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Franco, Kayode To Headline ShoBox

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NEW YORK (Jan. 24, 2011) – Undefeated featherweight prospect and former Cuban Olympian Luis Franco will look to take another giant step towards challenging for a world title in 2011 when he takes on veteran Leonilo Miranda in a 10-round bout to kick off an impressive run of boxing on SHOWTIME on Friday, Feb. 4 LIVE on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West coast).

 

In a co-feature worthy of main event billing, crowd-pleasing and Freddie Roach-trained Lateef Kayode will be looking for his 15th consecutive knockout as he squares off against Tampa native Nicholas Iannuzzi in a 10-round cruiserweight bout.

 

Undefeated lightweight prospect Archie Ray Marquez and hard-hitting southpaw Marvin Quintero will kickoff the tripleheader with an eight-round scrap.

 

Promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, the event will originate from Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif.

 

One of boxing’s fastest rising prospects, Franco (8-0, 5 KOs) is on the inside track to challenge for a world title in 2011.  The No. 9 rated World Boxing Organization (WBO) prospect, Franco is aiming to continue to step up his level of opposition in the coming year.

 

“I’d like to fight all the top guns in my weight class,” Franco, 28, said.  “Line them up one by one, I’m waiting for the call. If any of them have what it takes to call out my name and challenge me, I’ll be ready. I want the top guns in this division.”

 

“I’m looking to get a world title victory in 2011.  We’re on the right path right now – we just need to keep on winning.”

 

Though he only has eight professional fights under his belt compared to Miranda’s 34, Franco had more than 400 amateur fights and was 2-2 against former teammate and current World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight champ Yuriorkis Gamboa.

 

“The experience this guy has is pretty much against Mexican fighters,” Franco said.  “I have all kinds of international experience.  Even in my eight fights, I’ve seen and learned enough to top what this guy has been doing in 34 fights.

 

“I heard some comments from Miranda.  It stimulates me to hear my opponent say that he’ll knock me out.  That gets me fired up.  I’ll turn the tables on him.”

 

Franco, who defected from Cuba in 2009 and lives in Miami, is coming off a disqualification (low blows) win over Eric Hunter on Dec. 3, also at Chumash Casino Resort.

 

Fighting in the main event of a national telecast after just eight professional fights is a huge accomplishment but Franco believes that he is right on track. “I’m a marquee fighter and this is where I belong,” said Franco.

 

Franco is managed by Henry Foster, who also manages SHOWTIME Super Six World Boxing Classic semifinalist Glen Johnson.

 

Miranda (32-2, 30 KOS), who holds an 88 percent KO ratio, will be fighting in the U.S., where he holds a 1-1 record, for just the third time.  The hard-hitting southpaw scored a fifth round knockout in his last fight in August 2010 against Carlos Medellin in Sonora, Mexico.

 

In a division controlled by Europeans, Lateef Kayode is America’s No. 1 cruiserweight prospect and on the USA Today and ESPN.com 2010 top prospects lists.  Ranked No. 6 by the World Boxing Classic (WBC) and No. 4 by the WBA, Kayode is coming off a sixth-round knockout of Ed Perry in the Dec. 3 ShoBox main event.  Kayode took just one week off following the victory and then returned to the gym to train for his next bout.

 

The 6-foot-2, 27-year-old Kayode, who lives in Hollywood by way of Lagos, Nigeria, is training at the famed Wild Card Gym under Roach, who will work his corner on Feb. 4.

 

According to Kayode’s manager, Steven Feder, the biggest difference in this camp has been the length and the frequency of the rounds.

 

“His stamina has never been an issue, but we’re going much deeper a lot earlier,” Feder said.  “He’s training as a 12-round fighter and he’s doing it with ease.”

 

Kayode admits that he thinks about the knockout streak, but he claims he doesn’t let it affect his game plan or preparation.

 

“There’s no doubt it’s in the back of my mind,” Kayode said.  “I know the fans love it and I know SHOWTIME loves it.  But I’m not going to let that affect what I do in the ring.”

 

Feder agrees, but takes it one step further.

 

“Anyone who is willing to stay close and engage with Lateef, chances are they won’t be standing at the end of the fight,” Feder said.  “They may be standing if they can run around and avoid him.  I don’t like to make predictions, but if they’re taking body shots all night long they’ll be on the canvas.”

 

With his world rankings rising with each win, Kayode’s camp knows 2011 has the chance to be a banner year for the unbeaten prospect.

 

“We’d like to clean out the cruiserweight division here in the U.S. before we leave the country to fight,” Feder said.  “There are some talented unbeaten and once-beaten American cruiserweights out there that’d we’d love to face.  We’ll just have to see who steps up to the plate.”

Iannuzzi (16-1, 9 KOs) isn’t concerned with Kayode’s impressive knockout streak or by the fact that he’s trained by arguably boxing’s most respected and successful trainer.

 

“A lot has been made about the fact that Kayode is trained by Freddie Roach but I don’t get caught up in all that,” Iannuzzi said.  “It’s just going to be me and Kayode in there when the bell rings, not Freddie.

“As far as the knockouts go, he’s a solid fighter.  I’m not underestimating him.  I underestimated an opponent once and lost. I’m not going to make that mistake again.”

Albuquerque’s Marquez, ranked No. 13 by the WBA, is considered the most talented prospect from New Mexico since Johnny Tapia.  Marquez is coming off of a third-round TKO of Juan Santiago last Oct. 1 on ShoBox in which the unbeaten prospect suffered a hand injury that kept him sidelined for the past few months.

 

“In my last fight against Santiago, I hurt my left knuckle,” Marquez said.  “It put me in a cast for six weeks, but now it’s all healed and ready to go.”

 

Marquez, who has dealt with nagging injuries to both his hands that have forced him to have surgery and pull out of fights, said he is slightly frustrated with his lack of activity in the ring due to injuries.

 

“It is a little frustrating but I’d rather be 110 percent in any fight than have the injury hold me back,” Marquez said.  “It’s frustrating that I hurt my hand but it’s a part of the game that I have to deal with.”

 

The 22-year-old Marquez will be facing his toughest opponent to date in the more experienced Quintero, who owns victories over former prospects Wes Ferguson and Nick Casal.

 

“I just need to outbox him and do what I do,” Marquez said.  “I need to use my power because he’s been dropped a few times.  I know he’ll be a tougher opponent, but I look at every guy as being tough.  All it takes is one punch. I train for every opponent the same.  I never take anyone lightly.”

 

Marquez and his camp believe a win over Quintero and a few other quality opponents in 2011 can set him up for a shot at a world title by the end of the year.

 

“There isn’t anyone specific that I’d like to face, but my goal is to get some more fights and get a world title,” Marquez said.  “A couple of big wins and hopefully by the end of the year we’ll be fighting for a belt.”

 

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Three Punch Combo: What’s in the Cards for Spence, Kell Brook, and Cotto?

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 THREE PUNCH COMBO: Errol Spence Jr. scored an impressive knockout victory against Kell Brook on Saturday to take Brook’s IBF welterweight title. Both fighters now face interesting possibilities as they move forward in their respective careers.

Spence, who entered the fight with a lot of questions, not only showcased his tremendous skills but proved he has a very good chin as well as the willingness to dig deep when needed. He is without a doubt a future superstar in this sport. With momentum strong right now, he would be wise to be as active as possible even if not landing one of the big names his next time out.

I sense that Spence’s advisor, Al Haymon, will in fact get him back in the ring this summer. One name I would speculate as an opponent is Adrian Granados. Coming off a debatable loss to Adrien Broner, Granados has earned another shot at a top fighter. Granados is not a big puncher, but will put forth a good effort. The translation here is that he is someone that can be sold to the public as an opponent for Spence while bigger names are lined up, and also someone against whom Spence can in all likelihood look impressive once again.

After a summer tilt, I would expect to see Spence back in action towards the end of the year in a more substantial fight. Keith Thurman will still be on the mend at this point, recovering from elbow surgery, so that fight is out until next year. But Haymon has plenty of other welterweights and one that I suspect he steers toward Spence will be Lamont Peterson. Peterson is a name and has a belt. He also has a stated desire to want one of the big names next along with the payday that it would command. With Thurman out, this would seem the likely immediate path for Spence as such a fight would draw plenty of attention and be easy to sell.

As for Brook, he is going to need an extensive rest before restarting his career. He suffered a beating as well as an eye injury in September against Gennady Golovkin and then suffered another beating as well as injuring his other eye against Spence. After a rest, expect to see a tune- up bout followed by a massive fight in the UK against Amir Khan. The Khan fight has always been big and one of the reasons it has not been made is that it could frankly be made anytime with it still being a very significant event. Considering where both fighters are presently in their respective careers, the timing seems right for it to happen sooner rather than later. They both get a big payday and the winner gets well positioned for another big payday in what is a loaded territory at welterweight and junior middleweight.

Errol Spence Jr. and Kell Brook gave us a great fight on Saturday. While their career paths will head in different directions, expect to see both involved in big events once again down the road.

 Miguel Cotto’s Future

 Miguel Cotto announced this week that he would be returning to the ring on August 26th to face Japanese brawler Yoshihiro Kamegai for the vacant WBO junior middleweight championship. Cotto, who split from his promoter Roc Nation last week, will work with Golden Boy Promotions for this fight which will be televised by HBO.

This is an interesting development in the career of Cotto. Reportedly HBO had not been interested in televising the proposed Kamegai fight unless it received assurances from Cotto that it would lead to a bigger fight to be televised by the network. Also, Golden Boy’s involvement in the promotion signals that they could be involved in Cotto’s future. Obviously, this would mean the opponent for a big fight for Cotto would come from under the Golden Boy banner.

The obvious choice for Cotto’s big fight opponent is David Lemieux. Lemieux has been chasing a fight with Canelo Alvarez. However, with Alvarez deciding to go after Gennady Golovkin, Lemieux gets left on the outside looking in. In need of a big fight for Lemieux, Golden Boy saw an opportunity with Cotto having been previously negotiating the Kamegai fight with Roc Nation. A fight between Cotto and Lemieux makes sense for both as Cotto wants a name who isn’t a slick boxer and Lemieux wants a big fight with the payday it commands as well as the opportunity to put a signature win on his resume to bolster his future ambitions.

But I also think Golden Boy has another potential plan for Cotto. Golden Boy’s main cash cow, Canelo Alvarez, is in a high risk, high reward fight with Golovkin in September. There is no rematch clause if Alvarez wins and, of course, a win by Alvarez cements him as a mega star in the sport. He will be eyeing a return in May 2018 during Cinco de Mayo weekend. With momentum behind him, Alvarez would be wise to seek a name opponent to further boost the event. A rematch with Cotto would not only do huge business but keep the momentum going. For Cotto, it would be a chance to avenge the loss from 2015 to Alvarez and give him one massive payday as his career nears a conclusion.

Miguel Cotto is determined to close his career out with something big and it appears likely he will get his wish.

Kudos to Golden Boy

 When Golden Boy announced its new series on ESPN this winter, I was cautiously optimistic in the fights they would produce. I must say that the matchmaking thus far on this series has been superb and is getting even better with some recently announced cards. These are the types of televised shows the sport needs to generate some badly needed positive buzz.

On June 17th, Pablo Cesar Cano takes on Fidel Maldonado in a junior welterweight contest. This fight is not only very evenly matched but can’t be anything except a slugfest given the styles of the two fighters. Cano is a high pressure fighter who is willing to exchange to get his own punches home. Maldonado has the ability to box, but often gets drawn willingly into wars. In 2015, he had a back and forth shootout with Amir Iman in a fight that got some talk in fight of the year chatter. As a matter of fact, round three was probably round of the year that year. Maldonado has a tendency to fire back when he gets hit and with Cano’s style Maldonado is going to get hit a lot. This one is guaranteed action and a perfect fight for television.

About two weeks later, Golden Boy returns with another ESPN card featuring a high stakes junior featherweight contest between Randy Caballero and Oscar Negrete. Caballero is an undefeated former bantamweight belt holder and is a very skilled boxer puncher. Negrete, also undefeated, has shown much improvement inside the ring in his last few contests. The styles of these two should mix well to provide an entertaining fight. It is also evenly matched, and with so much at stake we should see the best of both men inside the ring.

One point I harp on a lot is the importance of good matchmaking, especially in televised fights. Golden Boy is doing an excellent job so far with their new ESPN series providing high quality, well-matched fights. The boxing public is taking notice and Golden Boy deserves much praise in delivering excellent events for the fans.

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George Foreman Youth Center in Houston Hosts Amateur Event

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George Foreman Youth Center –  -Starting with the ring of the bell on October 22nd, local area boxers will be fighting for a spot to represent the Gulf Coast Region at the USA Boxing National Championships & in International Travel.

Weight categories will include: Pee Wee 8-9, Bantam 10-11, Intermediate 12-13, Juniors 14-15, Youth 15-16, & Elite 18-40 in both Open and Novice divisions. Winners will represent the Gulf area at the 2016 USA Boxing Elite, Youth and Junior National Championships to be held in Kansas City Missouri December 4-10, 2016. This tournament is a sanctioned event through USA Boxing the National Governing Body of Amateur Boxing and is a feeder to National and Olympic recognition.

The George Foreman Youth and Community Center was founded 32 years ago in 1984 by Olympic Gold Medalist and 2-time heavy weight champion George Foreman. The GFYCC is dedicated to providing a safe and secure location for youth to participate in sports and after school activities.

“This year for the first time in Houston boxing history, we are developing an elite international youth boxing team,” said George Foreman, IV. “The team will be selected for the sole purpose of training and traveling to other countries to gain experience on an international platform and promote cultural diplomacy! Utilizing grant and donor funding this team will be representing the George Foreman Youth and Community Center and will be announced Saturday October 22, at the Gulf Region’s Boxing Championship. The team will be reviewed by my father, 1968 Olympic Gold Medalist and 2-Time Heavyweight Champion, George Foreman Sr. The first international trip for this new Houston team is scheduled for Jan. 2017.”

Doors open for the Gulf Gloves Championships on Saturday October 22nd at 11:00 am with announcements and the presentation of the colors by the United States Army Houston Recruiting Command Baytown Beaumont Company at 12:45 pm. The national anthem will be performed by the internationally acclaimed Houston Brass Quintet! Boxing will begin at 1:00 pm. Championship finals will begin at 1:00 pm on Sunday October 23rd.

Media open workouts for Houston amateur standout boxers will be held Wednesday October 19th at the George Foreman Youth and Community Center at 2202 Lone Oak Road Houston, Texas 77093 at 4:00 pm.

Confirmed attendees for interviews will be:

George Edward Foreman IV: Son of 2 Time Heavy Weight Champion, President of Foreman Public Relations

Marlen Esparza: 2012 Olympic Games Bronze Medalist, 2014 Amateur World Champion, 2006 & 2016 Amateur World Championships Bronze Medalist, Nine-Time USA Boxing National Champion.

Rocky Juarez: 2000 Olympic Games Silver Medalist, 1999 Amateur World Champion, WBC Silver Featherweight World Champion.

Raul Marquez: 1988 Amateur World Championships Bronze Medalist, 1992 Olympic Games Quarter-finalist, IBF Light Middleweight World Champion.

Frank Tate: 1984 Olympic Games Gold Medalist, IBF Middleweight World Champion, NABF Light Heavyweight Champion.

Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz: WBA Lightweight World Champion, WBO Lightweight World Champion, WBA Super-Lightweight World Champion, IBF Lightweight World Champion.

“Sweet” Reggie Johnson: WBA Middleweight World Champion, IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion.

In addition to many Houston area professional boxers and Gulf Boxing Association alumni. Event is sanctioned by USA Boxing – Gulf LBC: 16-25-14268

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Michelle Corrales-Lewis Named New CEO of NV Boxing Hall of Fame

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LAS VEGAS, NV (October 5, 2016) – The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame (NVBHOF) a non-profit charitable organization which donates to boxing-related causes, is happy to announce Michelle Corrales-Lewis as its new CEO/President. Respected boxing announcer, Rich Marotta, who founded the NVBHOF in 2012, steps down after devoting years of his life to get the organization off the ground.

With a number of boxing greats already inducted, which include world champion fighters, judges, coaches and promoters, the NVBHOF has rapidly established itself as prestigious group not only here in Las Vegas, but around the world. The NVBHOF has multiple fundraising events throughout the year, helping local boxing organizations fulfill their goals to keep boxing alive within the community.

“I took this organization as far as I could and I’m very comfortable where it is at today,” said Rich Marotta. “Michelle is on the scene in Las Vegas, has a myriad of contacts, both in business and with the boxing community, especially the fighters, and is more than ready to completely run the company. She is incredibly capable and has been an indefatigable agent for growth of the NVBHOF the past three years, taking on additional responsibilities each and every year. It brings me great pleasure to announce her as the new CEO of the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame.”

After serving as the NVBHOF Chief Operating Officer for many years, Michelle Corrales-Lewis, is thrilled at her new position within the organization.

“It’s an honor to be chosen as the new CEO of the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame,” said Michelle Corrales-Lewis, widow of former multiple world champion and 2013 NVBHOF inductee, Diego Corrales. “Rich Marotta did a fantastic job building the organization from ground up. His immense work ethic is a great example of how I plan to continue the vision he set forth. My goal is to find a home for the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame, one where fans from all around the world can visit on regular basis. The boxing community is filled with wonderful people that we will honor as inductees each year. I’m truly grateful for the wonderful opportunity that has been presented to me by my dear friend Rich Marotta.”

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