DAVID LEMIEUX VS. BILLY JOE SAUNDERS CONFERENCE CALL

Check out the David Lemieux vs. Billy Joe Saunders conference call leading up to Saturday’s big fight as we close 2017 out with a BANG!

 

Also a good co-feature with Gary O’Sullivan taking on Antoine Douglas.

 

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SAUNDERS VS. LEMIEUX MEDIA CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT

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OSCAR DE LA HOYA: Thank you to the media for joining us today in this International Media Conference Call for Saunders versus Lemieux. We are kicking off fight week with this call and have a week of events leading up to Saturday’s events, which will surely be a showdown between two heavy hitters this Saturday, December 16th, at the brand new Place Bell in Laval, Quebec, Canada. WBO Middleweight World Champion Billy Joe Saunders will battle the heavy-handed David Lemieux for Saunders title, which is a WBO title. This event is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Eye of the Tiger Management in association with my partner Frank Warren.

 

Additionally, we have a spectacular co-event as part of the HBO telecast. Antoine “Action” Douglas versus Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan will be a ten-round fight for the WBO International Middleweight title presented by Golden Boy Promotions, Eye of the Tiger Management, and in association with GH3 Promotions and Murphy’s Boxing. And opening up the HBO telecast, we will have Cletus “Hebrew Hammer” Seldin returning to the ring just more than a month after his dominating knockout victory. He’s taking on a highly regarded Yves Ulysse Jr., and that’s a ten-round super lightweight, and that will be opening up the telecast on HBO, which begins at 9:40 Eastern/Pacific time. Tickets for the Saunders-Lemieux are priced beginning at $45 all the way up to $500. They’re still for sale. Tickets are going fast. We’re going to have a full house at the brand new arena. So at this time, it is my pleasure to introduce to you the president of Eye of the Tiger Management, my good friend and partner at Golden Boy Promotions, Camille Estephan.

 

Camille Estephan: Hello, everyone. It’s fight week. We’re here. We’re ready. This fight is going to be a war. We expect a show that we’ll talk about for the next decade. HBO undercard as well, two styles that, I think, will marry very well. Great fight, Action Douglas against O’Sullivan. I can’t wait to watch the fight myself as a fan. We thank you for supporting HBO, Golden Boy, Frank Warren. Everybody’s involved. So many promoters, so many people got together to put this great, great event together.

Oscar, Eric, and the team, wonderful job. Thank you very much. We’re ready here.

OSCAR DE LA HOYA: Thank you very much, Camille.

Let me introduce now the trainer for David Lemieux. Obviously, he’s been doing an amazing, amazing job. They’ve been training for months now getting ready for this incredible showdown on December 16th. Here is Marc Ramsey to say a few words. Marc?

MARC RAMSEY: First of all, I would like to thank everybody who made this happen, HBO, Golden Boy, Camille Estephan, and Eye of the Tiger Management, Frank Warren. I proposed to David Lemieux a couple of tough, tough training camps, but a very successful training camp where we reached every single goal in camp. I’m very enthusiastic about the performance of David Saturday night and a very nice victory just before Christmas for our fans here in Montreal.

OSCAR DE LA HOYA: Thank you. Thank you very much. So now it’s my pleasure to introduce to you Canada’s biggest star. He’s a former IBF Middleweight World Champion. He has a stellar record of 38 wins, 3 losses, and 33 knockouts. David is a thunderous puncher with tremendous, tremendous power in both hands. He captured the IBF World Middleweight Title against Hassan N’Dam in 2015, knocking the then world title holder out four times en route to a decision victory. This year, Lemieux blasted out title contender Curtis Stevens in a third-round impressive knockout, which is a contender for the Fight of the Year. And then also he went on to beat Marcos “Dorado” Reyes. Now he’s up for another big challenge in Billy Joe Saunders, and that will be for the WBO Middleweight title. It is my pleasure to introduce to you from Canada, David Lemieux.

DAVID LEMIEUX: Thanks, Oscar. Hi, everybody. I’m so excited for this week. Very, very grateful for another great opportunity to become world champion again. I’m thankful for everybody to be part of this. Thanks to Golden Boy Promotions, Eye of the Tiger Management, HBO, and everybody around. Thank you, guys. It’s been a great camp. I’m really excited for this fight. I’m more excited, actually, just to lay my hands on Billy Joe Saunders more than anything else. He’s got a big mouth. It’s rare I see fighters with such a big mouth. I just hope his fighting is going to come as close as his mouth on Saturday night. He has a very, very aggressive Lemieux on his back, and I’m going to be ready. I’m extremely prepared for this fight. So, it’s not going to be easy for him. It’s actually going to be hell for him. I’m here to knock him out. I’m here to destroy him every round. It’s 12 rounds. It’s unfortunate for him, but I’m ready for 12 big rounds. I’m excited for this fight to give the fans their money’s worth and finish the year with a new WBO title.

OSCAR DE LA HOYA: All right. Thank you, David. Do we have Team Saunders on?

BILLY JOE SAUNDERS: Here ready to rock and roll.

OSCAR DE LA HOYA: All right. It is my pleasure to introduce to you the man behind the WBO World Champion. Obviously, when you have a world champion like Saunders, you need a great trainer, and so it’s my pleasure to introduce to you Dominic Ingle. Dominic?

BILLY JOE SAUNDERS: No, this is Billy Joe. Dominic is not here. It’s the champ here, just the champ alone.

OSCAR DE LA HOYA: All right. So, let me — it is my pleasure to introduce to you, hailing out of Hatfield, United Kingdom, Saunders is undefeated coming off back-to-back defenses. He is the WBO World Champion. He demolished Irish Andy Lee in 2015. He is the WBO Middleweight Champion, fighting the likes of Willie “The Mongoose” Monroe. And on Saturday night he’s looking to stay undefeated, and he’s ready. He trained hard for this fight. So, it is my pleasure to introduce the WBO Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders.

BILLY JOE SAUNDERS: Good afternoon, everybody. Training camp is very, very good. It’s come to an end now. Lovely, beautiful, it’s done. Fitness is done. Feeling in the best shape ever. No excuses. No excuses. Don’t need no excuses about injuries or anything else. It’s going to be a very good fight. I think David is a good fighter, but at the minute, he’s just the last bit of dog meat for me because (indiscernible) Golovkin told me I am the dog himself. And I know he’s given David a bit of a beating and also set that big fire out for me.

OSCAR DE LA HOYA: We will now open it up for questions from the media.

My first question for David is I guess this is going to be the first time there’s going to be a boxing event in this particular arena they opened this year in Laval. I wonder, just from your perspective, I know you’ve had a lot of fights in Quebec and in Montreal in particular, but what would it mean for you to win a world title in front of your hometown, the way you did the first time you won a world title belt, especially in a new building, and excited about the fight?    

DAVID LEMIEUX: Well, it’s been done once. It’s going to be done twice. I think it’s going to be a great night for the fans, what I’m going to bring to the ring and how I’m going to fight. People are just talking about my punching power and this and that, but they’re going to be surprised once I start mixing it up with Saunders, and not just the punching behind here, there’s a boxer too. So, we’ll see how he holds up.

When you fought in your last fight that was — in a world title fight and you lost that fight. What makes you believe that your performance against Saunders is going to be a whole lot different than the way it went down against Golovkin? I know that wasn’t your best performance.   

DAVID LEMIEUX: I’m a whole different guy than I am facing Golovkin. I’m a whole different guy. You put Golovkin back in front of me, and it’s going to be a whole different scenario. Now I’ve got Saunders to take care of. We’ve done everything we need to do in camp. I don’t think it’s going to be very difficult in the ring against him.

I’m going to be nice manners because it’s going to be hell for him. But I’m ready. I’m ready to take the title now.

You made it clear, David, in your opening remarks that you don’t really seem to have much like for Billy. I wonder where does that come from? What’s the reason? I’ve heard you talk in other fights, and you didn’t have that kind of animosity between Gennady Golovkin or even Curtis Stevens, necessarily. What is it about Saunders that has you going in the wrong way? 

DAVID LEMIEUX: I’m going to make him pay in the ring. All this animosity is going to come out in the ring. If he thinks he can run away for 12 rounds, he’s in a lot of trouble. Q. Is there something he said that got you upset or something he did?   

DAVID LEMIEUX: Well, he said a whole bunch of things. Just his character, he is who he is, and I don’t like him. Q. Billy, can you give me your perspective about traveling to your opponent’s hometown to defend your title. Your previous world title fights have taken place in front of the more friendly crowds over in the UK. Give me your mindset about coming to enemy territory. 

BILLY JOE SAUNDERS: I go to enemy territory all the time. Where I’m from, when I boxed Andy Lee, it was the biggest feud amongst possible gypsy culture, English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh all there in one mixture. Most of them there for Andy Lee. I perform under pressure. I’ve seen David’s absolute best performance against Gennady Golovkin. I think David is very weak in the mind. And at the end, I don’t care if it’s in his backyard, put the ring there. As long as there’s a ring we can get in, that’s all that matters. I’m quite happy to know I’m under his skin because, if he wants to play a boxing match, then bring a blindfold, and I’ll put it on, and I’ll beat him. That’s how confident I am.

Q. Do you have any regard for his punching power? Most people watch David fight, they think — and have seen knockouts he had against Curtis Stevens, and think of David honestly as one of the top punchers in the sport regardless of weight class. Do you have any thoughts about the kind of punching power he possesses?

BILLY JOE SAUNDERS: Against bums, yeah, knocking out old men, but he got stuck against Rubio. He’s a tough man with power. He lost his next and then fought bums all the way up until Golovkin. Curtis Stevens, he’s not an A-level fighter. He’s just a step up, a bit of a seasonal fighter. He’s really nothing special. He dealt with him, fair play. But he got spanked by Golovkin previous to that. When you mix him up against the very, very best of the league, he’s not quite comfortable. He didn’t win a round against Golovkin.

Q. One more question for you, Billy. Since you’re so confident you’re going to win this fight, what kind of big fight in the middleweight division or maybe a different division do you want after this fight? There’s obviously a possibility of a Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin rematch. What do you want to do after you beat him?    

BILLY JOE SAUNDERS: I want whoever’s next. I would love to fight Canelo Alvarez. I would love to fight him. As long as it’s all a fair playing field here in Canada, which I’m sure it will. I don’t want no Canelo-Golovkin results. I want a fair result. If David Lemieux beats me fair and square, I will shake his hand. But when I beat him fair and square, he won’t even shake my hand, and rightly so.

Q. Billy, just what you just mentioned about going to basically his hometown and you want fair play, how concerned are you about the judging if the fight goes the distance?     Continue reading

‘WORLD KID’ IS A WORLD CHAMPION: SADAM ALI PULLS OFF STUNNING UNANIMOUS DECISION UPSET OF MIGUEL COTTO IN FAREWELL FIGHT OF HIS LEGENDARY CAREER AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

‘WORLD KID’ IS A WORLD CHAMPION: SADAM ALI PULLS OFF STUNNING UNANIMOUS DECISION UPSET OF MIGUEL COTTO IN FAREWELL FIGHT OF HIS LEGENDARY CAREER AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN 
 

WBC SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION REY VARGAS MAKES SECOND SUCCESSFUL TITLE DEFENSE IN CO-MAIN EVENT

 

 

PUERTO RICO’S ANGEL ‘TITO’ ACOSTA WINS VACANT WBO JUNIOR FLYWEIGHT WITH SENSATIONAL 10th-ROUND KNOCKOUT

 

 
 

 (ABOVE: Golden Boy Promotions President Eric Gomez, Business Partner Bernard Hopkins, and Chairman and CEO Oscar De La Hoya celebrate with Sadam “World Kid” Ali in the ring follow his defeat of Miguel Cotto to win the WBO Junior Middleweight World Championship.)

 

 
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NEW YORK CITY (Dec. 2, 2017) On a night that Madison Square Garden and the boxing world bid farewell to a boxing legend in Miguel Cotto (41-6, 33 KOs), Sadam “World Kid” Ali (26-1, 14 KOs) stole the show, winning a unanimous decision victory and the WBO Junior Middleweight World Championship in front of 12,391 fans and televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing. The final scores were 115-113 twice and 116-112.

 

 

Ali, a 2008 U.S. Olympian from Brooklyn, hurt Cotto twice in the early rounds and used slick defense and solid counterpunching to keep Cotto at bay throughout the 12-round bout.

 

 

“I worked hard for it,” Ali said. “I took advantage of this fight, and I made sure to make it count. I want to Thank God, and also thank team Cotto, They could have taken an easier fight if they wanted too. I had him hurt here or there in the first couple of rounds. I knew I had to do something, or he would have dug in. By the 11th round, I thought the fight was close. Whatever Golden Boy Promotions has next, I’ll take it. Good things happen to good people. I have been training since I was eight years old, and I am glad I got this win at MSG, in my hometown.”

 

 
Cotto, a six-time, four-division world champion and the fighting pride of Caguas, Puerto Rico confirmed his retirement after the bout.
 

“I am feeling good with the performance,” Cotto said. “Something happened to my left bicep in the seventh round. I don’t want to make excuses, Sadam won the fight. It is my last fight. I am good, and I want to be happy in my home with my family. Thank you for all the fans. I am proud to call MSG my second home. I had the opportunity to provide the best for my family because of the sport.”

 

In the co-main event, despite suffering severe gashes over both eyes caused by accidental headbutts, WBC Super Bantamweight World Champion Rey Vargas (31-0, 22 KOs) defended his title a second time,rolling to a 12-round unanimous decision victory over a very game Oscar “El Jaguar” Negrete (17-1, 7 KOs). The scores were 119-109 twice and 120-108.

“I am glad that we got the win, and I continue being unbeaten with my belt,” Vargas said. “It was difficult finding my rhythm at the beginning of the fight, and the cuts did not help. I have the humility to say that I made my share of mistakes, but I feel that Negrete fought very dirty, and was not a very good boxer.”

 

 

In a battle pitting Puerto Rico against Mexico for the vacant WBO Junior Flyweight World Championship, Angel “Tito” Acosta (17-1, 17 KOs) of San Juan, Puerto Rico landed huge shots throughout the early and middle rounds before knocking out Neuvo Leon, Meixco’s Juan “Pinky” Alejo (25-5-1, 15 KOs) with a vicious left hook in the 10th round of a scheduled 12.

“It’s taken me five years to get here, and I’m cherishing this moment for me and for Puerto Rico,” Acosta said. “I’ve learned a lot since my last fight for a world title against Kosei Tanaka, and this fight proves that I learned and fixed all I needed to win a world championship. My next steps will be up to my promoters, but I know I am in good hands.”

 

 
Santa Ana, California’s Ronny Rios (29-2, 13 KOs) used a combination of left hooks to the body and right hands upstairs to dominate Monteria, Colombia’s Deivis Julio (19-4, 11 KOs) over 10 rounds in a match up of featherweights. Rios took home a unanimous decision by the scores of 100-90, 99-91 and 97-93.

“It was an ugly win, but we got to accomplish it on the undercard of Miguel Cotto,” Rios said. “He was a southpaw, with an awkward style. He was also a veteran, so he had his little tricks. Overall, this was a huge motivation, and I’m just glad to get back in my groove.” Continue reading

TWO HEAVY-HANDED SUPER LIGHTWEIGHTS LOOK TO CLOSE OUT 2017 IN SPECTACULAR FASHION: CLETUS “HEBREW HAMMER” SELDIN AND YVES ULYSSE JR. WILL BATTLE IN DEC. 16 TRIPLEHEADER OPENER

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CARD WILL BE HEADLINED BY WBO WORLD MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHT BETWEEN BILLY JOE SAUNDERS AND DAVID LEMIEUX
 
ALL THE ACTION TAKES PLACE AT PLACE BELL IN LAVAL, QUEBEC, CANADA TELEVISED LIVE ON HBO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®
 
LOS ANGELES (Nov. 28, 2017) A big jump in the super lightweight rankings will be on the line Saturday Dec. 16 when Cletus “Hebrew Hammer” Seldin (21-0, 17 KOs) returns just more than a month after a dominating KO victory to take on highly regarded Yves Ulysse, Jr. (14-1, 9 KOs) at Place Bell in Laval, Quebec, Canada. The 10-round opening event of HBO World Championship Boxing begins live at 9:40 p.m. ET/PT.
 
The fight will serve as the TV opener for the main event featuring WBO World Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders putting his belt on the line against former IBF World Middleweight Champion David Lemieux and the co-main event between Antoine “Action” Douglas and Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan for the WBO Intercontinental Middleweight title.
 
Fighting out of Long Island, NY, Seldin is a former WBC International Silver Super Lightweight Champion whose power has been on display throughout his career, culminating with a third-round knockout of previously once-defeated Roberto “Massa” Ortiz on November 11.
 
“My trainer and I have studied Yves Ulysse and know he is a solid boxer-puncher who fights with intensity and angles,” Seldin said. “He is as good as anyone in the 140-pound weight class, so it will be a hard-fought, exciting fight.  I want to thank my promoter, Joe DeGuardia, and HBO for getting me right back in the ring and back on HBO again so quickly.  I want to fight every month like this.”
 
Across the ring will be local Montreal product Ulysse, Jr., who at 29 has never fought an opponent with a losing record and has just one defeat by close split decision.
 
“It has always been my dream since I started boxing to perform on HBO, the world’s most prestigious television network,” Ulysse said. “I’m so happy to get the opportunity to do this at home, Dec. 16, and show the whole world what I’m capable of.”

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CANELO ALVAREZ SENDS BEST WISHES TO FUTURE HALL OF FAMER MIGUEL COTTO IN HIS FINAL FIGHT AGAINST SADAM ‘WORLD KID’ ALI

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COTTO VS. ALI TAKES PLACE ON DEC. 2 AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN AND TELEVISED LIVE ON HBO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®
 
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NEW YORK CITY (Dec. 1, 2017): Canelo Alvarez, the worldwide boxing phenomenon who is currently enjoying a well-deserved vacation in Europe, sent a warm message to Miguel Cotto (41-5, 33 KOs), the only four-division world champion in Puerto Rico’s rich boxing history and the current WBO Junior Middleweight World Champion, as he prepares for the final fight of his illustrious career against Sadam “World Kid” Ali (25-1, 14 KOs) at Madison Square Garden. The event will take place on Saturday, Dec. 2 and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing® beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

 

Canelo, who faced Cotto in Nov. 2015 for the Middleweight Championship of the World in one of the most important fights of this era, sent his best wishes to the legendary Puerto Rican as he closes the book on his career.

 

“Miguel Angel Cotto, I just wanted to wish you success in your fight,” said Canelo. “I know that it is the last fight of your extraordinary career. I think that you did a lot for the sport of boxing. I wish you success in your life after you retire. Now it’s your time to enjoy everything you did for the sport of boxing and everything that boxing has given you.”

           

“Personally, it was an honor to be in the ring with you. I learned a lot from that fight. It was an honor, and I wish you all the success in the world in your retirement. A strong hug from me, and much success!”

           

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, Dec. 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.

 

For more information visit  www.goldenboypromotions.com, and  www.promocionesmiguelcotto.com, and  www.hbo.com/boxing. Follow on Twitter at @cottopromotions, @GoldenBoyBoxing, and @hboboxing, and become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing and www.facebook.com/realmiguelacotto. Visit us on Instagram at @GoldenBoyBoxing and @realmiguelacotto and follow the conversation using #CottoAli.

 

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MIGUEL COTTO VS. SADAM ALI OFFICIAL WEIGHTS

MIGUEL COTTO VS. SADAM ALI
Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017
World’s Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden
New York, New York
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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.

LAMONT ROACH, JR. SHINES IN FRONT OF HOMETOWN CROWD WITH UNANIMOUS DECISION VICTORY AGAINST REY “FLASH” PEREZ IN MAIN EVENT OF GOLDEN BOY BOXING ON ESPN AT THE MGM NATIONAL HARBOR

LAMONT ROACH, JR. SHINES IN FRONT OF HOMETOWN CROWD WITH UNANIMOUS DECISION VICTORY AGAINST REY “FLASH” PEREZ IN MAIN EVENT OF GOLDEN BOY BOXING ON ESPN AT THE MGM NATIONAL HARBOR
AVERY “A PLUS” SPARROW DEFEATS JOSE “WONDER BOY” LOPEZ IN EXCITING
CO-MAIN EVENT

 

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(Lamont Roach, Jr. scored a ten-round unanimous decision victory against Rey Perez in the main event of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN on Nov. 30)

 
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OXON HILL, MD (Nov. 30, 2017) Super Featherweight Prospect Lamont Roach, Jr. (16-0, 6 KOs) demonstrated yet again why he’s one of the best and brightest prospects of the Golden Boy Promotions stable as he defeated tough contender Rey “Flash” Perez (21-9, 6 KOs) via unanimous decision in the 10-round main event of the latest edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN at the MGM National Harbor in Maryland. Despite getting caught with a hard shot to the body in the second round, Roach, Jr. prevailed in exciting and dominant fashion, landing right hands and lead left uppercuts to hurt Perez in the later rounds. Roach, Jr. won with three scores of 99-91.
 
“I feel good after a good performance like that,” said Roach, Jr. “In the second round, he hit me with a really good body shot. But I stayed composed and got myself together. I’d been through that before, and I’ve sparred with bigger people. True fighters know how to recover and get back to their game plan, and that’s what I did. I used the time to recover, and got back to what I was doing to get the victory.”
 
Avery “A Plus” Sparrow (9-1, 3 KOs), the super featherweight prospect of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, scored a dominant unanimous decision victory against Carolina, Puerto Rico’s Jose “Wonder Boy” Lopez (18-2-1, 13 KOs) over ten-rounds of action in tonight’s co-main event. Sparrow was cautious in the opening rounds as Lopez pushed forward, but as the round progressed, Sparrow began to display both his ring experience and the ring IQ he has inherited from the Philadelphia school of boxing. Sparrow won with scores of 96-94, 96-94 and 97-93.
 
Fairfield, California’s Manuel “Tino” Avila (23-1, 8 KOs) scored a tough unanimous decision win against Diuhl Olguin (11-9-2, 9 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico. Though Avila hurt his left hand during the latter part of the fight, he remained victorious with scores of 77-75, 78-74 and 78-74.
 
“I feel good about this win because I was working on different things,” said Avila. “It threw me off that the opponent was decided at the last moment and that I hurt my left hand. Overall, it was a great learning experience because I chose to work on things and with a good opponent.”
 
Lamont Capers (8-10-3) defeated Luther Smith, Jr (9-2, 8 KOs) via four-round split decision in a cruiserweight fight. Smith scored a knockdown in the first round that nearly sent Capers out of the ring, but was unable to finish Capers. One judge scored the fight 38-37 for Smith, which was overruled by two scores of 38-37 for Capers.
 
“I did good,” said Capers. “They saw me as the underdog, but I pushed him and I conquered.”
 
“I wasn’t tired,” said Smith. “I simply wasn’t able to land the shots I wanted to land and that my coach was asking for. He [Capers] never hurt me, but he was a lot busier.”

[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.

 

For more information visit www.goldenboypromotions.com, and www.promocionesmiguelcotto.com, and www.hbo.com/boxing. Follow on Twitter at @cottopromotions, @GoldenBoyBoxing, and @hboboxing, and become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing and www.facebook.com/realmiguelacotto. Visit us on Instagram at @GoldenBoyBoxing and @realmiguelacotto and follow the conversation using #CottoAli.

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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

ROACH JR, SPARROW VICTORIOUS AT MGM NATIONAL HARBOR ON GOLDEN BOY ESPN CARD!

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MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, MD — In the main event on Golden Boy on ESPN’s card at MGM National Harbor, local favorite Lamont Roach, Jr won a 10-round UD over Rey Perez.

Outside of a body shot that got his attention early in the fight, Roach outhustled and outworked the rugged Perez.  All three judges scored it 99-91 for Roach.

Roach, (16-0, 6 KOs), entered the ring with a heavy heart as he lost an integral piece of his team last month.  His trainer, mentor, and cousin Bernard Roach died suddenly from complications of a heart attack.

Roach admitted it was hard to focus, but there were no signs tonight as he used excellent movement and hand speed to control Perez (21-9, 6 KOs).

Perez didn’t come to lay down as he gave a hard night’s effort for his honest pay.  However, there was too much of an athletic advantage for Perez to overcome.

I like the way Golden Boy is moving Roach.  He’s only 22.  There is no need to rush him to become another titleholder who is learning on the job.

Roach had a very active 2017 and he should continue that trend in 2018.  Maybe by the end of 2018 he can faceoff against a similar young prospect to see what he’s made of.  We’ll keep an eye on him here, of course.

Gary Russell, Jr was in attendance.

Attendance for the card was 1,768.  I think the start time (6:30pm on a Thursday night) contributed to the turnout.  More importantly, the hometown Redskins had a Thursday Night Football national broadcast with the archrival Cowboys.  Washington D.C., along with the metropolitan area, is a football town.  Football is king and that is that.

Roach

“I feel good after a god performance like. In the second round, he hit me with a really good body shot. But I stayed composed and got myself together. I’d been through that before, and I’ve sparred with bigger people.”

“True fighters know how to recover and get back to their game plan, and that’s what I did. I used the time to recover, and got back to what I was doing to get the victory.”

In the televised co-feature, Avery Sparrow brought the Philadelphia rough-and-tumble spirit early on to beat Jose Lopez by UD.

Sparrow (9-1, 3 KOs) didn’t fight like a replacement opponent as he overcame a major height deficit to beat Lopez to the point all night.

Sparrow used crafty tricks out of the Philly boxing gyms and he was just a step ahead of Lopez (18-2-1, 13 KOs) all night.  The Sparrow right hand couldn’t miss, especially late.  He used it wisely and his unorthodox fighting style was too much.

In the end, two judges had it 96-94, and the third had it 97-93.  I thought Sparrow won by at least three points.

Sparrow

“I feel great. I showed that I had more experience.”  “I did what I had to do and even hurt him a couple times. We knew the game plan was to take me to deep waters, so we started cautiously and reversed the plan. We took him to deep waters and got the victory.”

Other results:

Manuel “Tino” Avila (23-1, 8 KOs) UD over Diuhl Olguin (11-9-2, 9 KOs).  Scores were 77-75, and 78-74 twice.

“I feel good about this win because I was working on different things,” said Avila. “It threw me off that the opponent was decided at the last moment and that I hurt my left hand. Overall, it was a great learning experience because I chose to work on thing and with a good opponent.”

Lamont Capers (8-10-3) SD over Luther Smith, Jr (9-2, 8 KOs).  Scores were 38-37 for Smith, and 38-37 twice for Capers.

“I did good,” said Capers. “They saw me as the underdog, but I pushed him and I conquered.”

“I wasn’t tired,” said Smith. “I simply wasn’t able to land the shots I wanted to land and that my coach was asking for. He [Capers] never hurt me, but he was a lot busier.”

Thomas Williams (0-0-2) DRAW with Alberto Delgado (0-2-3)

Williams: “This fight went the same way as my last fight. All I can say is that Delgado is one tough guy.”

Delgado: “It was a tough fight. I gave everything, but I needed more power to win.”

 

 

MIGUEL COTTO AND UNDERCARD FIGHTERS LOS ANGELES MEDIA WORKOUT QUOTES, PHOTOS AND VIDEOS

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(ABOVE: Four division world champion Miguel Cotto at his LA Media Workout at Wild Card Boxing Gym in Hollywood, Calif. on Nov. 20, 2017.)

 

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LOS ANGELES (Nov. 20, 2017): Four-division world champion Miguel Cotto (41-5, 33 KOs) hosted a media workout today at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Los Angeles ahead of the final fight of the future Hall of Famer’s career, which will be against Sadam “World Kid” Ali (25-1, 14 KOs) for Cotto’s WBO World Junior Middleweight Championship. The action will take place 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.

 

Also participating in the workout was NABF Bantamweight Champion Oscar “El Jaguar” Negrete (17-0, 7 KOs), who will challenge Rey Vargas (30-0, 22 KOs) for the WBC World Super Bantamweight belt in the HBO-televised co-main event, along with Ronny Rios (28-2, 13 KOs) and Aaron “Silencer” McKenna who will also be on the card in separate bouts that will be streamed on RingTV.com.

 

Here is what today’s participants had to say at the workout:

 

MIGUEL COTTO, Four Division World Champion:

“Though it has been my last training camp, everything has gone well and been the same. The fact that it is my last fight has not changed anything. I have always dedicated myself fully and have worked hard, and that’s why I’m here now, finishing my career on my terms.. I haven’t really felt nostalgia yet during the final days of my camp. I’m just grateful for what boxing has given me and for the life it has allowed me to give to my children.”

 

OSCAR “EL JAGUAR” NEGRETE, Current NABF Bantamweight Champion:

“I’m so excited for this opportunity. This is everything that I have worked for so far in my career. Being undefeated doesn’t make him [Rey Vargas] invincible. I’m a forced to be reckoned with. People may underestimate me, but I know what I’ve done to make sure I walk away with the victory.”

 

RONNY RIOS, Featherweight Contender:

“I learned a lot from my last fight. I feel like that’s prepared me a lot for this next one. From my last fight I learned that I need to throw more punches and be more aggressive. If I would have just thrown 20 more punches in every round, things would have looked a lot different. I’m prepared for [Deivis] Julio, and I’m ready for fight night. As soon as I got the call, I was ready. I always stay ready in between fights.”

AARON “SILENCER” MCKENNA, Welterweight Prospect:

“Today’s workout and meeting the LA press was fantastic! I had a tremendous training camp and have had some really strong sparring at Maywood Gym. Ever since I put on my first pair of gloves at the age of 6, all the hard training, tournaments, amateur fights have led to me fighting at Madison Square Garden Dec. 2. I’m a delighted to be making my pro-debut and look forward to putting on a great show for the fans!”

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OSCAR DE LA HOYA FOUNDATION HOSTS 21 st ANNUAL TURKEY GIVEAWAY

(L-R: Christian Gonzalez, Abraham Lopez, Alexis Rocha, Tenochtitlan Nava, Edgar Valerio, Oscar De La Hoya, Aaronn McKenna, Jousce Gonzalez and Joet Gonzalez)
 
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LOS ANGELES (Nov. 18, 2017) The Oscar De La Hoya Foundation hosted its 21st

Annual Turkey Giveaway today at the Oscar De La Hoya Ánimo Charter High School to lend a helping hand to East Los Angeles families as they celebrate Thanksgiving this year. The Foundation served turkeys to 600 families today and distributed an additional 150 turkeys to local organizations, churches and Green Dot Public Schools.

 

Golden Boy Promotions fighters Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez, Abraham “Chamaco” Lopez, Alexis Rocha, Tenochtitlan “T-Dog” Nava, Edgar “Kid Neza” Valerio, Aaron “Silencer” McKenna, Joet Gonzalez and Jousce Gonzalez were all on site to help distribute food to the families in attendance.
 
“Golden Boy Promotions is very excited to give back to the East Los Angeles community once again and for an astonishing 21st time,” said Robert Gasparri, Chief Operating Officer of Golden Boy Promotions and Director of the Oscar De La Hoya Foundation. “We’ve taken joy and pleasure in being able to give back for the past 20 years, and we look forward to continually giving back in the future.” 
 
In 1995, Chairman and CEO Oscar De La Hoya started his honorable Oscar De La Hoya Foundation to help improve the quality of life for the community in his hometown of East Los Angeles. Today, with the help many partners, the foundation serves thousands of people annually.  The Oscar De La Hoya Foundation supports the Oscar De La Hoya Ánimo Charter High School, the Cecilia Gonzalez De La Hoya Cancer Center and the Oscar De La Hoya Labor and Delivery Center and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (both located at White Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles) in addition to various after school programs that promotes positive lives, and protect youth from the circumstances of living in underprivileged communities.
The was made possible by Guerrero/Mission Foods, 4 Earth Farms, Delori Products, Tropicana, Jarritos, Nestle and Tampico.

CONTACTS:
 
Ramiro Gonzalez/Gabriel Rivas, Golden Boy Promotions (213) 489-5631
Stefan Friedman/Kristen Rockwell Caloca, Mercury: (424) 202-1671