KNOCKOUT KINGS SCORES RECORD RATINGS FOR SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING

September 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Saturday’s Headlining Bout—Canelo Alvarez and Josesito Lopez—

And Fight Of The Year Candidate Marcos Maidana vs. Jesus Soto Karass Deliver Highest Ratings for SHOWTIME With Over One Million Viewers

Don’t Miss Tonight’s SHOWTIME EXTREME Replay, Tuesday, Sept. 18 At 10 p.m. ET/PT

Also Available Anytime at SHOWTIME ON DEMAND

NEW YORK (Sept. 18, 2012)–-In a big night for boxing, Saturday night’s SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast of “Knockout Kings” scored record ratings for its headlining fight between Canelo Alvarez and Josesito Lopez with over one million viewers. The blockbuster event, promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Canelo Promotions in association with Goossen Tutor Promotions and Thompson Boxing Promotions, was held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and featured an action-packed bout on the undercard between welterweights Marcos Maidana and Jesus Soto Karass, which helped garner the second-highest rating for a boxing telecast on the premium network since 2007.

Canelo did not disappoint with a dominating fifth-round technical knockout of Lopez in front of a sold-out crowd celebrating Mexican Independence Day weekend. In what is sure to be considered a Fight of the Year candidate, Maidana scored a technical knockout over Soto Karass in the eighth round.

RATING STATISTICS:

· Saturday’s main event bout between Canelo and Lopez attracted over one million viewers (1.04 million) for the live telecast, surpassing the 2010 Jean Pascal vs. Bernard Hopkins event as the highest viewership for a bout on SHOWTIME since the network began tracking bout viewership.

· Canelo vs. Lopez drew the largest Hispanic audience for an individual bout on SHOWTIME since 2009, outperforming Brandon Rios vs. Miguel Acosta from 2011.

· Saturday’s average viewership ranked as the highest SHOWTIME boxing telecast of the year, and the second-highest average viewership on the network since 2007.

“We’ve seen steady increases in viewership for our marquee championship boxing events throughout the year,” said Executive Vice President and General Manager for SHOWTIME Sports Stephen Espinoza. “It makes perfect sense that the budding star of Canelo Alvarez delivered our best performance thus far. We expect to build on this success with future Canelo fights and, of course, on the incredible lineup we have planned for SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING this fall.”

Saturday’s fights will replay tonight, Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME and is available anytime at SHOWTIME On Demand through October 15.

Alvarez stops Lopez in five

September 16, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Saul Alvarez defended the WBC Super Welterweight championship with an action filled fifth round stoppage over game Josesito Lopez in front of an enthusiastic crowd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

After a good round one, Alvarez started to open up with ripping combinations to the head and body. Lopez was able to get in some decent shots, especially when Alvarez was on the ropes. Alvarez landed a thunderous left hook to the body that sent Lopez to the canvas late in the second. In round three, Alvarez continued scoring and then landed another left to the body that deposited Lopez to the canvas for a second time. That did int deter Lopez as he tried to stand toe to toe but Alvarez had more dynamite in his hands. Lopez was bleeding from his nose and mouth After Lopez landed a nice flurry, Alvarez landed a wicked five punch combination that sent Lopez to deck for a third time. Alvarez started round five with a huge body assault that had referee Joe Cortez looking closely but Lopez fired back. Lopez continued to get in some solid shots and showed a championship heart. In the last ten seconds of the round, Alvarez anded four more hard shots that forced Cortez to step in and save Lopez from further damage at 2:55 of round five.

Alvarez, 154 lbs of Guadalajara, MX is now 41-0-1 with thirty knockouts. Lopez, 153 lbs of Riverside, CA is now 30-5-1.

Daniel Ponce De Leon wrestled the WBC Featherweight championship belt away from Jhonny Gonzalez when a cut over the right eye of Gonzalez via an accidental headbutt forced the bout to be stopped in round eight.

In the early going it was Gonzalez who was landing the better punches. In round three, a cut formed around the left said of Ponce De Leon’s hairline. That seemed to inspire De Leon as he started landing some good lefts’s. The two boxed evenly over the next couple rounds until De Leon landed a straight left that sent Gonzalez through the ropes and down on the canvas in round six.

The volume of De leon started taking affect in round seven as he began to back Gonzalez up with lefts and rights. A clash of heads opened up a big cut over the right eye of Gonzalez and the fight was stopped at 2:36 of round eight.

De Leon, 125 1/2 lbs of West Covina, CA won by scores of 77-74, 79-72 and 79-72 and is now 44-4. Gonzalez, 125 lbs of Mexico City, MX is now 52-8.

Former 140 lb world champion Marcos Maidana scored a eighth round stoppage over Jesus Soto Karass in a Welterweight war scheduled for ten rounds.

The fight was fought at a high rate as Maidana uncharacteristically started boxing and featuring the jab on the first round. In round two, the continued landing good shots with Maidana landing some hard left hooks. The animosity started in round three as at the end of yet another action filled round, the two sot in each other’s face and had to be seperated. Referee Kenny Bayless took a point from each man in round four as the two continued to be unsportsmanlike. Soto Karass was fueled by that as he landed some hard shots before a big left from Maidana was landed just before the bell. Soto Karass picked up where he left off in round five and yet again the two needed to be separated as Soto Karass would not let Maidana get to his corner. In round six, Soto Karass landed some huge shots and landed body shots on Maidana against the ropes. Maidana spent alot of the round against the ropes.

Maidana was docked another point in round seven but he more then made up for it as he launched a big right hand that sent Soto Karass to the deck. Maidana came out firing in round eight as he landed a some booming shots on the ropes and after a few right hands, Bayless stopped the bout at forty-three seconds of round eight.

Maidana, 147 lbs of Margarita Santa Fe, Argentina is now 32-3 with twenty-nine knockouts. Soto Karass, 147 lbs of North Hollywood, CA is now 26-8-3-1.

Leo Santa Cruz scored an impressive stoppage over former Flyweight champion to retain the IBF Bantamweight title after Morel’s corner stopped the bout after five rounds.

It was an extremely fast paced fight from the outset with with guys meeting in the center of the ring and wailing away on each other with Santa Cruz getting the better. It was evident that Santa Cruz was not only quicker but had more thump in his punches as he landed many body shots, sometimes doubling and tripling with the flank shots and then coming with hard over hand rights and uppercuts. Morel put up a valiant effort but he kept taking hard shots and his corner had seen enough and stopped the bout after the fifth frame.

Santa Cruz, 117 lbs of Rosmead, CA is now 21-0-1 with twelve knockouts. Morel, 118 lbs of Madison, WI is now 46-4.

Good looking nineteen year-old Andres Gutierrez pounded out a six round unanimous decision over Carlos Valcarcel in a Jr. Featherweight bout.

Gutierrez was more active and landed the harder punches. He featured some solid uppercuts and had Valcarcel against the ropes on several occasions.

Gutierrez, 124 lbs of Quertiaro, MX won by scores of 60-54, 59-55 and 59-56 and is now 23-0-1. Valcarcel, 123 lbs of Catano, PR is now 12-6-4.

Francisco Vargas remained undefeated with a four round unanimous decision over Alan Sanchez in a Jr. Featherweight bout.

Both guys threw a high volume of punches but Vargas threw more and landed the much harder blows.

Vargas, 131 lbs of Mexico City, MX is won by scores of 40-36, 40-36 and 39-37 and is now 13-0-1. Sanchez, 127 1/2 lbs of Houston, TX is now 3-4-1.

“KNOCKOUT KINGS” IS SOLD OUT!

September 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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BLOCKBUSTER SEPTEMBER 15 QUADRUPLE-HEADER FEATURING

CANELO ALVAREZ VS. JOSESITO LOPEZ FROM

THE MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA TO BE TELEVISED

LIVE ON SHOWTIME IS SOLD OUT

LAS VEGAS (September 14, 2012) — Tickets are sold out for this Saturday’s “Knockout Kings” featuring Canelo Alvarez defending his WBC Super Welterweight World Championship against breakout star Josesito Lopez, WBC Featherweight World Champion Jhonny Gonzalez defending his crown against former World Champion Daniel Ponce De Leon, former World Champion Marcos Maidana facing Jesus Soto Karass in a 12-round fight for the vacant WBA Intercontinental Welterweight Title and Leo Santa Cruz defending his IBF Bantamweight World Championship against former two-time World Champion Eric Morel.

Nearly 14,500 fans will pack the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas for the quadruple-header presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Canelo Promotions in association with Goossen Tutor Promotions and Thompson Boxing Promotions and sponsored by Corona, DeWalt Tools, AT&T and O’Reilly Auto Parts.

The four fights will be televised live on SHOWTIME Saturday, Sept. 15 at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT with preliminary fights to air live on SHOWTIME EXTREME® at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

“We are extremely proud of our efforts to showcase the superstar talents of Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez on Mexican Independence Day weekend and the fans have responded by making it a sellout,” said Chief Executive Officer of Golden Boy Promotions Richard Schaefer. “This quadruple-header is just another example of Golden Boy Promotions’ efforts to bring the best and most exciting shows to our dedicated and loyal boxing audience. It is going to be a loud and raucous crowd in the arena Saturday night and one of these “Knockout Kings” might receive a $100,000 bonus for their performance too. I guarantee you it will be an electrifying night.”

PHOTO ABOVE: (From Left to Right) IBF Bantamweight World Champion Leo Santa Cruz, former World Champion Marcos Maidana, former World Champion Daniel Ponce De Leon, WBC Super Welterweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez, President of Golden Boy Promotions Oscar De la Hoya, President of Thompson Boxing Ken Thompson, breakout super welterweight star Josesito Lopez, WBC Featherweight World Champion Jhonny Gonzalez, welterweight contender Jesus Soto Karass and former two-time World Champion Eric Morel pose on September 13, 2012 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. at the final press conference for their September 15, 2012 fights when Alvarez defends his title against Lopez, Gonzalez defends his title against De Leon, Maidana faces Soto Karass and Santa Cruz defends his title against Morel at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, all of which will be televised live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing. Photo Credit: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

Golden Boy Promotions Ups THE “KNOCKOUT KINGS” Ante With $100,000 bonus for THE “Knockout of the night”

September 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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fans to make the call!

Fans at MGM Grand Garden Arena and Watching at Home on SHOWTIME® Can Text to Vote for the Winner Immediately After Canelo Alvarez Meets Josesito Lopez, Jhonny Gonzalez Takes On Daniel Ponce De Leon, Marcos Maidana Meets Jesus Soto Karass and Leo Santa Cruz Faces Eric Morel For Coveted Bonus This Saturday from the

MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and Live on SHOWTIME

Las Vegas (September, 12) – “Knockout Kings,” this Saturday’s Mexican Independence Day weekend quadruple-header headlined by WBC Super Welterweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez facing upset-driven Josesito Lopez, just got more interesting with the addition of a $100,000 bonus being awarded to the fighter who registers the best knockout of the night.

Fans will have the opportunity to text to vote for their choice immediately following the end of the Canelo vs. Lopez bout. The winner will be announced in the ring and live during the telecast on SHOWTIME® from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The eight fighters featured on the telecast have a combined 206 knockouts.

“These four fights all have the ingredients to end in a spectacular fashion,” said President of Golden Boy Promotions Oscar De La Hoya. “Knockout Kings is the perfect title for this fight card because you have current world champions, former world champions and aspiring world champions all striving for a win this Saturday night. All the fighters are known for their power and none can be counted out or overlooked. This is a unique way to engage the fans watching around the country. I am hoping to see four knockouts so that the decision is that much tougher and the winner is that much more deserving of the prize.”

TEXT TO VOTE GUIDELINES

Following the conclusion of the main event, fans in the arena and at home will have five minutes to vote for the “Knockout of the Night” by texting 74669 from their mobile devices. If there are no knockouts, there will no winner and if there is one knockout, that fighter is the automatic winner of the $100,000 prize. Should there be more than one knockout, the votes will be tallied in those five allotted minutes to vote and the $100,000 winner will be announced in the ring prior to the conclusion of the SHOWTIME telecast.

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“Knockout Kings,” headlined by Canelo Alvarez defending his WBC Super Welterweight World Championship against breakout star Josesito Lopez, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Canelo Promotions in association with Goossen Tutor Promotions and Thompson Boxing Promotions and sponsored by Corona, DeWalt Tools, AT&T and O’Reilly Auto Parts. In the co-featured attractions, WBC Featherweight World Champion Jhonny Gonzalez defends his crown against former World Champion Daniel Ponce De Leon in fight presented in association with Promociones Del Pueblo, former World Champion Marcos Maidana faces perennial contender Jesus Soto Karass in a 12-round fight for the vacant WBA Intercontinental Welterweight Title presented in association with Universum Box-Promotion and Leo Santa Cruz defends his IBF Bantamweight World Championship against former Two-Time World Champion Eric Morel. The Saturday, Sept. 15 quadruple-header, packed with Mexican pride and power, will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be televised live on SHOWTIME Saturday, Sept. 15 at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT with preliminary fights to air live on SHOWTIME EXTREME® at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Tickets priced at $400, $300, $150, $50 and $25, not including applicable service charges and taxes, are on sale now and available for purchase. Ticket sales are limited to 10 per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com

TICKETS GO ON SALE TODAY FOR “KNOCKOUT KINGS” TAKING PLACE AT THE MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA IN LAS VEGAS ON SEPTEMBER 15

July 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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See Canelo Alvarez vs. Josesito Lopez,

Jhonny Gonzalez vs. Daniel Ponce de Leon And

Marcos Maidana vs. Jesus Soto Karass Live!

Tickets On Sale:

TODAY! FRIDAY, July 20 At 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT

Los Angeles, CA (July 20)…Tickets for “Knockout Kings,” featuring WBC Super Welterweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez defending his title against breakout star Josesito Lopez, go on sale Today! Friday, July 20 at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 p.m.

The Mexican Independence Day celebratory event will feature unparalleled action in the ring by some of boxing’s most exciting talent. In addition to Canelo vs. Lopez, audiences will be treated to battles between WBC Featherweight World Champion Jhonny Gonzalez and former World Champion Daniel Ponce De Leon as well as former World Champion Marcos Maidana and contender Jesus Soto Karass.

Tickets are priced at $400, 300, $200, $100, $50 and $25, not including applicable service charges and taxes, with a total ticket limit of ten (10) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

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“Knockout Kings,” headlined by Canelo Alvarez defending his WBC Super Welterweight World Championship against Josesito Lopez, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Canelo Promotions in association with Goossen Tutor Promotions and Thompson Boxing Promotions and sponsored by Corona, DeWalt Tools and AT&T. In the co-featured attractions, WBC Featherweight World Champion Jhonny Gonzalez defends his crown against former World Champion Daniel Ponce De Leon in fight presented in association with Promociones Del Pueblo and former World Champion Marcos Maidana faces perennial contender Jesus Soto Karass in a fight presented in association with Universum Box-Promotion. The Saturday, Sept. 15 quadruple-header, packed with Mexican pride and power, will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. and will be televised live on SHOWTIME.

QUOTES & FROM YESTERDAY’S “KNOCKOUT KINGS” LOS ANGELES PRESS CONFERENCE

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Canelo Alvarez vs. Josesito Lopez

Jhonny Gonzalez vs. Daniel Ponce de Leon

Marcos Maidana vs. Jesus Soto Karass

“Knockout Kings” pose together on Tuesday, July 17 at iconic Placita Olvera in Los Angeles as they announced their respective bouts taking place on Saturday, September 15 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas live on SHOWTIME®. (From Left to Right) Former World Champion Marcos Maidana, Former World Champion Daniel Ponce de Leon, WBC Super Welterweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez, Breakout Star Josesito Lopez, WBC Featherweight World Champion Jhonny Gonzalez and Welterweight Contender Jesus Soto Karass.

Click HEREto download additional photos. Photo Credit: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

Canelo Alvarez, WBC Super Welterweight World Champion

“I want to thank all of the fans who are here. This is going to be a great fight…a great event. I am very happy with this fight.

“I think Josesito Lopez won his way here. He won his way to getting this shot September 15th.

“I am not going to be over confident. I know that inside that ring, there is no opponent that can be taken lightly. I am going to train very hard for this fight so I can come out victorious. I am very happy to be representing Mexico and on September 15th, we will be yelling ‘Viva Mexico!’”

Josesito Lopez, Breakout Super Welterweight Star

“September 15th is a very big day in boxing. We will have championship fights with great fighters on SHOWTIME.

“I will train my hardest. I trained really hard for the great opportunity I had on June 23rd. On September 15th I have an even bigger opportunity with an even bigger fighter.

“All I can do is train as hard as I can and give it my all. September 15th, the better man will win.”

Johnny Gonzalez, WBC Featherweight World Champion

“It is going to be a great fight. This is for all of the Mexicans, but it’s going to be special for everyone.

“As a world champion, I want to face nothing but the best. I think Ponce De Leon is one of the best and that is why he is getting this opportunity.”

Daniel Ponce De Leon, Former World Champion

“I am very happy to be fighting on September 15th and to be fighting for a world title.

“I have been waiting for a long time for an opportunity like this. I have been number one in the world for a while in different organizations and I am going to take full advantage of this fight.”

Marcos Maidana, Former World Champion

“What can I say about Soto Karass? He’s a good fighter and a tough fighter.

“I like fighting in Las Vegas. Soto Karass is a very good fighter. He is a tough fighter. Thank you.”

Jesus Soto Karass, Welterweight Contender

“I want to thank Golden Boy Promotions and Marcos Maidana for this opportunity. I am going to be ready.

“Maidana is one of the greatest fighters in this weight [class].

“I have to train hard for this fight because I know it is going to be a hard fight. I will be prepared.

“Hopefully everyone has a chance to come to Las Vegas on September 15th. I will put on a good show.”

Oscar de la Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions

“This fight is called ‘Knockout Kings.’ For an extra incentive, the best knockout of the night gets an extra 100,000 dollars. The fans at home are going to vote on who deserves 100,000 dollars. They can only see it on SHOWTIME.

“Josesito Lopez has the desire and the heart. He is living that ‘Rocky Moment.’ I am sure that Team Canelo is training very serious for this very serious challenge.”

Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions

“This card will be like a pay-per-view, but the good news is that you won’t have to pay for it. It will be like a free-per-view.

“Heart counts for a lot in boxing. We told Canelo that he better be careful because Josesito is going to come to win. He is going to come to break Canelo’s jaw just like he did with Victor Ortiz. Josesito Lopez has earned my respect. He is an amazing fighter.

“This is boxing. In boxing, you never know what can happen. These two guys are true warriors who deserve to fight on this day. Josesito Lopez has earned the right to fight Canelo Alvarez and he has earned it the hard way, with his fists.”

Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President & General Manager of SHOWTIME Sports

“On September 15th, we have the biggest new star in boxing in Canelo Alvarez. We have the most inspiring story in Josesito Lopez. We have some of the biggest punchers in the sport in Jhonny Gonzalez, Daniel Ponce de Leon, Marcos Maidana and Jesus Soto Karass. My goal is to deliver the best fights to the broadest possible audience and we are doing just that on September 15th.

“We won’t gauge you on prices. This is free on SHOWTIME. It will be a night to remember. Don’t miss it.”

Ken Thompson, President of Thompson Boxing Promotions

“A great fight doesn’t happen by accident. You have to have great promoters to put their life into this thing. That is what makes it all happen.

“Josesito is without question the greatest fighter on the earth today. When he gets in the ring, he is dangerous. He breaks your jaw. He is exciting. He knocks you out. He is fast. He dazzles you. He is smart. He confuses you. He is ready. He is going to win the fight on September 15th.”

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“Knockout Kings,” headlined by Canelo Alvarez defending his WBC Super Welterweight World Championship against Josesito Lopez, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Canelo Promotions in association with Goossen Tutor Promotions and Thompson Boxing Promotions and sponsored by Corona, DeWalt Tools and AT&T. In the co-featured attractions, WBC Featherweight World Champion Jhonny Gonzalez defends his crown against former World Champion Daniel Ponce De Leon in fight presented in association with Promociones Del Pueblo and former World Champion Marcos Maidana faces perennial contender Jesus Soto Karass in a fight presented in association with Universum Box-Promotion. The Saturday, Sept. 15 quadruple-header, packed with Mexican pride and power, will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. and will be televised live on SHOWTIME.

Tickets priced at $400, 300, $200, $100, $50 and $25, not including applicable service charges and taxes, go on sale Friday, July 20 at Noon PT. Ticket sales are limited to ten (10) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

For more information, visit www.goldenboypromotions.com, www.goossentutor.com,http://Sports.SHO.com, follow us on Twitter at @GoldenBoyBoxing,@GoossenTutor, @ThompsonBoxing, @CaneloOficial, @JosesitoLopez, @DanielPoncedel1, @ChinoMaidana, @MGMGrand; @SHOsports, follow the conversation using #CaneloLopez or become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing, or www.facebook.com/ShoBoxing.

Maidana to face Soto Karass on Alvarez – Lopez bill

July 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Dan Rafael of espn.com is reporting that Jr.Welterweight beltholder Marcos Maidana will give up his title to face Jesus Soto Karass as part of the Saul Alvarez – Josesito Lopez Super Welterweight title card on September 15th in Las Vegas.

The show will be a quadruple header televised by Showtime.

“Well, Maidana is definitely not making 140 pounds anymore,” said Maidana’s manager Sebastian Contursi. “He is just too big for it now after years of making the 140 limit. That’s why we decided to give it a shot at 147 pounds and thought that Jesus Soto Karass is a very good opponent since he just fights. Could be a war.

“Golden Boy Promotions thought that adding Maidana to the Sept. 15 card would improve it, so they offered us that fight and we took it. This time Maidana would have proper time to adjust and to improve under (new trainer) Robert Garcia.”

“We speculated until now about keeping the title but we will give it up,” Contursi said.

FOX DEPORTES PREVIEWS UPCOMING AMIR KHAN VS. DANNY GARCIA WORLD TITLE FIGHT WITH A FLASHBACK TO 2010

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AMIR KHAN VS. MARCOS MAIDANA &

DANNY GARCIA VS. JORGE ROMERO

TO AIR ON JUNE 30

LOS ANGELES (June 29) – Before the July 14 world championship showdown between former Unified Super Lightweight World Champion Amir “King” Khan and current WBC Super Lightweight World Champion Danny “Swift” Garcia at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada which will air on HBO World Championship Boxing, Golden Boy Promotions will open its video vaults on Saturday, June 30 to get fight fans ready for this meeting of the 140-pound elite by airing two of the combatants’ most memorable fights on FOX Deportes beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT.

Fans will take a trip back to December 11, 2010 for the 2010 Fight of the Year between Khan and Argentinean slugger Marcos “El Chino” Maidana. A classic 12-round battle which saw Khan drop Maidana in the first round en route to control matters early and then Maidana roar back in the late rounds. The epic battle ended in a unanimous decision victory for Khan who, after nearly being knocked out in the 10th round, closed the 11th and 12th rounds swinging, making the fight an instant classic which fans will get to revisit again on Saturday night.

The FOX Deportes broadcast will also go back to July 30, 2010 for a fight pitting Garcia against fellow prospect Jorge Romero. Already making a name for himself on the national scene, the Philadelphian’s ninth round technical knockout over the 22-year-old Mexican was a major statement that Garcia was on his way to big things. He proved he was heading for stardom by halting Romero in a tough fight and has been nonstop ever since, taking on all comers including capturing the WBC World crown by defeating legendary Erik “El Terrible” Morales in March of 2012. Now the new star will defend his crown on July 14 against “King” Khan.

“Khan vs. Garcia,” a 12-round fight for Garcia’s WBC Super Lightweight World Championship, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Khan Promotions and sponsored by Corona and AT&T. The fight will be broadcast live on HBO World Championship Boxing at 11:00 p.m. ET/ PT in the United States and live on Sky Sports 1HD in the United Kingdom at 2:00 a.m. BST on July 15.

Tickets priced at $250, $200, $150, $100 and $50, not including applicable service charges, are available for purchase at the Mandalay Bay box office and all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase atwww.mandaylaybay.com or www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets for fans traveling from the United Kingdom are available for purchase online at www.sportscorporation.com or by calling +44 (0)845 163 0845.

Alexander decisions Maidana

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Former Jr. Welterweight champion Devon Alexander made a pretty loud statement in his Welterweight debut with an impressive ten round unanimous decision over Marcos Maidana in a fight between two former Jr. Welterweight champions at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

Alexander was brilliant as he mixed up his punches with right hooks to the body and straight lefts to the head. Alexander never let Maidana get into any type of groove as his speed and assortment of punches kept Maidana off balance. Alexander had Maidana in trouble on a few occasions and Alexander looks solid both skill wise and physically at this weight.

Alexander won by scores of 100-90; 100-90 and 99-91 and is now 23-1. Maidana, 146 3/4 lbs of Santa Fe, Argentina and is now 31-3.

Adrien Broner defended his WBO Super Featherweight title with a one punch fourth round stoppage over previously undefeated Eloy Perez.

Broner showed the skills and speed that have made him one of the most talented fighters in the world as he landed some solid shots over the first three frames. Perez fought hard and got in a few hooks but he was out skilled by the man known as “The Problem”

Broner landed a perfect right hand that sent Perez down face first in the fourth round. Perez tried to get to his feet but was unable and the fight was stopped.

Broner, 130 lbs of Cincinnati, OH is now 23-0 with nineteen knockouts. Perez, 130 lbs of Salinas, CA is now 23-1-2.

UNBEATENS TAKE CENTER STAGE ON FEBRUARY 25 “ARCH ENEMIES” UNDERCARD

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EIGHT FIGHTS FEATURING RISING STARS SHARIF BOGERE, DEONTAY WILDER, EDDIE GOMEZ, KEITH THURMAN & CHRIS PEARSON TO SET THE STAGE FOR HBO BOXING AFTER DARK DOUBLEHEADER AT SCOTTRADE CENTER IN ST. LOUIS

LOS ANGELES, February 21 – Before the HBO cameras roll for the highly anticipated February 25″Arch Enemies” doubleheader featuring hometown hero Devon Alexander “The Great” against Marcos “El Chino” Maidana and the WBO Junior Lighweight Word Championship fight between Adrien “The Problem” Broner and Eloy “Prince” Perez, unbeatens Sharif “The Lion” Bogere, Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder, Eddie Gomez, Keith Thurman and Christopher Pearson will head up a stacked eight-fight undercard that will keep fans at St. Louis’ Scottrade Center entertained all night long.

“Arch Enemies: Alexander vs. Maidana,” a 10 round welterweight fight taking place on Saturday, February 25 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with The Great Promotions and Universum Box Promotions and sponsored by Corona and AT&T. Also featured will be Adrien Broner vs. Eloy Perez in a 12 round fight for Broner’s WBO Junior Lightweight World Title which is presented in association with R&R Promotions. The fights will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark ® at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Tickets, priced at $252.50, $127.50, $77.50, $52.50 and $27.50, are available for purchase at the Scottrade Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, by phone at 800-745-3000, or online at ticketmaster.com. Ticketmaster service charges and handling fees apply to all tickets purchased through Ticketmaster outlets, by phone or online. For disabled seating, call 314-622-5420.

Heading up the non-televised portion of the Feb. 25 event is a 10-round junior welterweight battle between Sharif Bogere (21-0, 13 KO’s) and Huatabampo, Mexico’s Sergio Rivera (25-8-2, 16 KO’s). A native of Uganda now fighting out of Las Vegas, the 23-year-old Bogere had a big year in 2011, knocking out Shamir Reyes in a single round and then going on to score nationally televised wins over Raymundo Beltran and Francisco Contreras. In the 30-year old Rivera, Bogere will be facing a southpaw veteran and if the Mexican battler shows the form he did in defeating former World Champion Cesar Soto in 2010, “The Lion Warrior” may be in for the toughest test of his career.

One of the United States’ best hopefuls for a heavyweight world champion, 2008 Olympic Bronze medalist Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder has one of boxing’s best current records, as he’s won all 20 of his professional bouts by knockout with 13 of them in the first round. An imposing 6-foot-7, the 26-year-old from Tuscaloosa, Alabama will Newark’s Marlon Hayes (23-10, 12 KO’s) in an eight round fight.

Already 7-0 with six knockouts as a professional in a career that began a little over a year ago, Eddie Gomez has lived up to all the hype surrounding him after a brilliant run as an amateur. Just 19-years-old, the Bronx, New York native will look to add the eighth victory to his record when he faces Myrtle Beach, South Carolina’s Jose Ortiz (4-6-1, 1 KO) in a six round junior middleweight bout.

The owner of a record almost as intimidating as Wilder’s is 23-year-old junior middleweight Keith “One Time” Thurman, who currently boasts a 15-0 record with 14 KO’s. Hailing from Clearwater, Florida, Thurman has ripped through his opposition since turning professional in 2007 and after a layoff of over a year due to a hand injury, he will return to the ring on February 25 in an eight round battle against Utah veteran Chris Fernandez (19-14-1, 12 KO’s). The 36-year-old Fernandez, has tested the likes of former World Champion Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi and top contenders Danny “Swift” Garcia, Sharif “The Lion” Bogere and Gabriel Bracero.

A highly-decorated amateur who has fight game insiders buzzing about his professional potential, 21-year-old Christopher “Sweet” Pearson (2-0, 1 KO) is expected to use the stage he’s on in St. Louis to show even more of his substantial skill set. Opposing him will be Sidney, Ohio’s Jeremy Wood (1-4, 1 KO)in a four round middleweight fight.

Missouri’s finest will also be on hand on February 25, as Troy’s Brandon Baue (12-5, 10 KO’s) faces Fetus’ Robbie Cannon (12-6-2, 6 KO’s) in a six round welterweight matchup; in a battle for St. Louis bragging rights, junior welterweights Tyrone Chatman (8-1-1, 6 KO’s) and Marlon Smith (2-0, 1 KO) will do battle in a four round fight; and last, but not least, High Ridge’s Jose Ponce (2-0, 2 KO’s) and Greary, Kansas’ Jonathan Brown (0-1) will square off in a four round cruiserweight showdown.

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