AUSSIES INVADE LAS VEGAS

September 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Australia’s Unified Middleweight Champion Daniel Geale

and Top Contender Joel Brunker to be Present at

Chavez Jr. vs. Martinez Showdown in Las Vegas

September 11, 2012 – Gary Shaw Productions newly crowded unified WBA and IBF middleweight champion, Daniel “Real Deal” Geale (29-1, 15 KOs), is scheduled to arrive in Las Vegas this week to be ringside at the September 15, 2012, Julio Chavez Jr. (46-0-1, 32 KOs) vs. Sergio Martinez (48-2-2, 28 KOs) showdown, taking place at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Geale, coming off his most impressive victory where he dethroned Germany’s Felix Sturm (37-3-2, 16 KOs), is interested to see who comes out victorious between Chavez Jr. and Martinez, as a possible fight with the winner could be next for him.

“The winner of Chavez Jr. and Martinez could be my next opponent,” said Daniel Geale. “I’m willing to fight the best out there and my promoter Gary Shaw is ready to make it happen. It’s an interesting fight and the winner puts himself in a great position to challenge me. I never shy away from a great test and I’ll be ready to go when Gary Shaw tells me who my next opponent will be.”

Geale’s fellow countryman, undefeated featherweight contender Joel Brunker (23-0, 13 KOs), who scheduled to make his U.S. debut on October 27, 2012, will join him while they both attend fight week activities.

“I’m excited to be traveling to the United States and be present for Chavez Jr. vs. Martinez,” stated Brunker. “I’ll remain in the States and start my training camp in preparation for my fight scheduled for October 27th. Daniel Geale and I both want to show the United States audience what we are made of.”

“I’m extremely excited to be promoting the best fighters out of Australia,” Shaw said. “Grange Old School Gym has been fantastic working with me and Daniel Geale, and it’s been a pleasure working with Angelo DiCarlo with Joel Brunker. The future looks bright for my company being that we have a great working relationship with all the top talent from the land down under.”

HBO Sports and ESPN Announce Multi-Year Boxing Programming and Marketing Agreement

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Initiative Launches with Chavez Jr. vs. Martinez Pay-Per-View Event on Sept. 15 in Las Vegas

Two of television’s most innovative brands, HBO and ESPN, have announced a multi-year, multi-tiered boxing programming and marketing agreement. The announcement was made today by ESPN’s Marie Donoghue, senior vice president of global business strategy & development, and Mark Taffet, senior vice president of sports operations & pay-per-view, HBO Sports.

“This agreement is a testament to ESPN and HBO’s leadership in the sports media industry,” said Donoghue. “ESPN continues to provide sports fans with greater access to events across various platforms and this agreement further extends our commitment to serve the fan.”

Taffet said, “There is a very deep commitment at HBO to grow the sport of boxing and broaden the exposure for the top fighters and events. This collaboration with ESPN will benefit fight fans that already love the sport, will attract many more sports fans to connect with boxing, and will greatly enhance the visibility of the fighters that are featured in HBO Pay-Per-View events.”

Doug Loughrey, director of programming and acquisitions at ESPN: “This collaboration of efforts and resources will provide boxing and sports fans alike a deeper and more consistent look at boxing’s rising stars and established champions while elevating the sport and our collective boxing platforms.”

The agreement includes coordinated support for major pay-per-view boxing events, including sharing programming content, cross-promotion elements, highlight packages and additional assets to be featured across multiple ESPN and HBO platforms.

As part of the agreement, ESPN and ESPN Deportes’ news and information platforms, led by SportsCenter, will have access to key content and information surrounding marquee HBO Pay-Per-View boxing events, including fighter interviews.

In addition, ESPN Deportes Television and ESPN3- the company’s multiscreen network accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members- will carry live fighter weigh-ins plus pre- and post-fight press conferences for HBO-Pay-Per-View Events, as well as additional boxing content connected to these major pay-per-view events.

ESPN and ESPN Deportes will also televise the HBO all-access series 24/7 leading up to HBO Pay-Per-View fights. Starting this Thursday, Sept. 13 at 9 p.m. ET, ESPN2 will air the two-part 24/7 Chavez Jr. /Martinez back-to-back, immediately before ESPN Boxing: Friday Night Fights Special Edition live from Las Vegas at 10 p.m. In addition, ESPN Deportes’ Golpe a Golpe will preview the Chavez Jr. vs. Martinez fight at 9 p.m., while ESPN’s Bernardo Osuna will provide updates from both camps. ESPN Deportes will start televising the series starting with the next HBO Pay-Per View event.

On Saturday, Sept. 15, at 9 p.m. ET from the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, HBO Pay-Per-View will produce and distribute the world middleweight championship fight between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Sergio Martinez.

HBO’s leadership position in boxing began in 1973 and the network has televised more than 875 fights in the past 39 years. HBO Sports produces three boxing series: the flagship World Championship Boxing franchise, the late-night enterprise Boxing After Dark, and HBO Pay-Per-View.

Additionally, HBO Sports introduced boxing’s first reality franchise with the launch of 24/7 in 2007. The acclaimed series has earned 16 Sports Emmy Awards in its first five seasons on the air.

ESPN is home to ESPN’s Friday Night Fights and ESPN Deportes’ Viernes de Combates (Spanish version), a weekly boxing series which runs between January and August and showcases some of the best bouts in the boxing industry. The series, which began on October 2, 1998, recently concluded its 15th season. ESPN began televising boxing on April 10, 1980 when weekly boxing returned to television for the first time since 1964, with the debut of Top Rank Boxing on ESPN.

GET READY FOR CHÁVEZ JR. vs. MARTÍNEZ!

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LAS VEGAS, NEV. (September 11, 2012) – Fight Week for the historic Méxican Independence Day weekend battle between undefeated WBC middleweight champion and Son of the Legend JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ JR. and two-division world champion and pound-for-pound kingpin with the matinee idol looks, SERGIO “Maravilla” MARTÍNEZ, kicks off today, at 12:30 p.m. PT, with their public Grand Arrivals at Wynn Las Vegas. But how well do you really know them?

Before they go face-to-face at Wednesday’s Final News Conference in the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas, beginning at High Noon, please take time to look at the following features from HBO Sports and learn more about these two warriors’ compelling and contrasting stories.

HBO 24/7: Chávez Jr. vs. Martínez (Episode No. 1)

http://bit.ly/OyWxkW

HBO 24/7: Chávez Jr. vs. Martínez (Episode No. 2)

http://itsh.bo/OnodNS

HBO Boxing: Face Off with Max Kellerman – Chávez Jr. vs. Martínez

http://bit.ly/RPAYA5

HBO 2 Days – Julio César Chávez Jr.

http://bit.ly/UGYAqF

Promoted by Top Rank®, Zanfer Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, in association with Wynn Las Vegas, AT&T and Tecate, the Chávez Jr. vs. Martínez Middleweight Championship Event will take place Saturday, September 15, Méxican Independence Day Weekend, at the Thomas & Mack Center, on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT. The live pay-per-view undercard will feature four exciting bouts.

Remaining tickets to the Julio César Chávez Jr. vs. Sergio Martínez World Middleweight Championship, priced at $75 and $50, can be purchased at the Thomas & Mack Center box office and Town Square Las Vegas Concierge. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.unlvtickets.com. To charge by telephone call (702) 739-FANS.

Remaining tickets to the Wynn Las Vegas closed circuit presentation are priced at $70 for reserved seating in the intimate Encore Theater and $50 for general admission in the Lafite Ballroom at Wynn. Tickets are inclusive of applicable taxes and fees and can be purchased by calling (702) 770-7118, through the website wynnlasvegas.com or by visiting the Wynn Ticket Office (Friday-Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. PT / Wednesday-Thursday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. PT) or the Wynn Concierge (Daily: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. PT.)

The Chávez Jr. vs. Martínez world championship telecast, which begins at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT, will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View and will be available to more than 92 million pay-per-view homes. HBO Pay-Per-View, a division of Home Box Office, Inc., is the leading supplier of event programming to the pay-per-view industry. Follow HBO Boxing news at www.hbo.com and at www.facebook.com/hboboxing. Use the hashtag #ChavezMartinez to join the conversation on Twitter. For Chávez Jr. vs. Martínez updates log on to www.toprank.com, www.dbe1.com or www.hbo.com.

Marroquin to battle Lopez in Chavez – Martinez undercard

September 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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After the legal situation that forced WBA Super Bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux out of a potential champions showdown on on September 15th, once-beaten Robert Marroquin will now face Alejandro Lopez as part of the Julio Cesar Chavez – Sergio Martinez Pay Per View card on that date according to San Rafael of espn.com

“Lopez was scheduled to fight in a couple of weeks, so he’s been training for at least six weeks,” Moretti said. “If he’s anything like the kid that showed up against Teon Kennedy, this ought to be a heck of a fight.

“Top Rank respects the court’s decision but we are extremely disappointed that his manager, his attorney (Pat English) and co-promoter (Caribe Promotions) would try and stop a kid from fighting when he wants to fight on Sept. 15 and agreed to pay these parties their agreed upon shares,” Moretti said. “It makes no sense and is completely unjust — but to be expected when inexperienced people let there egos get in the way of a fighter’s development.”

Fight For The Future: With Ward-Dawson, Martinez-Chavez and Canelo-Lopez, it’s underway

September 7, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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By Norm Frauenheim

It’s hard to know whether September’s promise is a new dawn or just a familiar set of oncoming headlights in another head-on collision with a demise predicted and heightened by August’s doom and gloom.

No matter how you look at Andre Ward-versus-Chad Dawson Saturday in Oakland, Calif., and a dueling Las Vegas’ twin bill on Sept. 15 featuring Sergio Martinez-Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. at Thomas & Mack Center and Canelo Alvarez-Josesito Lopez at the MGM Grand, however, it is hard not to see potential for a comeback that is a boxing specialty. No business does it better.

Reliable resiliency is there in a shifting alignment that offers a way out of the never-never land of talk and only talk about Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. Yeah-yeah, it could still happen. But a generation of lost fans doesn’t care anymore. The good news is that there is always a new one. In part, chances at winning over generation-next rest in what happens with fighters poised to succeed Pacquiao and Mayweather.

For now, the intriguing battle is for No. 2 spot in the pound-for-pound debate. The fading Pacquiao, second on most lists behind Mayweather, is in jeopardy of falling to third or even fourth after evidence of decline in his last two fights, controversial decisions over Juan Manuel Marquez and Timothy Bradley.

“Me, I believe I’m No. 2 at this moment,’’ Martinez said Wednesday in a conference call for his showdown with Chavez Jr. in a HBO pay-per-view bout for the middleweight title.

A better argument might come from Ward, if he remains unbeaten (25-0, 13 KOs) Saturday in a HBO-televised bout against light-heavy champion Dawson (30-1 17 KOs), who agreed to come down in weight for a 168-pound fight in Ward’s hometown. Mayweather stays at No. 1 because of his perfect record (43-0, 26 KOs). Martinez can’t make that claim. Even if he beats Chavez Jr., there are still losses to Antonio Margarito and Paul Williams and two draws on his resume (49-2-2, 28 KOs).

Predictably perhaps, the more circumspect Ward isn’t as bold about his place in the pound-for-pound debate as Martinez, who has become more outspoken in an escalating exchange of trash talk with Chavez Jr.

For the most part, Ward’s attention isn’t easily diverted by anything beyond the challenge immediately in front of him. That means the dangerous Dawson. Everything else is just talk that would take him away from the task at becoming an equal of fighters he admires, including Mayweather and Sugar Ray Leonard.

“They’re masters,’’ Ward said. “I’m trying to be a master.’’

The guess is that Ward will never quit trying. The goal will be there for as long as he is fighting. It’s a motivational piece to a Ward persona that in a couple of years could put him at the top of the pound-for-pound crowd.

Even in the build-up for Dawson, he seemed to look for something that would drive him to knock out slights, imagined or real. Dawson’s camp praises him. But the skeptical Ward deflects it.

“I think they’re giving us some superficial credit because they have to,’’ he said. “…To listen to them tell it, they have every advantage in the book. I think they’ll discover that isn’t the case.’’

Ward’s insightful trainer, Virgil Hunter, had his own spin.

“Our advantage is being at a disadvantage in their eyes,’’ Hunter said.

If there’s a disadvantage during the next nine days, it is expected to be in betting odds against Chavez Jr. and Dawson. But even those are slim. Spring an upset, and one or both will suddenly leap to the front of a line in the fight for spots at the pay window long occupied by Pacquiao and Mayweather.

Bob Arum, Chavez Jr.’s promoter, said an earlier opportunity for big money against Martinez was resisted precisely for the moment that will transpire on Sept. 15.

“We could have taken a chance against Martinez a year ago,’’ Arum said. “If he wins – and we believe he will, he will become an attraction on the level of Pacquiao, Mayweather.’’

Meanwhile, a hint at Mayweather’s immediate future could unfold at the Canelo-Lopez fight at the MGM Grand. Canelo keeps talking about how he wants to fight Mayweather. His representatives at Golden Boy Promotions have advised caution. At least, Golden Boy President Oscar De La Hoya did on May 5 in the wake of Canelo’s victory over Shane Mosley. But an impressive victory over a smaller Lopez on Showtime might sweep aside concern that Canelo is getting ahead of himself.

If Mayweather decides he wants to fight the popular Mexican redhead now instead of later, there’ll be no waiting.

Another future will have arrived.

JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ, JR. / SERGIO MARTÍNEZ CONFERENCE CALL TRANSCRIPT September 5, 2012

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LOU DiBELLA: Thanks for joining us and it’s wonderful to work on this great event with Top Rank. The ticket sales and Thomas & Mack have been incredible and it’s going to be a clean sellout. I would urge everyone to get their tickets now. There are tickets left, particularly the least expensive [$75 and $50]. I do not expect there to be any tickets left on fight week so I urge people to get out and get their tickets now. I want to thank our sponsors for this event – Tecate, AT & T and Wynn Las Vegas. They have been wonderful. When you have a product to sell, it sells. We have the two best middleweights in the world getting it on — Martínez, one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, and Julio César Chávez Jr., the son of the legend. It’s easy to sell this fight because it’s a great betting fight. The odds right now are slightly in Sergio’s favor but they could sway by the first bell when all the Méxican-American fans have made their way to the Vegas sports books.

PABLO SARMIENTO: This fight will be a very tough fight. We are fooling each other if we don’t think that will be. We have worked very hard for the past two months. We need to be intelligent in the ring and we will come out victorious.

SAMSON LEWKOWICZ: As the advisor, I need to congratulate Lou DiBella. Many people say that it is hard to deal with Bob Arum and I would like to say everybody is wrong. It is an honor for me to work with him for the first time and this is actually the first big event of my life. I am looking forward to this because if you ask Martínez, you know it wasn’t about the money. He wanted the fight and he wanted it very badly. He took it very personally. He didn’t ask me “how much,” he said “when.” And “when” is September 15th, so I am very happy. I am looking forward to seeing what will be the best fight of the year.

LOU DiBELLA: And now I would like to introduce who I think is the No. 2 pound-for-pound fighter in the world, some have him No. 3 but I believe he is No. 2 – the true middleweight world champion fighting a younger, bigger, stronger man and the son of a legend, Sergio Martínez is very confident and prepared and one of the best people in boxing, Sergio “Maravila” Martínez.

SERGIO MARTÍNEZ: My trainer and I have worked very hard for the past two months. People will see who the REAL middleweight champion is because they know who the best is right now and that is Sergio “Maravila” Martínez. We all know that Chávez has the title, but on September 15th, the belt will go to the rightful owner and that is Sergio.

How personally is Sergio taking this fight?

SERGIO MARTÍNEZ: It is personal. Not only do I want the title, but I have wanted to fight Chávez for a long time.

What areas would you say you have a great advantage over Chávez?

SERGIO MARTÍNEZ: Julio César Chávez is fighting Sergio Martínez. Regardless of the preparation of his entire career, it would not make a difference; I will knock him out anyway. I believe that I am No. 2 in this sport, so that is good enough to know that I will beat him. He cannot beat me. He cannot. I don’t really know if there is an easy aspect of him in his fighting, but I now that I am better than him.

What is the reason for this animosity?

SERGIO MARTÍNEZ: It is very simple. I cannot accept the fact he is world champion. The only reason he is world champion is because he is Julio César Chávez Jr., the son of the legend and his mouth is so big – even bigger than his own brain and he’s talking too much.

SAMSON LEWKOWICZ: I have known Sergio Martínez for the past five years and I have never seen him so motivated. He never disliked any of his opponents and always had respect for them. But Chávez took something away from him and he believes he was wronged. And he believes that he had to wait too long to get it back. This all has given him more motivation from the people is Spain and he is an idol in Argentina. Chávez Jr. has a big mouth and he is very insulting and he will pay the price on September 15. I never go to camp, because everyone has their own job. Pablo does his own. Sergio does his own. I do my own. And Lou does his own. But I went twice, three times and I never saw him so motivated, so hungry – looking toward the date.

LOU DiBELLA: There is a contrast on how these guys were raised and who they are. Chávez Jr. was raised with a silver spoon in his mouth. He’s been in the ring on someone’s shoulders since he was a baby. He was handled with kid gloves as a fighter on the rise. He was basically handed the opportunity to win the belt maybe a little bit before he was the fighter he is now. Sergio Martínez was raised in a slum, the worst ghetto in Argentina, with no shoes. He had to fight his way thru bullies just to get to school. He had to go to Europe to fight for peanuts. He got $900 to fight Antonio Margarito. It took him until his early 30’s to become a name or an attraction in boxing. Contrast the superstar kid, son of the legend whose had everything on a silver platter and the other had to work his ass off to get it.

Has Sergio seen improvements in Chávez Jr.?

SERGIO MARTÍNEZ: I believe that he has learned a lot from Freddie Roach. Secondly, regardless of the good man, he is not one of the great fighters. He is a good one, but not one of the best.

What kind of plan will you have for Chávez and are you worried about a decision?

SERGIO MARTÍNEZ: The speed and the power that I will deliver to Chávez on Septmbr 15th will be enough to knock him out. I will not wait for the judges.

What do you think needs to be done to get more of the best fighting the best?

LOU DiBELLA: I have always been able to do business with Bob Arum and he’s always been able to do business with me. Apparently Dan Goossen and Gary Shaw can do business together and that’s why these fights are happening. Here are two fights, one of which we think is not happening, and in the absence of the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight, this captures the attention of the casual boxing fan. Chávez Jr. and Martínez is a fight that is high on that list and the other fight, which is about as good a fight as you will get on premium TV. As long as there is an uneven playing field and as long as some people don’t do business with others and as long as some personalities get in the way of others, you will not see the best fighting the best. At the moment, just celebrate the fact you have these really good fights in the next couple of weeks. What has to be done? It’s very easy to make a deal – it’s not rocket science – it’s not that hard to figure out how to make a boxing deal. If it’s a premium cable deal – you know what money is in the pot and you know what’s available from sponsorship and gate. It doesn’t take a nuclear physicist to do it. If it’s a Pay-Per-View fight, you work out a percentage to get the deal done. That’s what was done here and the winner is the fan.

LOU DiBELLA: The only roadblock to getting this fight done was they didn’t think Chávez Jr. was ready – and that was good promotion and management. Chavez Jr. is now bigger. He looks like a different guy now – he’s grown up. He has a he size advantage over Sergio which is why this fight is so appealing. The fight is now universally thought of as a very dangerous fight.

Do you believe your style will leave you open?

SERGIO MARTÍNEZ: I fought all 53 of my fights with my hands down. I did it with Paul Williams. I did it with Kelly Pavlik. Why not with Chávez? What will be the difference? I will do it again with my hands down.

SAMSON LEWKOWICZ: In the 53 fights, he only lost one – against Margarito. That was the only one and he was not ready for the fight. The other was a draw and that was robbery – against Paul Williams. His style has been very successful and now fighters are trying to imitate him. Right now I am in Russia and people have been coming up to me wishing Sergio good luck which says to me everyone knows Sergio’s style, worldwide.

LOU DiBELLA: Even after 53 fights it still makes me nervous (LOL).

BOB ARUM: I would first like to say that the response to this fight, which we thought would be enormous, and it has exceeded our expectations. The ticket sales have been off the charts. The Thomas & Mack Center, where the fight is being held – the lower bowl and the floor, which is about 10,000 seats, sold out completely two weeks ago. Now the upper bowl has less than 900 seats available. We are looking at a sellout by the end of the week. We have opened up 6,000 to 7,000 closed circuit seats in the Wynn Las Vegas and Encore, which is our host. The closed circuit sales around the country, supported by Joe Gagliardi, are tremendous. So we are on track to do very big pay-per-view business on this fight. Foreign sales are terrific. We are very enthused and it just goes to show if you give people a quality match, they will respond.

FERNANDO BELTRAN (Chávez Jr. co-promoter): Thank you. We are honored to be here and can’t wait for the 15th and we know the winner will be Julio César Chávez Jr.

JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ, JR: Just so everyone knows, I have really been preparing for this fight for about a year. I have not stopped training since February, through two fights and I am ready to not only compete, but to win this fight.

You are not only fighting one of the best fighters in your division but one of the best fighters in the world. That proves what you are willing to risk when other champions risk nothing…

JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ, JR: That is exactly what I’m about. I’m about fighting the best fighters. I want to give the fans a great fight. On September 15th I am very confident I am going to win the fight and that I will give everyone a fight that I will remember for a long time. This is the fight I am willing to do to give them that.

What do you think made everyone realize you are ready for this fight?

JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ, JR: I think they saw the dedication and the preparation that I had in the past year. I noticed improvement and I feel very confident in what I can accomplish. I know how hard it has been working day after day to get to this point and I’m not going to disappoint anyone.

What is your biggest advantage? Your size?

JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ, JR: I think that is going to be one of the keys but not the only key to the fight. I know I am bigger and stronger than he is but I know I need to box. You are going to see a complete boxer – able to do a lot of things. My height advantage will also help me to box and do some other things in the ring.

Does the fact that Martínez is taking this fight personally bother you?

JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ, JR: I know he has a big mouth and on September 15th I am going to shut him up once and for all. He’s just a big clown.

Looking back a few years, did you ever think you’d become the fighter you are today?

JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ, JR: To me it is like a dream to get to this level – a championship level fighter. I always dreamed about it and I knew I’d have to work really hard to get there. I knew I had it in me – I just had to work at it and figure out how to do it and I think I have.

Have you ever seen anyone go from 160 to 180 in the 24 hours prior to the fight?

FREDDIE ROACH: We do take the weight off then re-hydrate him and he eats well. He does put a lot of weight on but he’s not breaking any rules. He’s just making weight and then putting the weight back on that he took off and he’s very strong going in the ring.

Will it be more difficult to fight a fighter that will be moving around?

JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ, JR: I know he has a different style so I will also have to fight differently. I will have to box more. I have the strategy to beat him and you’ll see it on September 15.

Are you working on getting to the body in the fight?

FREDDIE ROACH: Martínez is a smaller guy so it will be a little harder to get to his body but we have a plan to set traps to catch him on the ropes and break the body down and take his legs away from him. It’s a difficult task but something we have been working on and something we plan on doing well.

How much does your undefeated record mean to you?

JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ, JR: I don’t like to lose. That’s the bottom line. I don’t like to lose. I know in this sport you win and you lose but I don’t train to lose. Every time I go in the ring I give it my all and I hope everyone enjoys the fight. Having an undefeated record is nice but the most important thing is to give everything of yourself in the ring.

What has your father’s influence been in this training camp?

JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ, JR: He has always been a great supporter of me. He’s always been there when I needed him. He’s willing to help me any way he can. I look forward to him being here so we can talk about things.

JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ, JR: It is important to be able to speak to someone who went through the same thing I am going through now. He has been in some very big fights and I get to talk to him to make sure I am doing the right thing.

What did Julio do to make you think he was ready for this fight?

FREDDIE ROACH: Handling the southpaw stance of Andy Lee was, I think, a big thing. He hadn’t had a lot of experience with southpaws and he fought that fight great. After that fight we knew it was time to step up. We knew Martínez was a southpaw. We know how to fight a southpaw now and his father and I have been coming up with a game plan. Julio has some ideas also so the 3 of us are putting the plan together.

Chávez, Sr.?

FREDDIE ROACH: Yes. In the gym he shows me moves that he sees against southpaws that will work and he’s showing me that and I’m delivering that to his son and he’s been working on them. They are very good moves and very logical of course.

Did you get anything out of the Macklin and Barker fights?

FREDDIE ROACH: You know we have been watching a lot of tape. He has some patterns that can be read. But he’s a complicated guy with his speed. He also hides his left hand well and gets people to follow him but we know how to cut the ring off. We have a good game plan set up but we did learn some from watching those tapes.

Why training in Vegas as opposed to Wild Card?

FREDDIE ROACH: We wanted to get used to the heat and weather and it’s really been hot here. We’ve been working through it and it’s going to be hotter on fight night and we’ll work through it and we’ll be ready.

Martínez is a strong puncher – what do you think about your defense?

JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ, JR: Of course we have been working on our defense and trying to counter everything he will do in the ring. But I am not so certain he is a hard puncher and we will find that out in the ring. I don’t think he’s that big of a puncher.

How do you feel about the talk from people, and specifically Lou DiBella, regarding how you have had it easy following the legend?

JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ, JR: I can’t help that people say that stuff about me. I am the son and that is who I am. He is my dad, but little by little I have proven myself. I have proven it in the ring. You have seen what I have done in the ring the past few fights. You can’t take that away from me – my victories and my championship. I have done a lot of things on my own. I have my own story now. They can say whatever they want but I have proven myself and it hasn’t been easy.

How have you been preparing to fight a lefty?

JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ, JR: I feel like I got a lot of great work sparring against the three southpaws we have had in the gym. They each brought different things to the table. I think they are tougher than Martínez so when I get to the fight it will be easy. Right now I am very used to fighting a lefty and know what I have to do in the ring and that is because of those three sparring partners.

What made you change your mind to want to fight Martínez now?

JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ, JR: I always wanted to fight him. When I won the title I knew I was going to have to fight him and I wanted to fight him whenever he was ready. My promoter told me after my fight in El Paso that the fight was done and I was very happy. I knew the fight was going to happen and everyone knew the fight was going to happen. The people want to see it and I want to fight it. I am about the people and to give the people the best fights in boxing. That’s why this fight is happening now.

You have shown something different in every fight – is that important to you?

JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ, JR: I want to show people I can do many things. I don’t want to do the same thing every time. I don’t want my opponent to think I fight the same way every time. I want to give them something different to think about in every fight and when they see the fight on September 15th they will see something different from me again.

What will be new this fight?

JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ, JR: There are a lot of things I have been working on and you will see it on September 15th. I don’t want to tell you now because I don’t want you running to the other guy to tell him. All I can tell you is you are going to see a lot of better things from me.

** ONLY $75 and $50 tickets are left for this Méxican Independence Day Weekend Middleweight World Championship fight. This fight takes place almost 20 years to the day of CHÁVEZ vs. CAMACHO, September 12, 1992, where over 19,000 tickets were sold.

BOB ARUM: I would like to say something about how you promote. Everybody has been raising questions about why Julio didn’t fight Martínez before. One of the reasons was he was learning his trade and now he’s a lot better prepared. We could have taken a chance with him and Martínez about a year ago. The problem would have been it would not have been nearly as big a fight. It would not have had the same stage. Julio was really able to catch the attention of the public after the fights with Zbik and with Rubio, Manfredo, with Lee, and with this great exposure on HBO, he being the highest rating getter. When this fight happens on September 15th and if Julio is successful, which we believe he will be, Julio will become one of the biggest attractions in all of boxing. He becomes on the level of a Pacquiao, of a Mayweather, by virtue of the fact that the gate is selling out here, the closed circuit is doing extremely well and the pay-per-view numbers should be much higher than anyone anticipated. The fact that he is fighting Martínez now has brought tremendous attention, which wouldn’t have been the case a year ago. He’s better prepared and it’s a win-win for everybody. With the possible exception of Martínez, it is a win-win, but it’s a win for him too because he will get a bigger purse. That’s why this fight is happening now and why it has a tremendous buzz to it and that’s why everyone wants to watch this fight on September 15th. Julio is a great young man, a tremendous fighter and we all know he can perform and will perform on September 15.

FERNANDO BELTRAN: We feel very, very proud of Julio César Chávez Jr. He has worked very hard to become a tremendous fighter. I believe the people are going to see a great Julio César Chávez Jr. on the 15th so I recommend to everybody to buy the pay-per-view. The odds of this fight are even and you know we are going to have a sensational match. The fans are going to be the true winners of this match because they will be presented with a tremendous match. Chávez is a sensational young man in and out of the ring and he will begin to write history in gold letters following this fight.

FREDDIE ROACH: The best fighting the best and Chávez will be the best middleweight in the world after September 15th.

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Promoted by Top Rank®, Zanfer Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, in association with Wynn Las Vegas, AT&T and Tecate, the Chávez Jr. vs. Martínez Middleweight Championship Event will take place Saturday, September 15, Méxican Independence Day Weekend, at the Thomas & Mack Center, on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT. The live pay-per-view undercard will feature four exciting bouts.

Remaining tickets to the Julio César Chávez Jr. vs. Sergio Martínez World Middleweight Championship, priced at $75 and $50, can be purchased at the Thomas & Mack Center box office and Town Square Las Vegas Concierge. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.unlvtickets.com. To charge by telephone call (702) 739-FANS.

Tickets to the Wynn Las Vegas closed circuit presentation are priced at $70 for reserved seating in the intimate Encore Theater and $50 for general admission in the Lafite Ballroom at Wynn. Ticket prices are inclusive of applicable taxes and fees and can be purchased by calling (702) 770-7118, through the website wynnlasvegas.com or by visiting the Wynn Ticket Office (Friday-Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. PT / Wednesday-Thursday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. PT) or the Wynn Concierge (Daily: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. PT.)

24/7 CHÁVEZ JR./MARTÍNEZ episode two debuts This Saturday! Sept. 8 at 12:30 a.m. ET/PT on HBO.

The Chávez Jr. vs. Martínez world championship telecast, which begins at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT, will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View and will be available to more than 92 million pay-per-view homes. HBO Pay-Per-View, a division of Home Box Office, Inc., is the leading supplier of event programming to the pay-per-view industry. Follow HBO Boxing news at www.hbo.com and at www.facebook.com/hboboxing. Use the hashtag #ChavezMartinez to join the conversation on Twitter. For Chávez Jr. vs. Martínez updates log on to www.toprank.com, www.dbe1.com or www.hbo.com.

GOLOVKIN PICKS STURM OVER GEALE AND SEES CHAVEZ JR./MARTINEZ BOUT AS A 50/50 FIGHT

September 3, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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VERONA, NY (September 1, 2012) After making weight on Friday afternoon, one day ahead of his world title clash with Grzegorz Proksa, WBA Middleweight World Champion Gennady Golovkin spoke about the other upcoming high-profile middleweight bouts taking place in September.

Just prior to the Golovkin/Proksa bout, WBA “Super” Middleweight World Champion Felix Sturm will battle IBF Middleweight Champion Daniel Geale in Oberhausen, Germany. Then on September 15th, WBC Middleweight Champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will defend his title against Sergio Martinez in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Said Golovkin, “I see the Sturm/Geale fight as a very solid fight with Sturm winning a close decision. I think Sturm has a better jab and will be able to box to a victory.”

“For the fight on September 15th between Chavez Jr. and Martinez, I think it’s a 50/50 fight. Sergio has better skills but Chavez Jr. is younger and seems to be getting stronger with each fight.”

“After my fight on Saturday I’ll watch the tape of Sturm/Geale and then on September 15th I look forward to viewing the Chavez Jr./Martinez fight.”

The Golovkin/Proksa clash takes place LIVE on HBO”s Boxing After Dark from the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY, 9:45ET/PT.

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WYNN LAS VEGAS PRESENTS THE EXCLUSIVE LIVE CLOSED CIRCUIT VIEWING OF CHÁVEZ JR. vs. MARTÍNEZ: THE MÉXICAN INDEPEPENDENCE WEEKEND WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT

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Tickets Go On Sale

This Saturday! September 1 at 10 A.M. PT

LAS VEGAS, NEV. (August 30, 2012) — With ticket sales to the Julio César Chávez, Jr. vs. Sergio Martínez World Middleweight Championship event at the Thomas & Mack Center projected to be a complete sellout, Wynn Las Vegas will present the exclusive live closed circuit telecast of the most anticipated fight of the year. Wynn Las Vegas will offer the closed circuit viewing in two venues — the Encore Theater , which offers a state-of-the-art sound system and plush seating, and the Wynn Lafite Ballroom, a spacious environment offering great views of the closed circuit action.

Tickets to the Wynn Las Vegas closed circuit presentation are priced at $70 for reserved seating in the intimate Encore Theater and $50 for general admission in the Lafite Ballroom at Wynn. Ticket prices are inclusive of applicable taxes and fees and will go on sale This Saturday! September 1 at 10:00 a.m. PT. Tickets can be purchased by calling (702) 770-7118, through the website wynnlasvegas.com or by visiting the following locations:

Wynn Ticket Office

Friday-Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. PT
Wednesday-Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. PT

Wynn Concierge

Daily: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. PT

Tickets are non-refundable, non-transferable, may not be combined with any other offer and have no cash value.

Promoted by Top Rank®, Zanfer Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, in association with Wynn Las Vegas, AT&T and Tecate, the Chávez Jr. vs. Martínez Middleweight Championship Event will take place Saturday, September 15, Méxican Independence Day Weekend, at the Thomas & Mack Center, on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT. The live pay-per-view undercard will feature four exciting bouts.

Remaining tickets to the Julio César Chávez Jr. vs. Sergio Martínez World Middleweight Championship, priced at $75 and $50, can be purchased at the Thomas & Mack Center box office and Town Square Las Vegas Concierge. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.unlvtickets.com. To charge by telephone call (702) 739-FANS.

HBO’s Emmy-Award®-winning reality franchise returns with an all new edition when 24/7 CHÁVEZ JR./MARTÍNEZ premieres This Saturday! Sept. 1 at 11:45 p.m. ET/PT. Episode two debuts Saturday, Sept. 8 at 12:30 a.m. ET/PT on HBO.

The Chávez Jr. vs. Martínez world championship telecast, which begins at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT, will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® and will be available to more than 92 million pay-per-view homes. HBO Pay-Per-View, a division of Home Box Office, Inc., is the leading supplier of event programming to the pay-per-view industry. Follow HBO Boxing news at www.hbo.com and at www.facebook.com/hboboxing. Use the hashtag #ChavezMartinez to join the conversation on Twitter. For Chávez Jr. vs. Martínez updates log on to www.toprank.com, www.dbe1.com or www.hbo.com.

A few entries for August’s empty scorecard

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By Norm Frauenheim


The dog days of August, an unexpected offseason, is full of more idle speculation than medal winners among the American men at the London Olympics. There’s little to celebrate and much to anticipate before it starts all over again next month. A busy September includes one night — the 15th — with two good cards: HBO’s telecast of Sergio Martinez-Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. at Las Vegas’ Thomas & Mack Center and the Showtime telecast of Canelo Alvarez-Josesito Lopez down the street at the MGM Grand. A couple of miles of Vegas neon will separate the two. After a barren August, an embarrassment of riches awaits. Or maybe just embarrassment. Until then, it’s just a guessing game.

A few more guesses:

Manny Pacquiao. Further uncertainty is about the only way to interpret his latest decision. Reports about him moving his next bout from Nov. 10 to Dec. 1 seem to say he doesn’t really know what he wants. Advisor Michael Koncz says the new date is a political necessity. It eliminates a potential interruption of training by allowing Pacquiao time in October to refile his candidacy for re-election to the Filipino Congress, according to Koncz, who was quoted as saying he has to be in the Philippines to file the documents. But Filipino media reports that he does not have to be there. He can mail in the documentation, according to the reports. The contradictions only muddy uncertain waters. Just who does he plan to fight? Reported options are Juan Manuel Marquez, Miguel Cotto and Timothy Bradley. There would be a lot less uncertainty about Pacquiao if he had announced the opponent along with the new date. As it is, there are questions about whether retirement is another option.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. It’s been three weeks since he walked out of a Las Vegas jail after serving about two months for domestic violence. There’s still no word on what his plans are. Pacquiao doesn’t seem to be among them, at least not during the final months in 2012. Keep an eye on Twitter, Mayweather’s favorite way to communicate. Also keep an eye on Canelo-Lopez. It’s not the biggest fight on Sept 15. Martinez-Chavez is. But Golden Boy Promotions has dropped hints that Canelo might be Mayweather’s next opponent if Lopez doesn’t score an encore of his upset of Victor Ortiz.

50 Cent. Keep another eye on the rapper whose birth name, Curtis Jackson, is included on the promotional license that sets him up as a potential rival to Golden Boy and Top Rank. He might have some very different ideas about who Mayweather, his friend and confidante, should fight next.

Juan Manuel Marquez. He plans to write a book. At least three of the chapters figure to be about how he says he got
robbed against Pacquiao, who won two disputed decisions after a draw against the tactically-skilled Mexican. A fourth chapter looks doubtful, if only because the proven risk isn’t worth an iffy reward for Pacquiao

Ricky Hatton. Yeah-yeah, we read the rumors about a Hatton comeback, possibly against Paulie Malignaggi. Can another Oscar De La Hoya rumor be far behind?

Andre Ward and Chad Dawson. It looks like the best of September. Martinez-Chavez Jr. is getting most of the attention, which also means all of the expectations. Those might be very hard to fulfill. Ward-Dawson on Sept. 8 in Oakland, Calif., isn’t surrounded by all of the hype, in part because neither fighter engages in much braggadocio. But the fight, an All-American bout, might introduce a new argument to a pound-for-pound debate grown stale by the unresolved blather about when or whether Pacquiao and Mayweather will fight. Ward-Dawson “sells itself,” Ward told the media Thursday in hometown Oakland. It does.

Gennady Golovkin. Never heard of him? That’s a question Golovkin, an unbeaten middleweight and Olympic silver medalist from Kazakhstan, hopes to quit hearing in the U.S. sometime after he fights for the first time in America on Sept. 1 when he kicks off next month’s schedule on HBO After Dark against Grsegorz Proksa at Turning Stone Resort in Verona, N.Y. “We’ve made it clear we’ll fight anybody in the middleweight division,” Tom Loeffler of K2-Promotions said of Golovkin. In a month that includes middleweight Chavez Jr. and Martinez, Golovkin needs to make his American debut a memorable one.

Devon Alexander and Randall Bailey. Showtime and HBO will stage a preliminary Sept. 8 to their Sept. 15th duel for viewers. That’s when Showtime will televise the Bailey-Alexander welterweight at Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on the same night as HBO’s telecast of Ward-Dawson. Alexander-Bailey has the makings of a classic boxer-puncher confrontation. Bailey already is making it fun. Bailey, who says his one-punch KO power makes him the last of a kind, has little patience for Alexander’s speed and boxing skill. “Everybody gets hit with that right hand,” Bailey said during a conference call. “Question is, when you get hit with that right, what are you gonna do?”

In September, at least, we’ll get the chance to find out.

Rigondeaux – Marroquin ; Macklin – Alcine set for Martinez – Chavez undercard

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Dan Rafael of espn.com reports that two of the three televised undercard bouts for the much anticipated Sergio Martinez – Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. fight on Sepetmber 15th in Las Vegas have been set.

WBA Super Bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux will take on once beaten Robert Marroquin while former Middleweight title challenger Matthew Macklin will take on former Jr. Middleweight titlist Joachim Alcine.

“Everybody has agreed to extend it so he can be on this card,” said promoter Bob Arum. “He signed a bout agreement for the fight, so the fight with Robert Marroquin, that’s a done deal.”

“Marroquin feels he can beat him and he really wanted this fight. He is up for this kind of challenge,” Arum said. “Rigondeaux is probably one of the best fighters around, but one thing is even if he’s one of the best fighters around, he’s a little chinny and Marroquin can hit pretty good.”

“Alcine fought really well in his last fight against David Lemieux and I thought Macklin made a lot of fans with his performance against Sergio,” said Lou DiBella,who promoted both Macklin and Alcine. “It think it’s a really good fight. Alcine is a little older now so he will be more in front of Macklin. It’s a very high skill level middleweight fight and it very well could create the next opponent for Chavez whether he loses or wins against Sergio.”

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