|Boxing Punches in Bunches: Andre Ward, Tom Stalker, Golden Boy, Gennady Golovkin, Raymundo Beltran, Mike Jones, Lucas Browne
By Doghouse Boxing and SecondsOut (Aug 21, 2014)
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Judge Dismisses Andre Ward's Latest Lawsuit vs. Goossen
Superior Court Judge Holly Kendig issued a ruling on Tuesday that dismissed super middleweight world champion Andre Ward’s attempt to terminate his contract with promoter Dan Goossen.
Judge Kendig ruled that the unbeaten American had not given any basis to invalidate the contract with Goossen.
Ward tried to persuade the court that his contract with Goossen violated California Labor Code Section 2588. The Court also reminded Ward that the California State Athletic Commission had previously ruled against Ward in two separate arbitrations regarding their contract.
Unfortunately the Ward vs Goossen court case is not over yet. Ward has issued a federal lawsuit against Goossen citing alleged violations of the Muhammad Ali Act while Goossen counter suing by issuing a $10 Million dollar suit against Ward for defamation.
The entire dispute between Ward and Goossen has not done the unbeaten WBA champion any favors as he has not fought since out-pointing Edwin Rodriguez in California in November, 2013.
Tom Stalker Faces Jenkins In Battle Of Unbeaten Fighters
Unbeaten Tom Stalker will face fellow unbeaten fighter Chris Jenkins in a British Light Welterweight Title eliminator on Queensberry Promotions’ ‘Magnificent Seven Fight Again’ bill at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on 25th October.
Promoter Frank Warren won the purse bids this month for the contest and Liverpool favourite Stalker will be looking to put himself in line for a dream shot at the Lonsdale belt in early 2015. Stalker said: “It’s always been a dream of mine to fight for the British title and I know by beating Jenkins it’s going to put me in line to realise that dream.”
“Jenkins is a really good fighter so this has all the ingredients to be a fantastic fight for the fans, with two unbeaten fighters putting it all on the line! But I know I’ve got all the tools to win the fight and I’m confident of doing the business!”
Welshman Jenkins has been pursuing the fight with former amateur star Stalker for some time and Jenkins’ manager Paul Boyce is confident of a win for his man:
“ Chris has been chasing the Stalker fight for a long time, so it’s great the board have ordered it. We’ve been chasing and asking for the fight since Stalker turned pro and we’re very confident of a win.”
The Stalker v Jenkins fight is just one of a packed bill at the Echo Arena. England’s fastest ever World Champion Paul Butler is in action for the first time since capturing the IBF Bantamweight Championship in Newcastle earlier this year, now back campaigning in his natural Super Flyweight division.
Liam Smith faces off against mandatory challenger Navid Mansouri for the British Light Middleweight Championship, whilst Liverpool favourite Derry Mathews will contest the vacant WBA Intercontinental Lightweight Championship.
Chris Eubank Jr looks to continue his destructive form and new British Lightweight champion Terry Flanagan makes the first defence of his title.
Whilst Kevin Satchell challenges Valery Yanchy for the European Flyweight title on home soil; and on the undercard, Matty Fagan, Micheal Gomez jr and Jack Catterall are also all in action.
Golden Boy Celebrate One Year Fox Sports
Exactly one year ago yesterday, Golden Boy Promotions, kicked off its Golden Boy Live! series on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes, an undertaking that led to 24 fights in a single year featuring hundreds of fighters in front of thousands of fans from numerous venues across the United States and Puerto Rico.
"When we created Golden Boy Live!, our goal was to showcase up-and-coming fighters to fans eager to see the next generation of superstars," said Oscar De La Hoya, founder and president of Golden Boy Promotions. "We have been thrilled by our partnership with FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes and look forward to continuing our collaboration for many years to come."
The Golden Boy Live! series continues this Friday, August 22 from the Allan Witt Sports Center in Fairfield, Calif. featuring Manuel "Tino" Avila vs. Sergio Frias in the main event.
"As FOX Sports 1 celebrates its first year, it’s great to have some of our original partners marking the occasion along with us," said Patrick Crakes, FOX Sports Senior Vice President of Programming, Research and Content Strategy. "Golden Boy Live! continues to deliver quality fights, including three great fight cards scheduled over the next month. We’re looking forward to continuing to grow the relationship between Golden Boy Promotions and FOX Sports 1."
Nine of the 24 Golden Boy Live! events featured main event knockouts, including its inaugural fight night from the Best Buy Theater in New York City featuring the recently crowned WBA Middleweight World Champion Daniel "The Miracle Man" Jacobs when he knocked out Giovanni Lorenzo in the third round.
"Fighting on the first Golden Boy Live! event against Giovanni Lorenzo was one of the biggest moments of my career," said Jacobs. "To be at home in New York against a top contender and to win by knockout, let me know that I was on the right track to a world championship. Congratulations on the one-year anniversary and here’s to many more years on FOX Sports 1."
Rising star Julian "Camaron" Ramirez spoke about his experience on the series adding, "When you’re an up-and-coming fighter learning and improving on your craft, watching my favorite fighters on television was how I got inspired. To be able to fight on Golden Boy Live! and to be the guy that people are watching now, is very exciting and motivating and I can’t wait to be back on the series."
After kicking off the series in the Big Apple, Golden Boy Live! events landed in 13 different markets in 15 different venues from the House of Blues in Boston to the Alamodome in San Antonio and worked with various top local promoters in order to plan and execute the best events possible.
"Golden Boy Live! is a throwback to a great era in boxing when the fights were the main thing," said Paco Damian of Paco Presents, a promotional company based in Woodland, Calif. "It doesn’t matter if you’re a big name or not; if you’re on this show, you’re going to be in for a fight where the fans are always the winners."
Echoing Damian’s sentiments was prominent Texas promoter, Mike Battah: "Whether you’re a prospect or a contender, Golden Boy Live! gives boxers the national showcase they need to show their talents to fans and to the industry," Battah said. "This series has provided great opportunities for the fighters. Look at Luis Collazo - he fought on the series and then made it all the way to the MGM Grand on one of the biggest cards of the year (facing Amir Khan on the Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana Pay-Per-View Undercard). These weekday events give boxers a great outlet in which to showcase their talents in front of a large audience and build themselves for that next step. These are competitive, evenly matched fights in great venues and I’m proud to be associated with it."
Over the first year, no venue hosted more Golden Boy Live! fight cards than Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. which hosted four series events. Speaking about the series’ connection to its’ most frequented property, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino General Manager Paul Ryan stated,"Fantasy Springs Resort Casino has worked with Golden Boy Promotions on various platforms, including the Golden Boy Live! series, to provide the Coachella Valley with quality boxing entertainment all year round. The popularity of the series’ fights at Fantasy Springs has been in large part due to the community support given to our local boxers inside the Golden Boy ring and we are eager to see the next generation of excellent talent come through our doors."
Olympians Sadam "World Kid" Ali, Jamell Herring, Rau’shee Warren, Joseph Diaz Jr., Dominic "Trouble" Breazeale and Diego De La Hoya found homes on the Golden Boy Live! fight cards, many of whom were repeat stars of the shows. Those with championship hopes began vying for their chance to prove themselves on boxing’s most emerging stage.
"It’s been a great privilege to be showcased on Golden Boy Live! The exposure has been tremendous and I have been able to reach out to a lot of new fans. I am honored to be part of the Golden Boy family," said Golden Boy Live! participant Joseph Diaz Jr.
Diego De La Hoya spoke about the invaluable opportunity that the Golden Boy Live! series affords aspiring champions stating, "To be a young fighter and to get such a great chance to compete on television from the start, I can’t thank Golden Boy and FOX Sports enough. You learn a lot fighting at this level and I can’t wait for my next fight!"
"Golden Boy Live! helped propel my career," said Francisco "El Bandido" Vargas. "Getting to fight on television for fans around the world is an honor and a privilege for any fighter. I can’t wait to get invited back!"
"Being part of this promotional company has been a great journey and I’m looking forward to watching another great show on Friday night. I’m very excited and grateful to be part of this series," added repeat Golden Boy Live! fighter Antonio "Relentless" Orozco.
With shows twice a month, Golden Boy Promotions took advantage of different holidays, and happenings throughout the year including fights on Memorial Day, St. Patrick’s Day and even during the first ever New York City Super Bowl week with a special edition fight hosted at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
"We have hosted two Golden Boy Live! events in the last year and we are thrilled that Golden Boy and its relationship with FOX Sports 1 have provided such a tremendous platform to showcase major boxing at Barclays Center," said Brett Yormark, CEO of Barclays Center.
Fighters on the card are not the only stars to grace Golden Boy Live! venues as current and future Hall of Famers including Oscar De La Hoya, Mike Tyson, George Foreman, Tito Trinidad, Roy Jones Jr., Erik Morales, Jesse James Leija and current fighters including current and former World Champions Bernard Hopkins, Danny Garcia, Peter Quillin, Amir Khan, Leo Santa Cruz, Adrien Broner, Abner Mares, Omar Figueroa Jr., Alfredo Angulo,Daniel Ponce De Leon and many others have attended the fights as special guests. Additionally, former World Champion and current SHOWTIME commentator Paulie "Magic Man" Malignaggi has commentated on the majority of theGolden Boy Live! shows as well.
"It’s been a great first year for Golden Boy Live! and the fighters who have been on the series always bring it when tho camera lights are on," said Malignaggi. "For a fighter to get the opportunity to perform on such a huge stage is a big deal and they’ve embraced it. Just look at Daniel Jacobs, a few months ago he was on Golden Boy Live! against Giovanni Lorenzo and now he’s a world champion. This show builds stars and champions."
Golovkin To Defend Title Against Rubio
Unbeaten puncher Gennady ‘GGG Golovkin will defend his WBA and IBO Middleweight Titles against WBC Interim Middleweight Champ Marco Antonio at the StubHub Center in Carson, California on October 18. The event will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, starting at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT and will be promoted by K2 Promotions and GGG Promotions in association with Promociones Del Pueblo.
“I’m very excited to fight in California,” said Golovkin. “I always enjoy attending fights at the StubHub Center and look forward to a “Mexican Style” fight against Marco Antonio Rubio.”
Speaking his upcoming challenge against the fearsome punching Golokin a confident Rubio said: “I’m excited to fight another world champion. I always accept the biggest challenges and without a doubt this will be the greatest of my career. I will show Golovkin a real “Mexican Style” fight on October 18th.”
“We’re looking forward to promoting the West Coast debut of Gennady Golovkin,” stated Tom Loeffler, Managing Director of K2 Promotions. “His growing popularity across the country compels us to bring this highly anticipated fight to the StubHub Center, which has hosted so many exciting boxing events in recent years.”
“Marco Antonio Rubio is among the toughest fighters in boxing and this battle with Gennady should provide fireworks from the opening bell.”
Sporting a record of 30-0-0 with 27 knockouts, the highest knockout ratio (90%) of any active world champion, Golovkin has become a must-see international attraction with his aggressive all-action style and breathtaking knockouts.
On July 26th at Madison Square Garden, Golovkin stopped two-time former world champion Daniel Geale in the third round with an extraordinary knockout punch that will be at the top of most “Knockout of the Year” media and fan lists.
Against Geale, Golovkin made his 11th title defense while scoring his 17th knockout in a row. Golovkin will head to Big Bear, California next week to begin preparations under the watchful eye of longtime trainer Abel Sanchez
Fighting out of Torreon, Mexico and training in Oxnard, California with former world champion Robert Garcia, Rubio has compiled a record of 59-6-1 with 51 knockouts against some of the best fighters in the sport.
The hard-hitting Rubio has faced Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Kelly Pavlik, David Lemieux, Kassim Ouma, Frankie Randall and Jose Luis Zertuche.
The 34-year-old Rubio is currently 16-1 in his last seventeen bouts most recently stopping Italian veteran Dominic Spada in the tenth round on April 5th in Chihuahua, Mexico, winning the WBC Interim Middleweight Title.
Mike Jones Wraps Up Training Camp
Former world-title challenger Mike Jones wrapped up his preparations yesterday at the Top Rank Gym here for Saturday’s 10-round comeback fight against Jaime Herrera, of Franklin Park, IL, at Bally’s Atlantic City.
It has been more than two years since Jones last fought. He was stopped in the 11thround of his IBF world welterweight title fight with Randall Bailey, of Miami, FL, at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. That was June 9, 2012.
Since then, Jones, 31, moved from Philadelphia, PA, to Las Vegas, was idle for two years while working out daily in Las Vegas gyms, and now is trained by Ismael Salas and Miguel Diaz.
“Boxing is a mental game just as much as a physical one,” said Salas, pictured above with Jones, Diaz and Richie Sandoval. “When we first worked with Mike for this fight, we talked for a long time and worked on renewing his fighting spirit. He is a great fighter and he needs to think that when he walks into the ring he will be a powerful force.
“Mike is very strong and hits hard. He is in top condition; just look at him. After two years off, you will see what hard work and mental toughness did for Mike. He’s ready to fight.”
Salas has worked with 10 world champions, the most recent beingJessie Vargas, of Las Vegas, the current WBA junior welterweight champion.
Jones, who has won 26 of 27 pro fights, 19 by knockout, makes his fourth appearance at Bally’s, where he has defeated Lenin Arroyo, Raul Pinzon and Henry Bruseles.
Herrera, 25, is 11-2-1, 6 K0s. He comes into Saturday’s fight off the biggest win of his career, a fifth-round knockout over previously unbeaten Michael Finney, of Pahrump, NV, last March 29 in Las Vegas. Herrera’s management has been asking for this fight ever since word got out in May that Jones was fighting again.
The scheduled eight-round middleweight semifinal features Thomas LaManna, of Millville, NJ, against Jamaal Davis, of Philadelphia, in a prospect- vs.-veteran crossroads match. LaManna is 14-0, 7 K0s; Davis 14-11-1, 6 K0s.
Ismael Garcia, of Vineland, NJ, and Gilbert Alex Sanchez, of Camden, NJ, collide over six rounds to determine the best junior middleweight prospect in South Jersey. Garcia is 6-0, 3 K0s; Sanchez 4-4-1, 2 K0s.
Beltran Next Up For Crawford
NABO lightweight champ “Sugar” Raymundo Beltran, 29-6-1-(17), has signed to fight WBO lightweight champion Terrance Crawford, 24-0-(17).
The undefeated American will defend his title at the Century Link Center in Omaha, Nebraska on November 29 and will be broadcast in the US on HBO.
Crawford is coming from An impressive Yuriorkis Gamboa. Last time out Beltran scored a 10 round decision win over Arash Usanee.
Lucas Not Impressed With Wilder
Lucas Browne has further staked his claim for a fight with American KO artist Deontay Wilder after watching the Bronze Bomber’s lacklustre display against Jason Gavern on Saturday night.
Gavern hung around for four rounds before quitting on his stool against Wilder, but was blitzed by Browne inside three rounds during 2012. And the Aussie believes this factor shows he has the potential to defeat Wilder and take his place as the next in line for Bermane Stiverne’s WBC heavyweight crown.
"I think the Gavern fight showed that Wilder may not be all people say he is," Browne, 21-0 (18 KOs), stated. "Gavern wasn’t in great shape and it took Wilder four rounds to get rid of him. When I boxed Gavern he was younger and fitter and I still took him out earlier and in better fashion.
"I know comparing results doesn’t tell the full story, but I honestly believe I hit harder than Wilder and I could knock him out. "I was recently asked what my dream fight would be and I said Wilder straight away. I don’t know him personally so I can’t really say I don’t like him, but I’m not a fan of his persona and I think it would be a great clash."
Despite racking up 32 knockouts from 32 professional fights, Browne does not see a lot of quality on Wilder’s ledger and feels the Tuscaloosa, Alabama-native could be found out as soon as he’s in with someone who can take his shots and then give some back.
"The truth is, he’s never had to fight his way through a war and his chin is yet to be tested. I think if I fought him and I landed on his chin, it would all be over," Browne said. "He’s ranked number one by the WBC without him really having to fight anyone of note so well done to him and his team for that
"If he fights Stiverne before he fights me then I hope he wins because I’m rated number eight and he could defend against me. Even if he loses, I’ll be ready and waiting. I’m more than happy to fight Wilder wherever he wants, whenever he wants." Browne recently added the WBA Inter-continental title to his WBC EPBC and Commonwealth heavyweight championships with a unanimous decision over the previously undefeated Andriy Rudenko in Wolverhampton, England.
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