Former champ Luis Collazo to take on Alan Sanchez on Fox Sports 1

Former welterweight world champion Luis Collazo of Brooklyn will take on Alan Sanchez of Fairfield, Calif., in the main event Sept. 2 at Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio. The Golden Boy Promotions card will be televised on the new Fox Sports 1, which launches Aug. 17.

Collazo, 32, most recently fought April 27 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and stopped Miguel Callist in the fifth round.

Sanchez, just 22, is 12-2-1 with six knockouts and has won seven consecutive bouts after a draw with Luis Grajeda in September 2010.

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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. sustains cut, his fight with Brian Vera is postponed

Several publications are reporting that Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on Sunday sustained a cut over one of his eyes during sparring and that his super middleweight fight against Brian Vera scheduled for Sept. 7 at Staples Center has been postponed. A new date has not been announced for the Top Rank Inc. event.

HBO was to televise Chavez-Vera.

Chavez last fought in September in Las Vegas, losing his middleweight title to Sergio Martinez at Thomas & Mack Center. A post-fight drug test had Chavez testing positive for marijuana. The Nevada State Athletic Commission suspended Chavez nine months and fined him $900,000; the fine was later reduced to $100,000.


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Andre Berto to undergo surgery to repair a tear in his right shoulder

Former welterweight champion Andre Berto on Wednesday will undergo surgery in Los Angeles to repair a torn tendon in his right shoulder sustained during his 12th-round technical-knockout loss to Jesus Soto Karass on July 27 in San Antonio.

Berto said he suffered the injury in the second round.

“I threw a punch in the second round and when Soto Karass blocked it, my right upper arm connected with his and it felt like fire shot through my arm,” Berto said. “I had no power at all in that right arm and couldn’t hold it up to defend myself. I kept trying to use it, but midway through the fight, I realized I couldn’t and just tried to work my left hand and throw jabs.”

Berto said out of sheer instinct he used his right, and he intimated the pain was excruciating.

“I could see that Soto Karass and the referee (Jon Schorle) heard me (yelling from the pain), and the referee and doctor kept coming to the corner between rounds to check on the injury, but there was no way I was going to quit,” Berto said.

Berto, 29, is from Winter Haven, Fla. He has now lost three of his past four bouts.

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Carson’s Efrain Esquivias to face Rafael Marquez under Arreola-Mitchell

Former bantamweight/super bantamweight world champion Rafael Marquez of Mexico has not been very successful of late, losing three of his past five fights over a period of two years and nine months.

The fighter known so well for his three super bantamweight title fights with Israel Vasquez will try to resurrect his career Sept. 6 when he takes on Carson’s Efrain Esquivias in a featherweight bout at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio (on Showtime). It will be the main undercard bout to the heavyweight main event between Chris Arreola (35-3, 30 KOs) of Riverside and Seth Mitchell (26-1-1, 19 KOs) of Brandywine, Md.

Esquivias, 30, began his career 16-0 before losing back-to-back fights to Rico Ramos and Jhonatan Romero in June 2012 and September 2012, respectively. Esquivias has nine knockouts.

Marquez, 38, is 41-8 with 37 knockouts. In his most recent start, in October, he was stopped in the ninth round by Cristian Mijares in Mexico City.





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Star-studded Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame induction ceremony is sold out

Saturday night’s inaugural Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame induction ceremony has sold out, and those lucky enough to get a ticket figure to have a grand time.

Among those being inducted at the event at Monte Carlo Resort & Casino are Mike Tyson, Mike McCallum, Sugar Ray Leonard, Oscar De La Hoya, Larry Holmes and Julio Cesar Chavez. The late Diego Corrales will be enshrined posthumously.

“We are gratified by the amazing reaction to our efforts in establishing the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame,” founder Rich Marotta said. “It has surpassed our expectations.

Referee Mills Lane is among those being inducted into one of the non-fighter categories.

Also, Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be presented with one of four resident Fighter of the Year awards.

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Deontay Wilder knocks out Sergei Liakhovich in vicious fashion in first round

Deontay Wilder entered his heavyweight fight against former world champion Sergei Liakhovich owner of a record of 28-0 with 28 knockouts. After a scary first-round knockout of Liakhovich on Friday at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, make that 29-0 with 29 knockouts.

The fight was called at 1:43 of the round after Wilder landed a vicious right cross to the chin of Liakhovich, who went down hard and began to shake. Liakhovich (25-6) eventually went to his dressing room under his own power.

The fight was televised by Showtime.



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Trainer Angel Garcia: Lucas Matthysse does not instill fear in him, or son Danny

Trainer Angel Garcia has quickly gained a reputation as a tough-guy who isn’t afraid to speak his mind, regardless of what anyone thinks. It therefore wasn’t surprising to hear his thoughts this week about his son Danny Garcia’s upcoming junior welterweight title defense against hard-hitting Lucas Matthysse on Sept. 14 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The fight will take place on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and will be televised on Showtime pay-per-view.

Matthysse, of Argentina, is one of the hardest punchers in the game, pound-for-pound. He has a record of 34-2 with 32 knockouts. No problem, intimated Angel Garcia, who trains his son.

“My job is not to worry about Matthysse,” Angel Garcia said. “I am not worried. He doesn’t put fear in me. His coach doesn’t put fear in me. His people don’t put fear in me. His country doesn’t put fear in me. Nobody puts fear in me. The only one I fear is God.

“Nobody is beating us, not right now, not tomorrow and not in the future.  Believe this, on Sept. 14, Matthysse is going to get his (butt) whooped.”

Although Philadelphia’s Garcia (26-0, 20 KOs) is the champion, there is no shortage of experts who believe Matthysse could be the first one to hand Garcia a defeat. Again, Angel Garcia seems unfazed.

“Danny is the most underrated champion there is and I am the most underrated trainer,” Angel Garcia said. “But it doesn’t matter to me. As long as I know and as long as Danny knows and we’re happy, then I don’t care what the world says.

“You can love me or hate me, but it doesn’t matter. I believe in me and I believe in Danny.  I always tell Danny that hard work and dedication pay the bills.”

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Deontay Wilder on display tonight with former Olympian Breland in his corner

Mark Breland knows a thing or two about what it takes to be successful in boxing. Not only is he a former professional welterweight world champion, he won a gold medal in the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

Breland is the trainer for heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder, who Friday night will try to keep his string of 28 consecutive knockouts alive when he takes on former champion Sergei Liakhovich at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio (on Showtime). Breland has trained Wilder his entire five-year career, and he likes what he’s seeing.

“Deontay is great to work with, he does what I tell him to and he’s willing to try anything I say, which is all I can ask,” Breland said. “He’s sparring 10 rounds and we’re coming off a great camp. He’s really improved a lot since we started. Honestly, we did not anticipate the knockouts; in fact, we are trying to get him to box and move more, which he’s beginning to do. He’s got good power in his right hand and a great 1-2 punch. So we’re trying to develop his jab. But his power is just overwhelming right now.”

Breland praised Wilder’s overall effort.

“Two great things about Deontay are his willingness to learn and his work ethic,” Breland said. “He knows he’s still learning and has the right attitude. He’s hungry and works hard in the gym. His shoulders are too tight when he boxes; once he relaxes a little and is able to loosen his shoulders, he will be even more dangerous. It’s all about relaxing, but that comes with experience.”

Wilder (28-0, 28 KOs), who is 6-foot-7, said giving 100 percent of himself is the only way to fly.

“I honestly don’t have any time off,” said Wilder, 27, of Tuscaloosa, Ala.. “I’m always up in the gym. When people call somebody a ‘gym rat,’ I am definitely that. This is my job and I take it seriously whether I’m outside the ring or inside. The only way to get better is to train and practice hard. The most time I’m off after a fight is maybe a week. After that, I’m training and waiting on the next fight. When I go to camp, I don’t go to camp to get in shape. I go to camp to put shape on top of shape. I’m never out of shape.”

Wilder is ranked No. 6 in the world by two of the four major governing bodies.

Liakhovich, 29, is 25-5 with 16 knockouts. He was world champion briefly in 2006, losing his title to Shannon Briggs in his first defense. Liakhovich has been stopped inside the distance in his past two fights.

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Danny Garcia: If Lucas Matthysse tries to open up early, he’s going down

The punching power of Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse has become a hot topic in boxing circles, especially after the way he dismantled Lamont Peterson in three rounds in May in Atlantic City. That gave Matthysse a record of 34-2 with 32 knockouts.

But Danny Garcia (26-0, 20 KOs), who will defend his two junior welterweight titles against Matthysse on Sept. 14 on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Saul “Canelo” Alvarez at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, is unfazed. So he says.

“As for Matthysse, he has power, but I have power, too,” Garcia, of Philadelphia, said after a workout this week. “I fought a lot of guys with power. Trust me, I plan to take away his power, make him miss and make him pay.

“If he opens up early to try to get me out of there, trust me, he’s making a big mistake. He tries that and the fight’s going to be over quickly.”

The card will be televised on Showtime pay-per-view.

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Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios square off at Beverly Hills Hotel

Mark Taffet, an HBO executive, on Thursday said it best when he declared that the Nov. 23 welterweight showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios “has to be a great fight.”

Seriously, there is almost no chance this won’t be a terrific fight when the two square off at the Venetian Resort in Macao, China on HBO pay-per-view.

The interested parties were on hand Thursday at a news conference at the Beverly Hills Hotel. It was a respectful event, with the fighters doling out praise to one another. Robert Garcia, Rios’ trainer, noted how well everyone treated each other during a long press tour that culminated with the stop in Beverly Hills.

But, Garcia said, “On Nov. 23, inside the ring, Brandon Rios and Manny Pacquiao will not be friends. I guarantee that. They are going to beat each other up. Brandon is going to be trying like he’s never tried before.”

Rios, of Oxnard, knows he has a tough task ahead.

“Fighting someone like Manny Pacquiao, he’s one of the best pound-for-pound fighters out there,” Rios said. “He ain’t no joke.”

Rios, a former lightweight world champion, is 31-1-1 with 23 knockouts. He can crack with the best. As can Pacquiao, who is 54-5-2 with 38 knockouts. Pacquiao loves that combination.

“This is going to be an exciting fight,” Pacquiao said. “I know he (Rios) can give a good fight.”

Pacquiao, 34, has lost his past two fights. At least according to the judges. In June 2012 he had obviously defeated Timothy Bradley at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, only to have the judges somehow score Bradley the winner via split decision. Six months later, in December at MGM Grand, Pacquiao was knocked cold in the sixth round by Juan Manuel Marquez.

Rios’ past two fights have been against Mike Alvarado. Rios, 27, stopped Alvarado in the seventh round of a hard-hitting thriller in October at Home Depot Center in Carson. Alvarado boxed more in the rematch and took a unanimous decision over Rios in March at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

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