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Friday, May 16, 2014

The MMA Journalist: Will the Assembly Vote on MMA This Year?

The MMA Journalist: Will the Assembly Vote on MMA This Year?

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

BOXING STAR AND 10-TIME WORLD CHAMPION FLOYD "MONEY" MAYWEATHER TO FACE HARD-HITTING KNOCKOUT ARTIST MARCOS "EL CHINO" MAIDANA ON SATURDAY, MAY 3, LIVE ON SHOWTIME PPV®


 
Pound-For-Pound King, Floyd "Money" Mayweather to face Marcos "El Chino" Maidana on Saturday, May 3, LIVE on SHOWTIME PPV‏
After weeks of speculation, including feedback from fans across an array of social media platforms, boxing's pound-for-pound superstar, pay-per-view king and WBC Welterweight World Champion Floyd "Money" Mayweather will face the dangerous, power-punching WBA Welterweight World Champion Marcos "El Chino" Maidana on Saturday, May 3, live on SHOWTIME PPV.
 
Mayweather vs. Maidana, a 12-round world championship unification bout for Mayweather and Maidana's respective 147-pound titles, is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions. The event will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV and is the third fight of a lucrative six-fight deal with Showtime Networks Inc.
 
Mayweather vs. Maidana will pit the brilliance of Mayweather against the power of the Argentine slugger.
 
Mayweather (45-0, 26 KOs), undeniably the sport's No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter and a 10-time world champion, is coming off of a spectacular 2013 in which he continued to display his ring prowess with dominating victories over Robert Guerrero and Canelo Alvarez. In Maidana, Mayweather is arguably facing the most demanding and troublesome opponent of his heralded, 17-year Hall Of Fame career.
 
"Marcos Maidana's last performance immediately brought him to my attention," said Mayweather, who celebrates his 37th birthday today. "He is an extremely skilled fighter who brings knockout danger to the ring. I think this is a great fight for me and he deserves the opportunity to see if he can do what 45 others have tried to do before him - beat me."
 
Maidana (35-3, 31 KOs), of Margarita, Santa Fe, Argentina, captured the attention of boxing and sports fans around the world with his thorough defeat of the highly regarded and undefeated Adrien Broner on Dec. 14, 2013. The 30-year-old impressively dominated Broner from the opening bell and registered two knockdowns against the three-time world champion. Maidana connected with a punishing 231 power punches in the bout en route to a unanimous decision by margins of 117-109, 115-109 and 115-110.
 
The resounding victory over the heavily favored Broner was the fourth in a row for the crowd-pleasing, offensive-minded Maidana. A former WBA 140-pound world champion, Maidana's hard-charging, aggressive style has earned him knockouts in 82 percent of his wins. The remarkable ratio of knockouts ties the late Diego Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo for the highest knockout percentage of any Mayweather opponent to date and is one of the highest of any current fighter at the world-class level. 
 
"I am extremely happy to be facing Floyd Mayweather because it will give me the opportunity to show the world that I am the best welterweight in the division," said Maidana, who will represent throngs of Hispanic boxing fans on Cinco de Mayo when he faces the pound-for-pound king. "I just handed a great defensive fighter his first loss and I plan to do the same to Mayweather. I don't care whether he's the best and undefeated. I will bring some real Latino power to him on May 3rd."
 
"This is an extremely dangerous fight for Floyd as Marcos Maidana is a technical knock-out artist and continues to show us that he gets better with each fight," said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions. "Maidana showed so much in his last performance, he's clearly at the top of his game and a great match-up for Floyd."
 
Mayweather set in motion a flurry of online polls following a message posted to his Twitter and Instagram accounts (@floydmayweather) on Sunday, Feb. 2 asking fans to voice their opinion on his next opponent. Through the accumulation of more than 100,000 votes on the various online polls, more than 100,000 comments on Mayweather's Facebook and Instagram pages, as well as nonstop fan Tweets, Mayweather saw an overwhelming majority favor Maidana.
 
"In Marcos Maidana, Floyd Mayweather may be in for his toughest opponent ever," said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. "Maidana is the type of fighter who will find out if Floyd still belongs on top of the pound-for-pound list. He's strong, tough and aggressive. He in giving Adrien Broner his first loss, he showed that he won't be intimidated by talk, a big fight atmosphere or an unbeaten record. I give Floyd a lot of credit for stepping up to the plate and testing himself once again. He is a true warrior, and the fans will be the winners on May 3rd."
 
"The first two events in our partnership with Floyd Mayweather were incredible and SHOWTIME PPV is proud to present the next chapter in Floyd's remarkable career," said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports®.  "Marcos Maidana is a boxer whose fearsome power can change the trajectory of a fight with a single punch.  Couple that with his ferocity and perseverance and you have the recipe for an incredible fight on the grandest stage of the sport."
 
Undefeated Floyd "Money" Mayweather, (45-0, 26 KOs), a 10-time world champion in five weight divisions, reaffirmed his worldwide popularity when he faced then- undefeated boxing phenom Canelo Alvarez last September. The mega-event, which set the record as the highest grossing pay-per-view event in television history with over $150 million in revenue, showed once again that Mayweather's drawing power is unlike any other. During Mayweather's extraordinary career, he has amassed wins over numerous world champions, including Arturo Gatti, Zab Judah, Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Juan Manuel Marquez, Shane Mosley, Victor Ortiz, Miguel Cotto, Robert Guerrero and most recently Canelo, marking the 45th win. Over the course of his pay-per-view career Mayweather has generated more than 12.8 million buys and over $800 million in revenue. The Grand Rapids, Mich., native, who fights out of Las Vegas, averages more than one million pay-per-view buys per event, which is the highest pay-per-view buy average of any boxer in history, and is the only fighter to participate in two events which generated over 2 million pay-per-view buys each. In 2007, Mayweather co-headlined a pay-per-view event with De La Hoya which generated the largest number of PPV buys in history. Mayweather has also been listed by Sports Illustrated (2012, 2013) and Forbes (2012) as the world's highest paid athlete in any sport.
 
Thirty-year-old Marcos "El Chino" Maidana (35-3, 31 KOs) stunned the boxing world in December when he defeated up-and-coming superstar Adrien Broner with an unforgettable performance. Hailing from Margarita, Santa Fe, Argentina, Maidana first emerged on the world scene in 2009, when he won the interim WBA Junior Welterweight World Championship with a stunning sixth-round technical knockout over Victor Ortiz. After three defenses of his title, Maidana lost a 2010 Fight of the Year candidate to Amir Khan, but he regained the belt with another classic against future Hall of Famer Erik Morales in 2011. In 2012, Maidana joined forces with renowned trainer Robert Garcia (2012 Trainer of the Year) and has since gone undefeated at 4-0 with 3 knockouts.
 
MGM GRAND IN LAS VEGAS SELECTED AS OFFICIAL SITE FOR FLOYD MAYWEATHER VS. MARCOS MAIDANA MEGA-FIGHT SATURDAY, MAY 3 LIVE ON SHOWTIME PPV®
 
MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. has won the right to host the Saturday, May 3 mega-fight between 10-time and Five-Division World Champion and current WBC Welterweight World Champion Floyd "Money" Mayweather against Argentine power-puncher and WBA Welterweight World Champion Marcos "El Chino" Maidana.
 
"We are honored to host another one of Floyd Mayweather's epic championship fights at MGM Grand," said Richard Sturm, president of Sports and Entertainment for MGM Resorts International.  "The MGM Grand Garden Arena has been Floyd's home for many years and he always thrills the fans inside the Arena and those watching worldwide."
 
"We are so delighted that Floyd will be fighting at the MGM Grand Garden Arena for the 12th time," said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions. "It is truly Floyd's home away from home and as we always say, when Floyd fights at MGM Grand, it stands for 'Mayweather gets money' because of his ability to sell every seat in the house."
 
"Floyd Mayweather will be coming home once again on May 3 when he faces Marcos Maidana at MGM Grand in Las Vegas," said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. "With 11 of his previous fights being held at MGM Grand, Floyd has become the venue's greatest sports franchise, so it is only fitting that he face one of his toughest challenges here in his adopted hometown of Las Vegas."
 
Mayweather has fought and won some of his most memorable battles at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, including wins over Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto and most recently Canelo Alvarez last September. This will be the ninth consecutive time that Mayweather fights at MGM Grand and 12th appearance overall.
 
Mayweather is known for breaking records every time he steps into the ring as evidenced by his appearances at MGM Grand as well as the facts outlined below:
 
  • Mayweather's last five fights have been sellouts.
  • Mayweather's September 2013 fight against Canelo Alvarez shattered gate records totaling more than $20 million.
  • MGM Grand displays Mayweather "Home of the Champion" banners on the exterior of the building.
  • The official weigh-in for the Mayweather vs. Canelo fight in September at the MGM Grand Garden Arena set a record of more than 12,000 fans in attendance, making it one of the biggest weigh-ins in the history of the sport. 
  • It is very rare for events to use souvenir tickets, but it is a Mayweather standard to create tickets with a fight graphic.  At his last fight against Canelo, Mayweather had artist Richard Slone develop a one-of-a-kind piece printed on all of the tickets.
 
 
 
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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Powerful Ukrainian lightweight Ivan Redkach headlines a Friday ‪#‎ShoBox‬ card ‬




Powerful Ukrainian lightweight Ivan Redkach headlines a Friday ‪#‎ShoBox‬card that features 8 fighters with just 1 combined loss! 




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Monday, January 13, 2014

Mike Tyson Joins List of Legendary Fighters who became promoters



Mike Tyson Joins List of Legendary Fighters who became promoters
Mike Tyson was the youngest heavyweight champion of all time and in 1987 voted, "World's Most Popular Athlete." Now he joins a select list of legendary fighters who became boxing promoters.




Jack Dempsey
Jack Dempsey, the "Manasa Mauler," stopped boxing after this fight against Gene Tunney. He promoted a few bouts before entering show business as an actor.
Joe Louis
Joe Louis, the "Brown Bomber" is considered by many historians as the greatest heavyweight champion of all time. He retired briefly in 1948 and one of his first promotions was the Ezzard Charles - Jersey Joe Walcott fight for title Louis' vacated.
Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali, known simply as, "The Greatest," is certainly one of the most famous people of all time. After his final bout in 1981against future champ Trevor Berbick he entered the promotional business under the banner "MAPS," Muhammad Ali Professional Sports.
Mike Tyson
Mike Tyson and business partner Garry Jonas formed Iron Mike Productions in 2013. Their motto: the best interest of the fighter comes first in any decision making. Mike will be in Minneapolis to see his IBF Champion Argenis Menedez defend his crown on ESPN Friday Night Fights January 3 at Target Center.
Some other prominent fighters who also became promoters include Roy Jones, Jr., Oscar De La Hoya, Bernard Hopkins, and Floyd Mayweather.

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VICIOUS" VICTOR ORTIZ RETURNS TO THE RING TO FACE HOMETOWN FAVORITE LUIS COLLAZO IN A BATTLE OF FORMER WORLD CHAMPIONS FOR THE WBA INTERNATIONAL WELTERWEIGHT TITLE ON FOX SPORTS THURSDAY, JAN. 30, 2014


"VICIOUS" VICTOR ORTIZ RETURNS TO THE RING TO FACE HOMETOWN FAVORITE LUIS COLLAZO IN A BATTLE OF FORMER WORLD CHAMPIONS FOR THE WBA INTERNATIONAL WELTERWEIGHT TITLE ON FOX SPORTS 1 AND FOX DEPORTES FROM BARCLAYS CENTER ON THURSDAY, JAN. 30, 2014


PLUS, EDDIE GOMEZ AND DAQUAN ARNETT SQUARE-OFF IN A BATTLE OF 154-POUND UNBEATENS




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Sunday, January 12, 2014

CEO OF GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS, RICHARD SCHAEFER; POUND-FOR-POUND KING FLOYD MAYWEATHER NAMED


CEO OF GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS, RICHARD SCHAEFER,
NAMED 2013 PROMOTER OF THE YEAR 
BY SPORTS ILLUSTRATED
 
 
(Photo By; Keisha Morrisey)
POUND-FOR-POUND KING FLOYD MAYWEATHER NAMED
YAHOO SPORTS' 2013 FIGHTER OF THE YEAR
2013 was one of the best years boxing has had in recent memory, and as Sports Illustrated recapped the past 12 months, it honored Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer as the iconic publication's Promoter of the Year.
 
"This is obviously an unexpected award, but I'm very appreciative and honored," said Schaefer. "But I must point out that a single person can't do what Golden Boy Promotions has done in 2013, so I'd like to thank my staff, our fighters, our sponsors and TV partners for their continued support and efforts in 2013.   In the end, this is all about the fans of our great sport and I will continue to deliver the best fights and fighters to them in 2014 and beyond."
But that's not all, as pound-for-pound great Floyd Mayweather was named 2013's Fighter of the Year by Yahoo Sports.
"I am proud that my friend Floyd Mayweather has been voted as the Fighter of the Year by Yahoo," added Schaefer. "Floyd personifies that with hard work and dedication anything is possible. Together, we will continue to break records and elevate the great sport of boxing."   

Wrote Sports Illustrated boxing writer Chris Mannix of Schaefer,
"Even Schaefer's harshest critics will admit: It's been a good year for Golden Boy Promotions. Banished by HBO -- a decision based on Golden Boy's steering of many of its high profile fighters to Showtime -- Schaefer has been a driving force behind Showtime's transformation into a legitimate competitor to HBO. With a deep stable at his disposal, Schaefer has put together big fight after big fight, from Saul Alvarez-Austin Trout to Danny Garcia-Lucas Matthysse to Adrien Broner-Marcos Maidana. As Floyd Mayweather's co-promoter, Schaefer was instrumental in the biggest promotion of the year, Mayweather-Alvarez, a fight that generated 2.2 million pay per view buys and became the highest grossing ($150 million) pay-per-view fight of all time. With a young roster -- excluding 48-year-old Bernard Hopkins, who will try to become a unified titleholder next year -- Golden Boy has a bright future."

 

Veteran Yahoo Sports boxing scribe Kevin Iole was equally effusive in his praise of Mayweather, writing, "He's one of those guys who will be appreciated much more when he's gone than he is while he's still competing. But he's the best of the best, and he was the best of a very good crop of fighters in 2013. For that, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the 2013 Yahoo Sports Boxing Fighter of the Year."

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Mikey Garcia's Jan. 25 title defense against Juan Carlos Burgos at New York's Madison Square Garden


Mikey Garcia's Jan. 25 title defense against Juan Carlos Burgos at New York's Madison Square Garden





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Peterson vs. Jean, a 12-round fight for Peterson's IBF Junior Welterweight World Championship, will take place Saturday, Jan. 25, at the DC Armory in




Peterson vs. Jean, a 12-round fight for Peterson's IBF Junior Welterweight 
                      World Championship, will take place Saturday, Jan. 25, at the DC Armory in 
                      Washington, D.C. The event is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and 
                       sponsored by Corona and AT&T. The live SHOWTIME telecast begins at 
                       9:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) and will be available in 
                       Spanish via secondary audio programming (SAP). In the co-featured bout, 
                       Junior Middleweights Jermell Charlo and Gabriel Rosado square off in a 
                       10-round fight. Preliminary bouts will air on SHOWTIME EXTREME® 
                       at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).



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Victor Ortiz vs. Luis Collazo January 30th, Barclays Center - Brooklyn, New York



Golden Boy Live is back in full force January 30 with Victor Ortiz vs Luis Collazo who are more than ready to put on a slugfest for everyone at Barclays Center that night! Catch them on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes
 


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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas and Happy Boxing Day, From the Starlite Boxing's Sweetscience Family to yours




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Monday, December 23, 2013

"VICIOUS" VICTOR ORTIZ RETURNS TO THE RING TO FACE LUIS COLLAZO IN A BATTLE FOR THE WBA INTERNATIONAL WELTERWEIGHT TITLE AT BARCLAYS CENTER ON FOX SPORTS 1 AND FOX DEPORTES‏



"VICIOUS" VICTOR ORTIZ RETURNS TO THE RING TO FACE HOMETOWN FAVORITE LUIS COLLAZO IN A BATTLE OF FORMER WORLD CHAMPIONS FOR THE WBA INTERNATIONAL WELTERWEIGHT TITLE ON FOX SPORTS 1 AND FOX DEPORTES FROM BARCLAYS CENTER ON THURSDAY, JAN. 30, 2014

PLUS, EDDIE GOMEZ AND DAQUAN ARNETT SQUARE-OFF IN A BATTLE OF 154-POUND UNBEATENS

Golden Boy Promotions has teamed up with FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes to return to Barclays Center in Brooklyn, on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 with one of best matchups the network has seen thus far when former World Champions "Vicious" Victor Ortiz and Brooklyn's own Luis Collazo collide in a pivotal showdown for the WBA International Welterweight title. In the 10-round co-main event, New York phenom Eddie "E-Boy" Gomez will meet top Florida prospect Daquan "King" Arnett in a clash of junior middleweight unbeatens.
"I've got a lot of friends and fans in New York and I'm excited about fighting at Barclays Center for the first time," said Ortiz. "This is a big fight for me. I missed being in the ring and even though Collazo will be a tough challenge, I'm going to win in spectacular fashion."
"Ortiz is a former world champion and you have to respect that, but Barclays Center is my home and he's going to find that out the second he leaves the locker room," said Collazo. "I need to win this fight and make a statement if I want to get a shot at a title and I plan on doing just that."
"I have no excuse not to win," said Gomez. "This is my city, my building and my people. If Arnett thinks he can come into my backyard and beat me, he is definitely mistaken."
"You don't see fights like this too often and I respect Gomez for stepping up and putting his '0' on the line, just like I am," said Arnett.  "This is going to be a great fight between two of boxing's top young prospects and I have no doubt that I'm going to leave the ring with the victory."
 "Victor Ortiz and Luis Collazo are two of the top welterweights in the world and I'm happy that we're able to deliver this type of quality fight to the fans for free on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes," said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. "This fight has serious world title implications for the winner so you know it's going to be a great fight. Plus any time you have a battle between two undefeated fighters like Eddie Gomez and Daquan Arnett, there are sure to be fireworks."
"Everyone at FOX Sports is looking forward to the Ortiz-Collazo card at Barclays Center on January 30," said David Nathanson, FOX Sports 1's General Manager and Chief Operating Officer. "We're planning an incredible week of live events and programs on FOX Sports 1 in the week leading up the Super Bowl XLVIII, and Golden Boy has provided us a tremendous card for what is sure to be one of the centerpiece events of that week."
"We are excited to be hosting another championship boxing card at Barclays Center during what should be a super week in New York City," said Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark. "Golden Boy continues to deliver great fights for Brooklyn and we are delighted that FOX Sports 1 is returning to Barclays Center and giving the borough a national stage. We are proud that Barclays Center is becoming the heart of boxing on the East Coast."
One of boxing's most charismatic young stars, 26-year-old "Vicious" Victor Ortiz (29-4-2, 22 KO's) fighting out of Ventura, Calif. has made headlines in and out of the ring, not only as a fighter, but also as an entertainer. First, as a former welterweight world champion who has engaged in memorable battles against the best in the boxing business including Floyd Mayweather, Andre Berto, Marcos Maidana, Antonio Diaz and Josesito Lopez proving that he will not back down from any challenge. He has also crossed over into the bright lights of Hollywood as a member of the cast of ABC's hit series "Dancing With The Stars" and most recently as part of the film "Expendables 3," which comes out next year. Now with his acting skills pushed aside, Ortiz has the gloves back on and on Jan. 30 he faces a stern test in Collazo.
A proud native of Brooklyn, NY, Luis Collazo (34-5, 17 KO's) is a former WBA Welterweight World Champion who held the belt from 2005-2006. Since then, the 32-year-old southpaw has continued to fight and beat the best with back-to-back wins at Barclays Center and a recent victory in September of this year on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes. Now making his second appearance on the new hit sports network and fourth appearance at Barclays Center, Collazo is more ready than ever to step into the ring as he makes his case for a world title shot when he battles Ortiz.
Twenty-one-year-old Eddie Gomez (15-0, 10 KO's) is the latest Bronx, NY product to make his mark on the boxing world. The young star is showing no signs of slowing down as he prepares for what is likely to be the biggest year of his professional career. Fresh off of wins over Javier Gomez, Luis Hernandez and Steve Upsher Chambers, Gomez is ready for all comers, beginning with Arnett on Jan. 30.
Hailing from Winter Park, Fla., 20-year-old former amateur star Daquan Arnett (11-0, 7 KO's) has already garnered rave reviews for his talent and his willingness to test himself against tough competition every time he steps in the ring. In 2013, Arnett defeated then unbeaten Brandon Quarles and once-beaten Miguel Zuniga, putting him in a big co-main event against Gomez to kick-off 2014.
Ortiz vs. Collazo is a 12-round fight for the WBA International Welterweight title presented by Golden Boy Promotions. Barclays Center doors open at 6:00 p.m. ET with the first bell sounding at 6:30 p.m. ET. The FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes broadcast airs live at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

BRONER vs. MAIDANA MAIN EVENT DRAWS 1.3 MILLION VIEWERS, THE THIRD-LARGEST AUDIENCE FOR LIVE BOXING ON SHOWTIME® Average Audience Across the Four-Fight Telecast Ranks as the Fourth-Largest in a Decade “DANGER ZONE” REPLAYS TONIGHT AT 10p ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME®


BRONER vs. MAIDANA MAIN EVENT DRAWS 1.3 MILLION VIEWERS, THE THIRD-LARGEST AUDIENCE FOR LIVE BOXING ON SHOWTIME® 
Average Audience Across the Four-Fight Telecast Ranks as the Fourth-Largest in a Decade
“DANGER ZONE” REPLAYS TONIGHT AT 10p ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME®



SHOWTIME Sports® continued with significant gains in viewership on its flagship series SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® on Saturday, Dec. 14, drawing 1.3 million viewers to an action-packed main event featuring the welterweight world championship, Adrien Broner vs. Marcos Maidana. The dramatic bout, the final match on the 2013 boxing calendar, is a late contender for boxing’s coveted Fight of the Year honor. 

The audience performance during the main event ranks as the third-highest audience on record for live boxing on SHOWTIME since the network began tracking individual bouts in 2009.

The average viewership across the entire event, a four-fight, four-hour telecast, brings the series’ 2013 average up 24 percent and a remarkable 64 percent over 2011.

Further, the average audience for the entire telecast ranks as the fourth-largest live boxing telecast on SHOWTIME since 2004 (when the Nielsen began separately measuring premium television multiplex channels) with all four coming within the last 12 months ranking behind the events headlined by Miguel Cotto vs. Austin Trout (Dec. 1, 2012); Paul Malignaggi vs. Adrien Broner (June 22, 2013); and Bernard Hopkins vs. Karo Murat (Oct. 26, 2013). 

#SHOWTIME Sports has achieved incredible growth in viewership of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP #BOXING in 2013, and we’ll take this momentum into 2014,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President & General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports. “With marquee events featuring boxing’s No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter and global star #FloydMayweather, the return of Canelo Alvarez, and a myriad of incredible matchups on the horizon in the welterweight, junior welterweight and super welterweight divisions—the very deepest, most talent-rich divisions in boxing--our subscribers can continue to expect SHOWTIME Sports to deliver the biggest and most significant bouts in boxing.”

Replays of the full four-fight telecast air tonight, Dec. 17 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME® and again on Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME®. The telecast is available at SHOWTIME ON DEMAND® and via mobile devices on SHOWTIME ANYTIME®.

The event was promoted by #GoldenBoyPromotions in association with Leija*Battah Promotions and emanated from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

A rousing quadrupleheader from start to finish was capped by Maidana’s scintillating performance. The fearless Argentine scored two knockdowns en route to a unanimous decision over the heavily favored, previously unbeaten Broner. The startling result becomes an instant candidate for not only Fight of the Year, but Upset of the Year as well.

In the co-feature, undefeated #KeithThurman retained his #WBA Interim Welterweight title with a sensational ninth-round stoppage over tough-as-nails Jesus Soto Karass in a Knockout of the Year candidate. The always-exciting Leo Santa Cruz kept his WBC Super Bantamweight belt with a unanimous decision over determined Cesar Seda in a 12-round slugfest. And WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Beibut Shumenov made an emphatic statement with an impressive third-round TKO over Slovakia’s Tomas Kovacs.


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50 Cent prospect Ryan Martin takes quick liking to Big Apple




Unbeaten junior lightweight prospects Joel Diaz, Jr. (13-0, 11 KOs) and Wanzell Ellison (9-0-1, 5 KOs) headline "Big Apple Boxing" in a 10-round bout. The 21-year-old Diaz, fighting out of Palmdale, California, faces his toughest test to date in Newark's (NJ) 24-year-old Ellison. 

A 10/12-round junior welterweight match between 23-year-old undefeated Amir "Young Master" Imam (11-0, 10 KOs), of Albany (NJ), and cagey Mexican veteran Sergio "Sirenito" Perez (28-15, 9 KOs) has been added to the card as the co-feature. 

Arizona junior welterweight "Magic Man" Luis Olivares (6-0, 4 KOs), 21, puts his undefeated record on the line against Tony "Sugar Boy" Walker (5-3-1, 3 KOs) in one of five six-round fights. The others include undefeated Puerto Rican junior middleweight Emmanuel "Pirata" De Jesus (8-0, 5 KOs), 20, vs. Antonio Fernandez-Chaves (4-13-2), from Brockton, Massachusetts by way of the American Virgin Islands; Washington D.C. super bantamweight Thomas "KO" Snow (16-1, 10 KOs) vs. Hartford's Nate Green (4-0, 1 KO), and 23-year-old Cincinnati welterweight Donte Strayhorn (3-1) vs. New York's Sam Moura (0-2). 

Scheduled to fight in four-round matches are former U.S. amateur star, 20-year-old Tennessean Ryan "Blue-Chip" Martin (1-0, 1 KO) vs. Las Vegas lightweight Eric Jamar Goodall (1-2), and pro-debuting Brooklyn bantamweight Mafato Kamogawa vs. native New Yorker Michelle Cook (0-0-1).

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IBF JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION LAMONT "HAVOC" PETERSON DEFENDS HIS TITLE AGAINST MANDATORY CHALLENGER DIERRY JEAN ON SATURDAY, JAN. 25, 2014, LIVE ON SHOWTIME® FROM THE DC ARMORY IN WASHINGTON, D.C. CO-MAIN EVENT TO FEATURE MIDDLEWEIGHT SHOWDOWN BETWEEN JERMELL "IRON MAN" CHARLO AND GABRIEL "KING" ROSADO


World-class championship boxing returns to the nation's capital on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, when hometown hero IBF Junior Welterweight World Champion Lamont "Havoc" Peterson defends his 140-pound crown against Montreal's unbeaten Dierry Jean as part of a live SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast)- event at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C. In the co-main event, Middleweight Jermell "Iron Man" Charlo risks his undefeated record against Two-Time World Title Challenger Gabriel "King" Rosado.


"This is the perfect way for me to kick off 2014, with a great fight against a tough opponent in my hometown," said Peterson. "Fights like these bring out the best in me and I'm going to give my fans a performance to remember on Jan. 25."

"Peterson has been in the ring with many good fighters, but he hasn't been in the ring with me," said Jean. "I've worked hard for this for a long time. I have already started training camp and I'm in great shape. I just want to bring that belt home to Quebec, where it belongs."

"I've waited for a big fight like this against a top-level opponent and now I've got it," said Charlo. "Rosado is a rugged, tough fighter and with a win over him, I'll be making a statement to the boxing world that I'm ready for even bigger and better things."

"I wanted another world title shot after my fight with Peter Quillin, but with that rematch not happening right now, I want to stay busy and keep sharp until my time comes," said Rosado. "Charlo's got talent, but he's not ready to face someone with as much experience as I have. I am ready to go after my recent fight with Quillin."

"2013 was a great year for boxing on SHOWTIME, and this doubleheader shows that we're ready to deliver even more exciting fights in 2014," said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. "Lamont Peterson is a fan favorite in Washington, D.C., and I give him credit for risking his belt against a tough, unbeaten fighter in Dierry Jean. As for the co-main event, Gabriel Rosado always comes to fight and he's going to put Jermell Charlo to the test on Jan. 25."

"Coming off a record-breaking 2013, we are taking significant momentum into the new year," said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports. "Boxing's passionate fan base has called for the world's top fighters to take on the biggest challenges. Lamont Peterson returns to the ring and immediately takes a difficult main event match up against a hungry power puncher in Dierry Jean.  And Jermell Charlo is a rising star taking a sizable step up against the battle-tested Gabriel Rosado.  January 25 will be a night you don't want to miss."

IBF Junior Welterweight World Champion Lamont "Havoc" Peterson (31-2-1, 16 KO's) will begin 2014 determined to defeat Dierry Jean and then continue on to battle his peers at the top of the 140-pound weight class. With his two most recent victories coming over Amir Khan and Kendall Holt, the 29-year-old has proven that he is one of the elite in the sport today, and in his first fight since a May 2013 loss to Lucas Matthysse, Peterson is hungry for a return to the win column and respectability.

A native of Haiti who moved with his family to Montreal, Quebec, Canada as a child, Dierry Jean (25-0, 17 KO's) has proudly represented his adopted home country, winning a national amateur championship before turning pro in 2006. Since then, his professional record has been perfect, and after winning the NABF title in 2012 with a win over Lanardo Tyner in May 2013, Jean defeated Cleotis Pendarvis in the IBF title eliminator to become Peterson's mandatory challenger.

At just 23-years old, former amateur star Jermell "Iron Man" Charlo (22-0, 11 KO's) has made plenty of waves in the junior middleweight division over the last few years, dazzling with his mix of speed and power as he mowed down opponent after opponent. In 2013, he triumphed three times, defeating Harry Joe Yorgey (KO 8), Demetrius Hopkins (W 12), and Jose Angel Rodriguez (TKO 10).

A Philadelphia fighter in the truest sense, "King" Gabriel Rosado (21-7, 13 KO's) is always willing to dig deep and battle it out in the trenches in search of victory. A veteran of nearly eight years in the pro game, the 27-year-old Rosado impressed with his gutsy efforts in recent middleweight title fights against Gennady Golovkin and Peter Quillin. On Jan. 25, he returns to 154 pounds, eager to prove that he's worthy of another world title opportunity.

Peterson vs. Jean, a 12-round fight for Peterson's IBF Junior Welterweight World Championship, will take place Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C. The event is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and supported by Golden Boy Promotions' sponsors Corona and AT&T. The live SHOWTIME telecast begins at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) and will be available in Spanish via secondary audio programming (SAP). In the co-featured bout, Jermell Charlo defends his USBA Junior Middleweight Championship in a 12-round fight against Gabriel Rosado. Preliminary bouts will air on SHOWTIME EXTREME® at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).


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TODAY! EXCLUSIVE ADRIEN BRONER POST-FIGHT INTERVIEW INCLUDED IN REPLAY TELECAST OF SATURDAY'S SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING QUADRUPLEHEADER ON SHOWTIME EXTREME® - 10 P.M. ET/PT‏

SHOWTIME Sports® will replay last Saturday's remarkable year-end action-packed SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast twice-Tuesday, Dec. 17 (10 p.m. ET/PT, SHOWTIME EXTREME®); and again on Tuesday, Dec. 24 (10 p.m. ET/PT, SHOWTIME EXTREME®).  The telecast also is available at SHOWTIME ON DEMAND® and will be available via mobile devices on SHOWTIME ANYTIME®.



The event was promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Leija*Battah Promotions and took place at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
Perhaps the only thing missing during Saturday's stirring four-fight telecast was a post-fight reaction from the usually loquacious Broner. SHOWTIME cameras caught up with Broner after the telecast ended, and the interview will be included on the SHOWTIME EXTREME replays. 
A rousing quadrupleheader from start to finish was capped by newly crowned WBA Welterweight Champion Marcos Maidana's scintillating performance.  The fearless Argentine scored two knockdowns and held Broner along the ropes throughout, en route to a unanimous decision over the heavily favored, previously unbeaten Adrien Broner.  The startling result becomes an instant candidate for not only Upset of the Year but Fight of the Year as well.
In the co-feature, undefeated Keith Thurman retained his WBA Interim Welterweight title with a sensational ninth-round stoppage over tough-as-nails Jesus Soto Karass in a Knockout of the Year candidate.  The always-exciting Leo Santa Cruz kept his WBC Super Bantamweight belt with a unanimous decision over determined Cesar Seda in a 12-round slugfest.  And WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Beibut Shumenovmade an emphatic statement with an impressive third-round TKO over Slovakia's Tomas Kovacs.
"DANGER ZONE: Broner vs. Maidana,for Broner's WBA Welterweight World Championship took place on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, was promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Leija*Battah Promotions and sponsored by Corona, AT&T, Grudge Match and Casamigos Tequila. In the 12-round co-featured attraction, Keith Thurman put his interim WBA Welterweight World Championship on the line against Jesus Soto Karass. Leo Santa Cruz put his WBC Super Bantamweight World title on the line against Cesar Seda and Beibut Shumenov faced Tamas Kovacs in a 12-round clash for Shumenov's WBA Super & IBA Light Heavyweight World titles. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast aired live at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and was available in Spanish using secondary audio programming (SAP). Preliminary bouts aired live on SHOWTIME EXTREME® at 6:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Marcos Maidana Solves "The Problem" In Thrilling Win Over Adrien Broner Saturday on SHOWTIME‏


MARCOS MAIDANA SOLVES "THE PROBLEM"
WINS WBA WELTERWEIGHT WORLD TITLE IN THRILLING BOUT
Saturday's SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Telecast Will Replay As Follows:
 Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME
Available on SHOWTIME ON DEMAND & SHOWTIME ANYTIME beginning Sunday, Dec. 15



Argentine slugger Marcos "El Chino" Maidana stole the show-and the WBA Welterweight World Championship-on an action-packed night of world championship boxing on SHOWTIME Saturday night at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
The 30-year-old former 140-pound world champion was supposed to be a "test" for rising star Adrien "The Problem" Broner's budding career.  And test him he did, right from the opening bell. 
Broner was stunned in the first exchange and Maidana poured it on.  He overwhelmed the champion for two straight rounds, scoring a knockdown in the second and forcing Broner back on unsteady legs.
By the third, Broner settled into his game and the fight was on. 
"High drama in the Lone Star State," bellowed SHOWTIME Sports play-by-play announcer Mauro Ranallo in the middle rounds of what is sure to be a late entry for Fight of the Year. 
Broner had his moments in the fight, but Maidana won the day by throwing from tricky angles and consistently landing a punishing left hook. 
"Maidana's awkward ways are working in his favor," said ringside analyst, and world-class welterweight, Paul Malignaggi during the bout. "Broner is getting hit with shots from different angles. Shots that he would not normally get hit with." 
In a thrilling eighth, Maidana landed a series of lethal blows including a final left hook that sent Broner wobbling to the canvas for a second time.  In the next exchange, Broner tied up Maidana for a few moments before Maidana uncorked a head butt into the chin of the champion."
Referee Lawrence Cole deducted a point for the foul negating Maidana's knockdown adding an additional layer of drama to the close fight.  But in the end, Maidana had distanced himself on all three scorecards to win a unanimous decision and wrest the crown from Broner.
After the scores were announced, 117-109, 116-109 and 115-110, Broner immediately vacated the ring and made his way back to his dressing room. 
After the bout, ringside reporter Barry Tompkins asked Maidana about comments earlier in the week, that Broner had never faced anyone like him.  "The truth is, I've never fought someone like [Broner]," said the new two-division champion via SHOWTIME Sports translator Felix De Jesus.  "And the truth is it was a great fight."
Regarding the game plan coming in, Maidana said, "The plan was to fight any which way we can do it and we won."
Regarding the rematch: "Yes. No problem." 
Maidana improved his record to 35-3 (31 KOs) and is now 2-2 in world championship fights and can now lay claim as the world's best welterweight not named Floyd Mayweather.  
Two fighters with incredible will and determination met in a thrilling co-feature.  Twenty-five year old Keith "One Time" Thurman made an emphatic statement with a brutal knockout of rugged, tested Mexican veteran Jesus "El Renuente" Soto Karass. 
Soto Karass opened the scoring in the first seconds of the bout when he stunned Thurman with a big right hand.  But Thurman kept his feet, barely, and nearly floored Soto Karass to end the first round. 
A furious pace was set.  Thurman gradually stole the momentum and broke seemed ultimately to break the will of the Mexican challenger.  Thurman showed impressive lateral movement and superb timing as he landed precise and powerful combinations in retreat. 
Thurman sent Soto Karass down in the fifth and finished him in the ninth.  The final blows were a lethal combination left hook and perfect left uppercut that landed flush to end the contest at 2:21 of round 9.  
With the explosive technical knockout, the 25-year-old Thurman of Clearwater, Fla., is sure to climb the ranks of the deep welterweight division, arguably the most talented division in boxing the world over.
"Thurman can transition from a defensive position to explode with powerful shots," said Malignaggi. "That's not an easy thing to do." 
Hall of Fame analyst Al Bernstein added this of Thurman, "Showing lateral movement while landing combinations and power punches.  That's a tremendous set of skills to have.  He has every offensive weapon you could want."  
A jubilant Thurman: "San Antonio, baby.  Thank you.  There's a lot of tough guys out there but One Time represents the KO every time.  They can take it for a few rounds, but they can't take it for 12 rounds. 
"I saw I had him hurt.  He was buzzed, standing up and I finished the show.  I saw that he was open," Thurman said of the final uppercut. "I sat down on that left hook and I exploded.
"Everyone's dangerous with an 8oz. glove.  Luckily, God willing, I was able to stand with him, go toe-to-toe and get him out of there." 
When asked who he'd like to fight next, Thurman said, "I'd like whatever the fans like.  I am here to entertain.  I am here to give the best fights in the welterweight division.
"Merry Christmas everybody!"
Undefeated Leo "El Terremoto" Santa Cruz, making the first defense of his Super Bantamweight World title, won a close and hard-fought unanimous decision over Puerto Rico's Cesar Seda. 
Working behind a piston-like jab and a multitude of power punches, Santa Cruz won the bout on the strength of his trademark volume punching.  He sent Seda down in the fifth round, a flash knockdown, but nonetheless it was only the second time Seda had been down in his career. 
Seda kept the bout close, fighting well while backing up from the perpetual charge of Santa Cruz. At times, Seda got good work done on the ropes.  But in the end, as has been the case with all of Santa Cruz's prior challengers, his work-rate proved to be too much.  SHOStats recorded Santa Cruz landing 297 total punches of 829 thrown; 197 of 454 power punches; and 100 of 375 jabs.
Scores were 116-111, 115-112, 117-110 as Santa Cruz improves to 26-0-1, 15 KO's.  A two-division world champion has now fought eight times in the less than two years, including six world championship fights.
"He was a tough guy," said Santa Cruz, a Mexican now living and fighting out of Los Angeles. "I am sorry to San Antonio that I couldn't do what I wanted to do.  I wanted to give a better fight.  Next time I'll try to do better."
[Regarding when he might return to the ring] Santa Cruz said, "I feel good.  The sooner, the better for me.  I want to stay at 122.  Maybe spend next year at 122 and we'll see after that.  I thank San Antonio for their support.  This is a lovely city.  I have wanted to come to fight here for a long time and I am glad we did."  
Of Seda, Hall of Fame analyst Al Bernstein said near the end of the bout, "Seda may be better off in the 118-pound division because he has shown some tremendous talent in this fight.  He's just in there against a bigger and stronger man in Santa Cruz." 
"I thought I won the fight," said Seda, now 25-2, 17 KO's.  "The knockdown was not a knockdown. We had our legs tangled.  This decision was a robbery." 
WBA Light Heavyweight Super Champion Beibut Shumenov defended his title with a three-round route of Tomas Kovacs in the opening bout on SHOWTIME.  Shumenov imposed his will, using his jab to set up a strong right hand and an impressive check-left-hook.  He knocked down Kovacs in rounds one and two before finishing him with a combination at 2:55 of the third.
Hailing from Kazakhstan and fighting out of Las Vegas, Shumenov (14-1, 9 KO's) looked to Bernard Hopkins, who was in the ring after the bout, for a chance to face the future Hall of Famer.  
"My main goal is to unify the titles," said Shumenov after the fight.  "I know Bernard (Hopkins) wants to fight me.  I'd be honored.  He's a truly legendary champion.  I would be honored.... I am ready."
Hopkins joined the SHOWTIME interview and added, "I hope he doesn't fight that well when we fight.  That right hand was coming straight down the pike.  He warmed up a bit and executed very well.  It will be an honor, for me, to take his belt."    
Ricard "Dinamita" Alvarez (28-4, 20 KO's), the brother of boxing superstar Canelo Alvarez, defeated Rod Salka (18-3, 3 KO's) via majority decision (95-95, 96-94, 98-92) in a close, competitive fight.  According to SHO STATS, Salka was the more active fighter and landed more punches (174-136) and power punches (89-88) than Alvarez.  
"I clearly out boxed him," Salka said.  "I'm not making an excuse.  I landed shots when I wanted to land them.  I was making him miss.  What else am I supposed to do?  If you're being real generous you give him three rounds.  He was swinging wild and missing shots while I was landing clean punches.  It's bullshit."
Undefeated lightweight prospect Robert Easter, Jr. (8-0, 8 KO's), kicked off the SHOWTIME EXTREME® telecast with a bang, registering his eighth KO in as many fights when he knocked out Hardy M. Paredes (16-13, 10 KO's) in the first round. Easter landed two text-book hooks to finish Easter; one to the head followed immediately by one to the body.  Paredes took a knee. Then two and the referee counted him out at 2:30 of the round.
"I knew it was coming," said Easter [of the finishing body shot].  "It is just one of those shots that I always land. I've been working on it since I was a little kid.  I can do it all.  I can box and I have heavy hands."
In non-televised bouts...
Former undisputed middleweight world champion Jermain Taylor (32-4-1, 20 KO's) scored a seventh-round TKO (2:58) over journeyman J.C. Candelo (32-13-4, 21 KO's) in a super middleweight bout.  Undefeated lightweight prospect from Coram, New York, Jamell Herring (6-0, 4KO's) scored a second round TKO (2:59) over Lance Williams (6-3, 6 KO's) of Muscatine, Iowa.  In the first bout of the evening, undefeated bantamweight prospect Rau'Shee Warren (17-0, 3 KO's) won an eight-round unanimous decision (80-72 three times) over Jose Silveira (15-10, 6 KO's). 
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"DANGER ZONE: Broner vs. Maidana," for Broner's WBA Welterweight World Championship took place on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, was promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Leija*Battah Promotions and sponsored by Corona, AT&T, Grudge Match and Casamigos Tequila. In the 12-round co-featured attraction, Keith Thurman put his interim WBA Welterweight World Championship on the line against Jesus Soto Karass. Leo Santa Cruz put his WBC Super Bantamweight World title on the line against Cesar Seda and Beibut Shumenov faced Tamas Kovacs in a 12-round clash for Shumenov's WBA Super & IBA Light Heavyweight World titles. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast aired live at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and was available in Spanish using secondary audio programming (SAP). Preliminary bouts aired live on SHOWTIME EXTREME® at 6:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
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