Berto, Groves, Gonzalez Speak on upcoming fights

Andre Berto (30-3, 23 KOs) participated in a media workout at the J.W. Marriott at L.A. Live as he prepares for the biggest fight of his career, a shot at world welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather. Berto looked focused and in great shape, jumping rope and shadowboxing, as the former titlist looks to become the first fighter to defeat Mayweather (48-0, 26 KOs), on Saturday, Sept. 12th. 

In addition to Berto, top 168-pound contender George Groves and former two-division champion Jhonny Gonzalez participated in the media workout as they prepare for their respective fights on the same show.

In world championship fights on the pay-per-view telecast, Roman “Rocky” Martinez (29-2-2, 17 KOs) will defend his WBO Junior Lightweight title in a rematch against former multi-division champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (42-13-2, 29 KOs), and Badou Jack “The Ripper” (19-1-1, 12 KOs) will make the initial defense of his WBC Super Middleweight title against mandatory challenger “Saint” George Groves (21-2, 16 KOs). The opening fight of the telecast will feature former three-time world champion and Mexican power-puncher Jhonny Gonzalez (58-9, 49 KOs) against Puerto Rico’s Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo (25-4, 16 KOs) in a 10-round junior lightweight scrap.
 
Plus, former 154-pound world champion Ishe Smith (27-7, 12 KOs) will be opposed by longtime top-five contender Vanes Martirosyan (35-2-1, 21 KOs) in the 90-minute preshow on Saturday, September 12th.
 
Here is what Berto, Berto’s trainer, Virgil Hunter, George Groves, Jhonny Gonzalez and Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe said Friday:
 
Andre Berto:
 
“From an energy aspect I feel great. It’s my first time in a while coming into a fight with no injuries. This is the healthiest I’ve been since I can remember.
 
“At the end of the day, this fight was supposed to happen two or three times. Situations with me not taking care of myself and not taking opponents seriously caused it to happen. But styles make fights and we’ll see what the boxing fans say Sept. 12.
 
“I know that I’m still the same guy who people thought could have given Floyd problems a couple years ago. 
 
“Victor Ortiz and Robert Guerrero both got fights with Floyd because they beat me. There must be something to that. They said ‘if he did something to Berto, he should get a shot at Floyd.'”
 
“We’re here. It’s my time to see him. He can have his ‘MayVinci’ code because we put in the work. The whole team is confident. I’m going to do what I do.
 
“We worked on a lot of different things at camp. I have the speed to keep up with him. I have more power. 
 
“The thing with Floyd is, most guys he fights aren’t as athletic as he is. But I am. 
 
“If you come at Floyd fast but don’t have a plan and don’t have good footwork, it’s too easy for him. If you have a guy that’s as athletic as him, it gives him problems.
 
“There is a lot more to me than just walking guys down. I have speed, I have power, I have a crazy uppercut, I can move to the side. There are a lot of ways I can get it done.
 
“I’m not going to watch his sparring. I don’t want to watch him driving his cars, none of that. I want to see him Sept. 12.
 
“This is my first time going into a fight without all the pressure on my back. I’ve always been the favorite in every fight. I don’t know what he’s feeling and I don’t really have to care about it.
 
“It’s a different mindset. Coming from where I come from, we always had to defeat the odds. We didn’t have what other people had. We had to work twice as hard for everything. To be noticed to be seen. Even back then it drove me to be the best that I can be. I wanted everyone to know I was somebody you had to watch.
 
“I’ve faced these odds my whole life. I was discounted two years ago when I was laying in the hospital. I’m constantly envisioning victory.
 
“All the hard work we’re putting in, it’ll all pay off fight night. It’s not just for me. I’ve been through doing things for me. I see what’s real now. 
 
“I’ve prepared myself mentally to be in this position. People can say whatever they want. We’re focused. 
 
“This is going to be for everyone who believes in the underdog.”
 
 
Virgil Hunter (Berto’s trainer):
 
“We have a unique opportunity right in front of us. We have a chance at history and to cement a legacy for my fighter (Berto).
 
“What is the key to winning this fight? (Berto) has got to want to win. He has to want it more. He holds the keys in his hand. You can plan as much as you want for tomorrow, but we don’t know what tomorrow will bring. We can only prepare.
 
“If (Berto) wins this fight, you’ll see me jumping up and down and it will be hard to compose myself. I’m usually pretty composed, but you might see me jump up and fall out of the ring and hit my head or something.
 
“No matter what happens, Floyd will always be considered one of the best ever. Win or lose, his legacy is cemented.
 
“There are similarities between Floyd and Andre Ward. They both started boxing as young boys, and were Olympians and are undefeated. There’s a lot of pressure that comes with being undefeated and they both have faced that.
 
“It’s not fair to the fight game to say this is a free shot and to go in there and say we have nothing to lose. We have everything to lose.”
 
George Groves:
 
“Training camp has been going great. We’re fully acclimated to the time change and altitude. We’re performing very well in the gym and fulfilling the plan. I’m ready to rock.
 
“We’ve trained in the U.S. before. Last year we came over to spar with Gennady Golovkin. This time we’re out there for much longer and it has been very successful.
 
“I like training in the altitude and I expect it to help me on fight night. We got used to it over the weeks of camp and now it’s time to bring the extra energy to the ring.
 
“I’m fully immersed in this fight with Badou Jack. Everyone wants to know about the future plans, but I leave that up to the promoters. My main concern is winning that WBC belt. 
 
“I carry power. I have good hands and foot speed. I can control the fight from anywhere. The mistakes that Badou Jack makes, I will take advantage of.
 
“I want to announce myself as the best fighter in the division and I’m planning on doing that Sept. 12. There won’t be any question marks. After I win this fight, I’ll have proof. 
 
“I’m a valuable commodity in the UK and it’s about time I started building my brand in the states. This is a huge opportunity being on the Mayweather card. The undercard will not be overlooked this night.
 
“Every fight is more important than the last. It doesn’t matter who you fight, it can affect you in a big way. I have a style that will naturally engage with the fans. People like to see me fight. I look to take the opponent out and that will be the same on Sept. 12. 
 
“Once Badou Jack leaves an opening, I will take it. I plan to look very good doing so.”
 
 
Jhonny Gonzalez:
 
“I feel great. I’ve been preparing at the gym a lot and I feel very good about this fight. 
 
“I am ready to win in this division and compete for a world title right away.
 
“I am fighting so quickly after my last victory because I am very confident. I want to stay active. I want to gain what I had before the loss to [Gary] Russell. I’m moving forward.
 
“I know that my opponent is a strong fighter. He’s going to throw a lot of punches but I’m going to bring it right back at him hard. 
 
“Being on the Mayweather card is a blessing. I’m excited to be in Las Vegas with the whole world watching.
 
“I’m honored to be fighting on the Mexican Independence weekend. I’m ready to represent for my Mexican people. I’m going to leave everything in the ring.
 
“What I want out of this fight, is an opportunity to win a world title. This is why I train so hard, to win world titles and fight in big fights.
 
“I believe in my power punches. I’m intelligent on the inside and the outside. I believe in myself as a fighter and that is why I’ll win.”

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Santa Cruz wins Mexican Street Fight with Mares!

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Story by:  Chip Mitchell

On Saturday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Leo Santa Cruz (31-0-1, 17 KO’s) captured a 12-round majority decision victory over Abner Mares (29-2-1, 15 KO’s).  Coming into the fight, there were questions with both fighters. Many boxing experts were unsure which Abner Mares would show up.

A few fights prior, Mares was shocked by former sparring partner Jhonny Gonzalez, who knocked him out in one round.  Mares came back with three wins but didn’t look like the same fighter mentally. He also switched trainers during that time, bringing in Virgil Hunter.  Hunter’s patient, defensive style didn’t suit Mares’s attacking, seek-and-destroy style so they parted ways. Mares reunited with his former trainer, which was the correct move, but there were questions as to where he’d be mentally coming into the Santa Cruz fight.

Santa Cruz had questions also. Was his level of competition suitable enough for a matchup with Mares?  The resumes aren’t close, as Mares has much better experience. In the end, however, Santa Cruz used patience and dexterity to overcome the onslaught by Mares that previous opponents couldn’t muster.

Mares came out like Tyson in the opening round, ducking under Santa Cruz jabs and going to the body and head with combinations. I thought the pressure was getting to Santa Cruz and gave the first few rounds to Mares.

The fight slowed down for Santa Cruz (physiologically and literally) in the middle rounds and he scored with shots between reckless charges by Mares.

The fight was very sloppy at times and was more WWE than boxing at many points throughout the battle. Mares made sure that when they were in close, Santa Cruz couldn’t escape to his right by pinning his own left shoulder to Santa Cruz’s body.  The tactic worked througout the fight, but Santa Cruz found other ways to escape, mainly by spinning Mares clockwise and backing out.

There were some great exchanges, especially during the dreaded ten second signals.  Unlike most of my FaceBook and Twitter followers, I didn’t consider this the “greatest fight of the past five years” or “guaranteed fight of the year in 2015”.  It was an action fight, but extremely sloppy and a bit over-officiated at times for what my opinion is worth.

Judges scores were 117-111, 117-111, and 114-114.  The Fight Journal saw it closer than Teddy Atlas and two of the judges, at 115-113 for Santa Cruz.

Mares did the right thing in this fight. He turned it into a phone booth fight and stayed on the inside as much as possible.  In my opinion, Mares neglected to continue the bodywork in the middle rounds and went head hunting.  He missed a lot of shots in doing so.

Santa Cruz handled the pressure as best he could and his jab caused Mares to think about coming in so reckless at times.  The height and reach in the second half of the fight seemed to trouble Mares the most as the fight slowed down a bit.

Santa Cruz gave us glimpses and displayed that he can handle top-tier boxers, if that’s what Mares is at this point.

I believe that both fighters executed their game plans enough to satisfy their corners. This is a fight in which I wish I could get reactions from both trainers.

While I don’t believe it will wind up as my fight of the year (ya neeeverrr know), it was a solid action fight and I think I speak for the world over by saying we wouldn’t mind a rematch.

SHOBOX WEIGHTS AND COMMENTS!

The six fighters who’ll be making their ShoBox: The New Generation debuts tonight (Friday, Aug. 28th) on Showtime (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC), are all set to go following Thursday’s official weigh-in. In the ten-round main event, heavyweight Trevor Bryan (15-0, 11 KOs), of Albany, N.Y., will put his unblemished record on the line when he faces the more experienced Derric Rossy (30-9, 14 KOs), of Medford, N.Y. Bryan weighed 227 pounds, Rossi 235½.

Two-time Dominican Republic Olympian Juan Ubaldo Cabrera (23-0, 16 KOs), will take on the DeCarlo Perez (14-3-1, 5 KOs), of Atlantic City, N.J. in a ten-round middleweight bout. Cabrera tipped the scale at 160 pounds with Perez half a pound heavier.

In the opening bout of the telecast, Samoa’s Natu Visinia (11-1, 9 KOs) of Tacoma, Wash., will face Joey Dawejko (14-4-2, 7 KOs), of Philadelphia, in an eight-round heavyweight matchup. Visinia weighed 273 pounds compared to Dawejko’s 236¾.

Tickets are available at http://www.ticketmaster.com.

Here’s what some of the fighters had to say prior to the weigh-in:

TREVOR BRYAN

“This is my first time on television and I’m moving up in class so this fight is very, very important to me. It’s my headline fight, a chance for everyone to see the next new top heavyweight coming up.

“The purpose is to win, but I want to look good and nice on TV doing it.

“[Derric] Rossy is a veteran fighter, an extremely clever boxer and a good thinker. His technique is very good and he moves very well for a big man. He has a good jab and always make for tough fights.

“I have strength, youth and size in my favor but no way do I underestimate him. I take every fight very seriously. I train very hard. I spar with experienced fighters. I’ve been in shape for my whole four-year career. I take a fight, I’m right back in the gym.

“I know with his style that I will have to take it too him, work the jab and then go downstairs to the body. I have a plan and I have to stick to it or there will be a problem. Ideally, I can break him down and he will go down in the fifth or sixth.

“I could have fought a lot of other guys who are not as technically sound as Rossy, but it is time for me to step up. The foundation has been built. From Day 1 we knew where we were going, and this is it: the next step. There’s no pressure because I always knew this day was coming.

“I know the importance of preparation. I know how important discipline is. What we do daily has become routine. I try to be consistent in everything. I put in a lot of work behind the scenes.

“I’ve been hit before, but I keep coming. I got countered and dropped in my last fight, but I got right back up and took care of business. To touch the canvas and then bounce right back up and win was an invaluable experience.

“I feel I have good fundamentals and that I’m learning all the time. I started at the bottom learning, but now I am able to work on perfecting my fundamentals and conditioning even more. I like to fight, I like the action but I know I have to fight smart, especially against a guy like Rossy.’’

DERRIC ROSSY

“I’ve had so many close fights, wins and losses, but the competition I go in against is always really good. I’m not the biggest puncher so I know enough not to just go crazy. Some of my fights I thought were closer than they should have been, but I accepted them and moved on.

“I don’t know for sure why I’ve had so many close fights. I must be a tough fighter for judges because sometimes I don’t think they notice all the stuff I’m doing in there, the little nuisances. Maybe they think I box too much. Everybody wants to see a knockout but I am basically a boxer. I feel comfortable in what I’m doing, too, so I am not going to change.

“I feel strong and feel I still have plenty left. My job is to make opponents make a mistake. I’m still around to catch up with people. In this sport you need time to develop; for me it was my confidence that I first had to develop. I remember I won a couple of fights just being a good athlete, not a good boxer.

“I took my lumps, too. Some of my fights that went into the books as losses I just know I won. The heartache of losing was terrible but I had to get through it. I had to keep going. People say I’m stubborn and crazy for still doing this, but I keep coming back. I always had it in me, the confidence, but I had to bring it out.

“Experience is an advantage because I now feel there is no situation I cannot handle. This kid, [Trevor] Bryan, can punch. He’s been brought up the right way. But now he’s moving up two-three steps against a more experienced, seasoned fighter. His confidence comes from a shallow pool and so far it’s working for him. Let’s see how it goes Friday night.

“I’m a little surprised I got this opportunity. I’m a real fighter. My confidence is great now and I still believe I am a good fighter. I’m 35 but 35 isn’t old anymore for a fighter. My heart is still in this 100 percent. I want to win the big prize.

“I took a tough road to get here. It takes time to develop in this sport. Because I played football and other sports, I didn’t turn pro until I was 24 and had only 10 amateur fights. So I’ve done it the hard way. It’s not the way I preferred, but it is what it is.

“From what I’ve seen I think the key is to give him lots of feints and angles and take away his jab. Bryan is long and tall. I need to make him as uncomfortable as possible and my experience will go a long way in making that happen. I’m totally looking forward to this fight.’’

JUAN UBALDO CABRERA

“I feel good and my weight is good. Some guys get lost in the shuffle after they turn pro and that is me. That is why this fight is so important. It’s my opportunity to show the world what I can do.

“It was very hard for me to turn pro after my amateur career. I was such a big star they [Amateur Boxing Federation] wanted me to stay amateur for as long as I could. They never gave me permission to go pro. So I had to get a visa on my own and come to the United States.

“I’ve been a pro the last 10 years and it has been very tough. I had managerial problems, guys taking money from me; it really delayed my progress. I never lost my desire to fight even though I had to deal with so much outside the ring. I didn’t get overly discouraged although I could have after getting taken advantage of.

“I feel good now with Don King as my promoter. I’m happy to be fighting again and to be able to dedicate myself fully to the sport. I won a decision in my last fight but I know I can do better. I ate something bad two hours before the fight and I got sick. I was sick during the fight and couldn’t wait to get out of the ring once the decision was announced.

“I like to box; I feel I am a very good boxer with good movement. I play the angles in the ring. I feel I have a nice jab. I’ve never been badly marked or cut up, never really been caught with a great shot.

“With my experience I am ready for what [DeCarlo] Perez brings. I can switch to southpaw, adjust to any style. This is my first fight on television, my first real opportunity as a pro and want to do very well very badly. I know Perez starts slowly, I am going to give him a couple rounds to see what he’s got.

“Of course I would love to knock him out in one round but my mindset is to win, to do whatever it takes to get my hand raised. If he comes to fight, it’s going to be a great fight.’’

DECARLO PEREZ

“I’m always in the gym, always in shape. I’ve been looking for this kind of opportunity for a long time so I have always kept myself ready. With a win something big can come out of it.

“I know little about Cabrera except he was a two-time Olympian a long time ago. As long as I know how tall an opponent is, I can prepare mentally how he is going to measure up against me. I feel I can fight a variety of ways and I am ready for anything he brings. I have a little momentum going and I want to keep it going.

“This is by far my biggest opportunity on television. As a kid growing up under tough circumstances, living in two rescue missions, I sometimes wondered if I’d ever get to this point. So to do well and make a great impression will only fuel my dreams more to become a world champion.

“I’m known for slow starts but that won’t be the case tomorrow. He is 23-0 and that sounds good, but in this sport it doesn’t always come down to records as much as to the quality of your opponents. If you’re supposed to beat or KO a guy and you do, you’re only doing your job. It’s nothing to get excited about.

“This is my first fight outside of New York or Pennsylvania. I’m fighting in a city where some of the greatest fighters who ever lived have fought. For me, fighting in Las Vegas, fighting on television, is as good as it can get. I’m looking forward to putting on a memorable show for the fans.

“I think it will be a war. I know that’s his style, but that’s my style as well. I want to make it a war. With this opportunity my foot is now in the door. I’m going to kick out the door and open it.

“This is only the start for me.”

ZAB JUDAH IS BACK NEXT MONTH!

On Thursday, September 10th, former two-division champion Zab “Super” Judah (42-9, 29 KOs) of Brooklyn, New York, will face Colombia’s Hevinson Herrera (18-11-1, 12 KOs). This will be Judah’s first fight since 2013 when he dropped back-to-back fights vs. world champion Danny Garcia and former title holder Paul Malignaggi. In the co-main event, Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano (24-1, 18 KOs) of Brooklyn will face South Carolina’s Angel Gladney (8-11, 6 KOs) in a lightweight six-rounder.

Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster locations, thespaceatwestbury.com, the Space at Westbury Box Office: 516.283.5566, or by calling the GCP office: 212.851.6425.
Also on the show, popular New York junior middleweight Tommy “The Razor” Rainone (23-6, 5 KOs) will go six rounds against Mexico’s Francisco Javier Reza (14-14, 11 KOs)

On the undercard, Miami’s Steve Geffrard (12-2, 7 KOs) will look to continue his twelve-fight winning streak against Newark’s Cory Cummings (18-9, 13 KOs) in a light heavyweight eight-rounder;  super featherweight Bienvenido Diaz (2-0, 2 KOs) of Prospect Park, New Jersey, via the Dominican will face Benjamin Burgos (2-12) of Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania, over four rounds; and Philadelphia’s Samuel Teah (6-1, 2 KOs) will go four super lightweight rounds against Newark’s Rashad Bogar (4- 5-1, 2 KOs).

“I am excited to be working with Zab Judah and David Schuster and being able to bring such a stacked card to the Space at Westbury,” said lead promoter Greg Cohen. “We have a male superstar in Zab and a female superstar in Amanda Serrano on one show, plus some top contenders in action and some local up-and-comers. It’s a terrific event and I’m proud to put the GCP stamp on it.”

Scheduled to be added to the card in separate  bouts are, Queens, New York’s “Mean” Joe Greene (26-1, 17 KOs) and Jesus “Chuy” Gutierrez (13-0-1, 4 KOs) of Las Vegas.

Broner in line for “title” for upcoming fight

BronerPress Release: Former three-division titlist Adrien “The Problem” Broner (30-2, 22 KOs) returns to his hometown to face Khabib “The Hawk” Allakhverdiev (19-1, 9 KOs) for the WBA 140-pound title on Saturday, October 3rd live on Showtime from U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio. In the co-feature, IBF 130-pound title holder Jose “The Sniper” Pedraza (20-0, 12 KOs) will defend against Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry (34-6-2, 19 KOs).

“I’m excited to be back in Cincinnati taking on a tough world class fighter who is going to bring it,” said Broner. “This fight means the world to me. It’s a huge deal to have the chance to be a four-division world champion at 26 years old.”

[Broner has been recognized with world titles at 130, 135 and 147, skipping over 140 pounds. The WBA title was recently vacated by Danny Garcia, who moved up in weight. The sad part of this fight is that both Broner and Allakhverdiev are coming off losses, Broner to Shawn Porter and Allakhverdiev to Jessie Vargas, yet the WBA is sanctioning this for a so-called world title].

“Broner is a good boxer, he is a fast and talented guy, but as a man I don’t have anything good to say about him,” said Allakhverdiev. “I am looking forward to a world championship winning performance and I know that if he tries to do something to get in my head, to approach me or to push me that I will be as restrained as possible and save my anger for fight night.”

“I’m very excited to be back on Showtime defending my title,” said Pedraza. “This is another step in the direction of becoming a superstar in the sport of boxing. ‎ I will be victorious and make my island proud.”

“I’m in a tough fight on October 3rd but I’m very excited for this opportunity,” said Cherry. “This is nothing new for me. I’m not taking Pedraza lightly. He’s a champion for a reason. This is something that comes once in a lifetime and I’m going all-in to win this title.”

Tickets are available at the U.S. Bank Arena box office, all Ticketmaster outlets including select Kroger stores, call 1-800-745-3000, or online at Ticketmaster.com.

The twelve-round fight will be Broner’s first since he dropped a unanimous decision to former welterweight world champion Shawn Porter in June. Broner is 8-1 in title fights and has collected belts at 130, 135 and 147 pounds, but has never won a title at 140 pounds. Dropping down in weight, Broner is looking to add a fourth world title to his resume in his return to Cincinnati, where he defeated Emmanuel Taylor last September in front of his hometown fans.

Allakhverdiev’s (pronounced ah-lockh-ver-DEE-ev) only blemish came via decision to then-undefeated Jessie Vargas in April 2014. Allakhverdiev, of Moscow, Russia, initially won the WBA 140-pound crown with an eight-round technical decision over previously unbeaten three-division champion Joan Guzmán in November 2012. In his lone defense, the southpaw scored two knockdowns in a one-sided TKO of former title holder Souleymane M’Baye in July 2013. This is Allakhverdiev’s first start since the loss to Vargas.

Pedraza, of Caguas, Puerto Rico, won the vacant IBF 130-pound title with a dominating unanimous decision over Andrey Klimov on June 13th in Birmingham, Ala. The switch-hitting former Puerto Rican Olympian backed up his “The Sniper” moniker against Klimov as he picked apart the Russian with superior speed and accuracy. Pedraza earned a shot at the title in his previous bout with a career-best win over former world title challenger Michael Farenas last November.

Cherry, of Wauchula, Fla., is a former world title challenger who is 10-0 with 1 NC since 2009. His only blemishes since 2007 are losses to Timothy Bradley and Paulie Malignaggi at 140 pounds. Since the loss to Bradley in 2008, Cherry has gone undefeated as he made his way down to 135 and 130 pounds. Cherry, who was born in the Bahamas, owns victories over Vicente Escobedo, Monte Meza Clay and Wes Ferguson.

Come Party with Shane Mosley and Ricardo Mayorga!

+++For Immediate release+++ All members of the press and the general public are invited to come party at the official “Sugar” Shane Mosley vs Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga 2 Grudge Match weigh in that will be hosted by Chuy with other celebrity guests at the world famous Venice Beach. Come see these two warriors weigh in for their highly anticipated rematch with today’s hottest music pumping.

Right after the weigh in check out SoCal’s sexiest ladies audition to become the official ring card girls for the fight in a sizzling bikini contest! Refreshments will be served to the media. Mosley-Mayorga 2 “Grudge Match” takes place at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. and is available on pay-per-view for $49.95. Tickets starting at $35 can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com.

Weigh In and Ring Girl Contest @ Venice Boardwalk Today, Friday, August 28th, 4:30 PM – 7PM DIRECTIONS TO VENICE BEACH

Getting to Venice Beach is quite simple. Take the 405 Freeway from either direction to Venice Boulevard. Exit West and drive until you reach sand. Parking is available at the end of Venice Boulevard right on the beach. Daily rates range from $3 to $10 depending upon the time of year. There is parking available between North and South Venice Boulevard West of Lincoln Boulevard. These lots are within walking distance, and free shuttle service is available.

Directions

WEIGHTS FROM WASHINGTON, DC!

Kings

 

For Immediate Release

Washington, DC (August 27, 2015)– Weights for Friday night’s card at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Brandon Bennett 135.6 – Jonathan Maicelo 134.6

Phil Jackson-Benson 169 – Jinner Guerrero 168.4

Jamel Herring 133.4 – Ariel Vazquez 134.2

Demond Nicholson 161.6 – Antonio Baker 161.2

Robert Easter 134.6 – Osumanu Akaba 135

David Grayton 145.6 – Jose Valderrama 146.8

Kareem Martin 146.6 – Anthony Prescott 147

Raynell Williams 132.8 – Jose Miguel Castro

134.4 Patrick Harris 134.2 – Irving Hernandez

134.2 Leo Hall 176.2 – Edgar Perez 182.8

Shynggyskhan Tazhibay 146.8 – Coleman Phelps 145.8

Promoter: King’s Promotions Venue: Walter E. Washington Convention Center 1st Bell:  6:30 PM ET  Photo Credit: Joe Tarlecky/King’s Promotions

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

More fight information is available at www.kingsboxing.com

Melson to play in Heroes & Legends Charity Softball Game!

BoydFor Immediate Release:

New York, NY (August 23, 2015) – WBC USNBC junior middleweight champion Boyd “Rainmaker” Melson will participate in the Heroes & Legends Charity Softball Game Saturday, August 29 at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, NJ.

Individual tickets for $10 and $40 VIP seats including dinner, drinks and time with the participants are available by calling 732-901-7000 or at https://www.ticketreturn.com/prod2/BuyClear.asp?EventID=149462&continue=buynew.asp#.VXC1Ps9Vikr. VIP seats are limited to the first 100 guests.

Gates open at 3 PM and there will be a home run derby at 4:30, followed by the softball game.

The event is presented by Oceans Six Real and Partners. Proceeds will benefit Sanctuary Island, a non-profit organization that serves Wounded Warriors and others disabled to enhance their health and self-esteem. The game was started to help veterans’ rehabilitative sports programs and assist various military-based organizations,

Melson will play for the Purple Heart Heroes, a team featuring many soldiers wounded serving our country. They will be opposed by The Legends, a squad made up of former athletes including major leaguers Jeff Frazier, Jay Johnstone and Andy Ashby plus Super Bowl XXV Champion Stephen Baker and members of the rock band Madison Rising.

Following the game, WBC Cares Foundation President Jill Diamond will hand out medals to the winning team.

“It is an incredible honor to be asked to play in the game,” said Melson, an Army Reserve Officer and 2003 West Point graduate who donates his fight purses to Team Fight to Walk to help cure Chronic Spinal Cord Injuries. “The Wounded Warrior Project has been close to my heart and my mother is also a huge supporter. These Purple Heart recipients deserve the absolute best and an event like this is the least we can do for those brave soldiers injured protecting our freedom.”

Fans can interact with Boyd via twitter @BoydMelson or https://www.facebook.com/boyd.melson.9.

Contact: Matt Yanofsky (Publicist) – 551-206-0578

Mosley/Mayorga Final Press Conference set for Tuesday, August 25 in LA.

** For Immediate Release**

“Sugar” Shane Mosley and Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga to host a final press conference on Tuesday, August 25th at 12pm for their August 29th PPV “Grudge Match” at The Forum in Los Angeles.

Who: 

Shane Mosley Sr. – former three division champion

Ricardo Mayorga – former two division champion

and most of the under card fighters including Maureen Shea and Joel Diaz Jr.

All fighters and trainers will be available for one-on-one interviews and photo opportunities.

What:

Former three-division champion Shane Mosley Sr. and Ricardo Mayorga will host a final press conference and media luncheon for their 12 round pay-per-view showdown that takes place at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif.

Where: 

The Forum 3900 W Manchester Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90305 check in by the box office

Mosley-Mayorga2 “Grudge Match” will be distributed on pay-per-view for $49.95

Tickets are available on ticketmaster.com and start at $35.00

Shane Mosley conducts media workout for Saturday’s (presumed) fight with Mayorga

ShaneThursday afternoon former three-division champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley held a media workout at Barry’s Boxing Gym in Las Vegas, Nevada as he gears up for his August 29th pay-per-view showdown against former two-division champion Ricardo Mayorga.  The fight takes place at The Forum in Inglewood, California and will be available on all major satellite and cable systems for $49.95.

“This fight is to prove I am back,” Mosley told the press.  “I took some time off to heal some nagging injuries that I had but I stayed in the gym and stayed in shaped.  I think I can fight another 3-4 years.  I don’t know if I can go on till I am 50 like Bernard but I think I have a lot of fight left in me. The goal is still to have rematches against Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez.  I want to avenge those losses.”

In 2008 Mosley was leading Mayorga on two of three scorecards heading into the twelfth round of a hotly contested battle.  Rather than leave the decision to the judges, Mosley stopped Mayorga with one second left.

The stars will be out at The Forum with former four-time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, Hall of Fame inductees “Sugar” Ray Leonard and Mike Tyson, middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, plus former champions Shawn Porter, Victor Ortiz and Sergio Mora, all confirmed to be in attendance. Comic icon George Lopez, rap legend MC Hammer and several other stars will also be in the building at what undoubtedly will be the biggest fight in Southern California this summer.

Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com and start at $35.00.  Photo credit: Manny “Mitts” Murillo

IT’S FREEEE: Jake Smith to host Women’s Regional Olympic Qualifiers

Press Release: Jake Smith’s Baltimore Boxing Promotions will host the Eastern Regional Olympic Trials Women’s Qualifiers from September 8-11 at the Baltimore Harbor Hotel in Baltimore, MD. The event will feature hundreds of women from various states vying to get one step closer to representing the United States at the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.

Local notables include Baltimore’s very own Franchon Crews and Red Lion PA’s Brittany Inkrote.

The opening rounds take place on 8th and 9th, with the semi-finals and finals slated for the Thursday the 10th and Friday the 11th respectively. Doors open at 6:30 and the first fight begins at 8:15 pm sharp all four days.

Complementary tickets for the opening rounds are available on Baltimoreboxing.com.

Individual tickets for the semi-finals and finals can also be purchased at Baltimoreboxing.com or by calling 410-375-9175.

As part of this special multi-day event, Baltimore Boxing is proudly teaming up to help multiple organizations raise funds and awareness for their cause.

“This is the most excited I’ve ever been for a boxing event and I’ve been around the sport most of my life,” said Smith, a former prizefighter who has promoted hundreds of shows in addition to training boxers at the Baltimore Boxing Club. “These four days will be memorable for the State of Maryland and City of Baltimore. Fans will not only have the opportunity to see four straight days of action but they may very well be watching the next Olympic gold medalist. If you’re in or near Baltimore, make sure to come out and see history!”

On Tuesday and Wednesday, The House of Ruth will be recognized by Baltimore Boxing in association with the Olympic Qualifiers. One of the nation’s leading intimate partner violence centers, The House of Ruth helps thousands of battered women and children find safety and security. Thursday’s organization of honor is the American Breast Cancer Foundation. Established in 1997, the American Breast Cancer Foundation (ABCF) provides financial assistance for breast cancer screening and diagnostic tests for uninsured or underprivileged individuals. In October 2011, Baltimore Boxing donated a percentage of their proceeds from a fight card to the ABCF. Friday evening’s group will be the South Atlantic Amateur Boxing Association, which oversees all amateur boxing in the state of Maryland.

ANTONIO TARVER: “CUNNINGHAM CAN’T STOP ME AND NEITHER CAN WILDER”

TTARVFive-time world champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (31-6, 22 KOs) honestly believes that he is destined to become the oldest world heavyweight champion in boxing history.

Before he gets a world title shot against fellow 1996 Olympian Wladimir Klitschko, the universally recognized world heavyweight champion, Tarver realizes that he has to get past former two-time IBF champion Steve “USS” Cunningham (28-7, 13 KOs) in their 12-round heavyweight showdown August 14 at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

WBA #9 Tarver vs. IBF #6/WBC #14 Cunningham is the main event on a Premier Boxing Champions series show airing live on Spike TV, the same network Tarver serves as its boxing color commentator.

“I know my purpose will set me apart from some great champions,” Tarver remarked. “I am supposed to be world heavyweight champion. I don’t know how but I will be world heavyweight champion. I truly believe that it is my destiny. Cunningham can’t stop me and neither can (Deontay) Wilder; he can’t learn enough to beat me. I’ll knock him out and get the one guy I really want to fight, Klitschko. When I beat him it’ll be the greatest story in boxing history. All the disbelievers will have to believe in ‘Magic Man!’

“Three years ago, I was buried six-feet under but they forgot to put dirt on me. Champions have to have resolve. I could have quit a lot of times. My resolve will make me world champion once again. No fighter has ever struggled like me and overcoming those struggles will make me world champion again.”

The ever popular Tarver realizes that, at 46, he isn’t the same fighter he as was in his early to mid-thirties, especially during a four-year, nine-fight murderous stretch between 2002-2006. As one of the world’s top pound-for-pound fighters, he shocked nearly invincible Roy Jones, Jr. in two of three fights, split a pair with Glen Johnson, defeated Montell Griffin, Eric Harding and Reggie Johnson, and lost to Bernard Hopkins.

“I know I’m getting older because the calendar flips over once a year,” Tarver said, “but I don’t look at it as me getting old. I’m not saying I don’t wake up in pain during training camp without minor injuries, but nothing can stop me.

“It’s not an accident that I still have my speed and quickness. I am better today in many respects because I’m smarter from all of my experience.”

Known as one of the greatest defensive fighters ever, Tarver is fighting for his legacy and rightful place in the Hall of Fame after he finally retires. And now comes news that he will become a grandfather in September. “When I do decide to retire,” Tarver concluded, “I’ll hand the torch to my son, (undefeated middleweight prospect), Antonio Tarver, Jr.”

Not only does Antonio Tarver believe he’s destined to become the oldest world heavyweight champion, he will become the first to do so as a grandfather.

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