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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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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
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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.
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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SOR RUNGVISAI UPSETS ‘CHOCOLATITO’ IN CONTROVERSIAL DECISION
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.”
“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
New York City (March 15, 2017) In front of huge turnout of media at The Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden, Unified Middleweight World Champion GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN, (36-0, 33 KO’s) and WBA Middleweight World Champion and Mandatory Challenger, DANIEL “THE MIRACLE MAN” JACOBS, (32-1, 29 KO’s) along with teams held the Final Press Conference leading up to their highly anticipated divisional clash this Saturday, March 18 at the famed venue in New York City.
The Championship Event presented by K2 Promotions will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN
“I’m very excited, everybody on my team is ready, just a couple days before another amazing drama show. I hope Daniel is ready, I hope he’s had his best training camp, I have a great deal of respect for his team.”
“Thanks to my team, thanks to my Coach Abel Sanchez, he opened my eyes for boxing, for new life. Thanks to HBO Pay-Per-View, this is the biggest chance for me and Daniel to show world class boxing.”
“Daniel said he’s come back home, I feel the same way, Madison Square Garden is like my second home, I love fighting here.”
“Thanks very much to my new sponsor Hublot and for their gift.”
“Good to see everyone, glad to be back in NYC. Feeling a lot of love in my city, where it all started.”
“I was 15 years old when I first came to Madison Square Garden to watch the Golden Gloves, so to have an opportunity like this and fight at the Mecca of Boxing again for the biggest opportunity that I could possibly have—I feel very grateful.”
“Thanks to my family, my lovely lady Natalie, my son Nathaniel, my Mom, everyone who has just been in my corner.”
‘Thanks to my team, Andre Rozier and Chris Algieri, a pure joy to have him in camp, great nutritionist and great conversations. He really understands being at this level.”
“Also want to thank Virgil Hunter for allowing us to train at his facility in Oakland, a great place to have a camp. Also want to thank HBO for this opportunity, also to Showtime for the 60 Minutes piece they did which was stellar.”
“This is a great opportunity for me, I would never have thought five years ago through a whole bunch of craziness that I went through that I would be fighting for the unified middleweight championship.”
“I wouldn’t want to have it any other way, the biggest challenge on the biggest stage. I’m so focused, I’m so ready.”
“I have the utmost respect for Gennady and his team, we’re two ambassadors for the sport, and I’m honored to share the ring with him.”
ABEL SANCHEZ, Trainer of Golovkin
“Finally were five days away, looking forward to challenging that preparation that Danny had in Oakland. Andre and I both understand how serious this is, we had a great camp. I’d like to thank all of our sparring partners and Max Golovkin for his help in camp.”
“Most of all I’d like to thank Gennady for giving us this opportunity to nurture and show everyone the kind of fighter he is on Saturday night, the best middleweight in the world and probably one of the best middleweights ever.”
“I hope everyone comes out and witnesses a superstar in the making.” Continue reading
VIDEOS/PHOTOS/QUOTES — GOLOVKIN & CUADRAS
LOS ANGELES MEDIA WORKOUT
LOS ANGELES, CA (March 1, 2017) In front of a packed house of media on Tuesday in Los Angeles, Unified Middleweight World Champion, GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN, (36-0, 33 KO’s) and former WBC Super Flyweight World Champion, CARLOS “PRINCIPE” CUADRAS, (36-1-1, 27 KO’s), both showed they are in excellent shape and rare form heading into battle on Saturday, Mar. 18.
From The Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden, Golovkin will defend his titles against WBA Middleweight World Champion DANIEL “THE MIRACLE MAN” JACOBS, (32-1, 29 KO’s) while Cuadras will be featured in a special attraction 10-round clash against cross-town Mexico City rival DAVID “SEVERO” CARMONA, (20-3-5, 8 KO’s).
The championship event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN (WBC, WBA, IBF, IBO Middleweight Champion)
“I’m very excited for Daniel, he has good boxing style, a very high boxing IQ and he has a lot of power. I think he was the best amateur from the East Coast. This is a very serious fight for me. He must have moved to the West Coast to get the best training because he feels they can help him.”
“He’s a couple inches taller than me, I’ve faced taller middleweights but he has power and is a true champion. My focus right now is on Daniel Jacobs; I understand this is a true fight.”
“I won’t be surprised if he starts out quickly, I understand his power and boxing IQ. I’ll be ready for him from the first round to the last round.”
“After the loss to Pirog, Daniel is a smarter, stronger, much better fighter. Daniel is stronger, his body looks big. This is the biggest chance of his career.”
“This is my first fight of the year so I’m very excited, whatever happens after this I’ll be concerned about after the fight with Daniel.”
“Last year there was too much talking with Canelo, Saunders, Eubank and Froch; this game is more serious than that, Daniel he is ready. I think this year will be much better.”
“This is a new year, Daniel is from Brooklyn, Madison Square Garden is my home and it will be a great atmosphere on March 18.”
“Training camp has been great, I know my job and I’m ready for Daniel.”
TOM LOEFFLER, Managing Director of K2 Promotions
“We’re excited about this fight March 18, since we announced there has been a tremendous amount of interest from the fans and media, it’s clearly the two best middleweights fighting each other at Madison Square Garden, both with over 90% knockout ratios. This is really a throwback fight, a true definition of the best fighting the best.”
“This is a fight that Gennady gets motivated by, he has a ton of respect for Danny Jacobs, as we all do for what Danny’s accomplished inside the ring and outside as a person and a fighter. Both Gennady and Danny are great ambassadors for the sport. They are great representatives of the sport and that’s what the fans appreciate—two quality champions inside the ring and outside the ring.”
“With Roman Gonzalez fighting Rungvisai, Carlos Cuadras fighting David Carmona and Ryan Martin fighting ‘Pee Wee’ Cruz in separate fights on March 18, we’re really providing value for the fans and those watching on HBO Pay-Per-View.”
ABEL SANCHEZ, Trainer of Golovkin
“We’ve been in camp now for about seven weeks, last week was our first week of sparring, we have two more weeks and we should be right on schedule to do what we need on March 18.”
Golovkin and Jacobs have an extraordinary, combined 35 consecutive knockouts heading into this highly anticipated battle.
The HBO Sports special “24/7 Golovkin/Jacobs” will premiere Saturday, Mar. 4 at 10:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The special will provide all-new content including portraits of both fighters’ path to this significant showdown. The show will also be available on HBO ON DEMAND®, HBO GO® and HBO NOW and affiliate portals.
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Photos/Tom Hogan/K2 Promotions
GOLOVKIN vs. JACOBS is presented by K2 Promotions. Tickets priced at $1000, $600, $400, $300, $200 and $100, are now on sale and 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.com or www.thegarden.com
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GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN VS. DANIEL JACOBS
WORLD MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
PRESENTED LIVE BY HBO PAY-PER-VIEW®
Saturday, March 18, 2017
MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
Oakland, CA (February 14, 2017) WBA Middleweight World Champion and Mandatory Challenger DANIEL “THE MIRACLE MAN” JACOBS, (32-1, 29 KO’s) held court with the Northern California media at his training camp in Oakland yesterday in preparation for his highly anticipated showdown with Unified Middleweight World Champion GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN, (36-0-0, 33 KO’s) on Saturday, March 18 at The Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
“Gennady is a great fighter; we’ll have multiple game plans to approach the fight. They can plan ahead or overlook me but I’m coming to be victorious on March 18..”
“Getting away has been great for me, there’s a lot less distractions in Oakland than if I stayed in Brooklyn.”
“I’ve been down twice in my career but I’m but not worried about my chin. He’s a very strong guy but it’s up to me to prove I’m quicker and better.”
“I don’t know how hard he punches, I’ve never faced him but anybody can be hurt and I’m confident in my power that I can hurt him. All the questions about my chin and heart will be answered on March 18.”
“I’m really a boxer, I’ve just become known as a knockout artist with all my stoppages.” Continue reading