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Brandon Gonzalez To Fight Ossie Duran Oct. 28

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Against “The Ghanaian Gladiator” Ossie Duran

In Main Event Friday, Oct. 28, LIVE on SHOWTIME®

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Tripleheader Begins at 11 p.m. ET/PT (Delayed on the West Coast)

From Bally's Grand Ballroom, Atlantic City, New Jersey

 

NEW YORK (Oct. 12, 2011) – Andre Ward is impressed with the ability, attitude, focus and potential of Brandon “Flawless” Gonzales, an unbeaten middleweight and a sparring partner of Ward's who makes his debut on ShoBox: The New Generation against Ossie Duran in the main event of a tripleheader Friday, Oct. 28, live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) at Bally's in Atlantic City, N.J.

 

“I've known him since his amateur days and think he has what it takes to be a champion,'' said Ward, the undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) super middleweight champion and finalist in the Super Six World Boxing Classic on SHOWTIME. “He's definitely got skills and a lot of raw talent. He's strong, tough, has speed and a great work ethic, and anytime you have that kind of combination, where a fighter wants to be good and has a family he wants to provide for, that makes him dangerous.

 

“I like that even when Brandon is not fighting and helping me – and we've sparred for years – he's on time and comes in good shape. Having the work ethic is sometimes more important than skill. I believe he respects the sport and I definitely like that about him.

 

“There's a lot of work ahead for him, but if he continues to hone all his skills, work hard, stay focused and lets his career take course, I believe he's championship material and can be a champion someday.''

 

Gonzales, a 27-year-old of Mexican and African-American descent, was born in Portland, Ore., and lives in Sacramento, Calif., which is approximately a two-hour drive from Oakland where Ward works out. Gonzales will enter the eight-round middleweight bout with a record of 14-0-1 with 10 knockouts. Duran, of Paterson, N.J., is 26-8-2 with 10 knockouts. The “The Ghanaian Gladiator” has won three in a row.

 

In compelling co-features, unbeaten 2008 U.S. Olympian Javier “El Intocable'' Molina (8-0) of Norwalk, Calif., meets hard-hitting Artemio “King'' Reyes Jr. (13-1, 11 KOs) of San Bernardino, Calif., in an eight-round battle of promising Southern California welterweights, and American heavyweights with identical win-loss records, No. 1 contender “Fast” Eddie Chambers (36-2, 18 KOs), of Philadelphia, and southpaw and No. 2-rated Tony “The Tiger” Thompson (36-2, 24 KOs), of Washington, D.C., collide in what will be a meaningful and competitive 12-round International Boxing Federation (IBF) world championship elimination fight.

 

Gonzales will be making his first start since signing with Goossen Tutor Promotions and Antonio Leonard Productions and hooking up with Virgil Hunter, Ward's trainer, earlier this year.

 

A late bloomer who didn't start to box until he was 19, Gonzales was one of the top amateurs in the country at light heavyweight and won a Golden Gloves championship in 2004. He was a finalist in the 2007 U.S. National Championships but rather than try for a berth in the 2008 Olympic Games, Gonzales, who'd just started a family of his own, opted to turn pro in February 2007.

 

“I have some catching up to do,'' said Gonzales, a talented, athletic, aggressive power-puncher with both hands who is both technically sound and crowd-pleasing. “I feel I have the talent of a champion but I'm the age of a contender and have the record of a prospect. This (fighting on ShoBox) is definitely a great opportunity and I'm going to take full advantage. I'm looking forward to getting into contention, cracking the top 15 and fighting some of those guys. At the same time, I am taking it one fight at a time.”

 

A winner of nine consecutive fights since a September 2008 bout against Danny Jevic ended in a first-round no-contest when Jevic could not continue after an unintentional headbutt, Gonzales won his lone start in 2011 with a unanimous eight-round decision over Lester Gonzalez on Jan. 7.

 

Duran, 34, won his last start on a 10th-round TKO over Latif Mundy on June 22. The globe-trotting Ghanaian has campaigned in 10 countries and fought 10 or more rounds on 13 occasions.

 

Although he's never been stopped and is seldom outclassed, the confident, durable Duran has often been paired against younger, up-and-comers such as David Lopez,Fernando Guerrero, Jamie Moore and James Kirkland, who he dropped a tough 10-round decision to on ShoBox June 1, 2007. Duran has only rarely received the benefit of the doubt in the majority of his tight fights, particularly the losses.

 

“I go in and I do what I'm supposed to do but they don't give me the win when I earn it,'' he said. “It makes me feel good though because I fought everyone in their backyard.”

 

Molina, 21, will be making his fifth start in 2011 and first in a match slated for eight rounds. Seemingly recovered from a hand injury that sidelined him between November 2009 and October 2010, the impressive youngster is coming off a unanimous six-round decision over John Revish last Sept. 15.

 

The personable, soft-spoken Molina went 153-13 during an extensive, outstanding amateur career. At age 18, he was the youngest member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team that competed in Beijing. He turned pro with a second-round knockout over Jamie Cabrera on March 27, 2009.

 

Molina comes from a fighting family that includes his father, uncle, and older brother, all who have fought professionally, as well as his twin brother Oscar, who was a member of the Mexican Olympic team.

 

Reyes has won 12 in a row, 10 by knockout. In his last start and fourth of the year, the popular 25-year-old captured the World Boxing Council (WBC) Latin American title with a convincing second-round knockout over Miguel Munguia. This will be Reyes' ShoBox debut and first outing outside California.

 

Winning a belt was important to Reyes and his family. “(Afterward, I had) time to reflect on what I'd accomplished and it was very surreal,'' he said. “I (won) a belt for my dad, which was his dream. As soon as I came home, I went to his bed and told him, “I did it. Pops, I did it, we got a belt. It was a very special moment for me and my family.''

 

Reyes' father has been in a coma since a tragic car accident in 2008 left him in a vegetative state. “Fighting 4 Pops” is Junior's life statement, and those words are written into his trunks.

 

If triumphant, Chambers remains the IBF mandatory challenger to heavyweight kingpin, Wladimir Klitschko, who's also the World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Organization (WBO) champion. With a victory, Thompson leapfrogs over Chambers into the top spot.

 

Chambers, a 6-foot-1, 29-year-old, and the 6-foot-5 Thompson, who turns 40 on Oct. 18, are longtime friends and sparring partners. The winner moves closer to a rematch against Klitschko.

 

“You've got to fight your friends sometimes in this business,'' said Chambers, a fast-handed, slick, crisp puncher with the ability to pick his shots with variety. I'm looking forward to this and getting it done.”

 

In his only start since losing to Klitschko in Germany in March 2010, Chambers scored a unanimous 10-round decision over Derric Rossy last Feb. 11 at Bally's in Atlantic City. Chambers also holds a pair of high-quality wins over Alexander Dimitrenko and Sam Peter in 2009.

 

Thompson has won five straight by knockout since giving Klitschko one of his toughest fights in July 2008 in Germany. In his most recent outing, Thompson scored knockdowns in the second and third rounds en route to a third-round TKO over Maurice Harris last May 27. Overall, Thompson has gone 32-1 dating to August 2000.

 

Regarding fighting a friend, Thompson said, “It's tough, but there is an opportunity for both of us to realize a dream. I just have to go in there and take care of business,'' he said.

 

Tickets, priced at $75 and $50, can be purchased at  www.ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster retail outlets, Ticketmaster Call Center 800-745-3000 or Bally's Atlantic City (day of the event). The first undercard, non-televised fight will begin at 9 p.m. 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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