Unified Super Lightweight World Champion Danny Garcia (Right) and his father and trainer Angel Garcia (Left) pose on October 11, 2012 in Philadelphia during a media workout in preparation for his October 20, 2012 world title rematch against Erik Morales at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn which will be televised live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing.
Photo credit: Rich Kane – Hoganphotos/ Golden Boy Promotions
Unified Super Lightweight World Champion Danny Garcia (Right) hits the mitts help by his father and trainer Angel Garcia (Left) on October 11, 2012 in Philadelphia during a media workout in preparation for his October 20, 2012 world title rematch against Erik Morales at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn which will be televised live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing.
Photo credit: Rich Kane – Hoganphotos/ Golden Boy Promotions
Philadelphia (October 11) – Unified Super Lightweight World Champion Danny “Swift” Garcia and his father/trainer Angel Garcia held an open workout at Harrowgate Boxing Club in Philadelphia today as Garcia prepares to face former Four-Division World Champion and Mexican legend Erik “El Terrible” Morales on Saturday, Oct. 20 at the brand new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Garcia vs. Morales headlines a night of four world championship fights live on SHOWTIME® as world championship boxing returns to Brooklyn for the first time in 81 years.
Tickets priced at $300, $200, $100 and $50 are available at http://www.barclayscenter.com, http://www.ticketmaster.com, the Barclays Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations or by calling 800-745-3000.
Danny Garcia, Unified Super Lightweight World Champion
“I think people are taking me more seriously now. It took some time for everyone to realize how serious I am. Then my last few fights showed them that I think and fight like a champion, which is what I am now.
“It is great to have a fight on the East Coast. It is my comfort zone knowing that I will be able to fight in front of my fans, people from Philly and New York and especially all of the Puerto Ricans that are huge boxing fans and know my background and that I am fighting for them too.
“I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to open Barclays Center in Brooklyn. They haven’t had world championship boxing in Brooklyn for more than 80 years and it’s going to be a really special night for me and the rest of the fighters on the show.
“I can handle my success so far. I try to see everything around me and pay attention to what is going on. That helps me stay in the moment and appreciate what is right there in front of me. I want to enjoy all of it.
“Erik Morales is a legend and in the first fight, I probably gave him more respect than I should have. This time I am the champion and he is the challenger.
“Last time I stood in front of him too long and let him think. I can’t let him think. I want to go in there and destroy him.
“That was my first big fight at such a high level and I learned a lot from it. Morales definitely gave me a harder fight than Khan and also gave me a chance to fight for a title. If anyone deserved a rematch, it’s Erik Morales for giving me the first chance. That is boxing respect.
“My Dad and I have a great relationship. I know he loves me and has my best interest at heart. We believed when I started boxing at 10 years old that I could be a world champion and our dream came true.
“My Dad and I have a relationship without conflict. He is my best friend and sure, we bump heads, but we always work it out. We understand each other really well and that helps a lot.”
Angel Garcia, Garcia’s Trainer and Father
“Danny and I both dreamed of having him be a world champion. It’s so hard to describe how it really feels for me and him.
“We have a partnership. Sure I am his Dad and I love him like a son. We used to watch fights together when he was about five years old and he would always imitate the fighters on television. So when he was eight, I took him to the gym for a day and I left it alone and waited for him to show me he wanted to do it. When he was 10, he asked if he could go back to the gym and then we started from there.
“It’s not about me. It’s about Danny. Sure I have an outgoing personality and what you see at the press conferences is just me saying how I feel. It’s me showing my heart. I am not trying to take the spotlight because it really is about him as a fighter and that’s me as his coach.
“I get him ready mentally, physically and spiritually and that is why he is going to be undefeated for a very long time.”
World championship boxing returns to Brooklyn with an inaugural night of fights at the new Barclays Center on October 20 headlined by Unified Super Lightweight World Champion Danny “Swift” Garcia against future Hall of Famer Erik “El Terrible” Morales presented by Golden Boy Promotions and supported by Golden Boy Promotions sponsors Corona, DeWalt Tools and AT&T. In the co-featured attractions, Brooklyn’s own Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi puts his WBA Welterweight World Championship on the line against hard-hitting Pablo Cesar “El Demoledor” Cano, undefeated number one rated WBO middleweight contender Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin of Manhattan takes on unbeaten Hassan N’Dam for N’Dam’s WBO Middleweight World Championship and Devon Alexander “The Great” faces Randall Bailey for Bailey’s IBF Welterweight World Championship in a bout presented in association with DiBella Entertainment. The SHOWTIME® CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast begins live at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). Preliminary fights will air live on SHOWTIME EXTREME® beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
ORLANDO, FLORIDA (October 11, 2012) — Jorge Pazos arrived Wednesday at Orlando International Airport in advance of next Friday’s October 19 bout against Orlando Cruz. Cruz just last week announced he was a “Proud Gay Man,” – the first active boxer having pronounced so, in boxing history. Downloadable photos of Pazos’ arrival are below. In the video, Pazos discusses Cruz and nest week’s bout.
The video is in Spanish. Pazos said upon arrival, “Well, I feel great being here in Orlando on my way to Kissimmee. I come very well prepared. I have trained for 8 weeks and we are ready and waiting for fight night.” In regards to Cruz’ pronouncement that he is gay, Pazos replied, “The simple fact that he declared himself a homosexual does not take anything away from the fact that he is a great boxer. He has two hands and two legs to move around and it’s going to be a great fight.”
Pazos, (20-4, 13 KOs) from Guamuchi, Sinaloa, Mexico is fighting for only the second time outside his home country.
Orlando Cruz (18-2-1, 9 KOs), from San Juan, Puerto Rico, was a member of the 2000 Puerto Rico Olympic Team and is and currently ranked No. 4 Featherweight by the World Boxing Organization (WBO). Cruz will defend his WBO NABO featherweight title against Pazos and a win against should position Cruz for a world title shot.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Oct. 8) – Sports and Entertainment Publications, LLC announced today that Chuck Giampa, who served as a top boxing judge for decades in the sport, has been named ratings chairman for THE RING Magazine, the international best selling boxing magazine which was founded in 1922.
THE RING, long considered by the industry as the “The Bible of Boxing,” pioneered the concept of boxing rankings and has been awarding the prestigious Ring Championship belt to genuine world champions since heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey first received the belt in 1922. THE RING Ratings are compiled by the Ratings Chairman, the Editorial Board, and the Ratings Panel consisting of leading boxing journalists from around the world. Fights qualifying for the THE RING Championship belt are determined by the Ratings Chairman and the Editorial Board under the guidance of THE RING’s Championship Policy. Since then, over 300 additional Ring Champions have been crowned, with the most recent Ring Champion being Junior Welterweight, Danny Garcia on July 14, 2012.
Giampa was appointed as a judge in 1984 and has had an illustrious career, judging many memorable championship fights including the Holyfield-Tyson II “Bite Night” fight and the Holyfield-Bowe “Fan Man” fight. He has judged over 130 world championship fights in addition to many regional and international title fights in Italy, England, Wales, France, Germany, Panama, Argentina, Korea and Japan. He retired from his position as a boxing judge in 2008 to pursue a career as a boxing consultant and continue as a sports columnist.
“I love boxing and have stayed very involved in the sport since my retirement as a top boxing judge,” said Giampa, who has recently spent his time as an international boxing consultant and sports columnist. “I am honored to accept this position as THE RING Magazine Ratings Chairman and look forward to guiding the process of selecting future champions for THE RING Magazine. I know how important it is for fighters to receive this title and I will make sure the process of selecting these worthy champions is fair and of the highest standards.”
About THE RING Magazine:
THE RING Magazine is owned and published by Sports and Entertainment Publications, LLC and has been in publication for over 90 years.
THE RING Ratings are compiled by the Ratings Chairman, the Editorial Board, and the Ratings Panel consisting of leading boxing journalists from around the world. Fights qualifying for the THE RING Championship belt are determined by the Ratings Chairman and the Editorial Board under the guidance of THE RING’s Championship Policy. THE RING Ratings and Championship Policies can be found at ringtv.craveonline.com/ratings and also below.
THE RING RATINGS POLICY – The criteria by which THE RING rates fighters is as follows, in order of importance: (1) Results: This is the most objective criterion and takes precedence over all others. (2) Performance: How a fighter performs in a victory or defeat can be a factor to determine his place in the ratings. (3) Track record: A fighter’s accomplishments in the recent past can be a factor to determine his place in the ratings, which includes quality of opposition.
THE RING CHAMPIONSHIP POLICY – Championship vacancies can be filled in the following two ways: 1. THE RING’s Nos. 1 and 2 contenders fight one another. 2. If the Nos. 1 and 2 contenders chose not to fight one another and either of them fights No. 3, No. 4 or No. 5, the winner may be awarded THE RING belt if the Ratings Chairman and Editorial Board deem the contenders worthy. There are the seven situations in which a Ring Champion can lose his belt: (1) The Champion loses a fight in the weight class in which he is Champion. (2) The Champion moves to another weight class. (3) The Champion does not schedule a fight in any weight class for 18 months. (4) The Champion does not schedule a fight at his championship weight for 18 months (even if he fights at another weight). (5) The Champion does not schedule a fight with a Top-5 contender from any weight class for two years. (6) The Champion retires. (7) The Champion tests positive for a banned substance.
Listening to former four-time and three-division world champion Miguel Cotto guarantee a victory against him, Austin “No Doubt” Trout had mixed emotions.
The pair will meet for Trout’s WBA Super Welterweight World Championship on Saturday, December 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York City and live on SHOWTIME.
“I know this fight will be a changing of the guard. I’m going to use my victory over him as an announcement that boxing has a new superstar,” said Trout. “But even though boxing is a game where the strongest survive and it’s my time, I still feel a little bad for him and his fans. I’ve been a Cotto fan and he’s had a great career, but I hope they all know this is 2012. They’re not going there to watch their hero win. They’re going there to watch him pass the torch.”
Trout says he hopes when the fight is over, he can let Cotto know it wasn’t personal and that every great fighter goes through this in time.
“In 1991, Sugar Ray Leonard fought an unknown champion right there in Madison Square Garden. He was supposed to be just tuning up for big fights on the horizon. But instead, he took a beating and that was his last fight as a serious threat to any belts. 12 rounds later, boxing had a new star, Terry Norris. That’s what this fight will be about: History repeating itself.”
Respectful, likeable and active in several charities, Trout says he hopes The Big Apple fight fans will get behind him as they did Cotto in his glory days.
“It’s such a lifelong dream to be fighting a superstar in the ‘Mecca of Boxing’. It really is a dream come true and I hope my victory is impressive enough where the fans in this great city show me some of the love they’ve showed Cotto throughout his great run. I’m honored to be part of such an historic event and happy that my time is about to begin.”
“Showdown: Cotto vs. Trout” is a 12 round battle between Four-Time and Three-Division World Champion Miguel Cotto and WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Austin Trout taking place on December 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The event is promoted by Miguel Cotto Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions in association with Greg Cohen Promotions, sponsored by Corona and will be televised live on SHOWTIME.
Tickets priced at $500, $300, $200, $100 and $50 are on sale now. They can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008) and online at http://www.ticketmaster.com or http://www.thegarden.com.
Hailing from Caguas, Puerto Rico, Cotto (37-3, 30 KO’s) has held a world title every year since 2004 while winning 16 of the 18 world championship bouts in which he has fought. Puerto Rico’s most exciting fighter and one of its greatest of all time, Cotto held the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Junior Welterweight crown from 2004-2006, successfully defending it six times before vacating it in order to fight for and capture the WBA Welterweight title at the end of 2006, a title he held for nearly as long. After controversially losing the WBA title to Antonio Margarito in July 2008, Cotto won his second welterweight belt in February 2009, knocking out Michael Jennings in the fifth round to become the WBO Welterweight champion. He lost the title in his second defense in November 2009, but captured the WBA Super Welterweight title in June of 2010 at Yankee Stadium in New York by stopping then-undefeated defending champion Yuri Foreman. Cotto successfully defended that title by stopping Two-Division World Champion Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga in the 12th round in March of 2011 and then avenged his loss to Margarito in December of 2011, once again retaining his title and giving him true peace of mind. He has also added to his huge fan base by giving Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao their toughest fights to date. Next on his plate is Austin Trout, and if he defeats the New Mexico southpaw, it will be another world championship added to his Hall of Fame resume.
27-year-old Austin “No Doubt” Trout (25-0, 14 KO’s) has been boxing since the age of 10, but the 2004 United States amateur champion didn’t begin making noise in the sport until he began mowing through opponent after opponent while maintaining an undefeated professional record. By the tail end of 2009, he was 20-0 and the WBA international, WBA Fedelatin, and WBC Continental Americas super welterweight champion, but fights were hard to come by. In February of 2011 though, Trout emerged and captured a world championship by defeating Rigoberto “El Español” Alvarez, Canelo’s older brother, for the WBA Interim Super Welterweight World Championship. He has since been elevated to full champion and defended his belt successfully three times against David “Destroyer” Lopez, Frank “The Italian Stallion” LoPorto and Delvin Rodriguez, setting up the fight of his life on December 1 against Miguel Cotto.
LOS ANGELES (October 8, 2012) – Nearly 12 years ago, undefeated middleweight contender Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (27-0, 20 KOs) first landed in New York City, and now his incredible journey culminates back in the Big Apple on October 20.
Quillin slept on the floor of his friend’s apartment in Manhattan and worked three jobs in order to keep his dream of becoming world champion alive. The gifted Cuban-American will have that coveted opportunity on Oct. 20, ironically, where it all started in New York City, at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Showcased on Showtime Championship Boxing, in one of four world championship matches presented by Quillin’s promoter, Golden Boy Promotions, No. 1 contender Quillin challenges a fellow unbeaten middleweight, defending World Boxing Organization (WBO) champion Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (27-0, 17 KOs).
Technically speaking, Quillin’s life story started in Chicago, where his father, Pedro, relocated after defecting from his native Cuba to Miami. His family moved six months after Peter’s birth in 1983 to Grand Rapids, Michigan. Pedro, who was on the second to last Cuban refugee boat, was rarely at home and he was later extradited from Orlando (FL) to Illinois and eventually imprisoned for money laundering.
Quillin’s mother immediately was forced to go on welfare in order to care for her three children. “I always had clean clothes but they weren’t the kind I really wanted, mostly shared with my brothers,” Quillin explained. “I had no confidence as a kid. I went to school and didn’t know why I didn’t have what other kids had. I didn’t understand that they didn’t have much, either. It was just a way of life in the inner city. We struggled growing up in Grand Rapids and by the time I was a teenager, I was uncontrollable and running on the streets. A lot of kids didn’t have their dad living with them. Friends were murdered or jailed.”
Boxing, like for so many other troubled teens, was a way out for Quillin, who started in the sport at the age of 15. He was in and out of the gym, though, undisciplined and didn’t have his first amateur fight until he was 17. At 18, he decided to get serious about boxing. With his $300 life savings stuffed in his pockets, he and his trainer headed to New York City, where he competed in the famed NYC Golden Gloves. He first lived on 88th and Amsterdam in Manhattan, in an apartment of his trainer’s friend. Things didn’t work out between “Kid Chocolate” and his trainer and Quillin soon had no place to live, no family in New York, and he was left crying by himself on a train heading from the Bronx to Manhattan.
Quillin had briefly lived on the Lower Eastside, then in the Bronx, over to the Financial District (his co-manager John Seip hooked him up there with an apartment), and then to Brooklyn for four years. Today, he’s bi-coastal, living in Manhattan between fights, and in Los Angeles while training.
“I don’t really know why I didn’t give-up but I think it was because of God,” Quillin remembered. “I try not to question why but I wouldn’t give up and worked through all the BS to get where I am today. I moved to Brooklyn because it reminded me more of home than Manhattan. I slept on the floor of my friend Steven Rivera’s home. He believed in me. I thank God for the special people in my life that I’m indebted to like my manager, John Seip (who co-manages Quillin with Jim McDevitt). They’ve encouraged me. God got me into boxing for a reason. I’m just getting to the point now where I always wanted to be. It’s all been worth it.”
It certainly hasn’t been an easy road for Quillin to follow and get where is today. Although it never got to the point where he considered quitting boxing, he was forced to work three jobs to survive, earning $350-$500 a week at IHOP (“My personality helped me earn extra money there.”), $100 a week doing administrative work for a friend, and additional coin teaching conditioning classes.
“I’d work three jobs and then go workout at the gym,” Quillin noted. “I didn’t sleep. Faith is everything. God has been good; He challenged me. Some may question why I have the work ethic I do and I owe that to God. I’ve learned that, if you really want something, you need to work at it. I’m still learning about boxing and I put everything into it. My work ethic is even better today, even if it just looks easier. Boxing is my job, boxing is my life.”
From the mean streets of Grand Rapids to Brooklyn and a world title shot Oct. 20 there reads like a Hollywood script. There just may be a “Kid Chocolate” movie someday, especially if he leaves the ring wearing the WBO championship belt around his waist.
For more information about Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin go online to http://www.TheKidChocolate.com or follow him on Twitter @/Kid Chocolate and Instagram@KidChocolate.