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“BLAME IT ON RENO, ESPN STYLE”

CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING

FRIDAY · MAY 27 · RENO, NEVADA

JOSESITO LOPEZ MAKES FIRST TITLE DEFENSE AGAINST STEVE UPSHER CHAMBERS

HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP ELIMINATION BOUT

TONY THOMPSON VS. MAURICE HARRIS

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Los Angeles, CA (April 19, 2011) – Reno, Nevada may be known as 'The Biggest Little
City in the World,” but on Friday night, May 27, that mini-metropolis will receive
national exposure and then some when Goossen Tutor Promotions presents a televised
doubleheader of championship boxing billed as “Blame It On Reno, ESPN Style.” The
world-class event will be at the classic 6,000-seat Reno Events Center operated
by the Reno-Sparks Convention Visitors Authority and televised on ESPN2 at 9 p.m.
ET.

Reno has a long and illustrious boxing history dating back to July 4, 1910 with
the Jeffries-Johnson World Championship bout and many great champions such as Sugar
Ray Leonard, Hector Camacho, Alexis Arguello and James Toney all having displayed
their talents in front of the knowledgeable and exuberant Reno fight fans.

It's this rich history that ESPN and Goossen Tutor wanted to capture for their upcoming
May 27 championship event, “Blame it on Reno, ESPN Style,” spearheaded and sponsored
by the Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Circus Circus Reno, Harrah's Hotel Casino and
the world-famous Eldorado Hotel Casino, long the fighting home of Ray “Boom Boom”
Mancini.

“We are happy to be back in Reno with the FNF series, it is a city that consistently
draws energetic and enthusiastic fans,” said Doug Loughrey, Programming Director
for ESPN.

The main event of the ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” telecast – presented in association
with Thompson Boxing Promotions – hard-hitting Josesito Lopez (29-3, 17 KOs) will
make the first championship defense of his NABF Light Welterweight Title against
highly-skilled boxer-puncher “Showtime” Steve Upsher Chambers (23-1-1, 6 KOs) in
a scheduled 10-round bout where the winner will look to follow in the footsteps
of the greats that made or continued their reputation in Reno.

The co-feature – in association with Boxing 360 – is a scheduled 12-round IBF Heavyweight
Championship Elimination bout matching former Heavyweight World Title challenger
Tony “The Tiger” Thompson (35-2, 23 KOs) against newly crowned USBA Heavyweight
Champion Maurice “Sugar Mo” Harris (24-14-2, 10 KOs).

The 26-year old Lopez will be making his second straight ESPN2 appearance as the
Riverside, CA native displayed his talents in the January 28, 2011 co-feature on
ESPN. In that bout, Lopez stopped then undefeated, and favored, Michael Dallas,
Jr. in the seventh round to capture the NABF 140-pound belt.

“Becoming the champion is one thing, but staying the champion is another story,”
Lopez said.  “Chambers has an opportunity to come and make a name for himself but
it's up to me to beat him. I'm going to fight my heart out and, if the knockout
presents itself; I'm going to take it.”

Coming off the biggest win of his career to date – a hard-fought split-decision
win over highly regarded and previously unbeaten Bayan Jargal last November in Atlantic
City, NJ – Chambers openly acknowledges the significance of his fight with Lopez.
“This is a dream come true for me; I have never had a belt in my life,” the Philadelphia
southpaw revealed. And to win this one on national TV with ESPN will give me exposure
and put me closer to becoming a world champion.”

Being a principal in his first televised main event and fighting west of Philadelphia
for just the second time in his career doesn't faze Chambers a bit.

“Really, it doesn't matter where I fight,” insists the confident Chambers. “I like
to perform for the fans, so being in Reno I'm going to make them proud to cheer
for me. They can't fight for us but they can cheer for us. We're the ones in the
ring and the only ones who can determine the winner – which will be me!”

Chambers got his nickname from a former NFL great and 2011 Pro Football Hall of
Fame Finalist. “Curtis Martin is my cousin and he got me my first boxing outfit
when I was 15 years old and he put 'Showtime' on it. This fight against Josesito
Lopez on ESPN2 is my shot, and I won't blow it. You best believe that!”

Glenn Carano, former Dallas Cowboy quarterback and an executive at the Silver Legacy,
succinctly said, “We wanted this event in Reno and made sure we got it for our great
fans. If the other cities are disappointed, I say 'Blame it on Reno, ESPN style!'”

As for the co-feature, which catapults the winner into the IBF Heavyweight Title
picture against #1 World contender Eddie Chambers, brother of Steve, it is a clash
of veteran combatants who have a history – albeit from their early days as professionals.
“I actually fought Maurice Harris some years ago in the “Thunderbox Heavyweight
Tournament,” Thompson, who hails from Washington, DC, recalls. “He beat me in a
three-rounder that did not go against our record. Now it's an opportunity for me
to get revenge. And I can guarantee he won't beat me this time. I'll stop him in
six rounds or under.”

Thompson has four straight TKO wins since his 11-round loss to IBF/WBO Heavyweight
Champion Wladimir Klitschko in his world title challenge nearly three years ago
in Germany. Included among those were stoppages of hot 26-1 prospect Chazz Witherspoon
and former world title challenger Owen Beck. Thompson – now 39 – seems to get better
with age.

Harris, a 35-year old native out of East Orange, NJ, who turned pro as a 16-year
old back in 1992, has a four-fight winning streak of his own – most recently capturing
the USBA Heavyweight crown last August. He also owns a significant win over Siarhei
Liakhovich, who was 16-0 at the time. Liakhovich rebounded from that setback and
eventually became WBO World Heavyweight Champion.

“I've believed all of the years that I would someday be fighting for the world heavyweight
title,” Harris said.  “It feels good to finally have my chance.  It's been a long
road and I plan on reaching my dream with a victory. I'm more focused today.  Age
brings wisdom.”

“May 27 will be a night of competitive championship bouts with no clear cut winner
in any of the bouts. This is sure to be a night of exciting and entertaining fights
for our sport and the fans in Reno,” stated promoter Dan Goossen of Goossen Tutor
Promotions.

Doors open at 4 pm. First Bout at 5 pm. First ESPN televised bout at 6:00 pm PT/9
pm ET.

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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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