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HERRERA: “On July 11, Lundy Will Know Who is the Real Monster Is”

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HERRERA VS. LUNDY FINAL LOS ANGELES PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES

HERRERA VS. LUNDY TO FIGHT JULY 11 FOR THE VACANT NABF SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE LIVE FROM THE LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA AND TELEVISED ON HBO LATINO® BOXING

LOS ANGELES (July 9) – Former WBA Interim Super Lightweight Champion Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera (21-5, 7 KOs) and top title contender “Hammerin'” Hank Lundy(25-4-1, 12 KOs) of Philadelphia hosted their final press conference in Los Angeles on Thursday, July 9 at the City Althetix Gym in The Golden Boy Building to discuss their upcoming 10-round showdown on Saturday, July 11 for the vacant NABF Super Lightweight Championship. Presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association withCES Boxing, Herrera vs. Lundy will possibly be the last boxing match held at the historicLos Angeles Memorial Sports Arena before it is demolished early 2016.

Also in attendance were the co-main event fighters Michael “The Artist” Perez and Luis Sanchez who will face off in 10-round lightweight battle for the vacant NABO title. Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz, Jr. (16-0, 10 KOs) and Rene “Gemelo” Alvarado (22-4, 15 KOs) were also present to discuss their televised 10-round featherweight weight bout on HBO Latino ® Boxing.

Los Angeles based fan-favorite fighters, featured on the non- televised undercard, Nick Arce(3-0, 3 KOs), Jesus Ivan Delgado (5-0-1, 2 KOs) and Jason Quigley (6-0, 6 KOs) were also onsite joined by fellow Golden Boy Promotions fighter from Brooklyn, New York,Zachary “Zungry” Ochoa (11-0-, 5 KOs).

Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez (10-0, 9 KOs), who attended the press conference and was set to face Jose Esquivel in a six-round super featherweight fight, had to cancel today due to illness, “due to unforeseen circumstances on my behalf I will not be fighting on Saturday. Unfortunately, I’ve had a fever for 3 days now. I tried very hard to save the fight, but I’m not at 100%. I’m bummed out, but my health comes first,” said Christian Gonzalez.

Here is what the fighters, their promoters, and others had to say at the press conference in Los Angeles on July 9:

MAURICIO “EL MAESTRO” HERRERA, Former Interim WBA Super Lightweight World Champion:

“I want to thank Oscar and Golden Boy Promotions for the opportunity on July 11.

“I have been training very hard for this camp. We have been running hills, running in the sand, we did it all.

“Lundy is a tough fighter, we have both had tough careers. We have had it rough and this is the perfect fight for us. This fight will show who is hungrier, who has more heart.

“In Philly they know who I am, they know I beat the champion and they will know that I beat Hank Lundy.

“On July 11, Lundy will know who is the real monster is. Provodnikov couldn’t drop me, Garcia couldn’t drop me, Benavides couldn’t drop me and Lundy will not take me down.

“I am going to come out as a champion on July 11.”

“HAMMERING'” HANK LUNDY, Top Super Lightweight Title Contender:

“Thanks Golden Boy Promotions, CES and my manager for making this fight happen. This is going to be a good fight. This is what boxing needs, two hungry warriors ready to get in there to put on a show.

“This is the fight that everyone will want to tune into and watch the fourth of the July all over again. There will be fireworks on July 11.

“I live the life of a fighter: sacrifice, determination, it’s all fair in the game of boxing.

“There is going to be hell to pay for, I’m coming for you [Herrera].

“Everywhere I go is my hometown, I always steal the show. Hammerin’ Hank coming to a city or town near you. It’s hammer time baby!”

OSCAR DE LA HOYA, Chairman & CEO of Golden Boy Promotions:

“Thanks for all the support, we have a special card for all the Angelenos. The fighters featured on this card are all talented, explosive fighters. This is a can’t-miss event.

“We will kick off the celebration with a great Fan Fiesta for all the local fans. We will have autographs signings, a special Corona Sponsored beer garden, food trucks and much more.

“This event might be the last event at the arena, if you haven’t witnessed a boxing event at the Los Angeles Sports Arena you should get your tickets now. The sports arena’s first event was a boxing event and on July 11, we are paying homage to that great event.

“That is why they call him [Herrera] the People’s Champion, the uncrowned champion, but that doesn’t stop him from working hard. He is a professional and is prepared for war, to give fight fans a show on Saturday night.

“This card features some of the brightest stars in the sport, Joseph Diaz, Jr., Nick Arce, Christian Gonzalez. All of these fighters are Los Angeles based fighters with a lot of pride for their hometown.”

JIMMY BURCHFIELD SR., President of CES Boxing:

“I wanted to thank everyone for giving us a big welcome; we have had a beautiful welcome. We work with a lot of promoters but no one is better than Golden Boy, the whole team is so great to work with and we want to continue to work together.

“HBO is a great network, thank you for the opportunity and thank you for the continual support to the sport.

“This is one of the best fight cards that I have seen, from top to bottom.

“Hank has fought everywhere, but the one thing about LA is that Hank had enough time to get ready for this fight. He is coming with two hammers, he is in the best shape ever andtomorrow he will get on that scale and be ready.

“Hank has been ready for this fight since June, Hank Lundy is a Philadelphia fighter, everyone knows what a Philadelphia fighter is.

“The Hammer Man is coming with two hammers to take the title home to Philadelphia.”

MICHAEL “THE ARTIST” PEREZ, Lightweight Contender:

“I want to thank everyone for coming out and supporting this card. There is a lot of prospects, a lot of talent in this card.

“This card is going to bring fireworks to the Sports Arena on July 11, this will be our Fourth of July.

“Training camp has been going well, preparing myself mentally and physically for this fight. I promise to make a statement.”

JOSEPH “JO JO” DIAZ JR., Featherweight Contender:

“I have had a great training camp and I am ready to fight Rene Alvarado, I know he is a very skilled fighter and he will bring out the best in me.

“I want to thank Golden Boy Promotions, and Oscar De La Hoya for giving me this opportunity. I am excited to be fighting in Los Angeles, in front of my friends and family.”

RENE “GEMELO” ALVARADO, Former WBC Silver Featherweight Champion:

“I want to thank everyone for being here and showing their support, would like to thank God for the opportunity, Golden Boy Promotions who is my promoter for this fight. This victory is for Managua, Nicaragua.”

TONY WALKER, Director, HBO Sports:

“Thank you for coming out. This is an exciting match up that will be well received by our subscribers.

“We’re happy to work with GBP (Golden Boy Promotions) to bring this show to HBO Latino. It is going to be an exciting night of boxing and the fighters deserve attention.”

The Corona Fan Fiesta is open to the public and fans planning to attend the fights are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance at www.lacoliseum.com, www.ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations and by calling 800-745-3000 or onsite at The Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena Box Office.

Herrera vs. Lundy is a 10-round super lightweight bout for the vacant NABF title presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with CES Boxing. Perez vs. Sanchez is a 10-round lightweight fight for the vacant NABO title presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Cancun Boxing de Pepe Gomez. The July 11 event is sponsored by Corona Extra and Mexico, Live It To Believe It! Doors open at 4:00 pm PT and the first bell rings at4:30 p.m. PT. The HBO Latino Boxing telecast begins at 11:00 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT).

Tickets priced at $10, $25, $50 and $100, plus applicable taxes and service charges, and are available for purchase at www.lacoliseum.com, www.ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations and by calling 800-745-3000.

ALSO!

SPECIAL FREE FAN FIESTA CELEBRATION ON JULY 11 WITH LIVE MUSIC, FOOD TRUCKS, BEER GARDEN AND MORE!

RODOLFO “EL GATO” GONZALEZ AND GABRIEL RUELAS JOIN IMPRESSIVE ROSTER FOR SPECIAL BOXING LEGENDS FAN MEET AND GREET AT THE LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA

PLUS, GOLDEN BOY FIGHTERS IBF SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION RANDY CABALLERO, USNBC LIGHT HEAVYWEIGH CHAMPION VYACHESLAV SHABRANSKYY AND ADDITIONAL TOP FIGHTERS TO BE FEATURED AT SPECIAL MEET & GREET AT GBP FIGHTER BOOTH

“SCHOOLBOY” BOBBY CHACON AND DANNY “LITTLE RED” LOPEZ WILL RETURN TO SITE OF THEIR MONUMENTAL 1974 FIGHT AS SPECTATORS OF HERRERA VS. LUNDY ON SATURDAY NIGHT

Tickets Still Available for Herrera vs. Lundy!

LOS ANGELES (July 9) – Mexican boxer and former WBC Lightweight ChampionRodolfo “El Gato” Gonzalez and California Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee Gabriel Ruelaswill join 1984 Olympic Gold Medalists Paul Gonzales and Henry Tillman at a specialBoxing Legends Fan Meet and Greet held at the public Corona Fan Fiesta celebrationin downtown Los Angeles from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the East Side Square (facing Figueroa St.) at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena on Saturday, July 11.

Fans will also be able to meet some of Golden Boy Promotions’ champions like IBF Super Bantamweight Champion Randy “El Matador” Caballero, USNBC Light Heavyweight Champion Vyacheslav “Lion Heart – Chingonsky” Shabranskyy and the next generation of rising stars at the daytime fan celebration. Local favorites include: Oscar Negrete, Carlos Morales, Rafael Gramajo, and Emilio Sanchez, who will be on hand starting at 1:30 p.m.; Julian Ramirez, Abraham Lopez, Roy Tapia, and Everton Lopes, and Vyacheslav Shabranskyy who will be present beginning at 2:30 p.m.; and Randy Caballero, Antonio Orozco, D’mitrius Ballard, Lamont Roach Jr., and Kevin Rivers, who will be at the celebration starting at 4:30 p.m.

Fans are encouraged to come out to The CoronaFan Fiesta, admission is free, and partake in pre-event festivities including the Boxing Legends and Golden Boy fighters meet and greet, autograph signings, live music, food trucks, a special Corona-sponsored beer garden, and much more.

The pre-celebration will kick off a highly anticipated night of fights featuring a main event 10-round super lightweight bout for the vacant NABF title between Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera (21-5, 7 KOs) and “Hammerin” Hank Lundy” (25-4-1, 12 KOs), as well as exhilarating bouts matching up some of the fastest-rising talent in the sport today.

Fans attending the fight will be in great company as Los Angeles fighters “Schoolboy” Bobby Chacon and Danny “Little Red” Lopez will return to the Los Angeles Sports Arena as spectators to enjoy a stellar card culminating with Herrera vs. Lundy on Saturdaynight. Chacon and Lopez met for a monumental fight in 1974 before a sellout crowd. Chacon, 22-years-old at the time, defeated Lopez, then 21-years-old, in a ninth-round technical knockout that had a lasting impression on boxing fans. Both fighters went on to win world championships and boast highly successful careers.

The Corona Fan Fiesta is open to the public with free admission and fans planning to attend the fights are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance at www.lacoliseum.com,www.ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations and by calling 800-745-3000 or onsite at The Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena Box Office.

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2015 Fight of the Year – Francisco Vargas vs Takashi Miura

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The WBC World Super Featherweight title bout between Francisco Vargas and Takashi Miura came on one of the biggest boxing stages of 2015, as the bout served as the HBO pay-per-view’s co-main event on November 21st, in support of Miguel Cotto vs Saul Alvarez.

Miura entered the fight with a (29-2-2) record and he was making the fifth defense of his world title, while Vargas entered the fight with an undefeated mark of (22-0-1) in what was his first world title fight. Both men had a reputation for all-out fighting, with Miura especially earning high praise for his title defense in Mexico where he defeated Sergio Thompson in a fiercely contested battle.

The fight started out hotly contested, and the intensity never let up. Vargas seemed to win the first two rounds, but by the fourth round, Miura seemed to pull ahead, scoring a knock-down and fighting with a lot of confidence. After brawling the first four rounds, Miura appeared to settle into a more technical approach. Rounds 5 and 6 saw the pendulum swing back towards Vargas, as he withstood Miura’s rush to open the fifth round and the sixth round saw both men exchanging hard punches.

The big swinging continued, and though Vargas likely edged Miura in rounds 5 and 6, Vargas’ face was cut in at least two spots and Miura started to assert himself again in rounds 7 and 8. Miura was beginning to grow in confidence while it appeared that Vargas was beginning to slow down, and Miura appeared to hurt Vargas at the end of the 8th round.

Vargas turned the tide again at the start of the ninth round, scoring a knock down with an uppercut and a straight right hand that took Miura’s legs and sent him to the canvas. Purely on instinct, Miura got back up and continued to fight, but Vargas was landing frequently and with force. Referee Tony Weeks stepped in to stop the fight at the halfway point of round 9 as Miura was sustaining a barrage of punches.

Miura still had a minute and a half to survive if he was going to get out of the round, and it was clear that he was not going to stop fighting.

A back and forth battle of wills between two world championship level fighters, Takashi Miura versus “El Bandido” Vargas wins the 2015 Fight of the Year.

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Jan 9 in Germany – Feigenbutz and De Carolis To Settle Score

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This coming Saturday, January 9th, the stage is set at the Baden Arena in Offenburg, Germany for a re-match between Vincent Feigenbutz and Giovanni De Carolis. The highly anticipated re-match is set to air on SAT.1 in Germany, and Feigenbutz will once again be defending his GBU and interim WBA World titles at Super Middleweight.

The first meeting between the two was less than three months ago, on October 17th and that meeting saw Feigenbutz controversially edge De Carolis on the judge’s cards by scores of (115-113, 114-113 and 115-113). De Carolis scored a flash knock down in the opening round, and he appeared to outbox Feigenbutz in the early going, but the 20 year old German champion came on in the later rounds.

The first bout is described as one of the most crowd-pleasing bouts of the year in Germany, and De Carolis and many observers felt that the Italian had done enough to win.

De Carolis told German language website RAN.DE that he was more prepared for the re-match, and that due to the arrogance Feigenbutz displayed in the aftermath of the first fight, he was confident that he had won over some of the audience. Though De Carolis fell short of predicting victory, he promised a re-vamped strategy tailored to what he has learned about Feigenbutz, whom he termed immature and inexperienced.

The stage is set for Feigenbutz vs De Carolis 2, this Saturday January 9th in Offenburg, Germany. If you can get to the live event do it, if not you have SAT.1 in Germany airing the fights, and The Boxing Channel right back here for full results.

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2015 Knock Out of the Year – Saul Alvarez KO’s James Kirkland

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On May 9th of 2015, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez delivered a resonant knock-out of James Kirkland on HBO that wins the 2015 KO of the Year.

The knock-out itself came in the third round, after slightly more than two minutes of action. The end came when Alvarez delivered a single, big right hand that caught Kirkland on the jaw and left him flat on his back after spinning to the canvas.Alvarez was clearly the big star heading into the fight. The fight was telecast by HBO for free just one week after the controversial and disappointing Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao fight, and Alvarez was under pressure to deliver the type of finish that people were going to talk about. Kirkland was happy to oblige Alvarez, taking it right to Alvarez from the start. Kirkland’s aggression saw him appear to land blows that troubled the young Mexican in the early going. Alvarez played good defense, and he floored Kirkland in the first round, displaying his power and his technique in knocking down an aggressive opponent.

However, Kirkland kept coming at Alvarez and the fight entered the third round with both men working hard and the feeling that the fight would not go the distance. Kirkland continued to move forward, keeping “Canelo” against the ropes and scoring points with a barrage of punches while looking for an opening.

At around the two minute mark, Alvarez landed an uppercut that sent Kirkland to the canvas again. Kirkland got up, but it was clear that he did not have his legs under him. Kirkland was going to try to survive the round, but Alvarez had an opportunity to close out the fight. The question was would he take it?

Alvarez closed in on Kirkland, putting his opponent’s back to the ropes. Kirkland was hurt, but he was still dangerous, pawing with punches and loading up for one big shot.

But it was the big shot “Canelo” threw that ended the night. Kirkland never saw it coming, as he was loading up with a huge right hand of his own. The right Alvarez threw cracked Kirkland in the jaw, and his eyes went blank. His big right hand whizzed harmlessly over the head of a ducking Alvarez, providing the momentum for the spin that left Kirkland prone on the canvas.

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez went on to defeat Miguel Cotto in his second fight of 2015 and he is clearly one of boxing’s biggest stars heading into 2016. On May 9th Alvarez added another reel to his highlight film when he knocked out James Kirkland with the 2015 “Knock Out of the Year”.

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