LeShawn “Lightning” Rodriguez Aims To Entertain

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LeShawn “Lightning” Rodriguez Aims To Entertain

 

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LeShawn “Lightning” Rodriguez

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(Shirley, New York) – Boxing is full of big talkers. LeShawn “Lightning” Rodriguez (8-0, 7 KOs) isn’t one of them. The 24-year-old undefeated middleweight prefers to deliver his big statements in the boxing ring and relishes the opportunity to entertain his fans at every bout.

“Of course, I want to be an entertainer,” says the hard-hitting Rodriguez. “When I go see boxing, I want to see a show. When I go into the ring, I put on the best show I can.”

Rodriguez gets his next chance to entertain in his return to The Theater at Madison Square Garden on the non-televised undercard of Sergey Kovalev vs. Igor Mikhalkin and Dmitry Bivol vs. Sullivan Barrera on Saturday, March 3. Rodriguez hopes to extend his knockout streak to seven in a row against opponent Martez Jackson (4-1-2, 2 KOs) of Valdosta, Georgia.

Rodriguez says he gets energy and motivation from his growing fan base, who’ve picked up on the buzz about him and like what they see. “The new fans, I’m getting a lot of support from them and congratulations on social media. ‘Great KO power’ and ‘You’re going to be a superstar.’ When people come to support me, I put on an even better show so they’ll come back again and watch again,” said Rodriguez.

As a result, Rodriguez can be his toughest critic when assessing his efforts. Although his last bout ended in a third round TKO, he gave himself no more than a “B-plus … I could have done it a little sooner. I took my time … It’s true, I’m my biggest critic, honestly. I always want to be better than the last time. I work harder and I push myself. It’s a benefit, I think,” said Rodriguez.

Rodriguez channels his competitive drive into everything he does outside the boxing ring as well as inside. He still shows up at his local fitness center and plays basketball, showing no mercy to his friends or any new players unfamiliar with the knockout artist who’s coming down the floor at them.

If your competitive tastes run to video games like the popular “Call of Duty,” you better watch out for online player “PeakKnight123.” Yes, it’s Rodriguez, a big gamer who plays Xbox One games to relax. “Of course, I’m competitive in everything!” admits Rodriguez.

Rodriguez knows his next opponent, Martez Jackson, scored draws with two previously undefeated fighters, and he doesn’t want to make it three. “I’m going to take that into consideration, and do my best.”

Rodriguez says he hopes to be 13 or 14 and 0 by the end of 2018, with a title shot opportunity in 2019, all with an eye toward his knockout percentage.

Rodriguez has a final word for his fans: “Come out, watch the future of boxing. Get in on the ground floor. I’m going to keep my knockout streak going for you!”

About March 3:  The Saturday, March 3 main event between Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev and Igor Mikhalkin is a 12-round match-up for the WBO Light Heavyweight World Title at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The co-main event features WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Dmitry Bivol versus Sullivan Barrera in a 12-round title fight. Tickets range from $50 to $300 and are available at TicketMaster.com and the Madison Square Garden box office. The event is promoted by Main Events, Krusher Promotions and World of Boxing in association with EC Box Promotions and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing® at 10:05 p.m. ET/PT.

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Kovalev-Mikhalkin & Bivol-Barrera March 3 Tickets on Sale

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January 11, 2018
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Kovalev-Mikhalkin & Bivol-Barrera 
Tickets on Sale Tuesday
Presale Begins Monday!
New York, NY:       Tickets go on sale Tuesday, January 16 at noon for the upcoming showdown between two-time Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (31-2-1, 27 KOs) versus Igor Mikhalkin (21-1, 9 KOs) and WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Dmitry Bivol (12-0, 10 KOs) versus Sullivan Barrera (21-1, 14 KOs), which takes place on Saturday, March 3 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for this exciting event are priced from $50 to $300 and will be available through ticketmaster.com and the Madison Square Garden box office. From Monday, January 15 at noon until Tuesday, January 16 at 11:00 am, subscribers to the Main Events email list can purchase tickets in advance using an exclusive presale code at www.ticketmaster.com and www.msg.com.
 
The event will be promoted by Main Events, Krusher Promotions and World of Boxing in association with EC Box Promotions and televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:05 p.m. ET/PT.
 
About March 3:  The Saturday, March 3 main event between Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev and Igor Mikhalkin is a 12-round match-up for the WBO Light Heavyweight World Title at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The co-main event features WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Dmitry Bivol versus Sullivan Barrera in a 12-round title fight. The event is promoted by Main Events, Krusher Promotions and World of Boxing in association with EC Box Promotions and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®. Tickets range from $50 to $300 and will be available through TicketMaster.com, the Madison Square Garden Box office and the Main Events office by calling 973-200-7050 or emailing boxing@mainevents.com.

DMITRY BIVOL MEDIA ROUNDTABLE RECAP!

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Recap: World of Boxing Hosts Media Roundtable with WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Dmitry Bivol at MSG

New York, NY:       On Saturday at Madison Square Garden, World of Boxing hosted a media roundtable withWBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Dmitry Bivol (12-0, 10 KOs). Bivol, the 26-year old from St. Petersburg, Russia by way of Kyrgystan, Moldova and Korea, charmed the media who came out to see him, many of whom met the young champ for the first time.
 
The wide-ranging conversation touched on Dmitry’s childhood in Kyrgystan, his Korean heritage, how we got into boxing, and the current state of the light heavyweight division.
 
On the light heavyweight division and his place in it, Bivol said, “number one is vacant. I’m not sure who exactly is the best. Maybe we’ll have a chance to figure it out.” He later continued, “I’m very happy for Andre Ward because I’m very happy for all the athletes that finish their careers on a successful note. But, of course, I’m upset that my division lost a really important opponent for me. Judging by the last couple fights of Andre Ward, he could definitely have stayed for a couple more and showed more fun battles for his fans.”
 
Bivol was asked how he would approach fighting on HBO and when he might fight two-time light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev. He replied, “It’s a hard question. It depends on my opponents just as much as it depends on me. If I keep showing very good fighting against all the different opponents, then hopefully the American people would be just as happy to see me as they are to see Kovalev.”
 
When asked if it’s true that he prefers knocking out his opponents, Bivol said, “I don’t necessarily like knockouts, but the crowd likes knockouts. They buy tickets, they come to see boxing because they like knockouts. They like to see blood, they like to see war. So, I like to fight so people are satisfied with buying my tickets and seeing my fights.”
 
Unlike many fighters, Dmitry did not get into boxing as a way of getting out of street fighting. He explained, “I was a huge fan of Jackie Chan growing up, so I kind of got into boxing because I wanted to do the same kind of stuff as Jackie Chan.”
 
The New York reporters were eager to know if Bivol had dreamed of one day fighting at “The Mecca of Boxing.” Dmitry said that, as an amateur, “it was my coach’s dream that his student would be fighting in the biggest boxing arena in the world, specifically Madison Square Garden, and I’m hoping that this will happen.”
 
It was also announced that World of Boxing will partner with Main Events on Bivol’s next fight, which will take place in the United States. World of Boxing is working with HBO Executive Vice President Peter Nelson to pick a date for the world champion’s second title defense. Andrey Ryabinsky of World of Boxing said, “In the first quarter of next year, we plan to organize a fight for Dmitry Bivol in the USA. We hope that we will be able to negotiate a deal with one of the top opponents in the division. Dmitry is ready to fight the best and has been asking for a top-rated opponent.” Bivol’s manager, Vadim Kornilov, added, “We are very excited with the way Dmitry’s career has progressed and are looking forward to his next appearance in the US, possibly in the legendary Madison Square Garden arena!” When asked about working with a US promoter, Bivol stated, “World of Boxing is partnering with Main Events. I’m happy with that.” Main Events CEO Kathy Duva adds, “Dmitry has the potential to be a big star here in America and on HBO. I look forward to showing World of Boxing, Dmitry, and Vadim what we can do!”
 
As it was Dmitry’s first time at Madison Square Garden, after the media roundtable he received a VIP tour of the facility, then sat ringside for the Kovalev-Shabranskyy event, promoted by Main Events and Krusher Promotions in association with Golden Boy Promotions and Shuan Boxing Promotions. 

Bivol with his manager, Vadim Kornilov

 

In the main event, two-time light heavyweight world champion Sergey Kovalev defeated Vyacheslav Shabranskyy to reclaim the WBO Light Heavyweight Title. In the co-feature, Sullivan Barrera topped Felix Valera in a contest to determine Bivol’s mandatory challenger.
 
After the event, Bivol tweeted that he would like to meet Sullivan Barrera in the ring:

[VIDEO] WATCH MIGUEL COTTO VS. SADAM ALI WEIGH-IN LIVE! TODAY AT NOON EASTERN!

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Check out Miguel Cotto’s “final” weigh-in as he takes on Sadam Ali on Saturday night in a title bout.

 

You can watch the live event on either of the links below today at noon.

 

Watch Live: RingTV.com or Facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing

 

Cotto vs. Ali, a 12-round fight for the Cotto’s WBO World Junior Middleweight Championship, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions. Vargas vs. Negrete is a 12-round fight for Vargas’ WBC World Super Bantamweight Title and is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions in association with Promociones del Pueblo. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” “Hennessy: Never Stop. Never Settle.”, and Casa Mexico Tequila. The event will take place Saturday, December 2 at Madison Square Garden in New York City and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. The RingTV.com livestream will begin at approximately 6:45 p.m. ET/ 3:45 p.m. PT.

 

Tickets for Cotto vs. Ali are priced at $500, $300, $200, $100 and $50 and are on sale. Tickets can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008) and online at www.ticketmaster.comwww.goldenboytickets.com or www.MSG.com.

 

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COTTO VS. ALI FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES, PHOTOS, AND VIDEO

COTTO VS. ALI IS THIS SATURDAY AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN AND TELEVISED LIVE ON HBO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING 

 

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(LEFT TO RIGHT: Aaron McKenna, Angel Acosta, Rey Vargas, Miguel Cotto, Sadam Ali, Oscar Negrete, Ronny Rios, and Zachary Ochoa pose at the final press conference for Cotto vs. Ali, which takes place Dec. 2, 2017 at Madison Square Garden.)  

 

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NEW YORK CITY (NOV. 30, 2017) Four division world champion Miguel Cotto (41-5, 33 KOs) and current WBA International Welterweight Champion Sadam “World Kid” Ali (25-1, 14 KOs) today hosted the final press conference for their WBO World Junior Middleweight Championship fight, which takes place Saturday, Dec. 2 at the World’s Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden, and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

 

Joining Cotto and Ali at the final press conference were undercard fighters including WBC World Super Bantamweight Champion Rey Vargas (30-0, 22 KOs) and NABF Bantamweight Champion Oscar “El Jaguar” Negrete (17-0, 7 KOs), who will fight for Vargas’s belt in the HBO-televised co-main event. They were also joined by featherweight contender Ronny Rios (28-2, 13 KOs), super lightweight contender Zachary “Zungry” Ochoa (17-1, 7 KOs), junior flyweight contender Angel “Tito” Acosta (16-1, 16 KOs), and Aaron “Silencer” McKenna, Ireland’s no. 1 ranked amateur fighter who will make his professional debut under the Golden Boy Promotions banner on Saturday.

 

Here are what the fighters, their teams, and promoters had to say at today’s final press conference at Madison Square Garden:

 

MIGUEL COTTO, FOUR DIVISION WORLD CHAMPION: 

“It’s been a pleasure for me to try to entertain you guys for 17 years. I have done my best at every opportunity for the benefit of my family. They mean everything to me and I am so proud of them and they are so proud of me.

“On Saturday, I will be the same Miguel you have watched for the last 16 years. I am going to be a warrior and do my best for the benefit of my family, as always.”

 

SADAM “WORLD KID” ALI, Current WBA International Welterweight Champion:

“Thank you to Team Cotto for this opportunity. I’ve been training almost my whole life, since I was eight years old. Everyone wants an opportunity like this for a world title against a legend. If you’re not ready for a legend like Miguel Cotto then you’re going to be in trouble. On Saturday night you are going to see an amazing fight.”

 

FREDDIE ROACH, Trainer to Miguel Cotto:

“It’s a sad moment to say this is our last training camp because I’m going to miss Miguel a lot. Yesterday in the gym was the best I’ve ever seen Miguel. No one talked about retirement in camp. He’s in great shape and didn’t take anything lightly in camp. He’s going to go out on top and you’re going to see the best Miguel yet.”

 

ANDRE ROZIER, Trainer to Sadam “World Kid” Ali:

“Here we are – the work has been done. It’s been a strong, hard and diligent camp. He showed me that he wants to be that fighter that contends against a legend like Miguel Cotto, someone who is one of my favorite fighters. We are coming to entertain a crowd and come out victorious on Saturday.”

 

ERIC GOMEZ, President of Golden Boy Promotions:

“We are extremely excited for Saturday’s historic event at the ‘Mecca of Boxing,’ Madison Square Garden, and very happy with the response and ticket sales. The tickets are going fast, it’s going to be a big push these last final days for tickets.

“Miguel has fought at The Garden many times. This place is like a second home to him. He’s definitely going to be a hall of famer once it’s all said and done but he will have a tough test come Saturday night.

“Sadam deserves credit and recognition for doing something far too many boxers shy away from taking on a legend in daring to be great. That is how you make a real name for yourself in boxing. You’ll never know what’s possible if you don’t try it. Greatness happens when you pursue tough challenges, win or lose.

“I’ve never seen Sadam in better shape so I know he worked hard. You cannot underestimate the power of a dream. Sadam has always dreamed at being at this stage in his career. I’ve done boxing for many years and these are the types that can be dangerous fights – anything can happen when you have a young, hungry fighter like Sadam Ali.

“This is the second fight for Golden Boy to work with Miguel Cotto. The conversation with Miguel and his team for this fight was ‘Is Golovkin available? If not, I’ll fight anybody. Just tell me the date and the weight and I’ll be there.’ That is so refreshing to hear as a promoter and that is how Miguel has been throughout his career. It goes to show that when you believe in yourself, you’ll fight anyone. Saturday will be a great celebration and it will be a special night.”

 

REY VARGAS, Current WBC World Super Bantamweight Champion:

“I’m happy and motivated to be part of this great fight. Miguel Cotto is a great fighter, and I’m happy to be part of this card. I’m enthusiastic for this fight because Oscar Negrete is a great fighter, and he is coming for my title.

“You will see on Saturday why I am number one and why I would like to be number one forever. I am a champion, and I will do what Cotto did in his career – I want to be number one for the people. I’m ready for Saturday, and I’m going to give it my everything.” Continue reading

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Sullivan Barrera – “Camp has been great. It continues to get better with my new coach, Derik Santos. Every camp we work on different things. I am enjoying camp because I am learning a lot from him and we mix well. Nov 25 expect a great performance from me!”
 
“The door is wide open for everyone in the light heavyweight division. There are a lot of great fights to be made and I’m just looking to continue being in the mix with all the great fighters we have in our division.”
 
“I’m very excited to be fighting for the first time at The Garden. I have a tough opponent in front of me, someone who is coming in with nothing to lose and everything to gain. Not only do I have to win but I have to win while giving the fans and HBO audience a good show.”
Kovalev vs. Shabranskyy is a 12-round fight for the vacant WBO Light Heavyweight World Title promoted by Main Events and Krusher Promotions in association with Golden Boy Promotions. Barrera vs. Valera is a 10-round light heavyweight fight promoted by Main Events in Association with Shuan Boxing Promotions. Gamboa vs. Sosa is a 10-round super featherweight fight promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Peltz Boxing and ZR Entertainment. The event will take place at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. 
 
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[VIDEO] MIGUEL COTTO VS SADAM ALI CONFERENCE CALL

Check out what the fighters had to say before their matchup on December 2, 2017 at Madison Square Garden.

 

The bout will be for the WBO World Junior Middleweight Championship, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions.

 

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VYACHESLAV “LION HEART CHINGONSKYY” SHABRANSKYY LOS ANGELES MEDIA WORKOUT

 

 

 
VYACHESLAV “LION HEART CHINGONSKYY” SHABRANSKYY 
LOS ANGELES MEDIA WORKOUT QUOTES, PHOTOS AND VIDEOS
 
SATURDAY, NOV. 25 AT THE THEATER AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN AND TELEVISED ON HBO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING
 
  
(ABOVE: Vyacheslav Shabranskyy shadowboxes at a media workout today ahead of his 12-round fight against Sergey Kovalev on Nov. 25 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden)
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LOS ANGELES (Nov. 15, 2017) WBC USNBC Light Heavyweight Champion
Vyacheslav “Lion Heart Chingonskyy” Shabranskyy (19-1, 16 KOs) hosted a Los Angeles media workout at Westside Boxing Club ahead of his 12-round fight against former unified Light Heavyweight Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-2-1, 26 KOs) for the vacant WBO World Light Heavyweight championship. The fight will take place on Saturday, Nov. 25 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing® beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
 
Here’s what Shabranskyy had to say regarding his upcoming fight:
 
VYACHESLAV “LION HEART CHINGONSKYY” SHABRANSKYY, WBC USNBC Light Heavyweight Champion:
“My training camp was great. I did all the necessary rounds of training for this fight. Now we’re just working on the speed during these last two weeks.”
 
“Dmitry Bivol [WBA Light Heavyweight Champion] and David Benavidez [WBC Super Middleweight Champion] have helped me a lot with sparring. They come to the gym and they give me real work. We just train real hard and help each other. It’s great being able to spar and train with these champions.”
 
“This is a very big event. Fighting for a world title–it’s all or nothing. Right now, I’m not thinking about [Kovalev]. I’m not thinking about what he has done or what he is doing. I’ll see him on Nov. 25, and then after the fight, I’ll tell you about him.”
 
“I was so excited when I found out this bout would be for a world title. I had accepted the fight before knowing it would be for a world title. We got the call from his side and we took the fight. But then the WBO called and we were very excited. I’m very hungry and prepared to win.”
 
Kovalev vs. Shabranskyy is a 12-round fight for the vacant WBO World Light Heavyweight championship promoted by Main Events andKrusher Promotions in association with Golden Boy Promotions. Barrera vs. Valera is a 10-round light heavyweight fight promoted by Main Events in association with Shuan Boxing Promotions. Gamboa vs. Sosa is a 10-round super featherweight fight promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Peltz Boxing and ZR Entertainment. The event will take place at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
 
Tickets for Kovalev vs. Shabranskyy range from $50 to $350 and are available online at Ticketmaster.com, at the MSG box office or Main Events’ office by calling (973) 200-7050 or emailing boxing@mainevents.com. Use the code LATINOSUNIDOS when purchasing your tickets to donate a portion of the proceeds to hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the rebuilding efforts in Mexico following the earthquake in Mexico City. The donations will go to the Hispanic Federation’s Unidos fund and to Habitat for Humanity Mexico.

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JASON “EL CANITO” SOSA TO CLASH WITH ROBINSON “ROBIN HOOD” CASTELLANOS ON TELEVISED UNDERCARD OF KOVALEV VS. SHABRANSKYY AT THE THEATER AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN IN NEW YORK CITY

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JASON “EL CANITO” SOSA TO CLASH WITH ROBINSON “ROBIN HOOD” CASTELLANOS ON TELEVISED UNDERCARD OF KOVALEV VS. SHABRANSKYY AT THE THEATER AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN IN NEW YORK CITY

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25 TELEVISED LIVE ON HBO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®

 

PORTION OF TICKET PROCEEDS TO BE DONATED TO HURRICANE AND EARTHQUAKE RELIEF EFFORTS

 

 

NEW YORK CITY (Oct. 19, 2017) Two of the most experienced fighters in the stacked 130-pound division will continue the heated Puerto Rico vs. Mexico rivalry when Jason “El Canito” Sosa (20-2-4, 14 KOs) takes on Robinson “Robin Hood” Castellanos (24-13, 14 KOs) in a 10-round super featherweight fight at the Theater at Madison Square Garden on the televised undercard for Kovalev vs. Shabrankskyy. The event takes place Saturday, Nov. 25 and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

 

Although the competition between Puerto Rico and Mexico runs deep in the ring, Latinos and Hispanics come together and support each other in times of need. In light of the natural disasters affecting Mexico and the Caribbean, a portion of the proceeds of the ticket sales form this event will be donated to relief efforts for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the earthquake in Mexico City when ticket buyers use the code LATINOSUNIDOS to purchase their tickets through Ticketmaster.

 

“With the terrible natural disasters that have impacted Puerto Rico and Mexico recently, it was incredibly important to us that we find opportunities in boxing to give back to those affected,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “Though Puerto Rico and Mexico are rivals when it comes to boxing we stand together united to help these communities recover and rebuild their lives.”

 

The 29-year-old Sosa, of Camden, NJ and of Puerto Rican descent, is the former WBA World Super Featherweight Champion. He earned his title by handing Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna his first loss as a pro with an 11th-round knockout in Beijing, China in June 2016. Sosa successfully defended his title with a 12-round decision win over Stephen Smith in Monte Carlo in November 2016 before returning several months later in a tough fight against Vasyl “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko in April 2017. Sosa is also known for fighting to an impressive majority draw against former WBA Super World Featherweight Champion Nicholas “Axe Man” Walters and for stopping former world title challenger Jerry “The Corpus Christi Kid” Belmontes in only one round. Sosa’s aggressive style should produce fireworks against Castellanos.

 

“Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico,” said Sosa. “I have been living there for the last few months and I opened a business there. Now to see the destruction and devastation that my people are going through, it breaks my heart. It was very difficult for me to leave and begin my training camp back in New Jersey to get ready for the fight against Castellanos. This fight is important for many reasons. It is the beginning of the road to becoming champion again and it is my way of giving Puerto Rico a reason to smile and be proud. They are my biggest supporters and that little island shows me so much love.  I can’t do much but I can show them that this win is for them. I want to thank Castellanos and HBO for this opportunity.” Continue reading

TERENCE CRAWFORD VS FELIX DIAZ ON HBO THIS SATURDAY NIGHT!

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Undefeated World Junior Welterweight Champion Terence “Bud” Crawford and No. 3 world-rated contender Felix Diaz announce their 12-round World Title fight. Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with DiBella Entertainment, Tecate and Madison Square Garden, the Crawford vs. Diaz world championship event will take place on Saturday, May 20, at Madison Square Garden.

 

It will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®, beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT. Crawford (30-0, 21 KOs), of Omaha, Neb., already a two-division lineal world champion, has won five of his last seven bouts by stoppage.

 

The consensus Top-Five pound-for-pound fighter and 2014 Fighter of the Year will be making his second defense as the unified World Boxing Organization (WBO) / World Boxing Council (WBC) / Ring magazine 140-pound world champion. Diaz. (19-1, 9 KOs), from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, is a 2008 Olympic gold medalist.  A natural junior welterweight, Diaz has been forced to campaign at welterweight because viable opponents in the in 140-pound division have been running from him.

 

The only blemish on his record was a disputed 12-round welterweight majority decision loss to two-division world champion Lamont Peterson in 2015.  Diaz bounced back from that loss with a dominant unanimous decision victory over previously undefeated contender Sammy Vasquez.

 

 

World Championship Boxing: Terence Crawford vs. Felix Diaz: TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

 

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Terence Crawford vs. Felix Diaz World Championship Boxing Saturday, May 20 | 7PM Championship Boxing returns to “The World’s Most Famous Arena” on Saturday, May 20th with a must-see match-up between two top Junior Welterweight warriors! Undefeated World Champion TERENCE “BUD” CRAWFORD returns to “The Mecca of Boxing” to defend his unified WBO / WBC / Ring Magazine titles against former Olympic gold medalist and top-rated contender FELIX DIAZ. Two division champion, and top pound-for-pound superstar Crawford (30-0, 21 KOs), from Omaha, Nebraska, returns to New York City to make his Madison Square Garden Arena debut.

 

“Bud” has won five of his last seven fights via knockout, and will be looking for his 31st consecutive career victory when he steps into The Garden’s famed ring on May 20th. Top rated contender Diaz (19-1, 9 KOs) is the first boxer from the Dominican Republic to ever win an Olympic gold medal. The hard hitting southpaw will look to prove himself as the best 140-pound fighter in the world by handing Crawford the first loss of his career. Tickets are on sale NOW MORE UPCOMING EVENTS

 

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PHOTOS, QUOTES – GOLOVKIN VICTORIOUS OVER JACOBS! SOR RUNGVISAI UPSETS ‘CHOCOLATITO’ IN CONTROVERSIAL DECISION

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PHOTOS, QUOTES – GOLOVKIN VICTORIOUS OVER JACOBS!

SOR RUNGVISAI UPSETS ‘CHOCOLATITO’ IN CONTROVERSIAL DECISION

Photos, Tom Hogan/K2 Promotions

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New York City (March 19, 2017) On Saturday night at The Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden before 19,939 fans, Unified Middleweight World Champion GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN, (37-0, 33 KO’s) defended his titles in an epic 12-round battle against Mandatory Challenger, DANIEL “THE MIRACLE MAN” JACOBS, (32-2, 29 KO’s) of Brooklyn, New York. Scores for the unanimous decision victory were 115-112 twice and 114-113.

 

In the co-feature, SRISAKET SOR RUNGVISAI (42-4-1, 38 KO’s) upset WBC Super Flyweight World Champion ROMAN “CHOCOLATITO” GONZALEZ, (46-1-0, 38 KO’s), in a hotly contested 12-round majority decision. Scores for the new champion were 113-113 and 114-112, twice.

 

HBO SPORTS will present the exclusive replay of both highly anticipated world championship title fights on World Championship Boxing, Saturday, March 25 at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT).

 

GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN

“I respect Daniel Jacobs; he did a very good job. He came back to fight after I knocked him down.”

 

“I wasn’t thinking that I needed the 12th round to win the fight. This was my first test at 12 rounds. I needed a quality fight, not just the 12 rounds.”

 

“My goal is all the belts in the middleweight division, the WBO belt is the last step.”

 

“I respect my sport, that’s his problem for not doing the second day IBF weigh-in.”

 

“He stayed southpaw so I used my right hand more.”

 

DANIEL JACOBS

“I think I won the fight by two rounds at least. I won the fight and I won the decision, and all I can do is be gracious in the decision.”

 

“After the knockdown, I told him he’d have to kill me. There were many times during the fight I went toe-to-toe because I knew I could. I thought I won the fight.”

 

“I am looking forward to the future I think I gained a lot of fans.  My style is good, I am a fan-friendly guy and I thought I won the fight.”

 

ABEL SANCHEZ, Trainer of Golovkin

“We got the tough rounds in that we needed. I give Gennady a 7.5 or 8 out of ten. I’m happy with Gennady’s performance and I’m happy the fans got to see a great fight.”

 

“We were prepared with our sparring partners for when Daniel switched to southpaw and Gennady was actually more effective when he switched.”

 

“The fact that Danny believed in himself and was prepared, we said the from the beginning he was a very good fighter, that’s how these fights are going to be between two elite fighters. The fighter who adjusts the most is going to win the fight.”

 

“Gennady’s the same guy, he’s getting a lot better and the opposition is getting a lot better.”

 

ANDRE ROZIER, Trainer of Jacobs

“I’m very proud of my son Daniel, he fought an excellent fight. The fans really won tonight as well by seeing these two warriors and champions in the ring together.

 

ROMAN “CHOCOLATITO” GONZALEZ

“I’m a little dinged up but I thought I won the fight. I want an immediate rematch and to win my belt back.” Continue reading