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In Bouts They All Must Win To Keep Careers Headed In Right Direction,

Randy Caballero And Manny Roman & Michael Perez And Fidel Maldonado

Are Set To Do Battle

This Friday, Aug. 24, at 11 p.m. ET on SHOWTIME®

From Fantasy Springs Casino Resort in Indio, Calif.

NEW YORK (Aug. 21, 2012) — At the tender age of 21, Randy Caballero, of Coachella, Calif., has been perfect in a two-and-a-half-year pro career. He's rarely lost a round while going 15-0 with eight knockouts, and already has attained a world rating.

The talented bantamweight looks to have a bright future, but he will get his toughest test to date when he meets Manny Roman (15-1-3, 6 KOs), of Paramount, Calif., in what is expected to be a hard-fought 10-round main event this Friday, Aug. 24, on ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET) from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif.

In a companion 10-round fight on SHOWTIME, Michael “The Artist'' Perez (16-1-1, 10 KOs), of Newark, N.J., will be opposed by hard-hitting southpaw Fidel Maldonado (13-1, 11 KOs), of Albuquerque, N.M., in a key match-up of lightweight prospects.

Caballero vs. Roman and Perez vs. Maldonado are presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. PT. The first live fight is at 5:30 p.m. PT.

Tickets for the event, priced at $25, $35 and $45, are available at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, by calling (800) 827-2946 or online at www.fantasyspringsresort.com.

These are risky assignments for the four fighters. While a defeat might not necessarily be detrimental to their careers, none of them wants to take a step backward. Maldonado, like Caballero, is 21-years-old. Perez is 22, Roman 24.

“This is an interesting doubleheader,” ShoBox expert analyst Steve Farhood said. “We have a prototypical ShoBox prospect in Caballero, who's young, unbeaten and had a strong amateur career facing a fighter, Roman, who has had a lot of starts and stops in his career, but has only one loss, and it came on a split decision, so he could be easily undefeated, too. This is definitely a step up for Caballero.

“The co-feature is also intriguing. Perez had the same kind of background as Caballero, but he lost on ShoBox in January (two fights ago to unbeaten Omar Figueroa). We're a long way from it happening, of course, but Perez will be trying to become the ninth fighter on ShoBox who lost on the show and then went on to become a world champion (Robert Guerrero and Cornelius Bundrage were two of the others).

“Maldonado was also a top-notch prospect, but he is coming off a shocking knockout loss, so he is in the same position as Perez.”

Caballero turned pro in March 2010 after an outstanding amateur career. He fought six times in 2010 and eight times in 2011. This fight will be the third outing of this year for the fighting pride of the Coachella Valley, who is coming off of a fifth-round knockout over Jamal Parram on June 23. Caballero won his ShoBox and 10-round debut, as well as the North American Boxing Organization (NABO) bantamweight title, with a tougher-than-expected unanimous 10-round decision over Jose Araiza last March 16 at Fantasy Springs. A Fantasy Springs favorite, Caballero is making his 10th start at the venue.

The baby-faced Caballero outpointed Araiza by the scores of 98-92 twice and 97-93, but after a fast start, the hometown hero had to withstand a second-half Araiza rally to get the decision. It was anything but a career-best performance by Caballero, who got hit with right hands in the later rounds, but it was an excellent learning experience.

“That was a tough fight,” Caballero said, “but a good fight for me. I know the fights will be tougher as I continue to step up. It's what I take away from fights like that that will help me down the line.”

A speedy, quick-handed boxer with good skills and movement, the World Boxing Organization (WBO) No. 6-rated 118-pound contender feels forcing the issue may be key against Roman. “I've been working on trying to pick up a different way to walk Roman down,” Caballero said. “I'll be trying to put a little more pressure on in this fight and break him down.

“Roman's a tough fighter, I'm not taking anything away from him. He's 15-1. (But) he's never been 10 rounds. I'll probably just break him down, and hopefully finish him off in the early rounds. He probably won't end up lasting all of the 10 rounds. The more pressure I put, the harder it's going to be for him.”

Roman, who turned pro in Mexico at 16 in June 2004, also had an extensive amateur career. After campaigning mostly as a flyweight early in his pro career, he has boxed at or around 118 in three of his last four outings. This will be his second fight in 2012, making it the first time since 2008 he has fought more than once in a year. Despite the inactivity, look for Roman to give a solid account of himself.

“This is like a world title fight for him,” said Roman's manager Frank Espinoza. “He knows he's the underdog and that fans will be for the hometown guy, but we took the fight because we believe Manny can win and for the great opportunity he has to make a statement.”

Roman took off a week after he registered a third-round TKO over Christian Aguilar last June 15 in Mexicali, Mex., but has been in the gym since.

“Caballero is good and I respect him as a fighter,” said Roman, who was decked in his only loss, an eight-round split decision to underdog Anthony Villareal in April 2009. “I just plan to test him out in the first round, then we'll see if I keep on counterpunching him or if I'm going to go after him.”

For Perez and Maldonado, both accomplished amateurs whose pro double-digit winning streaks have ended, this is a fight they must win if they hope to stay on track and advance from prospects to contenders. This is Perez' second start since losing, the first for Maldonado.

Perez, who won his last outing with a second-round TKO over Erick Cruz on June 30, made several changes after the loss to Figueroa.

“There was most definitely a positive side to my loss,'' said Perez, a pro since October 2008. “You try to analyze what went wrong and what you could improve on, how you can change to make it better and what you need to bring your career to that next level. There were a lot of things I wasn't doing as a pro that I should have been doing. That's why we made a whole bunch of moves. I've got a strength trainer, a nutritionist, a new trainer, Raul Rivas, and I went to my first training camp. I just switched my whole vibe, my whole atmosphere and my team.

“Now I feel great and we're just pushing forward. That loss, I needed it. I feel it was something that I needed to really open my eyes and see what I needed to do to improve myself, and it happened.”

An excellent body puncher with good power, Perez owns a win over Maldonado in the amateurs. “I outboxed Maldonado in the Golden Gloves,” Perez said, “but I'm not taking anything away from him. I'm ready for 10 hard rounds. I'm looking at him like he's a world champ.”

A two-year pro, the soft-spoken Maldonado suffered a broken jaw en route to losing by second-round TKO to Fernando Carcamo in a bout he was favored to win on April 28.

“We learned from our mistakes,'' the boxer's trainer-father, Fidel Sr., said. “He's ready to go. He's training hard. This is one of the best camps we've had. It (his last fight) humbled him and made him hungrier. Perez beat us on a decision in the amateurs, but he ran from us. He didn't want to fight. He tasted our power and he ran. In our hearts, we beat him. This should be an interesting fight with the little gloves on.”

Maldonado, who went down twice in the stunning setback to Carcamo, also fought Erick Cruz, winning a unanimous eight-round decision over him on Oct. 21, 2011.

An incredible opportunity for those attending: Future Hall of Famer, the legendary Bernard Hopkins, will host a meet and greet before the televised card. Hopkins will be on hand to sign autographs and take pictures from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. inside the Fantasy Springs Special Events Center. The meet and greet is open to the public with the purchase of a ticket to the fight card.

Barry Tompkins will call the blow-by-blow action on ShoBox alongside Farhood andspecial guestanalyst, former Unified Lightweight World Champion Juan “The Baby Bull” Diaz. Gordon Hall is theexecutive producer of ShoBox with Richard Gaughan producing and Rick Phillips directing.

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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

George Foreman Youth Center / Check out more boxing news and videos at The Boxing Channel.

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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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