $25, not including applicable fees and service charges, and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased at AXS.com or by phone at 888-929-7849or at STAPLES Center.
Breazeale has been training at The Rock gym in Carson, California with Manny Robles. Here is what Breazeale had to say about Mansour, training camp, the heavyweight division and more:
DOMINIC BREAZEALE
“It wasn’t hard to refocus after the Charles Martin fight fell out. I took a couple of days off and then I was right back in the gym on Monday.
“I have no worries about fighting a southpaw. I’ve had plenty of time to get comfortable with the game plan against a southpaw.
“I just did a week of sparring in San Francisco with LeRon Mitchell. It was well worth it. He’s a southpaw, same build as Mansour. It was ideal.
“I’ve seen a couple of Mansour’s fights, especially the Gerald Washington fight, and I know he wants to get inside. I need him to respect my distance and range. Washington was tall like me so it’s a good fight to study.
“My time playing quarterback in college has helped me out a great deal. The footwork is very similar. Throwing footballs and throwing punches isn’t so different.
“I’d like Charles Martin to defeat Vyacheslav Glazkov and then hopefully I can fight him. Glazkov was an Olympian and has a great deal of experience. I believe if Glazkov wins it will be in impressive fashion. I’m not sure Martin has enough talent to be in the ring with Glazkov.
“Deontay Wilder is very good with his range. I’m a believer in him and I don’t think Artur Szpilka will be able to get inside. I’m picking Deontay.
“My fight will be action packed for sure. I’ve got the ability to knockout Mansour and I’m looking for a knockout in the middle rounds. It will definitely be very action packed.”
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