Month: October 2019
10-Time World Champion and Golden Boy CEO and Chairman, Oscar De La Hoya Named National Ambassador for American Cancer Society
De La Hoya to support Real Men Wear Pink Campaign as first partnership initiative in the fight against breast cancer
LOS ANGELES, – In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the American Cancer Society has announced its newest ambassador of the Real Men Wear Pink (RMWP) Campaign, World Boxing Champion and CEO and Chairman of Golden Boy Promotions, Oscar De La Hoya. Real Men Wear Pink (RMWP) was created by the American Cancer Society to facilitate a unique platform to invite men to show support for this important cause, by engaging and empowering male community leaders across the country in a fundraising campaign to aid the fight against breast cancer.
The Real Men Wear Pink campaign is very personal for me, having lost my mother to breast cancer in 1990,” states Oscar De La Hoya. “I’ve always been committed to giving back and am dedicated to doing what I can to draw awareness and contribute to the fight against breast cancer, a fight I consider to be the biggest fight of my life.”
A superstar whose notoriety transcends boxing, Oscar De La Hoya is known around the world not only as one of the best fighters of his era, but as an elite promoter, astute businessman and active philanthropist. De La Hoya has a passion for philanthropy, having started the Oscar De La Hoya Foundation in 1995 to help improve the quality of life for those living in disadvantaged communities around the greater Los Angelesarea. The Foundation supports the Oscar De La Hoya Animo Charter High School, the Cecilia Gonzalez De La Hoya Cancer Center, and the Oscar De La Hoya Labor and Delivery Center and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, as well as numerous after-school programs that guide youth toward leading positive lives.
“Oscar De La Hoya knows and understands the immense impact cancer has on families,” states Sharon Byers, Chief Development, Marketing & Communications Officer for the American Cancer Society. “He has a deep passion to help others and we couldn’t be more proud to have him as an ambassador for the American Cancer Society. Funds raised from the Real Men Wear Pink program will empower us in the fight against breast cancer from every angle with programs, services, and research designed to improve and save lives.”
As the national ambassador for RMWP, the American Cancer Society is donating a portion of the proceeds from Oscar’s fundraising to the Cecilia Gonzalez De La Hoya Cancer Center at White Memorial Hospital in tribute to his mother.
In 2018, RMWP raised more than $9.5 million to further American Cancer Society’s fight for a world without breast cancer. Working alongside Making Strides Against Breast Cancer®, every dollar raised from the RMWP campaign will help save lives through early detection and prevention, innovative breast cancer research and patient support. For more information or to join Real Men Wear Pink visit RealMenWearPinkACS.org. For press inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Golden Boy
Los Angeles-based Golden Boy was established in 2002 by Oscar De La Hoya, the first Hispanic to own a national boxing promotional company. Golden Boy is a media and entertainment brand committed to making fighting entertainment more accessible and affordable. The company’s in-house production team develops creative original programming for ESPN, RingTV.com and international channels across the globe. The company holds the exclusive rights to top boxers and has promoted some of the biggest and highest grossing events in the history of the sport. Now, Golden Boy is one of the most successful boxing entertainment companies in the world and shapes the future of boxing for fighters and fans alike through its 2019 partnership with streaming platform, DAZN.
For more information, visit www.goldenboypromotions.com. Follow on Twitter @GoldenBoyBoxing. Become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing and follow on Instagram @GoldenBoyBoxing.
About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 1.5 million volunteers dedicated to saving lives, celebrating lives, and leading the fight for a world without cancer. From breakthrough research, to free lodging near treatment, a 24/7/365 live helpline, free rides to treatment, and convening powerful activists to create awareness and impact, the American Cancer Society is attacking cancer from every angle. For more information go to cancer.org.
Lopez-Torres Clash Friday on Telemundo
Professional boxing returns to Niagara Falls, NY
Report: Bob Caico
Buffalo, N.Y. – Professional boxing returns to the Buffalo-Niagara Region for the first time in three years on October 18th as All Star Boxing will showcase young local talent for a BOXEO Telemundo broadcast from the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in Niagara Falls, NY.
All Star Boxing president Felix “Tuto” Zabala says, “We want to fill a void in boxing in Western NY., Buffalo is a great sports town with enthusiastic fans.” The main event features Emmanuel “Pinky” Colon (16-1-1, 15 KOs) facing Richard Zamora (19-3, 12 KOs) for aa WBO regional jr. welterweight belt.
Undefeated Wilfredo Flores (7-0, 3 KOs) makes his long-awaited hometown appearance against Salvador Briceno (16-5, 10 KOs) in an eight-round co-main event.
Recent Buffalo State graduate lightweight Geffred “The Authentic” Ngayot (1-0) and bantamweight Alex Castellano (1-0) both former Ring 44 Buffalo Amateur fighters of the year will be making their second starts to their promising careers.
Buffalo’s super-featherweight Danny Dejesus, super-lightweight Charles Garner III and super-welterweight Ayanna Tramont will be making their professional debuts.
The event is practically sold out with few tickets remaining to be purchased which is an encouraging sign that All Star Boxing and the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino will be adding more shows next year.
Nakatani Crushes Melindo in Japan
Flyweight Junto Nakatani (20-0, 15 KO’s) from Kanagawa, Sagamihara, Japan scores a six round TKO victory over Milan Melindo (37-5, 13 KO’s) Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines on Saturday night at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan Presented by MT Boxing Gym.
Photo credits: Naoki Fukuda 📸🇯🇵
フライ級中谷順人（20-0、15 KO）、神奈川県、相模原、日本から6ラウンドTKO勝利ミランメリンド（37-5、13 KO）のセブ市、セブ、フィリピン、東京の後楽園ホール MTボクシングジムが発表。
GGG – Derevyanchenko Final Presser
Todays @gggboxing vs @sergiy.derevyanchenko final press conference for Saturdays fight for the IBF Middleweight Championship @thegarden on @dazn_usa #hoganphotos #boxing
🥊 @gggboxing 🆚 @sergiy.derevyanchenko
👑 IBF @ibfboxing
World Middleweight Championship
🏟 @TheGarden, New York
🗓 Saturday Oct 5th
@tomloeffler1 @360boxingpromotions @eddiehearn @hulutheatermsg #BigDramaShow @dazn_usa
Photo credits: @hoganphotos 📸
TWO ICONS MEET: J RUSSELL PELTZ SIGNS THE ICONIC PHILLY SPECTRUM S AHEAD OF HIS 50TH ANNIVERSARY BOXING EVENT, “BLOOD, SWEAT & 50 YEARS,” PROMOTED BY RAGING BABE
Photo Credit Mike Sperando
J RUSSELL PELTZ TO SIGN ICONIC SPECTRUM ARENA ‘S’
Former Spectrum Director of Boxing Celebrates Half Century in Boxing
PHILADELPHIA, PA – In honor of his 50th anniversary of promoting boxing in this city, J Russell Peltz will join musicians, athletes and former world champion boxer Jeff Chandler in signing the ‘Spectrum S’ — the actual letter S that hung on the legendary South Philadelphia sports and music venue.
On Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 11:00 am, just one day after the 50th anniversary of his first-ever boxing event as a promoter, Peltz will open his office-museum to media for the ceremonial signing of the iconic S, which owner and Spectrum devotee Andrew Key purchased in an auction after the venue’s retirement.
The Spectrum Arena, which opened in 1967, was demolished in 2009. During its tenure, it was dubbed “The House that Rock Built” as it became a regular stop on every major musical act’s tours. The first sporting event at the Spectrum was boxing, featuring “Smokin” Joe Frazier vs. Tony Doyle in October, 1967. The venue would go on to host the Flyers, 76ers, NCAA basketball tournaments and a multitude of other sporting events.
Peltz was the Director of Boxing for the Spectrum from December, 1972, thru February, 1980. During that time he promoted over 75 boxing cards. Peltz, a Hall-of-Famer himself, put on bouts that included fellow Hall-of-Famers Emile Griffith, Roberto Duran, Matthew Saad Muhammad, Thomas Hearns, Michael Spinks, “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler, Bobby Chacon and Chandler.
The venue also boasts the largest-ever indoor boxing crowd in Pennsylvania for a world championship fight, as well as the largest-ever indoor crowd for a non-world championship fight.
On Nov 30, 1976, 16,019 fans paid to see the WBC Junior Lightweight Championship fight between Alfredo Escalera, of Puerto Rico, and Tyrone Everett, of South Philadelphia. On Aug. 24, 1978, the venue hosted 14,950 paying customers for a 10-round fight between middleweights Bennie Briscoe and Hagler.
Other world champions who boxed for Peltz at The Spectrum include: Mike Rossman, Ernie Terrell, Marvin Johnson, Gary Hinton, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, Charlie “Choo Choo” Brown and Elisha Obed as well as top contenders Earnie Shavers, Jesse Burnett, Sammy Goss, Richie Kates, Jerry Martin, Yaqui Lopez, Billy “Dynamite” Douglas, Eugene “Cyclone” Hart, Stanley “Kitten” Hyward, Willie “The Worm” Monroe and Bobby “Boogaloo” Watts.
During Peltz’ years there, The Spectrum was considered one of the country’s four major boxing venues, alongside Madison Square Garden in New York, The Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles and The Forum in Inglewood, CA.
The signing kicks off fight week for Peltz’ 50th Anniversary event, Blood, Sweat & 50 Years, to be held at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia, on Friday, Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for Blood, Sweat & 50 Years are available at 2300arena.com.
BATYR AKHMEDOV ROBBED IN TITLE FIGHT AGAINST MARIO BARRIOS
BATYR AKHMEDOV ROBBED IN TITLE FIGHT AGAINST MARIO BARRIOS
Los Angeles, CA – Immediately after the scores were announced for the WBA World Super Lightweight Title bout this past Saturday night between Batyr Akhmedov and Mario Barrios, a massive outpouring of boos from the huge Staples Center crowd combined with a blistering attack on the judges on social media from the press and fans occurred as the Uzbek star was robbed of victory by scores of 111-115 (Tim Cheatham), 111-116 (Jeremy Hayes) and 112-114 (Zachary Young). The bout took place on the Errol Spence Jr. vs. Shawn Porter Welterweight World Championship undercard and was telecast on Fox Sports PBC Pay-Per-View.
“I worked my whole life to become a world champion and when the opportunity came I clearly won the fight,” said the 28-year-old Akhmedov. “I dominated the fight from start to finish, re-watch the tape as I have and see how bad Barrios was hurt in every round. After the tenth round he wanted to quit he was so badly beaten. I don’t even think the judges watched the fight.”
Stated manager Vadim Kornilov, “This is the height of incompetence, these judges needed to be immediately held responsible to the full extent permitted. They stole the world title from Batyr. Look at the photos from the fight and after the fight, Barrios did not win that fight and his whole team didn’t even expect to get their hand raised. Barrios is suspended and cannot enter the ring for the next six months, how is he going to defend his championship? He cannot fight for medicals reasons due to injuries suffered in the fight and Batyr could fight next month if the opportunity was given.”
“I am very positive that if Batyr lost a fight in a similar fashion, he would have given the belt over to the other guy, or would have been the one to request a rematch as he would not want to be a champion when millions all over the world saw that he did not win this fight and did not deserve the belt. We hope that Barrios being a real warrior that showed a lot of character and survived a very, very tough fight will support the rematch which I am sure the whole world will want to see.”
Continued Kornilov, “The rounds were easy to score, you saw who did the damage, and they got a number of critical rounds wrong. There were not that many close rounds and any other professional judge will confirm this, it’s on them now, they have to live with what they did for the rest of their lives. Batyr will just go on towards his dream of becoming a world champion, what they did here is just an obstacle to his goal.”
“We will go ahead with filing an appeal with the World Boxing Association and requesting an immediate rematch. Batyr did what we expected he would do since this fight was ordered a year ago by the WBA for the mandatory position. If Batyr was getting beat up as bad as Barrios and had such a significant injury which looked like a cheekbone fracture which can cause damage to the eye socket, the fight would have been stopped.”
“Everything was done to help this kid get the victory that he did not deserve. We greatly appreciate all the fans, which unlike the judges, don’t care who the A or B side is and where each fighter is from, the arena knew who won the fight and so did most of the experts all over the world that wrote about this fight on social media, and they unanimously put justice ahead of nationality and other aspects.”
Among the major boxing writers who scored the fight for Akhmedov were Kevin Iole/Yahoo (115-111), Dan Rafael/ESPN (114-112), Steve Kim/ESPN, (115-112) and Mike Coppinger/The Athletic (114-112). Punches landed per Compubox were 238-135 in favor of Akhmedov.
Attached Photos/Fox Sports