Monday, March 24, 2014

Stiverne vs Arreola May 10 in LA


Sherman Oaks, California (March 24, 2014) "FIGHT FOR PEACE" the highly anticipated World Boxing Council Heavyweight Championship of the World and rematch between top-rated world contenders, Bermane "B. Ware" Stiverne and Chris "The Nightmare" Arreola will take place on SATURDAY, MAY 10 from the USC Galen Center in Downtown Los Angeles and telecast LIVE on ESPN and ESPN Deportes and presented by Corona Extra.

Hall of Fame Promoter Don King of Don King Productions and Dan Goossen of Goossen Tutor Promotions made the announcement jointly today.

"ESPN is in it to win it...and 'win' in it they have...hitting a grand slam home run in public opinion in welcoming the prodigal son of the sport of boxing - The WBC Heavyweight Championship of the World Title Event back to America - Halleluiah!" said the ever-enthusiastic Don King, promoter of Bermane Stiverne. 

"FIGHT FOR PEACE" is a fitting international tribute to the battle for the vacant World Boxing Council Heavyweight Championship of the World previously held by longtime champion Vitali Klitschko who stepped away from boxing officially in December 2013 to focus on the 2014 Ukrainian Presidential Election where he is seeking to become the country's leader.

"Vitali was a great champion, in and out of the ring, and the winner of this fight will have big shoes to fill wearing the green belt around their waist," said Dan Goossen promoter of Arreola. "Chris will definitely be going into this fight with his back against the wall. It's that type of do-or-die situation I believe when he's the most motivated and dangerous. To top off this history making, and what is sure to be great event, is ESPN's participation, the home to all major sporting events, putting additional broadcast significance to this Heavyweight World Championship fight."

Stiverne and Arreola previously battled on April 27, 2013 in Ontario, California, with the Florida resident winning a 12-round unanimous decision over the Southern California based Mexican-American who fought valiantly through a knockdown and broken nose, both suffered in the third round.

The flamboyant King went on to say, "Bermane Stiverne vs. Chris Arreola fighting for the most coveted crowning ceremony in the world of sports scheduled to take place on May 10, 2014 - as Heavyweights goes boxing!  Never has that saying had more relevance than now."   "Needless to say there is great joy in the land of fisticuffs creating great excitement for boxing fans around the world who will celebrate this homecoming with bated breath and great anticipation awaiting the destiny of this fantastic rematch: Stiverne vs. Arreola for the WBC Heavyweight Championship of the World broadcast exclusively via ESPN."  

The move by ESPN to telecast the Stiverne-Arreola Championship bout is unprecedented and in recent years heavyweight title bouts have been broadcast primarily on premium cable channels or pay-per-view.

"For nearly 35 years, ESPN has been the premier destination for sports fans," Goossen said. "We're thrilled to work with their team to allow sports fans around the world the opportunity to watch a World Heavyweight Championship on what is the undisputed Worldwide Leader in Sports."

"FIGHT FOR PEACE" exemplifies the obstacles both Stiverne and Arreola have climbed to be in position to do what no other person of their descent have done in the 100-plus years of our sport. With a victory, Stiverne would become the first Haitian to win the Heavyweight World Championship. And for Arreola, with all the great Mexican champions throughout the history of boxing, none have ever held the most prestigious belt of them all.   History will be made on this night.

"ESPN has a long history of carrying world class boxing events, but this certainly ranks up there with the best that we've televised," said Brian Kweder, ESPN senior director of programming and acquisitions. "Dan Goossen and Don King deserve credit for having the vision to distribute this potentially historical match to as many households as possible and we are thrilled to be televising the fight."

Assistant Athletic Director and General Manager of USC Galen Center, Carl Reed added, "We are very excited to be part of the historic Heavyweight World Championship match between Bermane Stiverne and Chris Arreola. We have hosted numerous national and international events; this Heavyweight Championship fight will deliver the knockout blow that will set the USC Galen Center apart from all other venues. I look forward to working with both promoters, Don King and Dan Goossen in ensuring this is a fight for the ages!" 

With a record of 23-1-1 (20 KO's), the hard-hitting Stiverne, originally from La Plaine, Haiti and now living in Miami, Florida is currently world ranked as the #1 contender in the WBC heavyweight rankings.

"The only thing I'm thinking about right now is putting my hands on that title. As a matter of fact, to me, I'm going to the ring like I'm defending my title. This title is mine. It's my title, you know what I'm saying; they just didn't give it to me yet. I'm going in there to defend my title. I feel like I'm ready already. I feel great. I look great and I just can't wait man. I can't wait to make history, so everybody lookout for that fight. It's gonna' be a fantastic performance and a lot of pain and a knockout," stated top heavyweight contender Bermane Stiverne, who talked about his anticipated rematch with Chris Arreola and his own desire to be crowned the new WBC Heavyweight Champion of the World.    

Stiverne's trainer, Don House added, "I've evaluated this fight and we have been going at this like Bermane hasn't fought Arreola before, as if everything is brand new. Can Arreola bring anything into this fight differently? No. He may come to fight in the best shape of his life but he doesn't have the skills to beat Bermane. He doesn't have the power or speed that Bermane does. Arreola will be right there, Bermane won't have to look for him, and Bermane will be ready to fight 12 rounds."

Ranked the #2 heavyweight by the WBC, Arreola, 36-3-0 (31 KO's), returned to action following the disappointing loss to Stiverne with a devastating first round stoppage of top contender Seth Mitchell on September 7, 2013 in Indio, California.

"I'm very excited about fighting for the WBC Title once again and having it seen on my favorite television network ESPN. I have a great opportunity to get my revenge against Stiverne and make history in one night and I plan to deliver," stated Arreola.

Henry Ramirez, trainer of Arreola said, "Not too many times do you get a chance to right a wrong, and on May 10 Chris will have his chance to do just that with everything on the line. I know we have a tough task but I have zero doubt Chris Arreola will be the WBC World Heavyweight Champion and first ever of Mexican descent to hold such title."

"FIGHT FOR PEACE" from the USC Galen Center in Downtown Los Angeles will be exclusively televised Live on Saturday, May 10 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on ESPN and ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN.  Tickets priced at $300, $200, $100, $50 and $25 (plus customary fees) will go on sale shortly.

King, the Hall of Fame promoter concluded, "This is a must see and you cannot afford to miss it.  You just have to be there, and you can be there, live and in living color with the movie stars, the sports stars, celebrities, dignitaries and world leaders on the scene with the crowd going wild - this is history in the making. Or, you can enjoy the thrilling cheers of excitement at your own house party... in your living room watching the provocatively spectacular TV broadcast on ESPN with friends and neighbors.  What a super coup this is for ESPN...seizing the time and grasping the opportunity to reestablish the sport of boxing.  Give the people what they want and they will respond with the magical question - When is the next one?  ESPN has done just that - give the people what they want using indomitable courage, business genius and visionary ingenuity to snatch victory out of the jaws of defeat.  BY ESPN's televising boxing's redemption, it gives the sweet science a return to glory from its fall from grace.  But more importantly, it is the "Fight for Peace" symbolizing the essence of America's creed- freedom, justice, equality, liberty, and peace which makes all American's proud, happy and extremely grateful.  Thank you ESPN."

The network will also present comprehensive news and analysis in anticipation and leading into the fight.

For more information on Goossen Tutor Promotions, follow Dan Goossen/Goossen Tutor on Twitter @DanGoossen, @GoossenTutor, Facebook at /GoossenTutor and visit their website at

Monday, March 10, 2014

Cotto vs Martinez



Saturday, June 7
Presented Live by HBO Pay-Per-View®

Tickets Go On Sale
This Wednesday! March 12, at Noon ET / 9:00 A.M. PT

          NEW YORK (March 10, 2014) -- Personal legacies and boxing history converge in a battle for one of boxing’s most hallowed titles – The Middleweight Championship of the World.  Three-division world champion and the Pride of Puerto Rico MIGUEL COTTO will challenge World Boxing Council (WBC)/The Ring middleweight champion and Argentina’s favorite son SERGIO "Maravilla" MARTÍNEZ, Saturday, June 7, at the “Mecca of Boxing,” Madison Square Garden.  The fight will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

          Cotto will attempt to become Puerto Rico’s first four-division world champion while Martínez, who has never lost a world championship fight, defends the title he first won in 2010.  Both gladiators boast a combined record of 89-6-2 (59 KOs) – a winning percentage of 92% and a victory by knockout ratio of 66%.

          Promoted by Miguel Cotto Promotions, Top Rank®, DiBella Entertainment and Sampson Boxing, in association with Maravilla Box, Tecate and Madison Square Garden, tickets to the Cotto vs. Martínez world middleweight championship event go on sale This Wednesday!  March 12, at Noon ET / 9:00 A.M. PT.  Priced at $750, $500, $300, $200, $100 and $50, tickets can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008), and online at and

          "I am very happy to be back in my second home, Madison Square Garden in New York, to once again make history in front of my fans,” said Cotto.  “I will be ready and prepared to do whatever it takes to bring the WBC middleweight championship of the world to my country of Puerto Rico"

“It has been my dream to fight in the big room at Madison Square Garden, a place where many great fighters have showcased their talents,” said Martínez.  “It is the biggest stage in the world and the world will be watching this fight.”
Miguel Cotto and Sergio Martínez have electrified sports fans during their entire careers,” said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank.  “On June 7, their passionate fans and the nations they represent will finally witness this highly anticipated showdown.

"Miguel Cotto Promotions will once again join forces with Top Rank to bring a stellar pay-per-view event to New York on June 7th,” said Héctor Soto, vice president of Miguel Cotto Promotions.  “We are matching very good fights for the fans.  No one should miss the most-anticipated show of the year, either in-person or live on pay-per-view."

“On June 7th The Garden will be explosive and the boxing world will pay full attention,” said Lou DiBella, president of DiBella Entertainment.  “Styles make fights, and both Sergio and Cotto will be looking for knockouts. This battle will rock The Garden.”

“I am very proud to be part of this historic fight, which will, by far, be the top pay-per-view of the year,” said Sampson Lewkowicz, Martínez’s advisor.

"Miguel Cotto vs. Sergio Martinez is a dream matchup," said Mark Taffet, Senior Vice President HBO Pay-Per-View.  "It’s got the elements fight fans love --- two superstars with extremely passionate fan bases in a rivalry fight that will help define both men’s careers.  This is a special event for the sport and we're proud to be the television partner for this landmark showdown at Madison Square Garden."
Cotto (38-4, 31 KOs), from Caguas, Puerto Rico, has sold more fight tickets at Madison Square Garden than any other fighter in this millennium.  He held a world title every year from 2004 to 2012 while winning 17 of the 21 world championship bouts he has fought. Puerto Rico’s most exciting fighter and one of its greatest, Cotto held the World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight crown from 2004-2006, successfully defending it six times before vacating it to capture the World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight title at the end of 2006, a title he held for nearly as long.  After losing the WBA title to three-time world champion Antonio Margarito, arguably the fight of the year, in July 2008, Cotto won his second welterweight belt in February 2009, knocking out Michael Jennings in the fifth round to become the WBO welterweight champion.  He lost the title in his second defense, November 2009, to Manny Pacquiao.  Cotto captured the WBA super welterweight title June 5, 2010, in the first fight ever held at the new Yankee Stadium, by stopping undefeated defending champion Yuri Foreman.  He successfully defended that title twice in 2011, knocking out former world champion Ricardo Mayorga and Margarito in the 12th and 10th rounds, respectively.  He lost his world championship belt on May 5, 2012, via an exciting and close decision, to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a title unification bout in what many consider one of the toughest fights of Mayweather's career.  After unsuccessfully challenging WBA super welterweight champion Austin Trout on December 1, 2012, Cotto returned to the winner’s circle in his last fight.  With Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach in his corner, a clearly rejuvenated Cotto knocked out two-time world title challenger Delvin Rodriguez in the third round on October 5, 2013.  Notable triumphs on Cotto’s ledger include world champions, ”Sugar” Shane Mosley, Zab Judah, Joshua Clottey, Paulie Malignaggi and Demarcus Corley.

Martínez (51-2-2, 28 KOs), the middleweight champion with the matinee idol looks, hails from Quilmes, Buenos Aires, Argentina. A consensus Top-Five pound-for-pound fighter, Martínez first made his presence known to the boxing world in 2007 by knocking out Saul Roman in the fourth round of their WBC super welterweight title elimination bout.  One year later, Martínez captured the WBC interim super welterweight title with an eighth-round stoppage of Alex Bunema. He was elevated to WBC world super welterweight champion in the latter half of 2009.  Martínez captured his second world title in as many divisions in 2010, moving up in weight to challenge and upset defending middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik.  Martínez enters this fight riding a four-year, seven-bout winning streak, including knockout victories of Paul Williams, Sergiy Dzinziruk, Darren Barker and Matthew Macklin.  On Méxican Independence Day 2012 (September 15), Martínez totally dominated undefeated defending WBC middleweight champion Julio César Chávez, Jr. to reclaim the title, winning 11 of the 12 rounds while surviving a brutal knockdown in the final stanza. It was the highest-attended boxing event in the history of the Thomas & Mack Center -- 19,186 seats -- eclipsing the Lennox Lewis vs. Evander Holyfield heavyweight championship rematch, which previously held the record with 19,151.  In his last fight, on April 27, 2013, Martínez successfully defended his title, winning a 12-round decision over previously-undefeated Martin Murray in a Buenos Aires homecoming before 50,000 adoring Argentine fans.  It was his first fight on his native soil since 2002.   
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Hopkins vs. Shumenov


WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 7, 2014) - Washington, D.C. is known as a city where history is made. On Saturday, April 19, another historic event will take place in the nation's capital when IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Bernard Hopkins faces WBA World Champion Beibut Shumenov in an attempt, at 49-years-old, to become the oldest fighter in boxing history to unify world titles. The DC Armory, the site of several championship boxing matches in the last year, will host the return of the future Hall of Famer to the capital for the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® main event (9 p.m. ET/PT delayed on the West Coast).

In the co-main event, popular undefeated WBO Middleweight World Champion Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin defends his title for the third time when he meets WBO European titleholder and former interim WBO Junior Middleweight Champion Lukas Konecny. Quillin has been one of boxing's most exciting competitors over the last few years; scoring 11 knockdowns in his last three title fight wins. In Konecny, he will be in the ring with a crafty and experienced veteran, a former Olympian who has never been stopped.
Tickets priced at $25, $50, $75, $200 and $300, plus applicable taxes, fees and services charges, go on sale today at 10 a.m. ET are available online at, all Ticketmaster locations or by calling (800) 745-3000. The DC Armory Box Office will be open on fight night only from 3:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. ET.

"It's no secret that my one of my biggest goals has been to unify the titles and getting to do that in a city where I have a lot of history is the best-case scenario," said Hopkins, who defended his middleweight title with a seventh-round technical knockout of Robert Allen in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 6, 1999. "I'm coming back to break another record by unifying the title and I'm looking to get my first knockout since I fought Oscar De La Hoya in 2004. I know Shumenov is tough, but I'm tougher and I'm not going to let him make a name for himself by being the one to stop me."

The legendary Hopkins made his first attempt at a world title in Washington, D.C. in 1993 when he lost to Roy Jones Jr. at RFK Stadium, just steps away from the DC Armory. A year later, he faced Segundo Mercado in neighboring Landover, Md. and won the IBF middleweight world title, which he held for over a decade.

"I am very excited that the fight is going to happen against one of the greatest fighters ever," said Shumenov. "I am going to do everything possible and impossible to get the victory."

"I can't wait to get back in the ring and defend my title once again," said Quillin. "I'm excited to be fighting in front of the great fans in D.C. and I will give them a show on April 19. Konecny is an experienced challenger, and you can't overlook anyone with 50 wins, but I'm going home with the title, and I'll be looking for another knockout."

"I have a lot more experience than Quillin and the fans will see that on April 19," said Konecy. "This is my first fight in the U.S. and I don't plan on going home without that belt. Every fighter dreams of fighting for and winning a world championship, and I am thankful for the chance to do that against Peter Quillin."

"The fans in D.C. have been enthusiastic and supportive of the sport whenever we've brought an event there, and I know they will love this championship doubleheader," said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. "Bernard Hopkins continues to amaze everyone with his performances in the ring, but when he faces Shumenov, he'll have to pull out all his veteran tricks to keep his amazing streak going. This may be the toughest test he's faced at light heavyweight."

"Coming off of a very successful fight card in January, we are pleased to welcome back Golden Boy Promotions and SHOWTIME to the historic DC Armory," said Erik A. Moses, managing director of Events DC's Sports and Entertainment Division, which manages the DC Armory and RFK Stadium. "D.C. is a great fight town, and hosting a fight of this caliber will certainly add to the rich history of professional boxing in the nation's capital. It's great to see the DC Armory come alive again with big-time boxing, and we look forward to continuing this tradition."

Boxing's elder statesman, Bernard "The Alien" Hopkins (54-6-2, 32 KOs) continues to achieve remarkable goals in the world of boxing-and has done just that since turning pro in 1988.   But he has amazed even more with his exploits over the last few years, as he twice became the oldest man to win a major world championship in the ring. Now 49-years-old, the pride of Philadelphia, Pa., had one of his best years yet in 2013, defeating Tavoris Cloud in March to win the IBF Light Heavyweight World Championship, and then successfully defending his title in October with an exciting win over Karo Murat. On April 19, the future Hall of Famer returns in an attempt to unify the 175-pound title. Additionally, as a partner in Golden Boy Promotions, Hopkins has undertaken out-of-the ring promotional duties that further solidify him as one of the most recognized and revered figures in the sport.

A native of Shymkent, Kazakhstan who now fights out of Las Vegas, 30-year-old Beibut Shumenov (14-1, 9 KOs) made his way to the top of the light heavyweight division with lightning-fast speed, winning his IBA title against Byron Mitchell in 2009, in just his eighth professional fight before adding the WBA title by defeating Gabriel Campillo two fights later in 2010. Since then, Shumenov, a 2004 Olympian for Kazakhstan, has successfully defended his title five times, defeating Vyacheslav Uzelkov, William Joppy, Danny Santiago, Enrique Ornelas and Tamas Kovacs. But this April, Shumenov gets his opportunity to make a name for himself in the history books if he can defeat Bernard Hopkins.

Proudly wearing the championship belt of the division Hopkins once ruled, New York's
Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin (30-0, 22 KOs) has gotten his reign atop the 160-pound division off to a rousing start with a decision win over Hassan N'Dam for the WBO crown in October of 2012, then going on to successful defenses twice with stoppages of Fernando Guerrero and Gabriel Rosado. Now ready to take on the challenge of Konecny, the 30-year-old boxer-puncher--who also owns wins over Winky Wright, Craig McEwan, Jesse Brinkley and Fernando Zuniga-is eager to begin his 2014 campaign with another knockout victory.

A five-time National Champion for the Czech Republic who also represented his nation in the 2000 Olympics, 35-year-old Lukas Konecny (50-4, 23 KOs) will make his United States debut on April 19 after years of fighting Europe's best. Konecny plans on making it a memorable visit as he challenges for the WBO Middleweight World Championship. A former interim WBO Junior Middleweight Champion, Konecny made a permanent move to 160 pounds in 2013, and after winning the WBO European Title with a win over Karim Achour and successfully defending it by defeating Moez Fhima, he put himself in line for world title honors against Quillin.

Hopkins vs. Shumenov, a 12-round fight for the IBF, IBA and WBA Light Heavyweight World Championship, will take place Saturday, April 19, at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C. The event is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona and AT&T. The live SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast will begin at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) and will be available in Spanish via secondary audio programming (SAP).   
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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Showtime PPV on Saturday March 8 is Stacked with Great Fights

It’s billed as “TOE-TO-TOE: CANELO vs. ANGULO,” an action-packed four-fight event on SHOWTIME PPV® headlined by two of Mexico’s most exciting sluggers, Canelo Alvarez and Alfredo Angulo.  But it just as easily could have been called “BANG FOR YOUR BUCK, because the undercard is stacked from top to bottom with three world title fights, all featuring talented boxer-punchers who make for thrilling scraps.  Punching machine Leo Santa Cruz, who’s never in a dull fight, defends his WBC featherweight belt against crowd-pleasing former three-time world titleholder Cristian Mijares, Omar “Panterita” Figueroa, who was involved in a Fight Of The Year candidate in his last fight, risks his unbeaten record and WBC lightweight crown against Canelo’s older brother, Ricardo Alvarez, and “King” Carlos Molina puts his IBF junior middleweight belt on the line against undefeated Jermall Charlo.  Don’t miss the sensational event, Saturday, March 8 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas live on SHOWTIME PPV (9 P.M. ET/ 6 P.M. PT).   
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“TOE TO TOE: Canelo vs. Angulo,” a 12-round super welterweight fight taking place Saturday, March 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Canelo Promotions and sponsored by Corona, AT&T and Casamigos Tequila.  In world title fights on the undercard, two-division World Champion Leo Santa Cruz will defend his WBC Super Bantamweight World title against former three-time World Champion Cristian Mijares exciting young star Omar Figueroa will risk his WBC Lightweight title against Canelo’s brother Ricardo Alvarez and Carlos Molina will defend his IBF Junior Middleweight Championship against undefeated Jermall Charlo. Carlos Molina vs. Jermall Charlo is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Warriors Boxing.  This event will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. The event can be heard in Spanish using secondary audio programming (SAP).  "TOE TO TOE: Canelo vs. Angulo" will be broadcast in over 400 select movie theaters across the country.  
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